Friday, January 11, 2008

Online documentaries

For the past week or so I've been writing about the shift in how people, especially students, consume information. Today I explored which, in their words, features the best online documentaries. The documentaries I watched were good and could very well be used with high school and middle school students. Bodocus is not yet "one stop shopping" for free educational video, but it is very good resource. Check it out for yourself by clicking on the image above.

More evidence of the shift in media consumption

Today on TechCrunch there is an article about the influence of the internet on the outcome of elections. It's further evidence of the increasing shift in how media is consumed. Click here to see the full article.
Implications for Educators
Pay close attention to the demographic break down of the survey results. It is important to note that those in the demographic most likely to have children in the elementary grades are increasingly tech savvy. What is the implication for teachers? Students are now coming from homes where they are constantly using technology and their parents are right to expect that teachers will be using current technology in their classrooms.

ScreenCast Video

Today, I'm going to show you one of my favorite tools for making short instructional videos. The Jing Project allows you to make a screen cast (or vide0) of your computer screen and add voice instruction. I've found Jing to be very useful for showing people how to do things on their computer. The videos made with Jing can be downloaded to your computer or hosted on Jing's parent website, If you're interested in seeing Jing's promotional video, click on the Jing image. If you're interested in seeing a Jing project in action click here.
The video posted below, showing the beginning steps of making a blog, was made using Jing.