Thursday, January 17, 2008

Free Tech 4 Teachers: Presidential Candidates- Video of Speeches has launched a video channel entirely dedicated to campaign speeches. Truveo is doing its best to capture and host as many campaign speeches as possible in their entirety. This is a huge undertaking and many steps better than Youtube and Youtube clone video sharing websites.
Truveo offers a number of channels in addition to the campaign speeches channel. Truveo's video channels are easy to search and Truveo is far more oriented to political news than Youtube style video services. ClipSyndicate which I wrote about earlier this week also has a political news orientation but, as of this writing, does not have the Presidential Candidates' Speeches in their entirety.

Application for Educators is a great tool for anyone who will be teaching civics or discussing the presidential campaign in 2008. Rather than having students search all over the internet for clips of information about candidates, you can direct them to reliable and balanced source of information. seems to have an equal number of Republican and Democratic videos. The other nice feature of is that the videos can be sorted chronologically based on when the candidate gave the speech.

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Free Tech 4 Teachers: Shift in Media Consumption

As has been mentioned in previous posts, there is an ongoing shift in the way people, especially young people, consume media and information. Today, TNS Media Intelligence has provided data reflecting the shift in advertising spending. Spending on Internet advertising has increased while spending on Newspaper and Radio advertising has decreased. This is reflection of the shift in the way people consume information. Less and less frequently are people getting their news from the newspaper. This is due in large part to the Internet providing access to news as it is happening around the world. Cable and Satellite television are also responsible for the decline in Newspaper advertising. The decrease in Radio advertising is attributable to the increasing availability of music, news, and talk shows over the Internet without advertising interruptions. The increase in Satellite radio subscriptions is also detracting from the share of advertising dollars being spent on over-the-airwaves radio broadcasts.

Implications for Educators
As educators and education administrators we need to be aware of the changes in the ways that our students and their parents consume information. For example, I have far more communication with my students' parents via email than I do phone or face to face communication. Parents and students have more access to teachers and teachers to them now than ever before in the history of education. Teachers and administrators must take advantage of technology to increase communication with students and parents. Mass email is a start, but creating blogs, online drop boxes, and websites are an even better method of providing information to students and parents.


Free Tech 4 Teachers: Zoho Update

In case you haven't noticed, I'm totally sold on Zoho as a great alternative to the Google offerings. (I've written about Zoho in a previous posting, click here to see my review). Today Zoho announced that they now offer a sorting feature for Zoho notebooks. Zoho notebooks let users clip things from the internet without having to open another browser window or tab. Zoho notebooks also allows users to create notebooks about any topic and share the notes with another user to read or collaborate on with the creator of the notebook. Click on the word notebook anywhere in this post to learn more about Zoho notebooks.

Applications for Educators
Zoho notebooks are a great way for teachers, especially teachers working in academic teams, to share lesson plan ideas. Zoho notebooks are also a good tool to have students use as they work on group projects and presentations. Today's students will be using web sharing technology in the work place and there is no better time for them to learn than now.