Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Zoho Meeting Could Be Good for Online Tutoring

Zoho Meeting is one of the many excellent products in the Zoho productivity suite. Using Zoho Meeting you can host an online conversation around a presentation. If you already have a Zoho account you can host a free one-to-one meeting. All other meetings are on a fee structure.
Zoho Meeting could be an option for providing one-to-one tutoring over the Internet. The slideshow embedded below will show you how to get started.

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Animoto Now Accepts Video Clips! This Is Awesome!

I just received a very exciting email from the guys at Animoto. Animoto now accepts video uploads. This means that now you can mix and mash pictures, text, audio, and video to create exciting high-quality videos. Since its launch, Animoto has been one of my favorite tools for students to use in my classroom. The addition of video clips makes Animoto even better than ever. Click here to learn more about Animoto's newest feature and see sample videos that utilize video clips.

To learn more about using Animoto in education, please see these previous blog posts:
Animoto for Education - The End of Boring Slideshows
Animoto in the Special Education Classroom
Video Holiday Greetings Courtesy of Animoto
Using Animoto (and Glogster and Wordle) to Learn
Where I Live... Another Use for Animoto
A Student-Parent-Teacher Lesson Plan

The Social Media It's Not a Fad, It's a Revolution

I saw this video posted on Dr. Scott McLeod's blog yesterday and immediately posted it to FriendFeed. Done in the style of Did You Know? (Shift Happens), Social Media Revolution reveals some statistics about the use of Social Media around the world. One such statistic that all educators and school administrators should be aware of is "2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction." To see all of the stats from the video in a list, visit the creator of this video's blog.

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PBS Kids - Get Your Web License

PBS Kids is a great resource for elementary school teachers, students, and parents. Recently I came across the PBS Kids Get Your Web License activity. In this activity students are asked a series multiple choice questions about web safety and other web-related topics. As students answer the questions they move around a "track" on the PBS Kids website. When students have answered all of the questions correctly they get their web licenses.

Applications for Education
The PBS Kids Get Your Web License activity could be a great summative activity to use after teaching students about safe web browsing habits.

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