Friday, November 13, 2009

Week in Review - Most Popular Items

It's Friday and before I get sucked into watching my beloved Celtics beat the Hawks I need to post the Free Technology for Teachers week in review. As I do each Friday, I've compiled a list of seven most popular items of the last week. If you've been busy and not able to keep up with your RSS reader or email, the week in review provides a good chance to catch up on the posts that were most popular with other readers.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last week:
1. Why Teachers Use Twitter
2. Intro to Wikis Video Created by Kids
3. PicLits- Inspired Picture Writing
4. 3 Guides to Using Google Earth for Virtual Fieldwork
5. Sesame Street Turns 40
6. Chemistry Never Sleeps and Free Chemistry Lessons
7. Copyright Advisory Network Offers Copyright Clarity

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Toobla - Share Visual Bookmarks Anywhere

Toobla is a new social bookmarking service that provides you with an easy way to include visual clues in your bookmarks. You can include links, images, videos within your bookmarks. All of your bookmarks can be organized into folders which can then be shared publicly or privately. Toobla provides you with an embed code for sharing your folders of bookmarks on your blog or website. Adding content to your Toobla folders is a simple matter of clicking the Toobla bookmarklet (a simple drag and drop install) and specifying the folder you to which you want to add content. The video below provides a brief overview of Toobla's features.

Applications for Education
Toobla could be a great way for students to create and share digital portfolios of their research and or their own digital creations.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
UberNote - A Great Replacement for Google Notebook
Zigtag - Semantic, Social Bookmarking

Palm Breeze Cafe Presents Website Smack Down

Palm Breeze Cafe, a great web video show about educational technology, just released part six of its Website Smack Down series. Over the course of the six episodes they have reviewed twenty-four websites that teachers can use in their classrooms. They use a nice format of talking about how the websites can be used while showing you the basics of using the sites.
Episode six is embedded below.

Guide for Talking With Kids About Being Online

On Guard Online offers a fifty-four page PDF guide to talking with kids about being online. Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online offers numerous suggestions for having conversations with students about online behaviors. The guide offers differentiated suggestions based upon the age of the children with which you're talking. Net Cetera covers topics including social networking, cyberbullying, sexting, mobile devices, peer-to-peer file sharing, and online privacy. Click here to download Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online.

Thanks to Pat Hensley at Successful Teaching for the link.

Applications for Education
On Guard Online is looking to partner with school that would like to pilot an online safety curriculum based on Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online. If you're interested, you can read more about it here or email onguardonline (at)

Webinar with Common Craft - Libraries & Online Video

Next Wednesday Lee Lefever, the voice and creator of Common Craft's In Plain English videos, will be one of the three speakers in a free webinar for librarians. The webinar is about using video in training sessions for library patrons and staff. The webinar is being hosted by TechSoup. You can get all of the details about the webinar and register for the webinar here.

Applications for Education
This webinar could be a good opportunity for school librarians to learn about strategies for using online video. The promotional material for the webinar also says that there will be a discussion of how explanatory videos are created.