Sunday, December 6, 2009

A 7th Easy Way for Students to Create Videos

Last week I ran a post titled Six Easy Ways for Students to Create Videos Online. I don't know how I did it, but I totally forgot to include one of my favorite services, Remix America.

Remix America is a free service that allows you to create your own documentary videos. Using the video editing technology developed by Kaltura, users can grab video clips, add images, add soundtracks, and mix them together. The editing process is made easy by the drag and drop interface. Drag and drop the elements you want included in your video, arrange the sequence and Remix America does the rest. You can use the media hosted on Remix America to create your video or use media that you already have saved on your computer to create your video. Remix America is intended for making videos about US History, but it can also be used for making other documentary videos.
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Before GPS - Map Making on Horseback

The History Channel in collaboration with the Library of Congress host a series of short videos called This Week's Hidden Treasure. One of the videos that I watched this morning is called Mapmaking... on Horseback. Mapmaking... on horseback is a short video in which a curator from the Library of Congress shares the sketchbook and maps made by Jedediah Hotchkiss during the US Civil War. The maps and sketchbook shared in the video are from the LOC's Hotchkiss map collection. The Hotchkiss map collection is a part of the larger Civil War maps collection.

Applications for Education
Mapmaking... on horseback could be a good way to get students thinking about how maps were map and how maps were used during the Civil War. The LOC's Civil War maps collection could be used by students as the basis for creating placemarks and virtual tours in Google Earth of Civil War sites.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
20,000+ Historical Maps
Henry Hudson's Maps and Model Ships
American Memory Historical Maps

New from Google - Dictionary & Search Translation

Last week Google added a couple of new features to its services. Google now offers their own dictionary. The dictionary is available in twenty-eight languages.

Google also added a new search option. Users can now translate their search terms and search results without having to cut and paste into Google Translate. To use the new search translation, enter your search terms then select translate from the "more options" menu.

Applications for Education
The new search translation option could be useful for ESL students and students studying foreign languages. The dictionary option enables students to locate definitions of words in twenty-eight languages.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Visuwords - Online Graphical Dictionary
Visual Dictionary from Merriam Webster

Ignite ISTE

I wish that I could claim credit for the idea I'm about to share, but it was really Beth Still who put the idea in my head via an exchange of Twitter messages and asked me to blog about it. ISTE is currently holding a vote to select the keynote speaker for ISTE 2010. The candidates come from a variety of backgrounds including President of the United States, co-founder of Apple, NY Times columnist, and high school principal. The diversity of candidates has lead to some debate as to whether or not the next keynote speaker should come from a background as an educator. There has also been debate in the blog-o-sphere as to the topic that the chosen speaker should address.

The diversity of topics and diversity of candidates for the ISTE 2010 keynote prompted Beth to say that it's too bad we can't have more viewpoints represented. One great way to have more ideas represented would be to host an Ignite series at the ISTE conference. Unfortunately, it's probably too late to make it happen this year, but it is a great idea for 2011.

For those not familiar with Ignite, Ignite is a series of presentations organized and hosted around the country. Speakers at Ignite conferences are given five minutes and twenty slides to share their best ideas. The slides automatically advance after fifteen seconds. One of the best Ignite presentations I've seen was given by Chris Lehmann. I've embedded the video of that presentation below.

By the way, Chris Lehmann is currently the leading vote getter for the ISTE 2010 keynote.