Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yale Open Course - Civil War & Reconstruction

Here's another great example of the kind of free education that can be found on the web today. Yale University has published all of the lecture videos, the syllabus, and the required texts for Professor David Blight's course Civil War & Reconstruction Era 1845 - 1877. The course can be viewed on YouTube EDU or you can download the video and audio files through Open Yale Courses where you can also find the course syllabus and required readings list.

Embedded below is the introduction to the course.

H/T to Open Culture.

Screenjelly - Quick and Easy Screencasting

Screenjelly is a free web-based tool that allows anyone to quickly create a screencast video. To use Screenjelly all you need to do is go to and click the big red "record" button. Once clicked Screenjelly will begin recording your screen and your voice (if you choose) for up to three minutes. When you're done recording press "stop" and you can then share your video on Twitter and other social networks. You can also embed your Screenjelly recording into your blog or website.

Applications for Education
I have a colleague who, in order to get students to familiarize themselves with their netbooks, has her students create small tutorials and presentations about the various programs installed on their netbooks. It's an exercise designed to get students to focus on being clear in their communications. Screenjelly could be a nice asset for those students as they could supplement their instructions with a short screencast video.

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Great Video - Study Like a Scholar, Scholar

Thanks to Janet Kenney for alerting me to the following funny and relevant to education video.

Applications for Education
Why isn't this video embedded into every school library website yet? At my school the librarian conducts a library orientation for incoming freshmen, I'm going to recommend that she include this in her program.

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TinEye - Reverse Image Search

Yesterday, Google announced that they were completely revamping the way that image search results were displayed. It's a neat new display, try it out. But what if you've located an image and want to see how it's been used and reused on the web? That's where TinEye comes in. TinEye is a reverse image search engine. Here's how it works, upload an image to TinEye or paste an image url into TinEye and it will scour the web to locate other uses of that image. TinEye will give you the links to where your specified image has been used.

Learn more about TinEye in the video below.

Applications for Education
TinEye could be useful for teaching students to be aware of their digital footprints. You could use TinEye to show them that an image they upload to a social network could get reused in multiple places.

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Google for Teachers II - Free Ebook
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