Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sqworl - Visual Bookmarks Sharing

Sqworl is an online bookmarking tool that saves a screen capture of each page you bookmark. To help you organize your bookmarks, you can create multiple groups of bookmarks in your Sqworl account. Should you choose to share your bookmarks you can share one or all of your bookmarks groups via the unique urls Sqworl assigns to each group. You can add bookmarks to your Sqworl account by manually inputting urls, using browser bookmarklets, or via iPhone app.

See Sqworl in action in the video below.

Sqworl Screencast from Caleb Brown on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Sqworl could be useful for sharing a collection of links that your students might need to complete a lesson. If students are using Sqworl, the visual aspect of Sqworl provides a helpful reminder of why a site was bookmarked and what that site is about.

Go to South Africa with Toyota

Toyota's International Teacher Program is expanding in 2011. Over the last twelve years the program has sent more than 600 teachers on fully funded trips to Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands. In 2011 Toyota will send a group of US teachers to South Africa. To learn more about the program click here. To apply for the trip to South Africa click here.

H/T to Lucy Gray.

Cartoonize Yourself with Convert to Cartoon

Convert to Cartoon is a simple little website that takes your photos and adds cartoon effects to them. It's quite similar to service called Be Funky that's previously been reviewed on Free Technology for Teachers. To cartoonize your photos just upload them or provide the url of where they are hosted and click "cartoonize now." When the cartoonizing is done you can download your images to reuse anywhere you like.

Applications for Education
Convert to Cartoon is an easy way for students to create cartoonized versions of themselves, their classmates, their pets, or anything else to use in creating a comic strip or perhaps in a video service like Animoto.

If you're interested in some other ways to create cartoons and comics here's a list of 10 Ways to Create Comics Online.