Thursday, January 13, 2011

Stickr - Create Sticky Notes on any Website

Stickr is a neat tool for creating sticky notes about any webpage you come across. Those notes are saved into your Stickr account where you can use them as bookmarks. Your Stickr notes can include links, text notes, images, and videos. Stickr notes can be kept private or made public. To use Stickr you need to install the Stickr browser extension or bookmarklets. Watch the video below to learn more about Stickr.

Nabber - Learn Languages with Others

Nabber is a new service for learning a new language with the help of others online. Think of Nabber as part vocabulary studying tool, part social network.

Here's how Nabber works; you can browse for vocabulary words and phrases translated by other members of the Nabber network. Likewise you can contribute your own translations to the network. Nabber provides space to not only give a translation, but also to provide an explanation of the translation. If you come across a Nabber member who is making a lot of good contributions, you can follow that person to keep up with all of the translations they contribute.

Make a Video Contribution to The Visions of Students Today

Professor Michael Wesch who, along with his students, produced the viral video A Vision of Students Today more than three years ago is getting ready to produce another video. His next video is tentatively titled The Vision of Students Today. Professor Wesch is looking for teachers and students around the world to contribute to the new video. To contribute grab a video camera and record a two minute clip of scenes you see during the critical learning moments of your day. Then upload your contribution to Professor Wesch's YouTube Channel between next Monday and February 15. Click here to read all of the details about this new collaborative video project.

If you haven't seen A Vision of Students Today, check it out below. It's well worth four minutes of your time.

Applications for Education
As Professor Wesch points out in his blog post, recording a contribution for The Vision of Students Today could be a good way to get students thinking about their learning. It could also be a good professional learning activity to get a sense of what your students see as important in their learning and perhaps what they think your school thinks is important.

Juxio Looks Like an Interesting Way to Display Info

Juxio is an interesting service that I can best describe as a slideshow creation tool blended with a poster design service. The purpose of Juxio is to give users the ability to arrange images, text, and color into a variety of display layouts. You can arrange elements in a linear timeline fashion or in a number of different collage arrangements.

The learning curve for Juxio is kind of steep (at least it seemed that way when I was working on a small screen), but the basics of using it are as follows. First, you need to add images to your Juxio account by either uploading them from your computer or pulling them from Flickr or Facebook. Then you can begin dragging design elements into your Juxio canvas. To caption your image you have to drag the "caption" element into your canvas before you can caption an image. Once you've selected all of your elements, it is easy to rearrange them through the drag and drop interface.

Applications for Education
Juxio intends to stay profitable by selling you prints of the works you create. But you don't have to buy anything to design, create, and share your Juxio creations online. My thinking when I first saw Juxio last month was that it could be useful for creating timelines and online collages.

11 Things You Should Know About This Blog & Me

Yesterday, as part of the Edublogs 30 Days to Kick Start Your Blogging Challenge I wrote 11 Things You Should Know About Blogging. As kind of a follow-up to that activity and as a way for newer readers to learn a little more about me and this blog I've now written 11 Things You Should Know About This Blog & Me.

1. I started this blog on November 28, 2007.
2. The original purpose of this blog was to help me keep track of useful ed tech stuff that I found and to share those things with some other people. That's still the purpose of this blog.
3. I read/ scan through more than 1000 items in my RSS reader almost everyday. Rarely do I hit "mark all as read" on any feed in my RSS reader.
4. Education reform is something I'm interested in, but I'm not going to write about it on this blog because that's not the purpose of this blog. (see #2 above).
5. There are roughly 30,000 RSS & Email subscribers. This month the blog is on pace for more than 100,000 unique visitors.
6. With the exception of about two dozen guest posts, I've written all of the 4000+ posts.
7. Writing this blog earns me oodles of money some gas money.
8. I do sleep.
9. Sometimes I write blog posts days before they appear on web.
10. Somedays I don't feel like writing, but I do it because 30,000 people are expecting fresh content everyday and that's the responsibility I've created for myself.
11. Most days I really really like writing this blog especially when I hear back from a reader who had a successful lesson using something I wrote about.

What would you like to know about this blog?