Thursday, July 28, 2011

Have You Changed Your Passwords Recently?

It's the end of the month and this is a time when I like to share simple reminders of things that we all know we should do, but often forget to do. So this month I'd to remind you that it is important to periodically change your frequently used passwords. And if you're currently using weak passwords like "DAD123," please watch the short video below and start creating strong, secure passwords.

Click here if you cannot see the video.

Show Me What's Wrong - Help Your Friends With Their Computer Problems

Show Me What's Wrong is a free service offered by Screencast-O-Matic. The service is designed to help you help others with their computer problems. To use the service enter your name and email address to have a custom url assigned to you. You then send that url to the person who needs help. They open the link and can start recording their screens and talk about the trouble they're having. When they finish recording the screencast is sent directly to you. Watch the two minute video below to see Show Me What's Wrong in action.

Applications for Education
If you're the person in your school that everyone goes to for tech help, you know that trying to a fix a problem that someone can't quite describe correctly can be a trying experience. Show Me What's Wrong could make it easier for others to show you what they need help doing on their computers.

One Day on Earth - Mapped Videos of Life Around the World

One Day on Earth is a global collaborative project that launched last fall for the purpose of documenting 24 hours of life around the world. On October 10, 2010 (10.10.10) people around the world filmed life in their parts of the world. Those recordings were then contributed to a massive film project that will eventually be edited down to showcase the diversity, conflicts, tragedies, and triumphs that take place in a 24 hour period across the globe. The film is not ready yet, but you can explore many of the contributed videos by visiting the One Day on Earth map.

On the One Day on Earth map you can search for videos by location, browse the map by scrolling and zooming, search for videos by keyword, or browse videos by cause. I've embedded below one of the videos I found by zooming in on Mali.

ODOE UNDP Mali River from UNDP on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Exploring the One Day on Earth map could be a great way for students to see how people in other parts of the world really live. Things like the One Day on Earth map provide a huge advantage over
old ways of teaching Geography in which students used static paper-based atlases. With resources like the One Day on Earth map students can explore their curiosities instantly and in more depth than they could with books and atlases.

H/T to Google Maps Mania