Showing posts with label Robert Scoble. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robert Scoble. Show all posts

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Explore Nat Geo Traveler and Fotopedia on Your iPad

As I've mentioned in the past, Fotopedia is a great place to explore fantastic images of all kinds of wild places like National Parks. Now Fotopedia has partnered with National Geographic Traveler to bring you Dreams of Burma on your iPad. Dreams of Burma contains more than one thousand images of the places and people that make Burma unique.

Fotopedia also offers an app called Fotopedia Heritage. Fotopedia Heritage features more than 25,000 images of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Each image is accompanied by descriptions of each place. Robert Scoble wrote this in his review of the app, "It's kind of like a new kind of atlas with thousands of photos at your fingertips." Learn more about the app in the video below.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

More About Vokle's Free Web Conferencing Service

Last week I wrote a post about a new web conferencing service called Vokle. Today, I found a video on Building 43 in which Vokle's Chief Marketing Officer, Edward Dekeratry, discusses with Robert Scoble all of the features of Vokle. A key feature of Vokle that I missed in my post last week is Vokle gives you the ability to screen calls and text questions from viewers before they're posted to the general audience.
The video is embedded below.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Interview With OLPC

Here is another great video from Robert Scoble that should be of interest to technology teachers. In this video for Fast Company TV Scoble interviews the president of OLPC, Chuck Kane.
One of highlights from the interview include the announcement of another round of "give one, get one" in which donors can donate an XO laptop to developing countries.
About five minutes into interview, Mr. Kane makes an interesting statement about the philosophy of OLPC, "we're not a computer company, we're an education company."


I have an XO laptop that was generously given to me by Harold Shaw. Last spring I allowed my 9th grade students use it as much as they wanted during study halls. A few of my students thought the XO Laptop was more useful to them than the nine-years-old MacBooks that are on the school's computer carts.

Have you had any experience with the XO laptop? Do you think the XO laptop has a useful place in the schools of more developed countries like the United States, Canada, and Australia?

(If you're reading this post in a RSS reader, you may have to visit the blog directly to view the video).

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Library of Congress at Work - Great Interview

If you, like me, find yourself wandering in libraries and bookstores for hours, you're probably going to enjoy this interview of Helena Zinkham conducted by Robert Scoble for Fast Company TV. Helena Zinkham runs the prints and photography division of the US Library of Congress. It's a long video (48 minutes) well worth watching if you're at all curious about the creation of the Flickr Commons collection or the preservation of prints and photographs.



One of the great resources that I learned about during this video is Picture Australia. Picture Australia is a collection of images curated by the National Library of Australia.

(If you're reading this in a RSS reader, you may have to visit the blog directly to view the video).

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Making the NY Times Accessible to Students

Robert Scoble has posted on his blog a video of a conversation he had with a New York Times developer working on a project called the Times Machine. The Times Machine is not publicly available yet, but it looks like it could be a great web resource for history teachers and history students by the time school starts again in September. I've embedded the video a little lower in this blog entry.

The New York Times Learning Network has been around for a number of years now, but it's worth mentioning in case some hasn't looked at it before or hasn't heard of it. The New York Times Learning Network is constantly updated with new lesson plans designed for students in grades 3 through 12. Everyday there is a new lesson plan available. Each new lesson plan is based on a current news story. The New York Times Learning Network lesson plans can be searched by subject (every content area is covered), grade level, or news story.

Applications for Education
The lesson plans available from The New York Times Learning Network are accompanied by news stories written on a reading level to match the lesson plan's intended audience.

In addition to lesson plans, The New York Times Learning Network furnishes a selection of quizzes and learning activities that students can complete independently. Students will find daily quizzes about the news, a word of the day, and a test prep question of the day among other resources. The web navigator link on The New York Times Learning Network will lead students to a series of links categorized by academic content area.


Here is Robert Scoble's video taken at the NY Times about the Times Machine.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

How the World's Most Prolific Blogger Finds Material

More and more I get asked how I find enough material or time to blog as much as I do. My simple answer is that I scan more than 1,000 RSS feed items every day. But, I'm just an amateur blogger, I do it for fun, not for money (I haven't made enough to buy a bowl of cereal).

One of the people that I have gotten some great insight from about blogging and technology is Robert Scoble. Robert Scoble is one of the technology world's most prolific and influential bloggers. Scoble has more than 20,000 followers on Twitter and tens of thousands more read his blog or watch his videos daily. In this video shot by Center Networks at the Media Bistro Event in New York City, Robert Scoble talks about how he finds news and opinions. Scoble also discusses how new media is creating a "Worldwide Talk Show."

Here is the video.


Implications for Education
Is Robert Scoble correct, is new media and technology creating a worldwide talk show? I think he is. The challenge for educators is to prepare our students with the skills to be active, meaningful, participants in the worldwide talk show.