Showing posts with label global collaboration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label global collaboration. Show all posts

Friday, January 15, 2016

Skype Translator Is Now Available to All Windows Users

Last spring Microsoft made a preview edition of Skype's translation tool available to Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users. The limitation of the preview edition was that all parties in the call had to install the preview edition. This week Microsoft announced that Skype Translator is now a native part of Skype for Windows. This means that anyone using Skype on a Windows computer will be able to utilize Translator.

Skype Translator will automatically transcribe and translate as you talk. At this time Translator supports Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. In instant text Skype messaging Translator supports 50 languages.

To use Skype Translator in Windows simply open Skype as usual then click the globe icon in the upper, right corner of the app. If the globe icon isn't visible, make sure you have updated to the latest version of the app.
Image courtesy of Microsoft PR. 
Applications for Education
As demonstrated in the video embedded below, the realtime translation option in Skype will open up more possibilities for connecting classrooms through activities like Mystery Skype.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Teaching Tree - Video Explanations of Computer Science Concepts

Teaching Tree is a free resource for anyone who is interested in learning about computer science on his or her own. Teaching Tree offers videos organized into five categories with dozens of topics inside each category. The videos that you will find in Teaching Tree are a mix of short tutorials and longer lectures from university professors. The longer lectures are tagged with the key concepts that they contain. Clicking on a tag jumps you to the spot in the lecture that addresses the concept you want to learn about.

Registered Teaching Tree users can add videos and tag videos.

Applications for Education
Teaching Tree could be a great resource for students who want to learn about computer science on their own. If you teach computer science courses Teaching Tree could be useful for locating review materials to share with your students. You may also consider having your students search for or create videos to share on Teaching Tree and then tag them to help other people learn from their work.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Harnu - Connect and Learn With the World

Harnu is an interesting new site that my friend Beth Still shared with me yesterday. The purpose of Harnu is to enable you to discover news, videos, music and connect with people all over the world.

To discover news, videos, and music sign-in to Harnu, select a media type, then select a country. Harnu will then give you a list of news stories, videos, or music from your chosen country.

To connect with people all over the world sign-in to Harnu, select "send message," select the location to which you want to send a message, then write and send your message. People from that location can see you message and reply to you. And you can use Harnu to select location, find people sending messages from those countries then reply to them.

Applications for Education
Harnu has the potential to be a good way to find teachers in other parts of the world and connect with them for globally collaborative classroom projects. Or you could just use Harnu to find news stories coming out of the countries that your students are studying.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

VIDquik Offers Quick Video Calling

VIDquik is a new video calling system that does not require you to install any special software (you will need to make sure that Flash is up to date on your computer). To make a video call with VIDquik just click "video conf" on the homepage, enter your email address, and enter the email address of the person you wish to video call. VIDquik connect you as soon as the other person receives the email. VIDquik does give you the option to text chat while video calling.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a free and easy-to-use alternative to Skype, give VIDquik a try. You could use the service to connect your classroom with their e-penpals in another part of the world.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Olympic Challenge 2012 - Olympics-inspired Lessons

Through a Tweet from Jen Deyenberg earlier this week I learned about a neat collaborative project started by Chris Leach. Olympic Challenge 2012 is a series of academic challenges based upon Summer Olympic events. Right now there are twenty-two challenges proposed. Teachers can sign-up to have their students "challenge" other classrooms. Or you could simply have your students try the challenges without challenging another classroom. Here's one of the fun challenges in the list; Tennis: draw faces on tennis balls and then animate them to tell a story.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Skype in the Classroom is Now Open

At the end of 2010 Skype announced that they were creating a directory of classrooms that want to connect with each other through Skype. This morning I learned through Read Write Web that the Skype in the Classroom community is now open. Skype in the Classroom invites teachers to create profiles that include their locations and interests. Browse the profiles of other teachers you can help or can help you and your students through Skype. When you've found someone you can add him or her to your Skype contacts.

Applications for Education
Teachers have been connecting through Skype for a while now, but until now the only way to find other teachers was through other networks like Twitter and Classroom 2.0. Now teachers can find collaboration partners within the Skype environment. If you would like to learn more about using Skype in your classroom, please read the Skype section of The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Skype Education - A Directory of Classrooms

Skype is a fantastic free resource that enables teachers around the world to connect their classrooms and to virtually bring expert visitors to their classrooms. To help teachers around the world connect their classrooms, Skype is developing Skype in the Classroom. Skype in the Classroom, launching in December, will be a free directory of classrooms that are on Skype and are looking to connect with other classrooms. Registration is open now for those teachers who would like to be in the Skype in the Classroom directory.

Thanks to George Couros for sharing the link on Twitter.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Teachers Connecting - Find a Collaboration Partner
Wetoku - Conduct, Record, and Share Video Conferences
Vodburner - Free Skype Call Recording

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Teachers Connecting - Find a Collaboration Partner

There are numerous informal ways for teachers to connect. Three of the more common places to connect are Classroom 2.0, Twitter, and Facebook. The connections made through those forums can be used to create a global, collaborative, classroom project. However, if you're new to those networks or you're just beginning to form a PLN it's not always easy to find a collaboration partner. Fortunately, Teachers Connecting can help you find a partner for a collaborative project.

Teachers Connecting is a professional network where you can find other teachers who would like to connect their classrooms with your's. On Teachers Connecting you can post a project proposal or search for projects proposed by other teachers.

Applications for Education
Teachers Connecting could have your next global collaborative project just waiting for you and your students. If it doesn't, propose one and find a partner for your next project.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:

My PLN and the Butter Battle Book

Learn Central - A Social Network for Educators

Why Do We Connect?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

More Interesting Ways to...

Tom Barrett has launched a new set of Interesting Ways slides. Tom's Interesting Ways slide decks are collaborative projects to which anyone can make a contribution, just contact Tom. The new additions to the Interesting Ways series are Web Conferencing in the Classroom, Teaching Reading Comprehension, Teach Spelling in the Classroom, Learning Platforms in the Classroom, and Encourage Pupils and their Families to Visit Your School Blog. You can see all of the previous installments to the Interesting Ways series here.

Embedded below you will find a slide deck from a previous installment of the Interesting Ways series. If you have something to add, make sure you contact Tom Barrett with your suggestion.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mixed Ink - Collaborative Policy Writing

Mixed Ink is a collaborative writing tool that is best described as one part wiki, one part Google Docs, and one part polling system. Mixed Ink is designed for use by a community of people to develop mission statements, open letters to Congress or government officials, and other policy statements.

Mixed Ink offers a collaborative writing platform that includes revisions along the side of the writing tablet. This allows everyone to quickly see who edited what. This is an advantage over Google Docs or a wiki where you have to change pages to see revisions. Mixed Ink also allows you to vote or rate the revisions that have been made to a document. To learn more about everything that Mixed Ink offers, watch the video embedded below.

MixedInk from MixedInk on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Mixed Ink could be a good tool for getting a class or combination of classes to collaborate on an open letter to Congress. You could also use Mixed Ink to have students draft a vision statement for their school. Mixed Ink might also be a good tool for getting students from different schools to work together to draft a vision statement for the education system in a country.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wetoku - Conduct and Share Video Interviews

In the course of any given week I register for at least two dozen different websites and services that I think might be of interest to educators. So when I registered for Wetoku's private beta a couple of weeks ago, I quickly forgot about it until Read Write Web ran a story about it last night. After reading the story I went back through my email and activated my Wetoku beta account.

Wetoku is a free service for quickly conducting, recording, and sharing video interviews using your webcam. To conduct an interview just log-in to your account, click "start new interview," and send the invitation link to whomever you want to interview. Wetoku records the videos from both participants in the interview. When you embed the recording, the videos of both participants appear side by side (see the sample from RWW here).

If you would like to try Wetoku, you do have to sign up for a private beta invitation. I got my invitation within 24 hours.

Applications for Education
Wetoku is a simple video conferencing service that doesn't require you to install any software. This is an advantage if you work in a school that doesn't allow you to install conferencing software like Skype. The other potential advantage of Wetoku is that all calls are automatically recorded which is an advantage when compared to Skype.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Connecting Classrooms Through VoiceThread - Free Web Conferencing from
Stinto - Quickly Create a Free Chat Room

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Global Survey of Schools and Students

Every spring MLTI (Maine Learning Technology Initiative) hosts a student/ teacher tech conference where teachers and students present together. It is a great time of learning and sharing. I presented last year, but am unable to attend this year.

This year Sarah Sutter, Alice Barr, Cheryl Oakes, Kern Kelley, and Jim Moulton are hoping to get the 800 student participants online and using Google as a data tool. The goal is to have all of the students looking at and utilizing the data from this global survey about the length of school days and access to public education around the world. If you have a couple of minutes, can you and your students please complete the brief survey? I know the students and teachers in attendance will appreciate it.