Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Visualization of Punctuation's Importance

This is a fun video that I saw at some point in the last ten days on Larry Ferlazzo's blog. Punctuation is Important is a thirty second animation of the difference a comma makes in a sentence. Enjoy!

Applications for Education
Challenge your students to create short animations of grammar and punctuation rules. They could use services like XtraNormal or Creaza Education to create their videos.

Week in Review - Change the Clocks

Good morning from Maine where winter seems to have set-in. I hope all of my friends in the northern climates are warm and toasty. And wherever you are I hope the weekend brings the rest and relaxation you deserve. If you're in an area that observes Daylight Saving Time, don't forget to change your clocks this weekend. Have you ever wondered why we change our clocks? In this video the CBS Fast Draw team explains why.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
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5. Visualizing How We Reached 7 Billion
6. Typing Adventure - A Fun Little Typing Game
7. Projeqt - Create Visual Stories from Your Digital Content

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Friday, November 4, 2011

VoiceThread Mobile for iOS

A few weeks ago I ran a workshop in which participants explored some tools for digital storytelling. One of those tools was VoiceThread. I like to introduce teachers to VoiceThread because it is a very collaborative tool that everyone with a laptop can access and begin contributing to a story in a short period of time. However, until last week VoiceThread wasn't very mobile-friendly. That changed when VoiceThread introduced VoiceThread Mobile.

VoiceThread Mobile is a free app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Through the app users can create and comment on the go. Now you can snap a photo or capture a video with your iOS device and immediately start a VoiceThread project around that item. Or you could add that picture or video to an existing VoiceThread project.

Applications for Education
VoiceThread Mobile could be a great app for recording and reflecting on the sights and sounds of field trip. Take students on a walking tour of a historical district in a city and have them capture images that they then string together and discuss in a VoiceThread project that starts in the field and is finished back at school.

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.

Just Beam It - Drag and Drop File Transfers

Just Beam It is a new service for quickly and easily sharing files with your colleagues. To use the service just visit and drag a file from your desktop to the Just Beam It transfer box. After dragging your file, Just Beam It generates an unique url for your file. Give that link to the person or people you want to be able to download your files. Just Beam It supports files up to 2GB. Watch the short video below for an overview of Just Beam It in action.

JustBeamIt from JustBeamIt on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
If the email service in use at your school can't handle large attachments, Just Beam It could be one way for students to share files with each other and with you.

Just Beam It offers a Chrome Web App that you might find useful too.