Saturday, March 17, 2012

Screen Leap - Instant and Easy Screen Sharing

Screen Leap is a free screen sharing service that I recently learned about through a post by Vicki Davis. To share your screen using Screen Leap just visit the site, click "share your screen," enable the Java applet, and send the sharing code to the person you want to view your screen. The person receiving your invitation code will be able to see your screen when you have Screen Leap activated.

Applications for Education
Screen Leap could be a handy little tool for those times when it is easier to show someone how to do something than it is to tell them how to do it. I'm thinking it could be particularly useful when you're trying to walk someone through setting up an account on a new-to-them web service.

Here are some other screen sharing services you might want to try:
Quick Screen Share
Join.me
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Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where I'm getting ready for two straight weeks of travel starting tomorrow with a trip to Discovery's headquarters for a forum titled Beyond the Textbook. Then I'm off to the Teacher2Teacher conference in Medicine Hat, Alberta, then to The American School in Lugano, Switzerland before coming home for EdCamp Maine. Thank you for reading, following, and sharing my blog posts. It's because of you that this blog continues to grow and provide me with these neat opportunities.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. TED Education - It's a Good Start
2. Numberphile - Videos About Curious Number Facts
3. Make Stop-Motion Movies With JellyCam 4.0
4. Mathnet on YouTube
5. Four Video Explanations of Daylight Saving Time
6. Create Study Materials from Evernote Notes
7. NCAA Geography Game


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Friday, March 16, 2012

WeVideo Now Offers an Android App for Collaborative Video Creation

WeVideo is a collaborative, online video creation and editing tool that I've been quite excited about since last fall. In January they left beta and opened to the whole world. Their latest update was the launch of a free Android app.

The WeVideo Android app will allow you to capture images and videos then quickly add them to collaborative video projects in WeVideo. Before you upload your videos with the app you can trim them to save editing time when you're using WeVideo on the web. And just like when you use the web version of WeVideo, you can invite other WeVideo users to view your media and contribute to your projects.

While using the WeVideo online editor you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and or sound of each element you add to your video project. What makes WeVideo collaborative is that you can invite other people to create and edit with you.

Applications for Education
The WeVideo Android app could be a great application for students to use when working on video projects for your course. By using the app students working on group video projects can capture and share media for that project quickly and easily whenever they see something that can enhance their videos.

Create Hashtag Infographics with Visual.ly

Infographics are all over the web these days. Now Visual.ly makes it easy to make your own Infographics from Twitter hashtags. To create an infographic with Visual.ly just sign-in with your Twitter ID, enter a hashtag that you want to see visualized, and select an infographic template. I created a simple infographic using the hashtag #edchat.


Applications for Education
Right now Visual.ly has limited application beyond visualizing hashtags, but hopefully they'll add more functionality in the future. In the meantime, Visual.ly could be a good way to visualize trends in current events for a social studies classroom. If your school uses Twitter to broadcast messages, like Patrick Larkin's school does, Visual.ly could be useful too.