Monday, March 26, 2012

Digitize Student Work With the Three Ring App

Three Ring is a new free service offering free Android and iPhone apps for digitizing and organizing student work. Using the app teachers can take a picture of a student's work and upload it to a free Three Ring account. Three Ring offers teachers a lot of organizational flexibility. You could organize artifacts by student name, class, date, or just about any other tagging system that works for you.

A short video overview of Three Ring is embedded below.

Applications for Education
Three Ring could be a great way to collect hand-written work without actually collecting pieces of paper. Just go around the room snapping images of your students' work. You can add notes to each image before and after the upload so it is possible to grade work using the notes field next to each image.

H/T to Audrey Watters

What Did Shakespeare Really Sound Like?

For much longer than I've been alive Shakespeare's works have been read and performed in schools. But do we don't really know how the original performances of Shakespeare's plays sounded. That could change with completion of the British Library's new audio project. The project features 75 minutes of recordings created after much research into the original pronunciations. The complete recording is not available for free, but NPR has published a couple of excerpts in this recent story about the project.

Applications for Education
Shakespeare's Original Pronunciations could be a good resource to support classroom readings of some of Shakespeare's works. Take the guess work out of the pronunciations by hearing them.

H/T to my friends Jeff and Dan at Wicked Decent Learning

Videos - What is Fracking? What is its Impact?

Fracking to access natural gas seems to be in the news frequently these days. So this morning when I was on Explania and saw the video What is Fracking? I got the idea to search for some more videos about fracking and its impact on the environment and the economy. Here's some of what I came up with in my search.

What is Fracking? is a short music video that includes animations showing how fracking works. It is decidedly anti-fracking in its message so you'll want to talk about bias with your students before and or after showing it to them.

Last fall CBS News had a short segment about the job creation potential of fracking.

After the Gas Rush is a two part series from National Geographic's Journey on Earth Series. The videos are available on Snag Films.
Part 1

Part 2

And in the interest of attempting to balance this collection, here's a video that explains the fracking process with a decidedly pro-fracking bias. Again, this is a good opportunity to talk with your students about bias in media.

Automatically Improve the Quality of Your Videos

If you're shaky like me when capturing video on a cell phone or handheld video camera, YouTube has help for you. Last week YouTube released a new feature for the YouTube video editor. Now when you upload a video to your YouTube account, if the video is too shaky or dark you will be notified that YouTube can improve it for you. To help you decide if you want to use the automatically enhanced video, you'll see a preview of the improved video next to your original video file. The short video below offers a preview of the new service.

Applications for Education
If your students are creating "one-take" videos for a video blogging project, creating records of field trips, or you're just trying to capture a great moment in your classroom, the YouTube video editor is helpful for making quick enhancements to that footage.

What About Me? - Create an Infographic About Yourself

What About Me? is a free infographic generator from Intel. The purpose of What About Me? is to create infographics based on your Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube activities. The infographic created includes parts of your recent Facebook posts, when and what you post about on all three networks, and What About Me? even evaluates the average tone of your messages (mine are neither angry nor overly happy in tone). When your infographic is complete, you can download it from What About Me?

Applications for Education
What About Me? could be a good tool for getting students to look at their social media footprints. This could be particularly important for high school students applying to college as well as for students looking for jobs. Have students create an infographic to analyze what they're sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

H/T to Cool Infographics