Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blabberize It!

Are you looking for a fun and different project for your students or maybe you just want to have some fun with a friend's photo?  If so, check out Blabberize!  This cool site allows you to upload a photo of something or someone and make the person or object speak!    One of the great things about Blabberize is that in 3 simple steps your creation can be complete.  Or if you don't want to make your own and need a "Blabberize" in a hurry, simple click "Browse" at the top of the page to see other's creations.  Check out a simple educational example below that someone did about Mount Rushmore. Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How to Upload Video to YouTube

We have posted videos in the past about how to view YouTube videos at school through the Educational Video Library, but how do you get your own videos on YouTube? If you have recorded or created your own videos, it is really easy to upload them to YouTube for your students or anyone else to view them. Here's how:
  1. Go to YouTube.com and sign in with your account. (If you do not have an account, you will need to create one first.)
  2. Click the Upload link at the top of the page.
  3. Click the Upload video button at the top of the page.
  4. Select a file from your computer in the box that opens and click Open.
  5. Your video will begin to upload to YouTube's server. At this point you can also begin entering information about your video such as the title, description, tags (or keywords), and category. You can also select whether this video will be made public or be kept private from this page.

The video that you select to upload can be:

  • High Definition
  • Up to 2 GB (gigabytes) in size
  • Up to 15 minutes in length
  • A wide variety of formats including: AVI, 3GP, MOV, MP4, MPEG, FLV, SWF, and MKV.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Enhance Your YouTube Experience

<embedplus> is a great tool to help you get more out of your YouTube videos.  This great tool allows you to add things like, annotations and scene markers to your embedded videos along with a great zoom feature, easy access to comments made about the video, and easy access to other videos made by the person that submitted the video.  <embedplus> also gives you an awesome slow speed option to watch your video with.  On top of all of this you also have a button that allows you to quickly replay your video.  For those of you that embed videos into your Moodle sites, blogs, and web pages, you will definitely want to consider using <embedplus>!  It's very simple to get your video up and running with these features.  Check out how to do it here: http://www.embedplus.com.  Look below to see what it can do by watching our old EHOVEWire introduction video with <embedplus> features enabled.  Enjoy!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Glog's Away!

Looking for a cool project for you students? Glogster is the place for you!  Think of a glog as a visual blog or
interactive digital poster.  You or your students can create your own educational glog for free!  Once you start a glog, you have the capability to add videos, pictures, and much more.  On top of all this it can become collaborative, allowing multiple students to work together, and it is also safe.  Check out the website as well as a couple good glog examples, that have been made public on Glogster, below.  Enjoy!

Glog 1: http://glogsteredu.edu.glogster.com/glogster-in-media/?w1
Glog 2: http://lauratalley.edu.glogster.com/chemistry-111-112/?w1
Glog 3: http://kearneyk1.edu.glogster.com/jamestown-settlement/?w1

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Make Your Own Customized Magazine


Tabbloid is a very simple yet effective and useful web 2.0 site that allows you to compile your own customized magazine.  Best of all, Tabbloid, is very simple to use and no account is required!  Simply go to the website and click "Create Tabbloid."  Here you have a couple of options.  You can add an RSS feed or you can select the most popular feeds from some excellent websites.  The last step is to enter your email address and select when you want your custom magazine delivered to you, how often, and then click "Save Delivery Options" and wait for it to arrive.  This is a great way to keep yourself updated on your favorite topics! Enjoy!

Web Resources for your Student

During February 12th's Saturday Youth Enrichment's activities I shared a list of websites that parents could use with their children to help them succeed in school by extending their learning outside of the classroom as well as helping them complete projects utilizing technology. All of the discusssed sites fall into the category of Web 2.0 sites since they are engaging, allow the user to create content, as well as share content with all users of the site.

All of the sites discussed would alsobe useful to the classroom teacher. I encourage you to explore each site and to search out other Web 2.0 sites that can be used to engage students in learning.


The sites shared included:

Math Related Resources:


Science Related Resources:




Literacy Related Resources:




Social Studies Related Resources:




General/Fun Resources:







Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Present Yourself"


Slideshare is an awesome website for sharing slide presentations, documents, PDFs, and much more!  The only requirement for use is signing up for a free account.  Slideshare is extremely helpful if you are looking for information on a particular topic and want to save yourself some time.  Saving time is so simple too! Most of the information that is shared on this website is downloadable! This means that you can download, change (unless otherwise stated by the person sharing the content), and then re-present that information for your needs and in the format you want it.

Not only can you download, but you can upload! Feel free to share any presentations or documents you have with the world.  Who knows, you just may help someone else out the way you have been helped!  Check it out and Enjoy!

Click here for a quick explanation of Slideshare, by Slideshare:
SlideShare Quick Tour - Summary of features

Friday, February 11, 2011

Screencasting: Enage Your Students!

How many of you know what a screencast is? Anyone? Anyone? OK, so maybe some of you have heard this term but are still unsure of what it means and perhaps some of you do know what screencasting is and maybe have even used it.  Well today's post will explain what screencasting is for those of you who don't know and today's post will give all of you, even the ones that have used screencasting, some more resources to do this.

Screencasting is just as the name implies.  A screencast is a video created of your computer screen showing you a step-by-step process or explaining something.  Perhaps you remember the post a while back that introduced Microsoft Outlook Web App.  This is a perfect example of a screencast: http://ehovewire.blogspot.com/2011/01/outlook-web-app-2010-for-webmail.html.

OK, great! Now you're thinking I know what a screencast is, how do I make one!  Well, there are quite a few options out there! Here are just a few that you will want to check out:

  1. Screencast-o-matic
  2. ScreenCastle
  3. Screenjelly
  4. Jing
  5. ScreenToaster
  6. Screenr
  7. ShowMeWhatsWrong.com

Each of these services has a brief tutorial on their site that shows you step by step what you need to do to create a screencast.  My personal favorite right now is Screencast-o-matic since it allows you to export the file from the web to do with it what you like. The other services are great also!

If you want more ideas and explanations check out the two articles below:
How to Create a Screencast Like a Pro with These 6 Online Tools
Screencasting to collaborate or show off student work

Enjoy these awesome resources and engage your students!





Monday, February 7, 2011

Special Needs Students and Web 2.0

Web 2.0 resources are everywhere nowadays and many of them are amazingly helpful and useful.  Did you know that for those of you who work with special needs students or students with disabilities there are web 2.0 resources available for you too!  Check out this blog post from FreeTech4Teachers.com on the subject.  The post provides information on a few of these resources and how to use them with your students.  Enjoy!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Need A Career Direction? Look Here!

I guarantee if you were anything like me, you were uncertain of what you wanted as a career path when you were in high school.  Perhaps you are even a student still in high school and you have no idea what career path you want to take.  Maybe you do have some sort of an idea but still have some questions...

Well, here is a great compilation of some websites put together by MakeUseOf.com for you to check out:


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Black and White Blobs [QR Codes]



Have you ever seen a "bar" code like this before?


                                                                  
qrcode

Chances are you probably have.  This is no "bar" code.  It's actually a "QR" or "Quick Response" code.  From websites to contacts to text messages, these QR codes are popping up everywhere!  Using your cell phone camera and perhaps an app or two, you can scan these codes to decode their message.  Not only can you scan them to find results, you can make your own!  Find out more about this great tool by checking out these great technology tips posted at www.tammyworcester.com:
                               1.  Tip 95 - QR Codes - Part 1
                               2.  Tip 96 - QR Codes - Part 2
Let us know what you think about QR codes and any ways you could use or might already be using them.  Enjoy!