Education & Tech News to Use 06/04/2014

We have so many devices

Today’s post is a good old fashioned link dump! No rhyme or reason, just a few links that I’ve found interesting in the last few days!

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Education & Tech News to Use 06/03/2014

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Introduction to Creative Commons–A Video

Thanks to Steve Hargadon on the Classroom2.0 ning. He posted a link to this great video that I think does a wonderful job of quickly explaining what Creative Commons is and how it came about.

This would be a good intro for teacher PD. Only problem that I see is that in our district, all social media sites like youtube, flickr, photobucket, etc. are blocked for students. Teachers can now access them though, so for photos, flickrstorm would be a good option to share with them as well.

Here’s the video to share:

Inspiring Elementary School Blogs!

I happened upon a wonderful elementary school web site / blog that I just have to share with my web 2.0 classmates. Go look at Pashley Elementary School’s Library Blog now!

Librarian Kristina Neddo maintains a wonderful, regularly-updated blog that contains new book reviews, news about library events and fun web 2.0 projects that various classes have completed, including Voicethreads, how-to screencasts that could be used by faculty or students, and more! It doesn’t look like the blog is too old, but it is really a great example of library 2.0, I think.

I’m really inspired by looking at this librarian’s efforts to keep her library program vibrant–and I’m impressed that there seems to be a schoolwide (maybe a districtwide) understanding of the importance and power of emerging web technologies. I seem to spend a lot of time in my school day hitting road blocks–filtering issues, teachers/admin feeling too overwhelmed to try one more new thing, testing, testing, testing…. It’s great and reaffirming to see a librarian using these webtools effectively! After looking at this library blog, I’m confident that Ms. Neddo is a leader in her school’s efforts to really engage learners. Lucky kids!

Trying Out Flock Again

After watching Liz Davis’ great screencast about using Mozilla’s “social browser,” Flock (a browser-on-steroids), I decided to try it out again. I’d downloaded it awhile ago and never really fully gave it a chance. Gotta say that I’m not totally loving all of it yet, but I might grow to like it better.

I love several of the web2.0-ish aspects of it. For example, I’m blogging from it right now! note: posting from Flock didn’t work tonite, although I tested it a few days ago and it was fine, so maybe a glitch??? I’m getting used to the feed reader–I have always preferred using an rss aggregator add-on to my Firefox. It’s my favorite way to read my collected feeds, although it is limited, of course, since it resides in the browser. Flock has the same problem, but I’m not comfortable with the Flock interface quite yet.

I also love, love, LOVE the clipboard sidebar in Flock, which enables you to simply drag any item–photo, link, video, pdf–to the clipboard so that you can later use it in a blog post, google doc, etc. easily. Very convenient!

Flock seems to be a little….cumbersome….to me in some ways though. It takes a bit of time to load (aren’t we impatient these days…), and there are several tools that I’m not that interested in right now. I love my Firefox browser because it’s light and I can add whatever add-ons I know I’m going to use. Flock seems interesting enough to use it for a while though–I may love it in the end! Librarians!

Our Web 2.0 for Librarians group is discovering tonight!

Here is one of my favorite down-to-earth explanations of what Delicious and other social bookmarking tools enable us to do! Common Craft, the producer of this video tutorial has provided so many great tutorials that it’s worth mentioning them over and over!
Thanks Common Craft!

And here is David Warlick’s explanation–another great one!

Cool Kindergarten Blog!

Wow! It’s been over a month since I posted! I’m wondering if I’m cut out for this! I have just been swamped and I’ve gotten out of the habit of posting. Hmmm..

Anyway, today I was listening to EdTechWeekly, which is one of my favorite edtech podcasts, and I went to their website to see host Jennifer Maddrell’s graduation picture (just earned her PhD–impressive!).

One of the congrats posts was from Maria Knee, whose kindergarten blog is here. What a fantastic blog! She’s used all sorts of web2.0 tools, like Slideshare, VoiceThread, Bubbleshare, YackPack, etc. to share what her kids are doing with the world. It’s just an excellent example of what can be done to connect kids to the world and to let parents/grandparents/community members into their children’s learning. Very exciting. And kudos to her school district for allowing use of those tools. Most of these are blocked in my district–and many, many other districts, to state it fairly!

Bottom line: this is a fantastic web site to share with teachers to show just what kinds of projects even the youngest of students can don that take advantage of the technology that we have available. I certainly think the students in Ms Knee’s classes/school will remember their kindergarten experiences. What fun they seem to be having learning!

New (to me) Screencasting Tool!

Here’s a screencast that I made to help our web2.0 cohort members who are doing the SLL2.0 course this fall with uploading their avatars to their blogs. Screencast-o-matic is a very easy and free tool that I will use again to create screencasts. I’m thinking of making tutorials for my teachers/students on it. Great for teaching new students how to use our PAC, making booklists on our PACs, etc. On Screencast-o-matic, the videos can remain on their site (of course, it’s blocked at our school), or you can download it, embed it, etc. Very slick.

I have tried repeatedly to upload it to Teacher Tube, but I’m not having any luck. It keeps getting stuck and times out on the upload. So I’m embedding it here, although that’s probably not a long term solution because it’s 4 min long and 42MB. I’m learning though–this is a first effort. Any wisdom out there about using Teacher Tube, making screencasts, etc.?

How to Put Your Yahoo Avatar on Your Blog

New Bloggers!

Our district librarians & ed-tech team have formed a cohort of web2.0 learners, and we have some that have made some exciting discoveries! Welcome to the Blogosphere, ladies! Keep posting and commenting! It’s very exciting for your fellow bloggers to get comments! Kudos to you all for taking the plunge and learning about these new technologies that are so “native” to our students’ lives.

Today’s Student, Yesterday’s Classes

I read about this video on Dean Shareski’s blog today, and I just don’t want to forget about it, so I’m embedding it here:

Wow! Another great one from Michael Wesch–the same man who did The Machine is Us/ing Us!

I wonder about a video illustrating this concept of disconnect between our students and our system. What would it look like if translated to the younger students–like my elementary aged kids or middle schoolers? Thinking…

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