Kwout it!

Trying a new tool that I read about called Kwout. Don’t really know why it’s called that–I think a lot of people in my world would be more likely to try tools if the language didn’t get in the way, but that’s another post…

Via a widget in my Firefox browser, Kwout does this:

http://twitter.com/home

Twitter via kwout

That is a screen capture of a piece of my twitter page this afternoon.

I can capture a screen shot easily and quickly and make it any size I need it to be. This is done with a useful little slider that sizes your kwout so you can see exactly how big it’ll be before you save/upload it–love that. They mashup with Blogger so that it’s wildly easy to post to my blog. Cool thing is that it says the hyperlinks within the graphic above are still hot, although I can’t tell as I type this. They’re not now, but they should be once this goes live. I’ll see how useful it ends up being. Like it at first blush!

Del.icio.us Librarians!

Our Web 2.0 for Librarians group is discovering Del.icio.us 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.?

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