Thursday, November 4, 2010

Animoto - Creating amazing Videos


"Turn your photos & videos into pure amazing.  Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy."

Create videos with your own images, videos, and music or create with animoto's stock images, etc.  You enter the images, etc., and the text and they magically create the rest.  Try it out! 

In less than 10 minutes I created this video from a few of my own photographs - not too shabby I'd say.

Create your own video slideshow at

I know you'll have fun at Animoto, so check it out!


VoiceThread is another Web 2.0 technology with heaps of potential. This technology allows users to dialogue around single or multiple images, videos, and text.  There are various formats that can be used to as the basis of conversation - PDF's, Word, Excel, Powerpoint files, WAV or mp3 files.  Users can respond and dialogue using microphones, audio files, webcams, or via typing text. Watch the simple VoiceThread below to see an example of how they can be used.

I've created a sample VoiceThread below to suggest how VoiceThreads could be used in our classrooms and schools.  Please note that my sample is not 'picture perfect', but at least you should get the idea as to how it works and how you could possibly use it within your own practice.  So explore and have fun! (of course this won't include laughing at me, right?!?!) 
Need help creating one... please ask - I'd love to help!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Khan Academy Resource

"The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.  We are complementing Salman's ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World. "

This website contains an extensive video library: 1800+ Videos in Math, Science, History & Finance, as well as talks and interviews, exercise, and test prep for SAT's.

The videos are available free without logging in; however, users must create a free account to complete exercises and veiw your progress. Be sure to check this resource out!

Teacher Syndicate Resource

The Teacher Syndicate has just been updated!
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* The world's biggest education digital library with over 100,000 e-books
* 100's of free innovative lessons for all classes
* 100's of 1:1 computer resources
* New resources added weekly
* A free weekly newsletter listing all updates for that week

Also check out the specials from our education supplies warehouse!

Sharing too much on Facebook could cost you - Globe & Mail Article

Sharing too much on Facebook could cost you

Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 6:30AM EDT
Last updated Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 8:30AM EDT

This is a great article worth reading about how to protect yourself and your identity in Facebook and online.  Lots of good reminders!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Resource - CrowdVoice

CROWDVOICE - Tracking Voices of Protest

CrowdVoice brings together the global community with the topics you care about and want to follow. CrowdVoice is user-powered - the submitted information is chosen and approved by the community. Instead of checking news, video and social networking sites for updates on the issues that matter to you, get your fix in one place and join the crowd by adding information or approving what others already submitted.

CrowdVoice is a project by, an independent grassroots digital network that leverages the power of new media to facilitate our struggle against oppression in the Middle East and North Africa. We're driven by our passion for civil engagement, freedom of speech, and employing innovative solutions to pervasive and persistent human problems.

Crowded Voice - Voices in Protest

Interactive Folio and Study Guide: Romeo and Juliet

Interactive Folio and Study Guide: Romeo and Juliet

"Here you’ll find quite simply the most interactive and sophisticated version of Romeo and Juliet ever created: use it as a study guide and teaching tool. Read the play, read its English source texts, read critical materials on the play, explore Shakespeare's vocabulary, and experience a full range of multi-media associated with the play. "
Interactive Folio & Study Guide - Romeo and Juliet