Thursday, January 31, 2008

Did You Know?

Here is the Karl Fisch Did You Know video --trimmed down to 5.5 minutes and hosted on TeacherTube.

Storing Student Work Online

I'm the guilty one. I assigned a big slideshow project and only checked out the computer lab for FOUR WEEKS. What I forgot to factor in was that my middle schoolers really don't know how to cite their sources, so that had to be taught, there were a bunch of assemblies, and students were absent at times. Point is, not everyone finished, and I had to return the laptops!

Now what?

Kids still have to turn in the project, and they want to work on it on school computers AND AT HOME. So they need an online storage option . . . preferably one that does not require a valid email address. If I had been expecting this problem, I would have had them build the slideshows within Google's Presentations; then no problem would have arisen. But I didn't and they didn't.

So here is an option for storing student work online:

Students can login with an email address and password, but since it doesn't verify the email they can use whatever "email" they like as long as they remember it later.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Capturing YouTube Videos

Another way to download a youtube video onto your hard drive for use in school (in my school nothing hosted on youtube will play!).

First I went to Zamzar and told it I wanted to download a video. I told it I wanted it to be a .mov file and gave it my address. Then I went to the video I wanted and copied the URL from the address bar. I removed the word "watch" to make it in the same format as the zamzar example.

The whole process took less than a minute and I captured the process using JING*. Here's the JING video:

Several minutes later I received the email from Zamzar and clicked the link to download my .mov video.

Anyhow, I thought you'd be interested. Let me know if it works for you or not.

*JING is a freeware tool for Mac/Windows/Linux. It captures images and videos of your screen, and then can automatically upload them to (a free video streaming site). So all I did, once I had set up my screencast account, was tell JING to film my firefox window, then share it. A minute later JING said "the URL for your recorded video is now copied to your clipboard" and I pasted it into the email above. It's pretty slick.