Thursday, March 19, 2009

Using BlackBoard to host videos, rss feeds

Just sharing with colleagues that we do have capability through BlackBoard which has full capacity to create rss feeds and host videos.

Here is the podcast that Matt Stuczynski produces with his Spanish grammar class:

See Sharon Mooney's video podcast of her cat videos:

You can subscribe (via rss) to these public podcasts through iTunes, etc.

Vernon Hills High School has a library video channel hosting "movie trailers" for the Abe Lincoln nominees. Take a look.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tumblr @ SXSW

Today I was reading about the annual Austin music & film festival South by Southwest in the New York Times Arts Section and it turns out that Tweets are the big story here. My hero of the 2008 Campaign Nate Silver, the polling guru at FiveThirtyEight gave the keynote address at SXSW. How cool is that? New film releases look really interesting and fans got a sneak preview Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno,” to be released in July. It's another faux-documentary in which a "disgraced fashion reporter from Austria takes America by a storm of his own making".

The caption on this picture was "Teach me to Twitter" because the woman is actually using a cell phone the old fashioned way --to talk.

Along the way, I discovered a new app that my be easier than that clunky Weebly.
David Carp, 23 year old CEO of Tumblr, is there with his team promoting this new blogging tool. So, for all you web 2.0 junkies out there who haven't a clue about making web pages, I would suggest giving Tumblr a whirl.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Fantasizing about the Kindle 2

Having read David Pogue's review of the new Kindle 2--The Kindle: Good Before, Better Now -- which came out last week, I am thinking about purchasing one. I just read Kathy Schrock's enthusiastic blog post about her new Kindle which has the added bonus of staying connected to your Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter and Facebook. I found Shrock's blog post via her earnest Twittering.

Some features worth mentioning are the the 10.2 ounce weight (lighter than a paperback),about 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines, text to speech option, the highlighting feature,25% longer battery life (read on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on...turn wireless off and read for up to two weeks, and new buttons making it easier to hold and handle. The price tag is still $359 @ Amazon. The Kindle Store has more than 240,000 books available,(most under $10)plus top newspapers, magazines, and blogs. I am thinking for travel that it's a must! Does that mean I also have to schlep my laptop along to charge it via USB? hmmmm....

Sunday, March 01, 2009

ICE and NAIS Conference Links

Lucy Gray conveniently posted all these links from Chicago technology conferences to her blog this week. Take a look and learn!

ICE web site

ICE conference ning

ICE conference wiki -- presenter handouts

ICE conference twitterstream

NAIS Web Site - independent school community (conference also in Chicago this week)

NAIS bloggers
KaTrina Wentzel

Jonathan Martin

Michael Obel-Omia

Sarah Hanawald's liveblogging of the NAIS conference

NAIS twitterstream

Independent School Educators' Network