- Twitter: Seriously, getting on Twitter and using it for professional purposes is the single best move you can make to improve teaching and learning. Here are educators to follow on Twitter, a guide to educational hashtags and an introduction to twitter for newbies.
- Professional Communities Online – EdWeb.net, Connected Educator Ning, Future of Education, Classroom 2.0, The Educator’s PLN
- Webinars: Check out ASCD’s free webinars archive, Google Apps for Education webinars, Education Week Webinars, Open Education Week Archived Webinars
- Google+ Communities – Google Apps for Education, Gamification in Education, Physics Education, Minecraft in Education, 20% Time
- Blogs & RSS Readers – Try Feedly, Flipboard, The Old Reader
- Social Bookmarking and Curated Collections- Diigo (K-12 Education groups), Pintrest and ScoopIt
- Online Book Club – Simple as GoodReads, complex as Book Club 106, or get picky with something subject specific like Level Up Book Club
- Follow “Summer” Conferences online – ISTE for example. They even have their own Ning. Of course, who needs that when you can read their Tweets? Seriously, just get on Twitter.
- TED-Ed & Ted Talks
- Learn to Code.org
I’ve got a secret: Google isn’t always the best at finding you what you want! Of course, if you use all of its tricks, you can Get The Most Out of Google! But still, there are other search and discovery engines out there that can help you find what the information you need, when you need it.
Try these Search Engines on for size:
- DuckDuckGo: Don’t want “someone” tracking your every move? Don’t want your search results to be impacted by your search history? Search with DuckDuckGo.
- InstaGrok: Visually pleasing, interactive results with alternate and extended search terms right in front of you. Research a topic, customize your results, share your search results web. Try it out!
- Scrius: It’s science! Check out their “About Us” page for more details, but the quickie version is that when you search REM, Google thinks rock music and Scrius thinks sleep.
- KidsClick!: Search Engine for Year 1 – Year 8
How about these Discovery/Reference sites?
- Finding Dulcinea: The library of the Internet! High quality, trustworthy websites selected by REAL HUMANS. 🙂
- Internet Public Library: This is the online version of the reference desk at a public library. In addition to a wealth of resources carefully selected for your use, there are REAL HUMANS working behind the IPL desk. Just “Ask an IPL Librarian” and a librarian or library student will help guide you to resources for your question.
- GapMinder: Aiming to support a fact-based worldview, GapMinder takes boring numbers and converts them into animated statistics in colorful graphs.
This only scratches the surface. What’s your favorite search engine or discovery website to turn to when the Internet giant Google isn’t what you need?
Padlet, (paper + wood + tablet, the stone ones), formally known as Wallwisher, has undergone an overhaul, an upgrade of sorts, but their missions remains the same; “Easiest way to put something on the Internet, or as we like to say ‘write’ on the Internet.” From creative writing, to posing thought provoking questions, initiating debates and many more uses.
Learn More About Padlet
- Padlet Features – Why Padlet is good enough to make you cry, brought to you by Padlet
- Padlet 101 – A Padlet About Padlet by Donovan Hall
- We Recommend: Padlet! – A post from “Education is My Life” on why Padlet rocks.
- Reviewing and Reflecting on the film “Bend it Like Beckham” – This Padlet was created in Year 9 English B w/ Ms. Chloe.
- Perspectives on Social Reading – This Padlet was created in DP English B year 13 with Ms. Chloe. They used the visible thinking activity, Compass Points, and Padlet as the tool.
Like it? Then you should sign up for an account.
Thinglink allows you to “create rich images with music, video, sound, text & more.
Share and discover deeper stories through images.”
Register for your ThingLink account today!
- ThingLink on SlideShare
- 26 Ways to Use ThingLink in the Classroom
- 10 Innovative Ways to use Thinglink
Great Examples: ThinglInk at Work
How are you using Thinglink in schools?
For our last in the Tech Tuesday iMovie series, we will look at how to export your iMovie, where to share it online and how to promote it so it will be seen by the people you care about.
License your Video
Use the Creative Commons Choose a License to generate a copyright license for your work. New to Creative Commons? Check out:
Finish Your Video
See Ms. Allan’s iMovieHowToGuide to follow two simple steps to finish your video: Share & Export. Or, if you want to publish it directly to YouTube, watch the video: Publish Your Project to YouTube. If you have iMovie ’11, you can Publish to Several Video Sharing Sites. Your iMovie will export as a .M4v file, which can be watched using these programs.
Promote your iMovie and Yourself
Check out some Alternatives to YouTube:
- Vimeo: They have a helpful video on Exporting to Upload for Vimeo with iMovie ’08 & ’09
- Internet Archive: This site supports Creative Commons licensing and is generally awesome in its drive to build a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
- Blip.tv: For serious video makers only (or perhaps the seriously unserious?). Blip.tv publishes original creative series works. You have to submit your series for publication consideration.
- Veoh: Feeling restricted by YouTube’s entry level length limits? Veoh doesn’t have ’em!
- Metacafe: If your video gets over 20,000 views, they pay you! Awesome. There is a limit of ten minutes on any upload.
Today’s Tech Tuesday is a workshop on editing your iMovie once you’ve imported all of your content. Use these tutorials to rock your iMovie.
Business Casual Fancy
- Enjoying and Organizing Your Video – Learn how to skim through your event library, preview videos full-screen with coverflow, and organize your footage to make it easy to browse and review.
- Adding Transitions Between Video Clips – Use transitions to move between scenes with effects such as ripple, mosaic, or page curl.
- Adding Titles to your iMovie – Add professional-looking titles and closing credits to your video. You can even customize title text by choosing the font style, size and color.
- Trimming Edits Between Video Clips – Fine-tune your video images and audio with iMovie’s advanced editing tools to create professional-looking movies.
Suit and Tie Fancy
- Add Animated Travel Maps – Choose from a number of animated globes and maps to enhance your travel video.
- Stabilize Shaky Video – Even if you shot your movie on a rutted road, you can easily get rid of the bounce and smooth the image for better viewing.
- Crop, Resize or Rotate your Video Clips – Easily reframe your movie by cropping, resizing, or rotating video clips.
- Add Video Effects – Set the mood and tone of your movie by applying one of many video effects, such as aged film, cartoon, vignette, dream, sepia, or X-ray.
- Adding Theme Titles and Transitions – Add animated titles and graphical transitions to give your themed project a professional look.
Tux and Tails Fancy
- Create Picture-in-Picture Effects – Nest one video clip inside another with this advanced tool. Use the Picture-in-Picture effect to show someone narrating the action or to present two different scenes taking place at the same time.
- Slow Down, Speed Up, and Reverse your Video – Create fun effects by changing the speed and direction of your video.
- Adding Sound Effects and Other Video – Bring your movie to life by adding audio from the iLife Sound Effects library.
- Add Background Music to your iMovie – Customize your videos with background music. Use songs from your iTunes library or choose sound effects and music from the iLife Sound Effects library.
- Record a Voiceover – Easily record a voiceover and add narration or commentary to your video.
What else do you want to know how to do? Ask your iMovie question as a comment on this post.
Today’s Tech Tuesday is the first of a series of three sessions on creating your iMovie.
Station One: Collect Media
If you don’t have your own photos and videos from your classroom or vacation, you’ll need to collect media (images, video clips and audio) that is free and fair to use in your new project.
Just like you don’t want anyone using your creative works in a way you didn’t intend, we should be fair to authors and artists around the world and heed their copyright wishes.
Ms. Katy’s favorite sites for Copyright-Free/Copyright-Fair Media
- Creative Commons Search – Don’t know anything about Creative Commons? Visit these earlier posts on Fair Use and watch the video about A Shared Culture.
- Internet Archive – Great resource for Video & Audio
- Other Resources for Free and Fair Use Media
Station Two: Start your iMovie Project
iMovie Tutorials –My apologies in advance. Morgan Freeman wasn’t available for narration, so we had to settle for Ms. Katy.
Prefer not to listen to the songbird that is Ms. Katy? Check out the iMovie – How To Guide created by our very own Ms. Sheila Allan.
Station Three: How Do I…?
What questions do you have? Next week’s Tech Tuesday will be dedicated to making your iMovie fancy as we look at some of the bells and whistles iMovie has to offer. Respond to this post with what you want to know about how to make your iMovie fantastic.