Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Image via CrunchBaseFinding images for blog posts is sometimes a challenge, especially if we want to make sure they are legal and okay for digital dissemination. Just recently I came across another Firefox add-on that really helps my students and myself with this task. It's called Zemanta. Watch the screencast below to see how it works. Very slick, indeed. My second great find is called Screentoaster.com and you guessed it, I made the Zemanta screencast using Screentoaster.com. I predict, like Jane Hart, that this will be one of the premiere Web 2.0 tools for 2009. While many sang the praises of Jing in 2008, this web app will rival its predecessor because no download/install is required, and because resulting videos can be embedded in blogs and wikis in a snap. Is it faultless? No; when bandwidth is being sucked up in the building, audio hiccups are bound to result. Additionally, audio quality might not be as silky as Jing, but it's not terrible either. Both Zemanta and Screentoaster, are, in my opinion, keepers, so try them out. Non progredi est regredi!
I have HUGE respect for Steve Hargadon. He is very much a pioneer for all things Web 2.0 and has an incredible grasp on what all this means for education and the future. In this Slideshare, he presents 10 Web 2.0 trends that will have a profound impact on education. He is also the founder of Classroom 2.0, a Ning for educators wishing to learn more and use Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. Also suggested is his well articulated article found here and his Oct. 2008 article for Encyclopedia Britannica Blog titled "Moving Toward Web 2.0 in K-12 Education".
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