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Sunday, November 30, 2008

How to download you tube

This is a link that I expect to find really useful 

Youtube one of Biggest and Best video files sharing website which has giant collection of videos library. You can spend hours on YouTube while surfing thru your favorite videos. The only problem with YouTube is unavailability of Videos in various format like dvd, mp3, mp4, flv, mov etc. for downloading.

In case if you need to convert YouTube video in any of above format then first you need to download that YouTube video then using any YouTube video converting tool convert it into desired format. Does this sounds tedious and time consuming task, If yes the use lets you to directly download YouTube video in your favorite fomate. CatchYouTube is a web service which converts YouTube video online in dvd,flv,mp3,mp4,mov,wav,3gp format and lets you todownload that video.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Games for learning

This website from Scotland has some great ideas and tools for gaming in education.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sumo paint

This is a way cool tool - Sumo paint image editor, go play!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Talking to the world

I am just listening to students talk person to person with someone in Antarctica - this was set up for the classes by my Australian friend Chris.  He has also shared his teacher podcast workshop here and I am about to work through that as I have still not published an actual podcast and that is one of my major goals for 11ESP students to do next year. Chris has also recommended the mac tool Audio Hijack which I will be adding as the clarity of this recording is very impressive, as are Chris's hosting skills!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Web 2.0 tools

A great collection of links to web 2.0 tools as well as ideas for their use in the classroom, thanks to yet another amazing educator for making this collection available to us.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tag the world

A great blog post from Techcrunch that has reminded me once again of the value of tags - I try to do these pretty thoroughly but in the process of uploading a whole pile of pics to flickr I have been remiss.  A good wet day activity will be for me to go back and add tags and descriptions to these hundreds of photos.  An example of the value is that I recently received a comment from a Penwarden relation I had never heard of, when I tagged an old photograph of my dad's grandfather.  Another example was when I uploaded some of my mum's old school photos and a family of one of her classmates contacted me to say that was the first photo they had ever seen of their dad (who is now deceased) when he was young.  Connections like that are so exciting. 

15 Best freeware apps for Mac

Thanks to @guykawasaki for this link - when my new macbook pro arrives I'll be hooking up to most of these!  Meanwhile I have had a great weekend adding photos (once I upgraded my account) in flickr, twittering and skyping with a bunch of great educators around the world including my awesome friend Margit in Hawaii who is still really a kiwi girl at heart.  Today I am heading for Rotorua to attend a Digital Technology Guidelines meeting - prelude to next week's two day symposium, then tomorrow 1pm NZ time I am skyping in to a PD session in Buffalo with Mike Fisher, Angela Stockman and some other cool folks.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Flickr and other useful tools

Here is a link to another friend's wonderful collection of resources for educators - thanks HeyMilly for these awesome links - we love flickr too!

Newseum and teacher tech links

A great resource from a twitter friend

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Photo editing
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