Thursday, February 25, 2010

My extended absence - Photostory

Hello all.

My apologies for the extended absence, but I took a vacation a couple weeks ago which kind of set me back. Not to mention, we just started a new semester at school and I've been busy working on putting together a class wiki. Anyway, I'm back now (well at least part-time) and will try and post any new findings every so often until I get settled once again.

In the meantime, below is a short film I made using Photostory highlighting portions of my recent trip to Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia (home of the two holy sanctuaries in Islam).
This was actually the first time I've played with the software and found it to be fairly simple to use. One downside I found though is that it is kind of limited on it's feature set (esp. with audio editing). Anyway, I think it's a good tool starter tool for those creating videos for the first time.

Please feel free to leave comments letting me know what you think either of my video or your personal thoughts/opinions and experiences using Photostory.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Khan Academy

Khan Academy was a site mentioned during one of the sessions (can't recall exactly which one) of Connecting Online 2010 (CO10). The following is a brief introduction from the actual site:

"The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.

We have 1000+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan."

Here is a promotional video:

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

This project was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it serves to motivate district level leaders to provide teachers with the tools and training to do so.
(Compliments of Technology Integration in Education - http://tech-in-ed.ning.com/)