TeacherTube: A YouTube for Educators

A new site for educators, TeacherTube, takes the sharing, production, and community-building aspects of YouTube and offers an educator’s version. According to TeacherTube’s founders, “We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners.”

The site officially launched in March 2007 and is slowly but surely gaining popularity. I’ve been sharing it and working with teachers in various districts to learn to take advantage of this kind of opportunity. What a great place for us to upload short instructional videos — or long ones; there’s no limit on size files or video length.

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OS X Intro

New to the Mac environment?  Want to touch up your skills on OS X?  Take a look at the following tutorial.  Originally made for a Visual Communication Technology course at BGSU (an updated, edited version for U of M will be made available soon), this PDF will take you step-by-step through the Mac operating system.  Simply download the file and open using Adobe Reader (do not open using Preview).  It will open full-screen and will guide you through Apple OS X.

Please visit our wiki to download the tutorial:

http://g333.pbworks.com/Computer-Basics

Teaching Through the Flu Prep Workshops!

These workshops will introduce faculty and support staff to the various technological solutions recommended in the LSA Teaching Through the Flu web guide (http://bit.ly/LSAFlu). Participants will learn about various ways to handle posting lectures or media, communicating and collaborating online, collecting and distributing files, delivering live lectures over the internet and conducting tests and quizzes online. Check the workshop sessions below, or follow this link for workshop registration!

A Tale of Two Screencasting Tools: Screencastle and Screenr for Twitter

Screenr

“Screenr.  For Twitter.”  I do realize how ridiculous that sounds (I mean, just say it out loud).  However, for those of you who are frequent tweeters, or those who think you might become frequent tweeters if you ever find a use for it, Screenr might be just the kind of add-on you need.

Twitter has amassed a variety of add-in type services designed to allow you to stretch that 140 characters as far as you can.  For instance, what if you want to add a long link to your tweet?  Use bit.ly or Tweetburner.  What if you want to share images?  Twitpic.

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