Friday 5: NECC 2066
Hi All –
School started this week for teachers in my building, so I am back in the saddle again publishing Friday 5 lists. For those of you new to this listserv, I try to publish a weekly thematic list of web sites useful to educators. Suggestions are always welcome, and I particularly am in need of theme ideas for this year!
This week’s collection of links are mostly from NECC. Next week, I will supply sites related to the second half of my summer. Enjoy and send any feedback to email@example.com!
1) Global SchoolNet Collaborative Learning
I took a workshop at NECC led by the founders of this web site. It’s a great resource for finding other teachers interested in working on collaborative projects. The founders, Yvonne Marie Andres and Al Rogers, were assisted during this workshop by a woman from Israel named Karen Eini, who also runs an interesting project called Friends and Flags (http://friendsandflags.org/).
This video hosting site seems similar to You Tube (http://www.youtube.com). The purpose is to upload small video clips for friends and family to view. This link was cited in the aforementioned workshop.
3) Main Learning Technology Initiative
Maine took a big risk and issued laptops to all of its middle school students a few years ago. I’m very interested in 1 to 1 deployments in general and this link was one of several cited during a NECC presentation by Pamela Livingston of the Peck School in New Jersey. She has just written a book on the subject which as been published by the International Society for Technology in Education.
At any rate, I am not sure how current this site is, but it seems worth exploring. Another related site to check out might be Maine professor Mike Muir’s web site: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~muir/.
4) Software MacKiev – Kid Pix Deluxe 3
MacKiev has retooled several popular software titles for Apple Computers. Kid Pix Deluxe 3, for instance, integrates with the iLife suite of software. The newest version announced at NECC supports podcasting! You can make a Quicktime movie in Kid Pix, podcast it, and load it on your video iPod!
Inspiration has announced a new product to add to their collection of concept mapping software. InspireData is designed for students to use when collecting, organizing and analyzing data. I have not tried it yet, but I am looking forward to downloading a trial copy to see what it is all about.
6) Cosmic Blobs
I stopped by this booth at NECC for a demo, and this 3D software designed for kids looks like fun. Think Kid Pix on steroids! It's for Mac AND PCs.
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