Mini-geekfest Links February 14, 2011

Elluminate recording link for tonight's show if you'd like to watch it again or share it with friends:

Livebinder Link for all of the Mini-Geekfest webinars (click on the tab for each month to see the links for that session)

Peggy's Resources for February 14, 2011
Incredibly creative way to wish a friend happy birthday! Video created by Dean Shareski to wish Alec Couros happy birthday from his friends. Now we need to know how he did it! (Watch the video on ViewPure just to see the difference!
Here's Dean's explanation of how he created this amazing video!

Incredible virtual learning experience via FETC 2011 (2/1/11)

Discovery Ed presentation by Kathy Schrock streamed via Livestream
Broke into groups to create a project using digital cameras, mobile devices, flip video cameras, etc. We created our own virtual group online, collaborated to create a project on Weather and it was shared with the face-to-face conference participants following the session.

Google form created and tweeted out to PLNs to gather data about their weather on a Google map:

We all went outside to take a photo of our weather, uploaded it to Flickr and added it to the presentation. I used FlickIt from my iphone to upload my pic to Flickr directly.

Our virtual Google presentation created collaboratively by people around the country "Weather or Not..." (you can view the slides here)

Weather or Not-Youtube video created by group member:

DEN SciCon Conference resources (recordings posted)

Math Science Posters free to download

LiveBinder for Science Resources: Top 10 Free Science Resources from Discovery Education (also share our LiveBinder for the last Mini-geekfest)

Valentine's Day Teaching Resources LiveBinder
(Share LessonPlans-Valentine's Math example)

90+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy (compiled by Alec Couros)

Over the past few years, I have been collecting interesting Internet videos that would be appropriate for lessons and presentations, or personal research, related to technological and media literacy. Here are 70+ videos organized into various sub-categories. These videos are of varying quality, cross several genres, and are of varied suitability for classroom use. VuSafe: Easy, secure way to find, organize and share educational videos (show video in web tour-2:55)

ViewPure is exactly what the name implies: pure video viewing. It gives educators the ability show students YouTube videos without advertising, free from links to suggested videos that might be inappropriate, and without user comments below the video. Users can copy the video’s “pure” URL for future reference. In addition, teachers can opt to install a “Purify” button on their browser’s toolbar. Instead of pasting a YouTube video’s URL into the ViewPure URL field, an educator can simply click on the “Purify” button while viewing the YouTube video to instantly clear it of questionable advertisements and materials.
(Editor’s note: M86 Security has created a free website [9] that also strips YouTube videos of their comments, links, and advertising. This website, called VuSafe, lets teachers create online video libraries of their favorite educational videos from YouTube and other sources, but unless the school uses M86′s web filter, YouTube must be unblocked on the teacher’s computer if he or she shows the videos in class.)

TubeChop helps educators avoid the hassle of skipping through videos to find a certain clip within the video. Instead, users can select and “cut” just the portion of the video they would like to show or share with others.

Spell with Flickr (This template includes ads from Google) Karin Beil's blog post: Spelling with Photos

letter M letter I letter N I letter G E E IMG_5517_2 IMG_5610_2 E letter S letter T

letter S letter P e L letter L 2-21 Shoe shopping stencil N letter G

WordSift (Shared by Kathy Schrock in her S.O.S.: Help for Busy Teachers free email list-Sites of the School Days)
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators on Discovery Education
...a tag cloud creator which, when putting your text in the box, also brings up Google Images, the Visual Thesaurus, and pulls out the most relevant parts of the text from the tag cloud

Kim's Resources for February 14th, 2011

This is, without a doubt, one of the best websites I have come across in a long time. It is so wonderfully easy to use!

I am sure there are many sites that you can do this type of work in, but, this one is easy to use, making it a winner for me! Cautionary note - more for personal use, not
necessarily something to use in front of students. I would suggest creating then showing final project to students.

Make your Case (Scholastic)
Think you’ve got the Seventh Amendment down? Then it’s time to Make Your Case. Take part in this courtroom trial simulation and learn how important our right to a trial by jury is.
You’ll play the role of an attorney in a civil case against one of your classmates. You can also play as teams.
Bring your best game, because we’re keeping score. Each player or team of players will score points for asking witnesses the correct question or making the right objection.

Google Art Project
What is the ‘Art Project’?
A unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.
  • Explore museums with Street View technology: virtually move around the museum’s galleries, selecting works of art that interest you, navigate though interactive floor plans and learn more about the museum and you explore.
  • Artwork View: discover featured artworks at high resolution and use the custom viewer to zoom into paintings. Expanding the info panel allows you to read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist and watch related YouTube videos.
  • Create your own collection: the ‘Create an Artwork Collection’ feature allows you to save specific views of any of the 1000+ artworks and build your own personalised collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with friends and family.
Why is there a difference between the museums in terms of the number of galleries, artworks and related information?Google approached the museum partners without any curatorial direction, and each museum was able to chose the number of galleries, artwork and information they wanted to include, based on reasons specific to them. All content in the information panel pertaining to individual artworks was also provided by the museums.Why are some areas or specific paintings in the museum Street View imagery blurred?Some of the paintings and features captured with Street View were required to be blurred by the museums for reasons pertaining to copyrights.Are the images on the Art Project site copyright protected?The high resolution imagery of artworks featured on the art project site are owned by the museums, and these images may be subject to copyright laws around the world. The Street View imagery is owned by Google. All of the imagery on this site is provided for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the art project site, in the manner permitted by Google’s Terms of Service.
The normal Google Terms of Service apply to your use of the entire site.

Our partners:For now the following museums are included in the project:
  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin - Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC - USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC - USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin - Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC - USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC - USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid - Spain
  • Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza, Madrid - Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague - Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London - UK
  • Palace of Versailles - France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg - Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow - Russia
  • Tate Britain, London - UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence - Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam - The Netherlands

Knoword is a game of quick thinking, smart decisions and great words. It focuses on teaching and advocating proper spelling habits, as well as good observational, analytical and typing skills. What makes Knoword different from all the other fun word games out there is that it's actually fun! With its fast-paced, addictive gameplay and a competitive and comprehensive player ranking system , Knoword pushes the limits on contemporary puzzle games and provides its players with a truly rewarding experience.

Make Use of
Numerous calendars you can download. Will need to register to download calendars.
Names of calendars:
  • Doodle
  • My Owl Barn
  • Alice Cantrell artwork
  • Blog Guide Book
  • Blue Ant Studio
  • More....

Survey link for tonight's webinar: Whether you participate live or view the recording you may complete the survey and request a 1-hour professional development certificate.

Links and ideas shared in the chat log and on the mic tonight--THANK YOU! You are fabulous!!

Maureen 1: Got a great idea from one of the webinars at DEN SciCon- using to create widget sized sites that you can embed into placemarks on google earth.

IreneKistler: Yes! I have three LiveBinders linked on my blog:

Maureen 1: I love livebinders. Made one last week to do PD for language teachers.

IreneKistler: There is an instructional glog binder, a Classroom 2.0 binder and a Blog Widgets binder for teachers to use.

IreneKistler: Livebinder is SO easy to use. There's a tab to place at the top of your computer and you can press Livebinder It to add to your binder.

Maureen 1: I liked livebinders since I can actually add another livebinder right into mine via url. Can you do that with only2clicks?

Maureen 1: Livebinders are also embeddable- I don't think that only 2 clicks is, is it?

kim caise: with livebinders you have a collaboration feature

Maureen 1: You can also upload your own media, docs, pdfs, etc. to your binder

IreneKistler: I didn't realize you could livebinder within a!

IreneKistler: I've uploaded Youtube in it, Brainpop, documents, etc.

Maureen 1: Since it feels more like a paper binder than anything fancier- it is not as difficult for teachers to use. They also have a bookmarklet that you can use to make it so quick and easy to compile your resources as you browse.

shannonlibrarian: how does the collaboration feature work?

Maureen 1: @shannon- you just invite people via their email and make them collaborators- easy peasy

kim caise: Free LiveBinder webinars: knowledge sharing place at learncentral click on portfolio tab. They are having a session on the 17th this week

kim caise:

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Maureen 1: I like simplebooklet- you can resize it, which is different from most and it is embeddable, which is always a selling point for me. I made one for k12 online this year- embedded the videos in them every week as they were published

kim caise:

IreneKistler: Here is the invention link livebinder:

IreneKistler: The invention livebinder was specifically written for our team and the weekly plans, so I didn't publish that one on my blog.

kim caise:

kim caise:

kim caise: (about kids and books)

kim caise: i forgot - i created one for web conferencing tools
kim caise: web conferencing resources fo rteachers

Maureen 1: This is an amazing resource that Joyce Valenza put together on only2clicks. I have not gone thru it all- but was amazed at all the resources she has compiled.

kim caise: @shannon, when you register for an account with livebinders you can add collaborators in the dashboard of the livebinder you want to share

kim caise: staying safe online live binder

kim caise: our Classroom 2.0 LIVE livebinders (new binder created for each month)

kim caise: cool web 2.0 tools livebinder

Kulari: (fabulous bookmarking, sharing, research tool)

kim caise: there are lots of education related groups at diigo including a classroom 2.0 live group that we started

Other great Diigo groups to follow for educational technology resources: Literacy with ICT Special Ed in the 21st Century (created by Peggy George) Discovery Educator Network Assistive Technology in Special Education Interactive Whiteboards in the Classroom

Maureen 1: I finally got splashtop configured to work with my itouch. I can actually connect to and use my home computer from school.

Maureen 1: Aside from realplayer, or using the download link that is available on some videos, I use keepvid or:
Add a "kiss" Just take the url from youtube and add the word kiss in front of youtube. eg. Change it to Adding the word "kick" will do the same thing. Both just bring you to
Software (free)

IreneKistler: Scribble Maps

IreneKistler: Scratch off card to embed in blog:

kim caise: code where you can make an image of a concert ticket-

LiveBinder for Mini-geekfest links organized by months