Online Meetings

I’ve been looking for some online meeting software, and I’ve discovered a couple that are worth a look.  Of course, I’m referring to the free kind.  So far I’ve found WebHuddle and Vyew.  They both look pretty promising, and I tried out WebHuddle today and it seemed to work ok.  See what you think about them.

Why do I need online meeting software?  Well, my day gets pretty hectic, and all the traveling around I have to do at times gets a little old–particularly with the price of gas as it is.  Oh, I can get reimbursed for mileage so that’s not a problem.  I guess one of the main reasons I need it is to just play around with it so other folks can see how it works, and they might like to use it some as well.

Any thoughts?

Classroom 2.0

OK. What’s Classroom 2.0 you ask? It’s a site where teachers can go and get ideas for incorporating Web 2.0 in their classrooms. That’s nice, but what is Web 2.0? Well, the best way I can describe Web 2.0 is it’s basically a way of life. Seriously though, web 2.0 contains much more web-based dynamic content than the boring old static pages of 1.0. Everywhere you can imagine there is a Web 2.0 site on the Internet. Usually the site is in beta and has some time before it’s a fully functioning web application as the developers intend. Want to know more? Just Google Web 2.0 and sit back and watch the show!

Blabberize Yourself!!!

Found this cute little tool you could use for recording voices for a story.  Just trace the outline of the mouth in the picture and the mouth will move with the recording of your voice!  Cool!

Blabberize

Be careful if you send kids to the Blabberize page.  You never know what you might see there or what has been typed in as a caption.  However, this is a cute little tool to make things interesting.  I can see it particularly useful for storytelling.

Cool Tool

Back during Christmas I found a neat little website called Animoto.  It’s a page where you can take pictures and upload them.  Animoto will then use their special software to render a video for you.   You can create a video short of 30 seconds for free or you can choose to make a longer video if you subscribe for a year.  The subscription cost is $30.  I think this could be very useful in creating short videos for classroom review in various subjects.  Think of the stuff you could do with this on Ancient Egypt or World War II!  Hey, even the Greenhouse Effect could be rendered in a short video.  It could be a useful alternative to the Powerpoint slide show!

I’m Back

It’s been too long since I’ve posted.  I’m not sure that I can do as well as I did when I first started this blog, but I really hate to give it up.  I started this little project in order to give teachers some ideas on technology integration.  It’s been rewarding and fun most of the time just to be able to put my thoughts down.  However, getting it out in the public has not happened as I wished.  Many times I’m discouraged by the fact that our teachers don’t have a lot of time for new things because they are so strained under the pressure of what they must do.  Therefore, most of the ones I work with don’t even know about this little page.  I would like for that to change.  I am here to help them succeed using technology in their classrooms, and I don’t mean just technical problems but really getting the kids to use what they have.  There is so much out there.  Why can’t we just use it as a tool that it was intended and not to be dreaded because of unfamiliarity or lack of knowledge and experience?  That’s what I’m here for.

July Post

I’ve been so busy working this summer that I just haven’t posted a lot.  This is my post for July, and I didn’t even get one online in June.

Oh, how I can relate to this person’s pain!!

This article hits the nail on the head!  How I can relate to it!  Oh, wow!  Seriously, I have been in Wal-Mart and been mistaken for somebody who works there, and then they realize I don’t work there!  One person saw me not long ago and started asking me where such and such was and then realized, “Oh, you don’t work here!  You’re the computer lady from school!” 

I had to just grin.

I do think this is a good article, and one that everyone should bookmark and remind themselves of from time to time.

Ten Reasons It Doesn’t Pay to be ‘The Computer Guy’!

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