Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Potpourri of education websites

At the NCTIES technology conference I recently attended in Raleigh, I was made aware of the following sites. I checked them out, and they seem really good, maybe something to investigate during your "freetime"...
http://www.21classes.com/: Just another recommendated site for student/classroom blogging. Kid blog is still great too! http://kidblog.org

This site is intended to be a collection of resources for those interested in using ePortfolios in Education.

If you need a website to help you edit your pictures (crop, red-eye, resize), you may want to try out some of these! These were actually recommended by the DOT too:

A few cool sites for making collaborative slide shows:

Digital story-telling sites:

http://vocaroo.com/ is a great site for recording quick narration and saving as wav files without having to use more "complicated" programs like audacity.

Finally,  Lots of discussion lately about the best way to download YouTube videos...was having this conversation over the weekend with Mr Bryant

Here are some suggestions: (got from http://www.bspcn.com/2007/05/06/23-ways-to-download-youtube-videos/)

Try:  KeepVid is a simple site. No hassle, works not only for YouTube movies but for a number of other sites, including Google Video, MySpace Video, DailyMotion and others. Again, you have to add the .flv extension by hand.http://keepvid.com/

You also might try this free download software for converting file types--this is the best free one that I know of:  http://www.formatoz.com/download.html

YouTube Downloads takes the cake in the longest domain name contest. It also separates itself by using a proxy for downloading videos, which means that you might be able to get videos even if YouTube access is blocked at your workplace or in the country you live. Just search Google for YouTube videos, and copy/paste the URL into YouTube Downloads.


Windows Program:
YouTube Grabber downloads files from Youtube in .flv format. Just copy and paste the URL of a video from YouTube into the program, press grab, and the file will be downloaded into the same directory as the program.


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