Monday, February 22, 2010

YouTube - Joe's Non-Netbook

I'll be driving to Flint, Michigan this morning (Cancelled due to weather) to attend a workshop entitled "Michigan Learns Online".  I've been asked to share briefly with this group my vision of how technology will play a part in learning.  I've selected the following video about a student who is frustrated by his history textbook.  The pictures aren't hyper-linked to more information, the text can't be enlarged, and saving information is difficult.  It's a mean't to be humorous, but it highlights the first principle of Universal Design for Learning - "Multiple Means of Representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge."  In what other ways does this video demonstrate the need for integrating technology with learning and teaching?

- Joe's Non-Netbook

Monday, February 8, 2010

Google Docs Forms Editor Features

Over the next month I'll be creating a series of tutorials focusing on Google Docs Forms.  In March I will be presenting a breakout session on the use of Google Forms in the Classroom at the Michigan Association For Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) annual conference in Grand Rapids, MI.  

This tutorial presents an overview of the features in the Forms editor.  

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Link of the Week #10 - Producer desktop app

I'm a big fan of tools that allow you to broadcast and record presentations, meetings, and tutorials.  I've used in the past to make tutorials for my students and also as means of broadcasting school-wide activities like the Constitution Day broadcast I wrote about here.

Ustream recently recently released a desktop application which allows you to produce your Ustream broadcasts without using their web based tools.  It loads quickly and has a relatively intuitive interface which allows you to blend screensharing, video clips, images, and audio files along with your webcam images.

Normally this would be a good opportunity to embed my own Ustream created overview of this tool, but Dean Mantz who tweets as @dmantz7 saw my twitter post about the Ustream Producer and has created a nice overview of the tool.  Thanks Dean, for the shout out at the beginning of the tutorial and permission to embed the video below here in my post!