Saturday, November 22, 2008

Create and Share Free Videos with

There's a new Web app,, which lets you create short (30 sec max) videos as easily as click Start, click Stop, click Save. You'll get a URL which you can email to people or HTML embed codes for two different sized movies which you can then insert into a blog, wiki, or Web page.

This is a quick example of the larger size embed. Took about a minute all together.

No registration or sign up is necessary. The site is still in alpha, so there may be glitches, but it was flawless for my example.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thinkfinity - Resources to Support 21st Century Skills

You'll find a wealth of free top-quality, exciting and engaging educational resources that support the skills we all need for success in the 21st century. Thinkfinity offers reliable and leading-edge content provided by our partners - the premier experts and organizations in the field of education. Educators will find engaging, standards-based lessons on every topic, information specific to grade levels and learning styles, and new teaching strategies to use inside and outside the classroom.

Thinkfinity Content Partners produce nine discipline-specific, standards-based web sites that include lessons for teachers, activities to use in and out of the classroom, games for young children and teen, adult literacy resources and reference materials for anyone in the education field, as well as for parents and after-school practitioners.

Many of the resources available through Thinkfinity's content partners reflect 21st century teaching and skills and make use of digital sources. This section highlights opportunities for teachers to engage their students in 21st century skills and themes while they work through core content in science, mathematics and humanities.

Thinkfinity lessons support and are aligned to national education standards. In response to teacher needs, Thinkfinity has launched the first phase of a project to align Thinkfinity resources to state standards. Select a state from the drop-down menu on the Search Results page for Thinkfinity Partner-created lesson plans.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Google Docs for the Classroom: An Overview

Google Docs is an online office-type suite which includes a word processor, a spreadsheet, presentations and forms. Users have access to their documents anywhere there is an Internet connection. Multiple users can edit the same document in real-time making Google Docs a powerful tool for collaboration.

After November 21, students will be able to access Google Docs without needing an email account.

This embedded slideshow provides an overview of Google Docs ...

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Five Sources for Free and Legal Images

Result page of image search Image via WikipediaGoogle image search is a great resource for images, but there can be issues with your right to use some of those images. Here are five links to sites where you can locate free (as in "no cost") and free (as in "available to use") images, clipart, video, and music.

Creative Commons Search allows students and teachers to search for images, music, and videos which are free for their use and which can be modified legally. is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet offering images that are free for on-line use. If your off-line use is not commercial you can download web size images for free. is a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo's license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos.

Classroom Clipart offers over 62,000 free images, clipart, illustrations animations and photographs for every occasions.

FlickrStorm is a better search for Flickr! It works by looking for more than what you enter to find related and more relevant images... Be suprised!
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