Thursday, January 14, 2010

SchoolTube - A Safe Showcase for Students


School Tube is a free alternative to YouTube for schools.  Every school can set up their own channel where student and teacher created videos can be showcased!  Each teacher has their own channel.  What a great way to share projects with your school, family and the community at large!  One of the great things about SchoolTube is that it is moderated.  This means that each school has at least one person who is the moderator of their school channels.  This person will have the opportunity to review all videos before they are uploaded.  This keeps mischievous folks from uploading improper videos.  Because of this, schools and teachers can feel safe when students are searching for a video on SchoolTube.

Not only can teachers and students showcase original video projects for class, but you could also upload videos for school news, sporting events, drama and music events!  I am sure that all the creative educators and students out there can think of many things to use SchoolTube for so please leave a comment and share your ideas!

Remember that it is necessary to get permission from those involved and/or their parents before uploading a video.  No one wants to be on the Internet without their knowledge or permission!

Check it out and see what you think!  SchoolTubehttp://www.schooltube.com/

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jing Screencasting Software - Free!!


What is Jing you ask?  Jing is free software that you can download from the web that will let you record everything that you do on your computer screen or take snapshots.  You can record your voice at the same time using a microphone.  It then changes this recording into a movie file that you can upload to the web (YouTube, SchoolTube, etc.), play from your computer or website. 

This is very useful in education for many reasons.  You can create "How To" movies complete with narration to help students understand a technological  procedure, use a web 2.0 application, do a math problem, do research, cite sources, and the list goes on and on.  Just recently, I watched a Jing produced by one of my college students in my Digital Storytelling course.  This high school algebra teacher used PowerPoint and narration to explain how to do algebra problems that his high school students will be working on in class.  Then he used Jing to record his PowerPoint to create a movie.  It is simply an outstanding way of reaching students at home!  Let's face it, how many of us as youngsters got home, tried to do our algebra homework and just couldn't remember all the steps?  Now his students can go to his website and watch the video on all the steps of the problem and their problem is solved!!  Great job Glenn!!

There is a paid version of this program for $14.95 per year that lets you do direct uploads to your YouTube channel, or Flickr, etc.  I highly recommend you checking this out.  It is another tool that is simply outstanding.  Thanks to all the programmers who put this stuff out so that educators like myself can create richer learning environments for our students!!  Bravo!

Here is where you can download Jing!  http://www.jingproject.com/download/ 
Check out Glenn's Jing!  http://screencast.com/t/YWU5ZTJhY
Check out Glenn's School Site!