Friday, September 21

Diigo Slide Show

Initially, I was a bit skeptical of the slide show using only website screen shots, an offering from Diigo:

The site claims that the new user will be able to turn
bookmarks and feeds into interactive slideshows…
The instructions are not very direct or clear, but with a bit of perseverance, one can create a slide slow, create a group (which I haven't done yet), and email the URL.

I have chosen to use this new tool to deliver a mini-discussion session to Guam members of PDK (Phi Delta Kappa), an educational service organization.

Wednesday, April 18 Links

I have found a convenient way to host my web links, put them into categories that fit my needs, and have access to them from any Internet-connected computer. This wonderful little tool is called, -- a nice play on words and Internet domain names.

The additional delight is that when I link a site, I can instantly see how many others have also included the site on their list. If I choose one of those sites, I can, then, see what another person has linked to her/his sites. It's a nice, unobtrusive way of networking.

Teacher Tube

I have become acquainted recently with a technology tool that I believe will have a great impact on my pedagogy for teacher candidates, TeacherTube.

This site sports a YouTube look-alike interface, but is devoted exclusively to educational videos. Teachers can use the site to upload professional development videos and projects created in their classes, as well as to view, download, and comment on other educators' videos. Like most "Web 2.0" technology tools, the underlying premise of this site is for social networking and cooperation. The expectation is that noneducational and inappropriate videos will be "flagged" by users and removed from the site. You can view other educational videos; and, unlike its doppleganger, it's mostly likely not to be blocked by an educational institution.

Its success will depend on whether it can attract a critical mass of educators as users. Here's a chance for education to lead the way, for a change.

Additional educational technology comments and links can be viewed at BlendedEdu.Com.