BuddyPoke! GoAnimate for Schools Legal Music For Videos Many musicians choose to release their songs under Creative Commons licenses, which give you the legal right to do things like use their music in your videos. What is Creative Commons? Creative Commons is a system that allows you to legally use “some rights reserved” music, movies, images, and other content — all for free. CC offers free copyright licenses that anyone can use to mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. For instance, a musician might use a Creative Commons license to allow people to legally share her songs online, make copies for friends, or even use them in videos or make remixes. Where can I find CC-licensed music? Several sites offer music published under Creative Commons’ flexible copyright licenses. Can I use any song with a CC license on it? Almost — you need to make sure that what you want to do with the music is OK under the terms of the particular Creative Commons license it’s under.
Cheat Sheet: Twitter For Teachers By Kimberly Tyson of learningunlimitedllc.com We’ve sung the praises of twitter in the classroom in the past–far and away our favorite social media tool of 2012. But while simple to use simply, it’s not the easiest tool to master. Thus this chart. Twitter for Educators Twitter, the popular social media platform, is continually picking up momentum in its number of users; however, I find many educators who are not tapping into the power of Twitter. For those just getting started, I’ll explain a few basic terms to help you easily and quickly navigate your way around Twitter. Twitter: The Basics Twitter: According to Wikipedia, Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages, called “tweets.” Benefits for Educators Connections: Twitter, at its heart, is a place to build connections with other educators – those next door and those across the country and world. A Word to the Wise
Crap Detection 101 - City Brights: Howard Rheingold “Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him.” Ernest Hemingway, 1954 The answer to almost any question is available within seconds, courtesy of the invention that has altered how we discover knowledge – the search engine. Materializing answers from the air turns out to be the easy part – the part a machine can do. The real difficulty kicks in when you click down into your search results. Unless a great many people learn the basics of online crap detection and begin applying their critical faculties en masse and very soon, I fear for the future of the Internet as a useful source of credible news, medical advice, financial information, educational resources, scholarly and scientific research. The first thing we all need to know about information online is how to detect crap, a technical term I use for information tainted by ignorance, inept communication, or deliberate deception. Today, just as it was back then, “Who is the author?” Resources:
Avatars Teach Teens About Self-Image Even as the national beauty obsession grows, a new virtual world has emerged to give kids another perspective about image. Credit: David Julian Eighth graders type furiously on the keyboards in a middle school computer lab. Their spirited online chat is all about appearances: Who looks gross? One day in her class, five health students chatted about how they have manipulated their personal avatars -- online images that represent them -- to appear "more attractive." Girl 1: I made myself taller and thinner. Whiting uses all the digital tools at her disposal -- from movies to instant messaging to virtual environments -- to get students thinking more critically about body image. Instead of blaming the messenger for the daily onslaught of impossibly beautiful images, Whiting uses digital media as her ally for combating stereotypes. A New Conversation Whiting first introduced her students to Teen Second Life two years ago. And guys aren't immune from the beauty obsession, either.
Invitations, Collages, Slideshows and Scrapbooks – Smilebox 10 Free Tools For Creating Your Own Maps Maps are handy for a lot of reasons. Not only do they help us navigate through certain areas, they also enable us to learn more about the world and what it has to offer. What if you’re someone who wants to create a map instead? Sure, there’s Google Map and Google Earth to help you out but there are actually other tools to choose from as well. Recommended Reading: 40 Creative Remakes Of The World Map 1. If you’re looking to create and view beautifully informative animated maps then this is the tool for you. If you send an Animap to your friends then it will display like a video which they can play, pause, slow and speed up. 2. UMapper is a useful map creation tool used by publications like National Geographic, Star Tribune, USA Today and other well-known organizations. You can use any one of the top map providers such as Bing Maps, Google Maps, and Open Street Map to get your map out there. 3. You can also send maps to your friends or embed them on your website. 4.Click2Map 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Photo editor | PicMonkey: Free Online Photo Editing 18 Google Chrome Extensions That Make the Internet a Better Place What’s the Game? Avatars in the Classroom : TEACH Magazine What’s the Game? : Avatars in the Classroom By Lisa Tran Everyone likes to learn. The type of knowledge one gains from reading a textbook cover to cover is not the same as the knowledge acquired through experience. The success in computer games and simulation worlds, whether educational or entertainment, lies in the player’s level of engagement. A recent study by the PEW Internet and American Life Project, a project of the PEW Research Center, found that 97% of teens aged 12-17 played video games whether computer, web, portable, or console games. Many multimedia learning environments enter Canadian schools daily. A video made using CrazyTalk. Younger students will especially enjoy GoAnimate, a web-based platform that produces animated flash skits with cartoon characters. The Monster Mash Music Video by CoadyTNP using GoAnimateAlthough more advanced, Oddcast is another fun virtual representation. Avatar-based learning and digital personas are inherently engaging.