links for 2010-03-15

  • The Commentor provides ways to give feedback on visual documents themselves. The free plan: 100MB of image uploads, 2 projects, and 3 collaborators. After signing up, you begin by adding a project folder. After the project is created, you start adding “sketches,” e.g. visual images, designs, art work, photos. Once projects are uploaded, you can invite others to give you, well, comments.You are given a custom URL so that others can link to your account. …commentators must also join the site. It works similarly to the tools you find in say, Photoshop. It has tools for drawing squares and circles, for creating comment boxes, and a pen tool for freehand marks and sketches. Annotations made on project items are non-destructive. The original files are always kept in tact. The purpose of these tools is to actually give feedback on the project pieces themselves. All project items can be downloaded or locked, and there’s also a feature for approving projects items. -Makeuseof
  • ChemEd DL aims to provide exemplary digital resources, tools, and online services to aid in teaching and learning chemistry. A collaborative, community-driven effort, we provide a destination for all those interested in chemistry to share what they know so that others may learn.
  • 45 Chemistry Misconceptions
  • How to set up a Glogster account and create cool digital interactive poster.
    -via Michelle Sechler
  • VARK is a 16 question questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their learning preferences. These preferences are about the ways that they want to take-in and give-out information.
  • Glogster Tutorial
    When a teacher has a classroom full of students making posters, physical space is at a premium. Teachers often have a hard time finding a place to store and display all of those posters. Students can become frustrated with posters because they are not easily changed once markers have been used and their pictures have been glued down.

    Now there's a techie way for students to create and share virtual posters, and they're called glogs. Glogster is a free website where teachers and students can create glogs and it doesn't require any paper, markers, or glue. Glogs and can be shared with the world because they are published online. Unlike physical posters glogs can include audio and video. Glogs can be easily edited and changed at anytime. Via Michelle Sechler

  • It may not stick around that long once the powers that be find out, so if downloading and watching Hulu videos offline could help you out, grab StreamTransport. The tricky little app provides full-quality captures of streaming shows and movies.
    StreamTransport provides the … downloading function, and the quality is aces—a Saturday Night Live sketch we grabbed for a test came out looking like an iTunes (non-HD) download. The downloaded files are FLV formatted, which VLC Media Player has no problem opening, or converting for other platforms. It also can grab YouTube and a few other Flash-based videos, according to its creator, though we haven't tested it outside of Hulu. When possible, you should go the legal, non-work-around method of streaming your shows through Hulu, commercials and all. -Lifehacker
  • If you want to make a slideshow of photos and music but you don't have the know-how or time to use an advanced video editor, Flixtime is a web-based solution that will have you cranking out slideshows in minutes.

    After signing up for a free Flixtime account you can upload pictures and music to Flixtime to begin the editing process. Flixtime has a media library with stock photos and a surprisingly wide variety of music in. Stock photos are a bit bland but if you need music for a public slideshow and you don't want to deal with licensing issues, the free tracks at Flixtime are great.

    Check out the video below to check out a Flixtime slideshow in action:

    Videos created at Flixtime are available for download as in MP4, H264, DivX, FLV, among other formats. You can also transfer the video right to YouTube to save you the hassle of downloading the video just to upload it again. -Lifehacker

  • There are loads of free audio and e-books available online for the taking, but tracking them down across their many sources can be tough. Web-based seach tool Librophile makes the job a lot easier.

    If you're not sure what books you're looking for, just page through the listings. Each book entry includes the option to open a pop-up window to play an excerpt, opens the e-book in a new browser window, download the file in ZIP format, or subscribe to an audio book in iTunes. Hovering your mouse over the book title pops up a summary of what the story is about.

    Librophile also lets users search by keyword or book title, or through categories like Popular or Genre. One particularly great feature of this free web site is how easy it is to listen to audio books right in the browser without installing a bunch of software. It's a definite plus for visually impaired users, or kids who won't sit still long enough to read the classics in dead-tree form.-Lifehacker

  • Blog Post about MLE: MLE-Moodle is an out-of-the-box mobile Learning (mLearning) system, designed
    for mobile phones. It is realized as a plugin for the open-source Learning Management System
    (LMS) Moodle. Just copy the MLE-Moodle files to your Moodle-installation and
    your eLearning system is now a mLearning system too.

    So with MLE-Moodle you can enhance your eLearning system to mobile Learning,
    and can learn either with your mobile phone (mLearning) or with your PC /
    Notebook (eLearning).


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