links for 2010-03-21

  • If only my teacher had a resource like the PBS/Nova web-exclusive series The Secret Life of Scientists. If you want a good idea of what the site has to offer, check out mechanical engineer Nate Ball. This guy is truly a rock star of science, and just one of the many real-life, three-dimensional scientists featured there. (Be sure to click on the video of how Nate helped develop the Ascender, an amazing self-powered device which is now in use by armed forces and rescue personnel). -Teaching That Sticks
  • A short beautiful movie inspired on numbers, geometry and nature, by Cristóbal Vila.
    Go to if you are looking for more information: the theory behind the movie, stills and screenshots showing the work in progress.
  • …An even better option is to actually rip the DVD to the hard drive in a file format of your choice. Handbrake also requires you to have VLC installed on your computer. Install Handbrake (+ VLC) and get ready with the DVD you want to rip. Insert the DVD and fire up Handbrake.
    Point Handbrake to the DVD you just inserted. Choose whatever it is that you wish to rip. Generally, the movies and/or shows are longer in durations and are much larger in size..
    Choose where to store the ripped files and choose from among the various presets if you want to rip the video for iPhones or PSPs. You can also specify custom settings such as cropping the picture, applying video filters, adding or removing subtitles or audio tracks and much more.
    Hit Start to begin the encoding process. This might take some time depending on your computer’s hardware and the length of the video file. -makeuseof
  • … Paperless Post is different. While it does send invites through email, it brings back the feel of those creatively designed and crafted paper based invitation cards. There are save-the-date cards, seasonal invites and other casual invitations to choose from. Just sign up, select a style, customize it with images and colors and bulk email it to your guests.

    The invites reach your guests’ inboxes in stamped envelopes, like you get in the real world. You can use it for free for up to 25 guests. If you want to send it to more people, then you can select a plan from their affordable pricing structure.

    * Create stylish online stationery and invites.
    * Lots of designs and styles to choose from.
    * Personalize the invitation by adding images, logo, font colors etc.
    * Send to 25 guests for free. For more, they have an affordable pricing plan.

  • Twitter is undoubtedly growing as a micro blogging platform and is used widely across the world. But off late there has been lot of phishing scams, passwords being hacked and many more threats. There has also been many people fired from companies because of tweets. So it always better to follow simple safety tips while tweeting and to protect your account. So here are some basic twitter safety tips. -LifeRocks2.0
  • Although there are other efforts underway to collect Moodle resources in one place, I'd like to invite you to consider joining the Moodle Mayhem email group and participating in contributing your course syllabi, courses, etc. for Moodle.

    The Moodle Mayhem Group is a community of Moodle-using educators who have joined together to pool their creative innovations regarding the use of Moodle with K-12, as well as adult learners.

    You can find out how to Join the Moodle Mayhem discussion group online at and membership will also give you access to edit and contribute to the Moodle Mayhem web site.

    Please share this information with anyone who uses Moodle for design, teaching, and learning. A monthly podcast that will be featured on the site. I look forward to seeing you online!
    Miguel Guhlin
    Director, Instructional Technology & Learning Services (ITLS)
    San Antonio ISD

    (tags: moodle pln)

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