links for 2011-02-15

  • Beluga is a new service for sending messages to private groups you create within your mobile device's contacts. Beluga has free apps for Android and iOS devices. Beluga can also be used from the mobile-friendly Beluga website. You can use Beluga to send basic text messages to the groups you've created. Beluga also supports sending multimedia messages to your groups.To get started using Beluga go to the site and choose the app you need. Then create your groups and start sending messages. If people in your contacts don't have smart phones they can still receive and send SMS messages.
  • List of books on elearning instructional design
  • While online videos offer a wealth of information, sometimes teachers only want to share a small section of a video to a classroom of students. Or they want to annotate a section of a video as a highlight. Or maybe, they want to zoom into something particular. A new site called EmbedPlus gives you these options, as well as an embed code so you can post the video on your own site.
    EmbedPlus walks you through a variety of steps, which begin with submitting the URL of the video you want to work with. From there, the options include: scene skipping, cropping, slow motion, zooming, and even a live-discussion feature. In my own tests, the controls worked well and seemed fairly simple to use. The developers of the site have clearly been listening for educators, too, as they have developed a page of possibilities for using EmbedPlus in the classroom.
  • lets you create and design video greeting cards by simply using your web cam. You choose a background and film yourself talking via web cam. When you finish, you can share it with others. Children can create their own video greetings for different occasions such as birthdays, Valentine's day, Easter, Christmas or Mother's day.  Children can create their own stories that are related to the theme they have chosen. Children can keep a diary and talk about their one day.
  • a site that teaches students about civics and encourages them to be active participants in our democracy. For example, in the "Do I Have A Right" game, students create their own litigator, choose a partner and begin their practice, awaiting clients who need their expertise. Other areas focus on the Supreme Court, Presidency, the art of persuasion, and immigration.
  • SELECT a subject from the top menu and watch the countries on the map change their size. Instead of land mass, the size of each country will represent the data for that subject –both its share of the total and absolute value.
  • presentation tool in which students put pictures, videos, and text into a virtual box. For instance, a student researching a project on the Renaissance might identify artwork or important documents from the time and place those into the box to show what life was like during the period and what important discoveries or advances occurred.
  • is a tool that gathers different resources and aggregates them under one main URL. Users can collect different websites, images, documents, and videos in an editable list. Each resource receives its own URL, but users can send the main URL to colleagues and share all resources in one place.
  • Google Apps Manager (GAM) is a command line tool which allows Administrators to control their Google Apps domain and accounts. With GAM you can create users, turn on/off services for users like POP and Forwarding and much more. Monitor chats, export users' mailboxes
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