Monday, February 28, 2011
And then today it really came to light when this Tweet from when of my favorite people in my PLN Taml17 came across my TweetDeck:
"Does anyone know if there is a way to completely reverse the order of images in an @Animoto vid?"
For me, it's the Ning thing all over again. Animoto does not give you control unless you pay for it and therefore the content is trapped in it's final state. For Jon it's all about the lack of Digital Storytelling (but I think even tonight's utility will impress Jon, because I think it can also fill the DS role.)
All that being said - I'm never one to not offer an alternative. Hence, tonight's utility is: Kizoa. It works a lot like Animoto - you upload your photos from your desktop (or even via a webcam) and then drag them to a timeline (add transitions if you like) and even add a soundtrack; either from their large selection or upload your own. When your show is done, you have a multitude of ways to share the file, including embed code (see my trip through Diagon Alley at Islands of Adventure in Orlando).
The nice thing about Kizoa is if I want to make changes to the slideshow I can at any time. You are in control of YOUR content. I can even select if I want others to be able to share my show. They also give you up to a 1 Gb of space for all your photos and movie files. What will you create with Kizoa?
*Of course they also have a premium version you can pay for which will give you even more bells and whistles including unlimited storage.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
This just in - Tweeterview now allows for private off the record interviews! Yeah! Educators and their students who don't want interviews going out to the public timeline can now wall the garden and protect the updates! Way to go Tweeterview!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I got home from the ICE conference and literally collapsed. Forgive me, 5 hours sleep in 2 day quickly reminded me I wasn't in college anymore and haven't been in some time. But I digress. I'm going to throw today's utility out there. It's more of a website that is used as a web 2.0 utility. I learned about it during Jon Orech session. I'll make sure you have access to his info in a future post. The site he referred to was rcampus.com. And what he showed was the ability to search their database for already existing rubrics. So, now I have 3 posts to flush out this weekend. Thanks for bearing with me this week.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A very busy day at ICE. So, this will be another quick post that I will flush out later. If you're looking for a cleaner way to create Glogs, try the alternative Wix.com. Wix let's you build flash based web pages that look a lot like a Glog, but the end result ends up looking a lot more professional. I promise tomorrow I will expand on Yesterday and Today's posts. Phew, made it with 7 minutes to spare.
In the stress of prepping for the conference. I forgot hit Publish last night. In the interest of time, Here's what should have been yesterday's utility. Vozme.com is a great utility that converts text to speechn I'll try to make that link live later today and expand a little I'd there's time. But at least I got it published before most of you woke up. Does that mean it's still technically yesterday?
Monday, February 21, 2011
The Backstory (no pun intended)
Unfortunately, I had relied on the kindness of strangers and believed that CoverItLive could be used effectively as a backchannel. Well, I'm not seeing it. It's better for live blogging - Which I may mess around with during my sessions at ICE, but certainly not while I'm presenting. So, no problem, I'd just use the old reliable stand by Chatzy. But they have changed their structure to only allow 10 people in the room in the FREE version. And as much as I love my session attendees, I was not about to pay $9.95 for the trial 14 day version (hey folks at Chatzy - A Trial should be free). Yesh!
So, I started scrambling and asked my PLN for help on Twitter. Thanks to @Taml17 who immediately responded with TodaysMeet another great alternative - Unfortunately, I wanted to embed the backchannel into a weebly site and weebly wasn't going to play nice with TodaysMeet. See folks even geeks can struggle with integrating technology.
What is a backchannel but a chat room masked under a fancy title. I began searching for a free embeddable chatroom that would accommodate more than 10 or 30 people and discovered Chatango. Never having used it I set up a chat room (took about 3 minutes) and grabbed the embed code for the Weebly page. Then sent out another call for help to get some assistance on testing it. To my rescue came the PLN. I recognized one person who came in almost immediately @MichelleRussell. Thank You! I think this is going to work great!
What's nice about Chatango, is that you can embed the code into other Blogs, Wikis and Websites. You can also assign moderators and let people post anonymously. There are a number of ways to customize the layout. Additionally, they have the ability to use provate one-to-one messaging and a number of other features I will need to explore later.
If you want to see Chatango being used effectively please attend "Tools Not Toys: A New Look at the Digital Playground" in the Coral Room at 10:45 Wednesday during Session 2 of ICE. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Well, I fullfilled my duty for tonight. I absolutely love Ed Tech conference season, but must admit I'll be glad when ICE is done and it becomes one less thing on my overflowing plate.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
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Friday, February 4, 2011
You'll need to cut me some slack this week. I'm so busy learning, I just haven't had the proper time to put into this project. Yesterday, I had the absolute most amazing conversation with Meg Ormiston (look at me name dropping, tsk, tsk). It wasn't just two ed tech geeks sharing tools but a real conversation about the real life triumphs and challenges we face everyday. But I digress and that's probably not what you are here. You want that utility right? We'll if you were at FETC this year you heard presenters and Twitter users alike say Twitter is the perfect way to build your PLN. But if you listened carefully you also heard - but my school blocks Twitter! First of all ARRRGH! (wow, it's early in the morning) And second of all, look for alternatives. A number of filters will automatically block all social networking sites. But did you know most of them allow exceptions? This is why you need to make friends with your network team! They can open up Twitter from that all in-composing list. This is known as whitelisting (throw that at them - they like geek speak)!
If they can't here's today's Twitter alternative - status.net.
Is it as powerful or dynamic as Twitter? Absolutely not! Is it free like Twitter? Yes and No. I hear you asking why? What's the point? First, It can be hosted behind your firewall (there's another of those geek speak vocabulary words). This makes it a walled garden micro-community that only those you want to have access get. THIS IS NOT THE POINT OF TWITTER! But it gets your schools feet wet. It eases fear and eventually may lead to an unblocking of what you really want Twitter.
Second, it looks like it takes some work to get installed on an intranet. It probably is easier just to whitelist Twitter, and sometimes your network team will fold to your original request simply to save time. Don't ever come to the table empty handed. When you provide alternatives to the network team, you may just may get what you originally asked for. Isn't politics fun?