Archive for April, 2011

KidBlog

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

I’ve wanted to encourage teachers to get their students blogging but the process often seems confusing and less secure than they’d like. KidBlog to the rescue! Designed for elementary and middle schools, teachers can set up their class so that each student has their own blog. The teacher can set the level of security they like or that meets the district AUP. Teachers can choose to monitor posts, all comments are automatically sent to the teacher for approval. this looks to be a fantastic way to get some real world writing practice for students of all ages.

Flip News

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Well, I suppose it was inevitable but the ubiquitous cell phone camera has caused the Flip to become extinct.  Cisco has announced it will no longer make the camera so watch for prices to fall as stores try to sell out of their stock.  Kodak is still making several versions of USB enabled video cameras, including the Zi8 which features an external microphone jack and the various “play” series cameras.  I will not morn the Flip since I have a Kodak Zi8 and have ordered several for my school.   I find having the external microphone jack essential when recording students and the software bundled with the camera (Media Impressions) is very useful.  I have several digital photoframes which would not play videos, Media Impressions has a converter which makes them playable.

Google Sketch-Up

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

I’ve been using Google SketchUp – the free version- with my 3,4th, and 5th graders.  They really enjoy it!  Now Google has decided to help us go Pro.  Check out the Google SketchUp blog.  Books and projects from 3Dvinci have really helped students  learn how to use this fantastic tool.  They’ve designed some amazing houses and graphic designs.  A great tool for geometry lessons.