heasulli's daily diigo bookmarks 11/13/2008

  • tags: edtech, screencast

    • Screencast-O-Matic is the free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install! – post by alanpoon
    • ?????(only java plugin for browser) ?????????????
      – post by anoranor
    • Screencast-O-Matic is the free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install! WOW! – post by ycc2106
    • Create screencasts online.  Java-based.  Still in beta, but a great tool.  Resolution much higher than what I’ve been able to achieve with SnapzPro on my Mac.  And yes, it’s cross-platform!  So far, you can’t embed, though you can download as Quicktime, upload to Google Video or YouTube, etc, and embed from there, I guess–which might cause the same fuzzy resolution I’ve been fighting with SnapzPro all along.  iShowU, by the way, is a new Mac screencast software–about USD $20–that is far superior to  SnapzPro, if you want to buy software for your Mac.

      Screencast-o-matic seems  eager to add features and improve its  service, so it’s definitely something to watch.  Thanks to Jeff Utecht and Chris Craft for the tip.

      – post by cburell

    • The easiest way to create sreencasts. All on the web, creates via Java Script so can be used on a Mac or PC.

      This has some great potential in the classroom, and for PD!

      – post by jutecht

    • Web-based screencast application. It’s in beta, and the quality isn’t as high as it might be with more mature, professional applications, but it’s free and quick.
      – post by christyinsdesign
    • Pure web based app to record screencasts – Check it out for FAB demos and help – post by mangal
    • Screencast-O-Matic is the free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install!
      – post by cmdrmax
    • This site is offering a free service that allows you to create movies of your screen sessions including audio if you wish. It’s currently only a very early beta and the quality is limited but the fact that it requires no special software is a real plus. I – post by bigfellow
    • Screencast-O-Matic is the free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload
      it for free hosting all from your browser with no install!
  • An Awesome Creative Writing Opportunity!

    tags: edtech

    • Contest Assignment

      People across the globe are recognizing more and more the importance of protecting the environment. At the same time, students and teachers are using technology more and more in teaching and learning. While the use of technology creates some additional demand on the environment through manufacturing and power usage, it also provides powerful tools to learn about how to protect the environment.

      Write an essay of 1000 words or less describing a program for how students and teachers can use technology to protect the environment. Include how you think the program could affect your school and community.

    • Who Can Apply?

      Students from 5th grade and up are eligible to apply. There are two categories: middle school (5th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade). Only three (3) students from each school may apply. An institution that contains students in both categories is eligible to submit applications for three in each category.

    • How to Apply

      Along with the essay, applicants must submit the application in this file. The completed application can either be emailed to greenlight@pcmallgov.com with the subject “Green Light Contest” or mailed to PC Mall Gov, Inc., Attn: Green Light Contest, 2555 W. 190th Street, Torrance, CA 90504.

      • Submission Criteria

        • Student is in either 5th-8th grade or 9th-12th grade. One category must be selected
        • Student is a citizen of the United States or its territories or is a legal permanent resident
        • Application includes a teacher or school representative signature, along with the signature of the student’s parent or guardian
        • Applications must be received by December 1, 2008. Applications received after this date will not be considered
        • Winners will be announced at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in January, 2009
    • Essay Criteria

      Essays will be judged by a panel of leaders in the field of education and technology. Each category will be judged separately with the winner of each category receiving the 1st prize. The essay with the best idea for the use of “green” technology in learning will win the grand prize for that student’s school. The judging criteria below will be used.

      The essay must be typed, single-sided and double-spaced, with 1” margins on all sides and using a 12-pt font. Essays must not be more than 1,000 words.

    • Prizes

      Grand Prize: Winning student’s school will receive a 30-seat “green” computer lab. One Grand Prize will be awarded

      1st Prize: Winning student in each category will each win a “green” laptop. Two 1st Prizes will be awarded

      Consolation: Publication of essay on T.H.E. Journal online magazine for grand prize and 1st prize winners, along with two consolation winners. Four essays will be published

    • For More Information

      Visit www.pcmallgov.com/greenlightcontest

      or send an email to greenlight@pcmallgov.com with the subject “Information”. On the website you can find some “green” tips and tricks and links to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) site for more, posters with some of these tips/tricks to display at school or home, and much more!

      • Judging Criteria

        Judges will be representatives from the sponsors of the contest, PC Mall Gov, 1105 Media, and Hewlett-Packard. Each essay will be reviewed and scored on the following criteria:

        • Potential Impact (40 pts.): The program’s potential environmental impact on the school
        • Innovation (20 pts.): The program’s originality
        • Implementation (20 pts.): The program’s capability to be implemented
        • Replication (20 pts.): The program’s capability to be replicated

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