Darryl the ICT guy has alerted his readers that Mashable has recently added some great posts highlighting resources around Photography and Video Toolboxes. The toolboxes comprise extensive annotated lists of the best tools that Web 2.0 users can select from when working with the internet. In the case of the photography area some 90+ tools are discussed covering themes including:
- Online Photo Editors, Photo Sharing
- Free Photo Hosting
- Photography Blogs
- Photo Mashups
- And much more
In the video arena there are even more links, 150+, covering:
- Online Video How-to
- Online Video Editors
- Online Video Converters
- Video sharing & hosting
- Vidcasts & vlogging and mashups
- And much more
That is not the end of the list of tools that you can source from Mashable though. If you do a search on ‘toolbox’ whilst in the Mashable site you can find a veritable plethora of similar lists. Fabulous stuff though how one humble little teacher can get his head around the vast majority of these tools let alone really get to use them effectively is I know way beyond me. Considering all this does further highlight the need to stay as connected as I can possible be so that I can continue to piggyback off the shared knowledge of other teachers who are using them. It also points up the need to expose students to as wide a selection of these tools in a strategic and safe way so that they can explore the opportunities that they can make with them, mash them up in ways that suit their needs and take from them what they need to meet educational outcomes and requirements.
On the score of Mashing though, I am becoming increasingly disheartened by the constrictions of using WordPress.com as the engine for this blog. Because they are probably rightly concerned about possible problems that might be caused by Flash swf files, they automatically strip out any code that has reference to swf, flash or macromedia, (now adobe). They have made some exceptions for some of the major players such as YouTube and a few others. They are yet to allow TeacherTube through the filters, (hence I can’t embed the TTube versions of my flickr tutorials here). Now I find that I can’t embed another little ‘toy’ I have been playing with and that is a Voki avatar.
Now I came across Voki via a circuitous route through to another Kiwi blogger, Allannah K. If you want to see my Voki in action then you will have to go to my globalteacher test blog. On the right top you will find my first try at using Voki. It’s an interesting and easy to use tool indeed though you do have to be aged over 13 to satisfy the Voki terms and conditions which makes it more problematic for my students to use. Still it could be a huge motivator.