Mashable-ising

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.

mevoki.jpg

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.

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5 Responses to Mashable-ising

  1. Darrel says:

    Hi john,
    Thanks for pointing out those other lists on mashable!

    I agree that there is no way we could view all those websites. However, it’s great to have a resource like that where we can just ‘dip into the toolbox’ when want to achieve a particular purpose.

    cheers
    Darrel

  2. allanahk says:

    It is interesting that a few of my keen bloggers have registered themselves with Voki and made their own even though they are Year Four.

    You are very good to read the terms of use- I never did properly but poor content was visible at quick look.

    Voki has emailed me and one of my bloggers and asked it if it was OK for them to feature Kieran’s pig Voki on the front page- he will be thrilled.

    On a whole ‘nother tack- Kieran has just updated his blog about a pig hunting trip he did yesterday- apart from blogging can you imagine another way for a red blooded Kiwi eight year old boy to want to write a story in the school holidays! I can’t imagine!

    http://www.kazaazas.blogspot.com/

  3. allanahk says:

    Sorry- poor content WASN’T visible at a quick look.

    AK

  4. Hi John we here in Wales have gone about using voki in another way – we are using our pre-recorded or recently recorded podcast audio and then I put the voki online using my account !!! The kids quite rightly love the chance and it is athe acceptable face of video podcasting in school see an example at
    http://class3hcefnfforest.blogspot.com/2007/07/jordan-goes-voki.html

    paul

  5. johnp says:

    Hi Paul,

    Nice one indeed and you’re right about it enabling students to put their own “face” on their podcasts though some of my students want to talk for more that the 60 seconds allowed for recording :). Another alternative I have yet to explore fully is to use the facility in some webcams to ‘map’ faces and display them in character. Though the range of guises is not as adaptable or extensive as with Voki, children can record themselves without displaying their faces. I use a logitech webcam.

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