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Don't talk to strangers?

I was recently involved in an online experience which helped me to really face the realities of the new world we live, in and the risks associated with it.  As an adult, I was able to recognize the fact that the contact I had received was perhaps unsafe, with different motives than my own.  The lesson it brought to mind revolved around the simple safety lessons I and we all may have taught our kids.. 

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How are you using your iPod?

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As I write this blog post, I am listening to one of my favorite podcasts, TWIT, with Leo LaPorte! I am a major user of iPods personally and in the classroom, however, until I listened to a new podcast called Learning in Hand: iPod, by Tony Vincent, I did not realize the many other possibilities it affords. Personally, I use it for music, podcasts, videos and for my review masterycasts. My students use the school iPods for study with masterycasts as well. Have you ever considered the possibilities of the Notes feature of your iPod? Notes can be used to hold any text (.txt) document. To do so, however, you need to first enable the use of the DISK function of the device. Again, how many of us have iPods and also go out and buy an external hard drive to back up our data? I just backed up my entire document library to my iPod. We can use them as external hard drives or as flash drives to transfer files from various computers easily!

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How to create a simple podcast, part 1!

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Let’s start podcasting!

If you search “podcast” on the web, you will find thousands of resources. For the beginning podcaster, the resources out there can be daunting. One of the changes we have planned for the Maze is to create a resource section for podcasting links and resources. We will start with some simple tools, and add more as we go. We will organize the materials in categories to help teachers and students to browse the materials. Until it is up and running, we hope you will comment here and share the tools you have used and like, as well as those you would not recommend.

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We love ANIMOTO!

We love Animoto!  Students and teachers can use this great technology to easily create review videos to help with many subjects.  Let us know how you have used Animoto! Check it out at www.animoto.com  Cool  We think it is a blast!

Please share your favorite educational videos and tutorials!

We are looking for your suggestions!  What videos and tutorials do YOU use in the classroom, or in your blogs, to help students master understanding and skill in school!  Where would you put them in the Maze? Please share your favorite video and tutorial links!  We are looking for additions to the Maze from YOU- the experts!  Thanks in advance for sharing by posting your links below! Kiss 

Have you tried Sketchcast?

Create review casts with Sketchcast!  We are working on some right now. Give it a try! Cool

Here's the link! http://sketchcast.com/

Have you SEEN the web? This is AMAZING!

This is an amazing piece by artist, storyteller, and internet anthropologist, Jonathan Harris wherein he describes some of his projects and work visualizing the internet. Below you can visit the works themselves, especially the WE FEEL FINE piece where expressions of feeling on the web dance to the music of life and time.  Watch the video and then visit the links below to see the works themselves.  We think you will be amazed! 

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Does your library have a blog?

Learning with Cartoons?

Bookmarking, RSS feeds, Social networking, oh my!

Cry  Are you feeling overwhelmed with the "new" web?  Are you lost in the lingo of "RSS", "BLOG", "TAGGING", "BOOKMARKING", "SOCIAL NETWORKING",........etc,?  It can be overwhelming.  Often times when we talk to people who are in the KNOW on these things, we don't have any idea what they are talking ABOUT.  SLOW DOWN, we think....

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