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I have just completed my draft of a revised presentation on Second Life that I intend to use with my classes in two weeks time. I used a new presentation tool called Prezi to do this.

One thing I like about Prezi is how you can break out of the linear presentation mode that is so typical of PowerPoint. I think Prezi can allow teachers and students to get creative with their presentations!

At the moment, the use of the beta version of Prezi is by invitation only.

I love Comic Life that came free on my Mac with OS 10.4. It is an optional purchase with the latest Mac OS and for Windows machines. But along comes Comiqs which has many of Comic Life’s features.

Tweets are sweet!

Using Twitter, I started following the thoughts of Tom Barrett, a teacher in Nottingham, England, after a recommendation from Mr Tweet.

From his tweets, I found a shared Google presentation on “18 Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom“!

Every now and then a technology comes along that gets me excited. Dabbleboard is a tool that a group of teacher trainees introduced to me as something that they would like to demonstrate in class next week. Thank you, Group 7F!

I see it being used for collaboration both online and face-to-face. I see learners using Dabbleboard to create artefacts for practically all content areas. Brainstorming sessions, flowcharts, timelines, concept maps, storyboards, presentations… the possibilities are practically endless!

T.H.E. Journal has an article on the “Top 10 Web 2.0 Tools for Young Learners“. It starts with a quotation from Gail Lovely, an educational technology consultant:

“Web 2.0 is about trust,” she said at a recent talk. “It’s about sharing and collaborating.” And, she insisted, it’s about putting the power to learn and create in the hands of the students.

Not everything that Gail recommends is Web 2.0 and she admits this herself in item #8. Item #5, Skype, is not Web 2.0 either. But it is a useful list nonetheless. I agree with her #1 choice and I wholeheartedly agree that it is important to put these technologies in the hands of students so as to enable them to learn more meaningfully, creatively, and critically.

But I wish that the writer of the article or that Gail herself (updated: see comments) had reminded their audiences more forcefully that the tools alone will not enable learning. It is the skilful choice and implementation of technology-mediated pedagogies that will do this.

I’m not touting Google products. It just so happens that two noteworthy products came to my attention back to back.

Today I highlight Google Earth version 5. I did not know there are five versions already! This new test version is supposed to feature:

  • Historical imagery from around the globe
  • Ocean floor and surface data from marine experts
  • Simplified touring with audio and voice recording

Did you know about Google for Educators? Well, you do now!

Many thanks to Laremy for tweeting this to me.

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