The Zoo

I decided randomly on two tools to use from Alan Levine‘s list of Fifty Tools. I decided to use Vuvox Collage and Animoto.

Using Animoto didn’t require much work.  It basically did it all for me once I uploaded my videos and pictures. However, I wasn’t thrilled about the 30 second limit (I could get more time if I paid). I would have liked to include many more photos. You can view it below or here.

Using Vuvox Collage was really neat. I think some really amazing stuff could be made with this tool. It was really easy to upload and use my photos and videos and adding text was really easy. You can see my creation below or here. I really wish I would have given myself more time to play with this tool.

I hope to explore more of the tools listed and find some more great ones!

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Hello Florida and Michigan!

Two of my student mentorships for ECMP 355 have already begun.

The First Email from a Student!

The First Email from a Student!

Over the weekend, I created this video for Ms. Ionno’s class in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to introduce myself to her students.  I’ve had one student already email me informing me that NASCAR fans are crazier than Saskatchewan Roughrider fans.  (The video is at the bottom of this blog post)

This morning I also got up early and spoke with Michael Kaechele‘s Grade 6 Math Class and his Grade 8 Tech Class later on.  I did this through Skype, which was really neat as the students were all able to ask me questions.  The most interesting question?: “Why don’t you have a Canadian accent?”

These were both scary but exciting experiences.  It boggles my mind that 11 and 12 year olds in Florida were watching a video of me.  And talking to 6th and 8th graders in Michigan over the internet was really neat.

I can’t wait to get deeper into these mentorships and get my other two going!

Introduction Video for Ms. Ionno

The Wonderful Picasa

Recently,  after being immersed in the wonders of Google I found out I could upload my pictures to a Google site called Picasa (much like you can with Flickr).  I then got into it and noticed that it was taking forever to upload them through my browser and noticed that I could download a program that would upload them for me.  After downloading the Google Picasa program I quickly realized what a discovery I had made!
It was really easy to use right from the start.  It automatically started importing all the images on my computer into it and organizing them into different albums.  This took a little while, but saved me the hassle of doing it myself.   I noticed I could “Sync to Web” where it would upload my pictures to my online account and every time I changed the album, it would update them automatically.  It also had the really cool option to “Create a Collage” which would throw all my pictures from specified albums into a collage that I could rearrange any way I liked.  You can create really cool borders this way.  There is also a “Create a Movie Presentation” option that I haven’t tried out yet.  It will also let you do all sorts of photo fixes (contrast, redeye, retouch, etc).  If you have Google Earth installed also, you can tag on a map exactly where the photos were taken; I haven’t used this yet but I intend to once I find some time.
The most impressive feature I found is that it will recognize all the faces in your pictures and once you start tagging a few people it will automatically start detecting who people are in photos!  It blew me away and made going through all my photos to tag people an effortless process.
The best part of all?  IT’S FREE! (Can you tell I’m a poor student?)
I would definately recommend everyone to check this out.  I’m not sure how well it works on Macs since I’m on a PC, but I imagine it would work just as well!  If you want more information before downloading take a look at the Learn More page or watch this video!
Screen Shot from My Picasa

Screen Shot from My Picasa

Recently,  after being immersed in the wonders of Google I found out I could upload my pictures to a Google site called Picasa (much like you can with Flickr).  I then got into it and noticed that it was taking forever to upload them through my browser and noticed that I could download a program that would upload them for me.  After downloading the Google Picasa program I quickly realized what a discovery I had made!

It was really easy to use right from the start.  It automatically started importing all the images on my computer into it and organizing them into different albums.  This took a little while, but saved me the hassle of doing it myself.   I noticed I could “Sync to Web” where it would upload my pictures to my online account and every time I changed the album, it would update them automatically.  It also had the really cool option to “Create a Collage” which would throw all my pictures from specified albums into a collage that I could rearrange any way I liked.  You can create really cool borders this way.  There is also a “Create a Movie Presentation” option that I haven’t tried out yet.  It will also let you do all sorts of photo fixes (contrast, redeye, retouch, etc).  If you have Google Earth installed also, you can tag on a map exactly where the photos were taken; I haven’t used this yet but I intend to once I find some time.

The most impressive feature I found is that it will recognize all the faces in your pictures and once you start tagging a few people it will automatically start detecting who people are in photos!   Find out more here.  It blew me away and made going through all my photos to tag people an effortless process.

The best part of all?  It’s FREE! (Can you tell I’m a poor student?)

I would definately recommend everyone to check this out.  I’m not sure how well it works on Macs since I’m on a PC, but I imagine it would work just as well!  If you want more information before downloading take a look at the Learn More page or watch this video!  (The video is talking about Picasa 3.0, I have 3.5 which has the face/name tags)



Introducting Picasa 3

I think Picasso would have used Picasa. Let me know if you find it as handy as I did!

MyGoogle

Screenshot of my iGoogle Page (click to enlarge)

Screenshot of my iGoogle Page (click to enlarge)

After Lisa Thumann introduced my ECMP 355 class to iGoogle, our class went out and started exploring it.  After playing with it for quite a while I  created a page that included pictures from my Google Picasa Web Photos, my Google Reader, a to-do list,  a Google Scholar search box, my Google Docs, my Delicious bookmarks, the Environment Canada Weather for Regina, as well as some news feeds (Edublogs – teacher and student blogs, Educational Technology, and TechLEARNING.com).

iGoogle is now my new homepage as it has everyone I need right in there!  I like that I am able to change the theme if I’d like.  It’s so handy to have everything I regularly use all in one spot that I can customize myself!  I hope to explore iGoogle more and let me know if there are any great gadgets that I’m missing out on!

Edublogs – teacher and student blogs

Your Study Habits

I want to get a feel for how others study.  What seems to work and what doesn’t.  I’ve created a quick survey for you to fill out.

Thanks! I’ll share my results as soon as I get enough information!