Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Just One More

Everyone likes games.

Google Gadgets

Alright, I have to confess that I have spent way too much time playing around with Google Gadgets. Some aren't that useful, but it is fun to be able to customize a webpage. Check the sidebar for interesting additions or check them out yourself.

You simply customize the gadget with your taste, then copy and paste the html code into your page.

Here is an example of a virtual fish tank:

Friday, June 15, 2007

Listen to Free Audio Books

If you go to, you can listen to free audio books recorded by volunteers. How is this legal? Here is a clip from their website to explain:

"LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. We are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project."

All of the books are easy to listen to. You can download audio files to iTunes or as mp3's. Or, if you like, you can stream directly from the site. A teacher can now assign students to listen to Romeo and Juliet on their iPod.

I learned about this site from an emagazine that I subscribe to called: "
Learn Out Loud." This is a mega site for audio books, podcasts, mp3's and video that can be used for education. The content is a mixture of free and fee based. Personally, I have been checking out the technology and politics sections.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Innovative, for Microsoft at Least

If you know me, you know I am not a big fan of Microsoft products. I thought, to be fair, I should let you know about their latest innovation, the coffee table computer. It will only be sold to companies, rather than individual consumers upon release late in 2007.

Now, I think it is interesting to note the look of this new device/piece of furniture (looks very Appleish to me). Also, Microsoft is supposedly making all the parts to outfit this device, rather than farming parts to the cheapest bidder (an Apple practice). I first heard about this device on NPR, but have since done a bit of researching. Pretty neat, even for Microsoft. I could see this being used in a school environment.

Mobile Technology and Quick Education Chatter

I thought I would give a quick post about a new phone I am trying out, the Tmobile Wing. This phone is the upgrade to the Cingular 8525. Notice both company use their brand name to market the phone. I have hear that both phones are made by HTC, a company that specializes in mobile technology.

This video from Youtube is courtesy of: Phonescoop

I have had my Wing for over two weeks now, and I have to say that I like it a lot. I would like it even more if I didn't have to use Windows, being that I am a Mac person. I can't wait for the iPhone to come out, but I don't want to fork over the money, or pay to switch cell carriers.

I have argued with many people on whether mobile technology will rear its head in education, which I believe it will. Internet technology is creating more and more information on demand. Here is an example in France where people can learn English using their phones. I have heard that China is taking advantage of this technology too. Do a simple search for "learning english on a phone" and you will be amazed.

Mobile technology is another example of a technology tool that can radically change the way education is delivered. The problem I sometimes encounter in educational conversation is that people view current technology with past experience and past frames, rather than trying to be creative and say "what if...?" Although, I am hopeful and committed to seek out new ways of doing things. ;)

Questions? Let me know.

Google Labs

If you are bored or just a trend nut like me, check out Google Labs for the latest research and development projects by Google.

One of the current products of particular interest (although they are all interesting to me) is the Google Voice Local Search. Essentially, this can replace the service 411 that costs the user money. Although it is still in its experimental stage, I did find the top 8 coffee shops in St. Paul. It was a little rough when I asked for Dunn Bros. and they connected me to Dunkin Donuts. When I finally found my destination, I said "text message" at the end, and I was sent the address, phone number and Google Map URL of the location. On my phone, I clicked the link and was given a map of my new location. Pretty cool, especially since it is free.

Monday, June 04, 2007



Thinking of getting a blog going? I have used both Wordpress and Blogger, and I have to say I like them both. Both are free.. Wordpress is clean and allows users build sites that look professional. Blogger, Google's blogging platform is easy to learn. Link

There are many options now for blogging. You can now even buy web domains easily for $10/year through Google here. I recently purchased, but haven't done much with it yet. I guess I just wanted to say I have it. ;) The amazing this is, you can use that custom domain with your blog, so your address is personalized, rather than the blogspot address.

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