Monday, December 31, 2007

Open Source Living


Many thanks to Paul Hamilton for linking me up to Open Source Living! It is a mega good site with all sorts of goodies (like Yatzee! Wee!) The beauty is that there are goodies for all y'all (PC/Mac/Linux), and the whole site is completely compliant with all the rules about open source stuff. Oh, there isn't a space designated specifically for education, but different programs are tagged as educational. So, have fun digging!!!

Check it out!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

The FREE screencapturing Kwout!

I ran across this AWESOME free tool called Kwout that allows you to quote a web page. It is free and no downloads. Here it was it looks like:


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

iTalki



A music video from Corenell vs. Lisa Marie. But you didn't really care, do you?

The whole online language learning community has been improving massively over the past year. Over at Wide Open, I pointed out a couple neat sites such as Open Mango, Live Mocha and Lingro. Check these all out if you haven't, cause they're great.

iTalki
is the latest addition to the group. While not all that different from the other language learning communities, the site benefits from a nice design. An excellent addition as well is the shared resources, including language books, essays etc. from around the web.

As the old adage goes, you don't have to do something new, just something better.

Mininova's Featured Content


Mininova, the great torrent site, has rolled-out a new feature called "Featured Content". Through this option, artists can take advantage of the site's popularity to distribute or promote original materials. Many historical and educational materials are also popping-up here.

For instance, check out this biography on Coney Island, Nosferatu, The Man Who Knew Too Much, TedTalks and French Maid TV.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

More Merry Christmas



Nothing says Christmas like Wham! Some more great links:

Mashable's Christmas Toolbox
Ugly Christmas Lights
DIY Photo ornaments in 15 minutes
DJ Riko Christmas Mixes

Merry Christmas!



Just when I finally got this out of my head, the internet comes around and messes things up for me. Here's a great list of dozens of other Christmas related videos.

Drooling over Web 2.0


I need to tell Wynn that I can't possibly write on this blog for at least a month. I won't have time because I fell in love with an AWESOME blog written by Larry Ferlazzo.

He posted a list about the BEST web 2.0 apps for education. What is AWESOME is that this site includes stuff that is fresh and new (read: not the same old, same old).

The blog is FULL (like 8000 links or so) of cool web applications and games and other yummy uber goodies. 99.5% of the programs are FREE, and there are wicked link backs to OTHER sites.

So, enough reading here....go THERE!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Two Hip Tools












So, I am drooling...

TWO NEW TOOLS...okay...maybe they aren't all that new, but they are new to me.

Screencasting is just awesome for students.

Image what students can do if they can take class home with them!

First Stop: Screencast-o-matic

Second Stop (thanks to Vicki Davis for the heads up): Jing

Wicked cool stuff!!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Grab 50 More Lives


So, you thought for first life was a pain in the arse?

Sign up for these 50.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Zap Reader

Tired of chasing your finger along the page? Try zap-reader to speed read effortlessly. Paste text of interest to zip along at the pace of your liking.

Not a new concept, but handy and well done with lots of speed and formating options. The plug-in "tools", however, are where the real power comes in. Try out the wikipedia firefox plug-in or the bloglines button. Now you're zapping along....

Drooling Over Webware



I am sure this is listed on here somewhere, but, ok, I am a nerd, and I am drooling over the site as we speak.

WebWare 100

Got Cooties?

OMG!

What a riot...


Sunday, December 09, 2007

Wicked Web 2.0 Tutorials


The California School Library Association has a WICKED WICKED WICKED cool site that teaches peeps how to use a variety of Web 2.0 tools. There are 23 tutorials and you self pace right on through them.

Go here and start yer learning!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Back for Good



Bet you're all tired of the cheeky "Good Morning Campers" post. I know I am.

Don't know if any has been paying attention, but over the past two months I've been regularly posting on an OEDB as a paid writer. The site's been sold and the new owners aren't interested in continuing the "Wide Open" blog.

I wish the best to the OEDB guys and I'm glad I was a part of it, however briefly. I haven't had much time for blogging recently and being forced/incentivated helped me to get a rhythm going and to remember that I like to do it. I hope to do some more posts back here on Stingy Scholar in the future.

'Cause you know, it's not about the money...it's about the music. All those chicks and parties and blow, dude, that was just keeping us from focusing on the m-u-u-sic....

But seriously, if you want to pay me, drop me a line at wynnwilliamson at gmail dot com. I'm just a whore for the money.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Sweet Stuff


So, there are two new wicked cool resources that are floating out there in Cybertopia.

First, the New Media Consortium (NMC) is presenting a text called The Evolution of Communication, and they are encouraging conversation. Larry Johnson (known as Larry Pixel in Second Life) and Alan Levine (known as CDB Barkley in SL) put this together in the hopes that it will start the conversation about the changing nature of communication. Here is a wee blurby:

This white paper is being released in a variety of forms as part of the NMC's New Scholarship Initiative. Download the white paper in PDF (78k) -- but please also contribute to the paper and add to the conversation around it by commenting on it here.
So, go check it out and contribute!

The second goodie is one of my personal favorites! The Spoon River Anthology is now ONLINE! WOOT WOOT WOOT! The site totally kicks tookas...so go check it out!!!