Tuesday, November 20, 2007

DEN Webinar with Hall Davidson

Tonight I attended a Discovery Educator Network webinar presented by Hall Davidson. He was great, as always, and taught us some new video skills, talked about brain-based research, and had us participate in a gCast podcast even while the presentation was going on!

Hall showed us a short video that had videos within the video in frames on a mantel. I decided to both try a test of that type of thing, as well as getting the embedded YouTube code to post the video here on this blog. I used Adobe Premiere Elements 4 (which has multiple video lines and an upload to YoutTube built right in) as well as a Soundzabound.com - Royalty Free Music For Schools music loop.

Monday, November 12, 2007

One Laptop Per Child

I am sure you have all heard about the "One Laptop Per Child" project, the brainchild of Nicholas Negroponte from MIT's Media Lab. The project's goal is to provide a rugged, useful laptop to students in areas of the world who would not historically have access. (You can find out more about it here: http://laptop.org)

For those of us in the US and Canada, from today (November 12th) through (updated 11/22) 12/31/07, we have the unique opportunity to participate in the "Give 1. Get 1." program-- we can buy 2 of the laptops (called the XO) for $400, with one becoming a donation to a child in a developing county and one for ourselves! (http://laptopgiving.org) (Update 11/22: Schools can now purchase them in lots over 100 units.)

I have already participated in the program the first thing this morning and the Schrock's XO will travel in the bicycle pack of my husband as he treks across the United States next spring!

PS In addition to getting a rugged little device here in the US, T-Mobile is including one year of Internet access at its wireless access locations with the device. Kudos to them!