Sunday, January 24, 2010

RSS, Google Reader (and Glogster)

Video tutorials and links for RSS and Google Reader. 

Multimedia poster created with Glogster for Edu

For anyone who hasn't yet "met" Glogster, here are the basic facts, taken from the site:
# A web 2.0 platform that easily allows users to upload photos, videos, text, audio and more to create a unique online, interactive poster.
# A simple and easy interface designed to introduce basic concepts to students.
# A series of teamwork mechanisms to allow users to publish and share their creations and to collaborate with other users on joint efforts.
# A secure, private, safe platform that can be monitored directly by teachers.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

5 minute Video Tutorials for Edublogs Basics

Here are a few video tutorials I put together for  an online PD course on integrating tech into the EFL teaching learning process.  The videos explain how to perform basic actions in Edublogs blogs, (wordpress).  As they were created using jing, they’re all under 5 mins in length. I’ll be updating with more as the course progresses.
Don’t forget that there is a very comprehensive list of tutorials in the Edublogs Getting Started section, including 5 official edublogs video tutorials here.

Signing Up for an Edublogs Blog
Get to know the Dashboard
Edit or delete default content add a new post
Editing the About page
Change your Theme
Add a New Post
Add graphics from your computer
Add graphics from the internet

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Teen Cell Safety Resources

20% of teens text inappropriate pictures or videos of themselves.
81% of teen "sexters" are under the age of 18.
July is National Cell Phone Courtesy (and safety!) Month.
We want to help you and your school educate students, teachers, and parents
about "sexting" and other dangers teens face when using their cell phones.
For an informational video and to find out more, please visit:
Cell Phone Safety

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ada Lovelace Day: Connie,Lisa,Anne,Sheryl,Ariella,Ruthy

I knew I'd have problems picking one woman even when I made the Ada Lovelace Day Pledge "I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire".

So I'd like to dedicate a post to the wonderful women teachers who make up a large part of my PLN. Teachers who are, in the words of Cathy Schrock, "Digital Pioneers",

"constantly looking for new and old technologies that will support teaching
and learning in a meaningful way ... they always share their findings with

There are a few names that stand out in my mind as particularly fitting the above description. A visit to their blogs will do justice to their work more than anything I could write.

Connie Weber, Lisa Parisi , Anne Mirtschin, Sheryl A. McCoy

Of course I can't finish this post without mentioning fellow countrymates Ariella Levenberg, and Ruthy Ben Yishai

While it's officially 25th of March in my timezone, I do hope that it's still the 24th somewhere else...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Google Sites Blog: Sites goes international - but not in Hebrew

Very excited, I clicked on the Google Sites Blog: Sites goes international link only to discover that Hebrew is NOT among the Lucky 38 :(

How does one actually get accepted as a volunteer for translating Google services? I've filled out the application form more than once but never been acknowledged.

Anyway, you can now use Google Sites in the following languages: Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English (UK), Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Saturday, September 27, 2008

OtherInBox Private Beta Invites

The otherinbox team have allocated 26 beta invites for readers of efl20 blog :)
All you need to do to get your account is click on this link

OtherInBox - "The Cure For Email Overload" launched at the TC50 conference in San Francisco earlier this month. As I mentioned in the previous post, I think this could be an excellent service for educators who need student email addresses to enable students to sign up for web services, while at the same time having to ensure their students' privacy.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

otherinbox - solution for student accounts is a new, still in beta service, which enables the user to create unlimited email addresses on the fly, based on his account it could be very useful for teachers needing to set up "fake" student email addresses to enable students to sign up to webservices.
The gmail+ system used by many educators is useful but not all web services support sign up from email addresses which incorporate a plus sign. Of course it is possible to sign up to many websites with a completely bogus mail address but that puts the dampers on retrieving passwords etc in the event that students forget them.

With user (in our case, teacher) gets a mail subdomain which catches all mail sent to it. So if the subdomain is: mail sent to and mail sent to are both caught by the mailbox and automatically placed in the respective folder, ie the jostudent folder and the susan folder. This enables the teacher to see at a glance which alias has new mail, see screencapture. There is no need to set up the aliases ahead of time, they are created automatically when mail arrives in the inbox.

At present incoming mail can only be automatically forwarded to the account holders primary mail, however if it were possible to set up filters to forward to other mail accounts, I could see this as being an excellent service not only for enabling students to sign up for web services but also for moderating student mail.

Posted by email from susan's posterous