Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fine tune Youtube Clips with EmbedPlus

If you use Youtube videos, you know that sometimes you only really want to show certain portions.  Or perhaps you want to crop, or zoom in, or quickly play back a section. EmbedPlus adds these features and more. (See some of the features below) This site could be a new "teachers' friend"!

Scene Skipping
Like DVD chapter buttons, click these to skip to marked times.

Cut / Splice / Chop only the particularly interesting part of a video to show during playback. 

 Movable Zoom
Added accessibility. Dynamically magnifies the area you point over. Use it to get a close look at objects, writing, and things like moving athletes. 

Timed Annotations
Add your own timed annotations to any video. Use it to display titles, captions, scene labels, and side comments during playback.

Slo-Mo On-Demand
Instantly watch videos at a slower rate to more clearly see what happens. Use it for videos with sports highlights, demos, tricks, and raw footage.

    Friday, February 18, 2011

    Apps for the iOS - iPad, iPod, iPhone

    For those of you using iOS devices in the class, or thinking about it, here is a great list of apps, divided by subject area. Eric Sailers has put together this document with an eye to the needs of teachers and kids in Special Ed, but the results apply to all kids. Each app has a description and a link to the iTunes store. Take a look.

    iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Golden Oldies - Audio files

    Ready for a walk down memory lane? I came across this site looking for audio software and couldn't resist posting about it. Here's the description from the home page. "Kiddie Records Weekly began in 2005 as a one year project devoted to celebrating the golden age of children's records. This period roughly spanned from the mid forties through the early fifties and produced a wealth of all-time classics. Many of these recordings were extravagant Hollywood productions and featured big time celebrities and composers." You can listen to a number of  45RPM Capitol Record stories, and download pages from the storybook. In some cases, the pictures and audio have been uploaded to Youtube.

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Embedding Audio? - try audioBoo

    If you want to add some audio to your webpage or blog, consider giving audioBoo a try. Signup is easy (you can use your Twitter account) and uploading audio is a snap from the browser, or an iPhone app. The resulting file can be easily embedded on your blog and the player is attractive and easy to use.