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CCMixer: Creative Commons Music

Greetings,

The discovery of this link began with a podcast from Wes Flyer’s (Moving At The Speed of Creativity Blog). The podcast contained a presentation delivered during a recent NCCE 2008 conference in Seattle, Washington. The presenter, Karen Fasimpaur talked about a subject that is near and dear to my heart – Open Source tools, repositories of free textbooks, images, videos, music, lessons, and more.

Over the next few days I hope to feature several of the sites mentioned by Karen. Before I do however, I highly recommend that you go to Wes’ site and download the podcast of Karen’s presentation. It’s time well spent.

Besides tools and resources, she also talked about the whole Open Educational Resources movement and open content licensing options. Yes, I knew. It sounds about as interesting as watching paint dry, but it wasn’t – honest! It’s a topic that most teachers know little about, I suspect but one that we all need to become very familiar with if we really want to build an environment of collaboration and sharing.

For this message, I’ll begin with a Creative Commons music site called “ccMixer”. All the music on the site is offered under the Creative Commons banner which means the the music is not only free to download but can also be mixed, remixed, edited, modified, sliced, diced, julienned or anything else anyone can think of. While I’m not exactly sure how many songs are here, the number is in the thousands. Don’t expect to find “Top 40” hits but do expect to find some great music in a wide variety of genres. To browse the collection, click on the “Browse Tags” link, located on the upper left side of the site home page.

Want an intro tune for your podcast or some background music for a student project? This is great place to find it.

Check it out at:

     http://ccmixter.org

(Thanks again to Wes Fryer and Karen Fasimpaur for this link)

Enjoy :-)

John Goldsmith
cyberjohn@detools.ca

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Cloudo: A Web Based Computer

Greeting,

Cloudo is the name of a web based application the appears to be an online computer or as it’s described on the website, “The Computer, Evolved”.

When you connect to the Cloudo web site, the home page appears as a computer desktop. You can customize the look and feel so it has the characteristics of Windows XP, Vista, Mac OSX or several other choices. Click the “Start” button (assuming you’re a Windows user) and there’s a list of apps available such as a paint program, word processor, spreadsheet, etc. While not MS Office , all the apps are supposedly compatible with Office files.

Finally, you can make folders on the Cloudo desktop and upload files from your own computer. The files are then accessible from any computer you log in from. They can also be shared with others if you wish.

I suspect that Cloudo is probably a virtual instance of a modified remote Linux desktop, mated with some sort of remote access software. In other words, you’re “driving” a virtual Linux computer by remote control. Even though the demo video is very slick and the young lady demo’ing Cloudo, very convincing, I’m still not sure why anyone would need the app. If you are accessing Cloudo from a computer then chances are you already have more power and capability under your fingers then is offered by Cloudo. If you’re connecting via a cell phone then the cell phone’s clunking interface is still the main annoyance, no matter how full featured Cloudo may be

The ability to upload and share documents is nice but that’s a feature found on many other sites. So, I’m left with my original quandary – who would use this app?

Unfortunately I don’t have an answer because the site is in private beta and I have only just registered for an account. If my opinion changes, I’ll let you know or you can check Cloudo out for yourself at:

     http://www.cloudo.com

(Thanks to Jane Hart for this link)

Enjoy :-)

John Goldsmith
cyberjohn@detools.ca
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Online Crossword Puzzle Creator

Greetings,

Crossword puzzles can be a great way to engage students and make learning fun. Finding a good and free crossword puzzle maker on the other hand, is not fun. Few downloadable programs are both good and free. Fewer yet are good, free and online. Imagine my excitement when I found this site.

Called, “Crossword Puzzle Maker”, this application certainly fits the bill. Not only is it web based and free, it’s also easy to use and makes nice puzzles. As a bonus, it can also create puzzles in several different languages and formats such as, basic ASCII text (should you be one of the few people left on the planet still using a dot matrix printer), PDF or HTML which you can incorporate on your web site. How cool is that?

In case that’s not cool enough, the site also has links to similar programs for creating word searches, word scrambles and math worksheets.

If all that is still not sufficient (I can’t imagine what more anyone could want), the site creator has also included links to other puzzle creation web sites.

Yes Virginia, you definitely have to check out this site at:

     http://www.armoredpenguin.com/crossword/

(Thanks to the tireless Davis Dillard for this link)

Enjoy :-)

John Goldsmith
cyberjohn@detools.ca

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iBerry: Open Courseware Directory

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Here’s another directory/portal/gateway for open courseware. This one is called iBerry. It’s describes itself in this way, “iBerry is a non-profit making, private website. Serving the international academic community since 1999, we provide information and resources for educators, self-learners, researchers and others with an interest in Higher Education (HE).”

iBerry’s mission is to, “provide a comprehensive and up-to-date directory to open source courseware”.

As far as I could tell, iBerry lists the same open source content found on many other indexes, that is, content from the “usual suspects” such as MIT, Open University, University of Utah, etc. .

While the initial layout of the site is quite pleasing, trying find anything can be challenging. In one area for example all course notes are listed in one section, all video assets in another, assent in another rather then grouping all the resources for one course in one place. I’m not sure what the point to that is.

You can check it out at:

     http://iberry.com/cms/index.htm

Enjoy :-)

John Goldsmith
cyberjohn@detools.ca

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Linux Games List

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The Linux Gamer’s Game List is a reasonably comprehensive index of games (freeware, open source, shareware and commercial) that are available for the Linux operating system.

As I looked through the list, I was amazed by the number of commercial products such as Quake, SimCity, Railroad Tycoon and Doom which were available. If you’re like me, when you think Linux, you think free or open source and there’s certainly no shortage of those apps on the list but – commercial titles? Who knew?

In all, the list contains 373 titles and there’s a space to submit more titles if you know of one that’s not on the list.

Check it out at:

     http://www.icculus.org/lgfaq/gamelist.php?license=free

Enjoy,

John Goldsmith
cyberjohn@detools.ca
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Google’s Summer of Code, Student Opportunity

Greetings,

I love Google. It seems to be one of those companies that even though it has grown very large still seems to do everything right. Here’s an example. It’s called the Google, “Summer of Code” and it’s the fourth year for the program.

In short, Google pays for student to work on open source projects. The company will pay the students a stipend and connect them with open source organizations such as Ubuntu. Talk about win-win. Students get experience programing, the community gets some good software and Google gets a sneak peak at the available talent pool.

If you know a student who might be interested, have them check out the link below. Student applications are being accepted from March 24 – 30.

     http://code.google.com/soc/2008/

(Thanks to Mashable to this link)

Enjoy,

John Goldsmith
cyberjohn@detools.ca
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BricaBox: Social Content Platform

Greetings,

If you haven’t found a home on the web yet here’s a place you might want to consider. It’s called BricaBox. Think of it as a blog on steroids or a blog built from lego blocks.

Like any other blog, BricaBox allows you to post your thoughts and ideas which other can comment on. In addition, you can easily add modules or components which will increase and enhance BricaBox’s functionality and utility. For example, you can add a component to upload and share pictures, just like Flickr, or you can add a component which will allow you to upload and display video clips just like YouTube or you can add components for Google maps, a discussion board a voting system or many other functions. Adding components and customizing BricaBox is very easy.

Check it out at:

     http://bricabox.com/

(Thanks to Mashable for this link)

Enjoy,

John Goldsmith
cyberjohn@detools.ca

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SurveillanceCam Screen Savers

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I’m not sure whether to files this one under “uber-cool” or “uber-weird”. I’ll let you decide.

I think this service comes from Google. That’s where the software is located. Called “SurveillanceSaver”, it’s a screen saver program that taps into over 400 network surveillance cameras from all over the world and displays the live feed through a screen saver. There are versions of the program available for Mac and Windows.

So, if you have lots of time on your hands and inclinations of the voyeur, check it out at:

     http://code.google.com/p/surveillancesaver/

(Thanks once again to Mashable for this link)

Enjoy :-)

John Goldsmith
cyberjohn@detools.ca
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Blogged: New Speciality Search Engine

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A new speciality search engine was launched today, Called “blogged”, it’s stated mission is to search out brave new blogs and go boldly where few search engines have gone before. What makes this site different is that it does so much more.

Besides search for blogs, Blogged also lists or indexes several thousand blogs which it has found already. Indexed much like Yahoo, the blogs are categorized by broad subject headings then further divided in to subcategories. Even if you are not sure what’s available, Blogged makes it very easy to browse.

Their index however, is certainly not comprehensive. For example, this blog wasn’t listed. A grievous oversight indeed but that’s where the search engine part comes in. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the index, do a search.

Check it out at:

     http://www.blogged.com/

(Thanks to Mashable for this site)

Enjoy :-)

John Goldsmith
cyberjohn@detools.ca
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OzProjects: Online Collaborative Learning Projects

Greetings,

Are you looking for a neat project or learning opportunity for your students. This site might just fit the bill. Called OzProjects, it’s listing of projects started by teachers in Australia which welcome and encourage participation from teachers and students in other parts of Australia, the southern continent and the world. So far there are projects involving Possums, Antarctica, Book Clubs, Sanitation and Disease and Visual Story Telling.

Check it out at:

     http://www.ozprojects.edu.au/

(Thanks to David Dillard, Educator-Gold for this link)

Enjoy :-)

John Goldsmith
cyberjohn@detools.ca
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