education.au, in a project funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, has recently had the opportunity to develop a proof of concept (POC) around the use of short educational videos - that is, a kind of YouTube service for education - through the edna project. The edna.tv proof of concept demonstrates how the service would work for education - it would link to existing online videos relevant to education, and the videos would be categorised and tagged for browsing and searching.
"For all its supposed simplicity, Really Simple Syndication or RSS has continued to confuse and intimidate millions of people online years after its introduction. What can be done to make RSS more mainstream? Google plans to roll out a small but simple feature that could go a long way. We wouldn’t be surprised to see every blog publishing service follow suit. "Follow this blog" is a clear call to action and those words will soon grace the header of every blog on Blogger.com around the web. When users click that link they’ll be taken to either a tab on their Blogger dashboard, presumably if they have an account and are logged in, or be introduced to Google Reader, the company’s RSS reader. It’s a simple, brilliant plan and we wonder what took so long.”
Clavardon is a co-browsing service that allows you to browse pages with other people simultaneously. After you enter a URL, you can start inviting your friends and, while you chat with them, they will be able to see your movements on any site: you can scroll, highlight any part of text and input any other URL and be sure that people will look at the same things as you do. Free to use for up to 100 sessions per month. http://www.clavardon.com/
This week, Flickr finally added the ability to share a slideshow with other users. Just click the Share link when viewing any slideshow on Flickr. You get two options: a URL that links to the slideshow you’re viewing or HTML code that will let you embed a smaller version on your web page.
A slideshow is available from just about every page where you see a group of photos on Flickr: photostream pages, sets, tag pages, group pools and search results. Just look for the slideshow icon.
Everything is moving to the cloud. As we enter the third decade of the Web we are seeing an increasing shift from native desktop applications towards Web-hosted clones that run in browsers. For example Office Live, Google Docs, Zoho, ThinkFree, DabbleDB, Basecamp, and many others now provide Web-based alternatives to the full range of familiar desktop office productivity apps. In addition, hosted remote storage for individuals and enterprises of all sizes is now widely available and inexpensive. As these trends continue, what will happen to the desktop and where will it live? Will the browser eventually swallow up or simply replace the desktop?
A guest post by Nova Spivack, founder and CEO of Twine, on readwrite web
MediaCollege.com is a free educational and resource website for all forms of electronic media. Topics include video & television production, audio work, photography, graphics, web design and more. Also hundreds of tutorials with supporting illustrations, videos, sound bytes and interactive features. Also reference material, utilities, etc…
"If you use iPhoto, and you have a Flickr account, but you don’t have a way of getting your pictures from one to the other, you might want to give FFXporter a look. It’s a free iPhoto plugin that — just as the name would indicate — exports files from your iPhoto library to Flickr.”
An example of online video that can be viewed or downloaded in a number of ways; Pete Tong’s Fast Trax is a weekly Internet video that offers Tong’s take on the hottest new videos, music and events in dance music and electronica.
You can get it at the Fast Trax site; on YouTube and as a video podcast via iTunes. There’s also a fast trax twitter feed.
…” As teenagers’ scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading — diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books, but others say the Internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount”..
Critics of reading on the Internet say they see no evidence that increased Web activity improves reading achievement. “What we are losing in this country and presumably around the world is the sustained, focused, linear attention developed by reading,” said Mr. Gioia of the N.E.A….
Qik has released its mobile video streaming application for jailbroken iPhones to the public. The service allows users to broadcast video live from their phones using Wi-Fi or the EDGE network which can be viewed on Qik’s site or through its embeddable player. Unfortunately, the application is only compatible with phones running the 1.1.4 firmware, which has been obsolete for nearly a month since the introduction of the Apple App Store. If you’ve got a phone running the old version, you can download the app by adding “http://qik.com/iphone1″ as a source in Installer.
Delicious has launched a brand new design and a much easier to remember URL. The new design is fluid and clean, with a much nicer display. It’s much easier to switch between your own bookmarks and the “popular” and “most recent” listings. Sorting and searching through tags is also much more efficient and intuitive. The site is also significantly faster, both in terms of search and overall navigation.