I’ve been trying out Animoto.com, which is lots of fun. You can make videos out of your pictures and it’s really easy. For you teachers out there, go to Animoto’s education site and register, and then you and your students can make full-length videos for free. Otherwise you’re limited to 30 seconds.
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I love our Flipcams. They are so cute! Yes, I am a dork. No shock – I’m a librarian.
Anyway, if you’ve got a project assignment and you want to include video, these Flipcams are available for your TEACHER to check out for you to use on campus. They are so easy – simply pop out the USB plug and connect to any computer. You can edit in Movie Maker. Come see me in the media center if you need help.
Did you read Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins yet? Put it at the top of your list if you haven’t. Then go to The Book Muncher website, read a student review of the sequel – Catching Fire – and enter the contest.
Bing.com is Microsoft’s new search engine that has potential for catching on. It’s visually appealing in a very different way than Google. Rather than blank white space that cuts to the chase, Bing provides a vivid image that varies based on your location. In my few trials, Bing provided valid returns, even though some were different than the same search in Google. So it’s nice to have an alternative search engine. Interested? Try it out at bing.com.
Want to learn more? Read this blog post at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/compare-bings-search-results-with-googles-using-bing-vs-google/
Looking for a new way to search for general information? Try http://duckduckgo.com/ and see what you think. It helps narrow results by asking you questions related to your search. Just an idea!
or news stories from the past? Check out Google’s latest tool, Google Timeline at http://newstimeline.googlelabs.com/ . Some of the videos you won’t be able to access on campus, but there’s a wealth of good information available to you quickly there!
Billed as the program that “makes show-n-tell cool again,” PhotoStory 3 is a fun new program we have on all the media center computers. It is a very easy program that combines still photos, music, and voice narration to tell a story. It can be used to upgrade a powerpoint and tell a very visual story. Ask one of us for a microphone, and you can add your own voice! The photostory will play in Windows Media, Quicktime, etc. Try it out – it’s easy to use and will “wow” your teacher! ~Mrs. Frilot