Monthly Archives: August 2007

teacher tube

I just discovered TeacherTube, it’s like a YouTube for teachers, with videos made by teachers. It’s looks so similar to YouTube with almost exactly the same features, that I wondered if it was made by YouTube (or Google).

But no, according to the website it was created on march 6th 2007, by someone named Jason, a 14-year veteran educator, who got inspired by power of the web for e-learning, and had a good idea.

Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.

Just like YouTube you can create an account and upload your own videos, join groups and watch channels. On the quality of the videos it’s difficult to comment. I haven’t seen enough videos yet, but so far I’ve found this endearing example. It’s great to hear what blogging is by 6 and 7 year olds.

sketchcasting: nice idea

I read in the dutch “ICT & Onderwijs”blog some interesting thoughts about sketchcasting. It sounded like a very nice idea: record your drawings on a smart board (or tablet pc) with Camtasia Studio or any other screencasting software, record your own voice explaining what you draw and voila: sketchcasting is born.
So, instead of using (and creating) powerpoint slides for your presentation, you might feel more confident with a blackboard (or rather a white smartboard) and a crayon, sketching and talking at the same time, explaining things to your audience.

If you’re going to use it, it will probably look like this:

But if you’re a bit of an artist, maybe you could create something incredible like this

How to make exercising less boring

I am a non-sports kind of girl. It’s not that I hate exercise, although it’s coming close to that, but it’s is sooo boring. For me it doesn’t matter whether the workout is on a treadmill, a bicycle or on a Cross Trainer. It’s not fun. At all. The problem is that my brain has nothing to do during the workout. That’s why they have television screens in the gym. Because you really do need something to look at, to keep your mind busy. Otherwise you can’t complete your 30 (or 45) minutes.

And I really need to work out, because I’m 30-something and when you reach that age, calories tend to stick to you most passionately. But, a couple of months ago I’ve given up my membership at the gym, because I don’t like the looks and smells of the people there and that’s why I have my own Cross Trainer now.My Cross Trainer is happily situated in my sousterrain (I have quite a lot of space there), so it’s there for me 24 hours a day. No more excuses (like “it’s raining”, “I hate it there”, etc.), there’s no chance of escaping the exercise now. But I don’t have a television in my sousterrain.

So what to do about the boredom? I know you can listen to music but my heart-rate needs to stay low (for fat-burning) so no answers there. Podcasts? Close, but I only have 2 subscriptions and they’re podcasting once a week. Not enough!

My solution to exercise boredom is: use audiobooks! Copy them onto your pc or mac and put them on your MP3-player. Done! You can listen to gripping stories while sweating away at the Cross Trainer. Where to get audiobooks? At your library is the best and cheapest… The available titles are growing rapidly because today audiobooks are not for the visually impaired only, a growing group of people likes them for various reasons. For example while traveling: when flying at night, the light in the plane is not too good, or because you’re eyes are tired, or maybe because reading in a car makes you nauseous, or maybe to drown the noise of other people while lying at the swimmingpool.

Or maybe because you really hate the mindnumbing business of working out and need the diversion.