Embed Animoto Video into Blog Post

1. Copy the Animoto URL provided. (must be logged into Animoto account)

2. Copy that URL on a line by itself in the post. EduSites and EduSocial should automagically take care of the rest.



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CTE – Emerging Technologies

ITD’s mission is to provide leadership and knowledge to assist our customers in achieving their mission through the innovative use of information technology.

EduTech’s mission is to provide technology services and leadership to improve teaching and learning in ND PK-12.

This blog post will be used as our guide or “scaffold” for today’s presentation and activities. [07-Aug-12]

This is an EduSocial Blog titled “play” you will a mashup of tech ideas and resources. You also can find more information on my informal training SERT (southeast region training) blog I use while conducting training in ND schools. And finally my formal EduTech Southeast Blog where I share news related to technology in education.

Project Glass: One day…(02:30)

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A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked. The Story Behind Corning’s Vision… (11:25)

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LEAP Motion (1:12)

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MIT Media Lab Project #61 ZeroN- (04:02)


Surface (01:04)

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Working with your hands…

Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

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Kickstarter – Fund and Follow Creativity

Moo-bile App – Helps Keep Cows Cool

Happy 21st Birthday to http, www, html

Open Source Education


Activity – New Technology 2012

All Tech Considered – http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/
All Things Digital – http://allthingsd.com/
Ars Technica – http://arstechnica.com/
C|Net – http://www.cnet.com/
Daily Disruption  http://www.dailydisruption.com/
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency http://www.darpa.mil/
MIT News – http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/featured-url.html
MIT Media Lab – http://media.mit.edu/
MIT News Office – http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/
Mobile Health News – http://mobihealthnews.com/
Phys.Org – Science News, Technology, Physics, Nanotechnology, Space Science, Earth Science, Medicine – http://phys.org/
Science Daily: Mews & Articles in Science, Health, Environment & – http://www.sciencedaily.com/
Science News For Kids – http://www.sciencenews.org/view/interest/id/3/topic/Science_News_For_Kids

21st Century Fluency Project

Envisioning Tech

Activity – Searching

From YouTube.com enter the following search phrase – “New Technology 2012”

Activity – Exploring Innovation and Creativity
Explore MIT Media Lab Videos either at LabCasts or on the MediaLab YouTube Channel or MIT Video:

  1. MITmedialab YouTube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/mitmedialab
  2. MITmedialab LabCasts – http://labcast.media.mit.edu/
  3. MIT Video – http://video.mit.edu/

Are we witnessing the birth of….

The 3rd Industrial Revolution – DIY – Maker Communities – The innovations and services available to the average person will allow them to produce.

What will occur when we combine open-source – education, software and hardware on

  • creativity
  • innovation
  • politics
  • governments

KurzweilAI | Accelerating Intelligence


All Things Digital

TED Ideas worth spreading

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

The New Scientist


The Evolution of the Web – explore

  • Browsers & Technologies
  • The Growth of the Internet


Etsy is the world’s handmade marketplace.

Our mission is to empower people to change the way the global economy works. We see a world in which very-very small businesses have much-much more sway in shaping the economy, local living economies are thriving everywhere, and people value authorship and provenance as much as price and convenience. We are bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more sustainable, and more fun.


About Instructables

Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others. Read more about the history…

Working with your hands…

Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination


Use Google Alerts to stay up-to-date on topics that you choose.

Listening to Radio – TED Radio Hour

A Day Made of Glass 2: Same Day. Expanded Corning Vision (6 minutes)

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A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked. The Story Behind Corning’s Vision (11 minutes)

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From the Labs


LifeLong Kindergarten Group – Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society

Activity #4 – Disruptors

1. http://www.dailydisruption.com/2012/07/complete-genomics-details-breakthrough-technology-for-whole-genome-sequencing/

2. http://www.dailydisruption.com/2012/04/the-sony-smartwatch-lets-you-use-facebook-and-twitter-right-from-your-wrist/

3. http://www.dailydisruption.com/2012/05/ge-to-make-world-debut-of-led-bulb-that-replaces-100-watt-incandescent/

4. http://www.dailydisruption.com/2011/11/disruptor-of-the-day-fitbit-fitbit-proves-small-steps-can-add-up-to-big-change/

Activity #5 – demos

Flexible Displays – video?




*** http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/06/bend-me-shape-me-flexible-electronics-perform-under-punishing-conditions/

Flexible Electronics – video?


Augmented Reality

  • AR in everyday life
  • computer
  • Android
  • iPad
  • Apps
  • Link to an older blog post

Demos using iPad

eBooks – multigesture books

iBooks Author – EduTech book

Demos and Downloads from MITTech Trends

D.I.Y. – not just home improvement

Maker Space – http://makerspace.com/

Maker Movement –

Hackerspace – http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/

Techshops – http://www.techshop.ws/

Bitbanger Labs – http://bitbangerlabs.com/

Bug Labs: http://www.buglabs.net/

DIYbio – http://diybio.org/

Genspace – http://genspace.org/

MakerBot Industries – http://www.makerbot.com/

Thingiverse = http://www.thingiverse.com/

Demo – Arduino

Activity #6 – Interesting Research Groups and Projects – MIT


Propose – that ITD and it’s talented personel look toward giving back to students. be it a – hackerspace, makerspace, STEM, whatever would draw the greatest number of passionate builders, learners, creators. Help re-energize K12 education, innovation, creativity



Just for Fun Department

Cameras vs. The Human Eye – http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/cameras-vs-human-eye.htm



Camera Simulator – http://camerasim.com/camera-simulator/



Raspberry Pi – http://www.raspberrypi.org/



Arduino – open-source hardware – http://arduino.cc/



Haystack – How well hidden is your needle? How Big is Your Haystack?

let’s all use this password to begin “3du7eck”



Google Alerts – http://www.google.com/alerts



Ishikawa Oku Lab – http://www.youtube.com/user/IshikawaLab/videos

UAV Forge – Crowdsourcing for UAV Innovation – http://www.uavforge.net/uavhtml/



The Best of CES 2012! – Tekzilla http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB1160C08AF525CB8&feature=plcp



A few more…

Stephen Wolfram Blog – http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/

Wolfram Research – http://www.wolfram.com/

Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence – http://www.kurzweilai.net/



Kickstarter – http://www.kickstarter.com/ Fund & Follow Creativity

1. MaKey MaKey – http://www.makeymakey.com/

2. blink(1) – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thingm/blink1-the-usb-rgb-led?ref=category

3. Google Cloud Print – http://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn/

LastPass – https://lastpass.com/

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ITD – Up & Coming Tech

ITD’s mission is to provide leadership and knowledge to assist our customers in achieving their mission through the innovative use of information technology.

Keeping our mission in mind, let’s look at some innovative uses of IT.  This blog post will be used as our guide or “scaffold” for today’s presentation and activities. [July 19] Our agenda for today:

  • Introductions – share first name, dept./division, role you play at ITD. About EduTech and EduTech Contact
  • Survey of interests – be prepared to share 3 topics that you are passionate about, 1 @ work, 2 outside of work.
  • Sharing what you know about new technologies and trends in tech – since your instructor can’t know it all, let’s map out some new trends in tech and look into the “IT Crystal Ball.” [whiteboard or IWB or Spiderscribe]
  • Videos – innovative, inspiring, challenging…
  • Activities
  • Resources
  • Recap and wrap-up

This is an EduSocial Blog titled “play” you will also find more information on my informal SERT (southeast region training) blog used while conducting training in ND schools. And finally my formal EduTech Southeast Blog where I share news related to technology in education.

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EduSocial Media Cheat Sheet


Looking to add media to your EduSocial Posts?  You can use either the EduSocial’s Dashboard Visual Editor to add media or use the examples below while creating posts.  Your choice…below are 4 examples that can assist you in creating posts with media content.

*Note: While creating your Post, in all the examples below, you must replace the curly brackets “{” with square brackets “[” and be sure include the a URL/path to either your blog’s Media Library or some external URL for the file you wish to embed.

  1. Animoto Video – {embed width=”445″} place your Animoto URL here {/embed}  Note: 445 is the width for the video player, you may change this value.
  2. Audio File – {podcast} path to mp3 or mp4 file or URL goes here {/podcast}
  3. Enhanced Podcast (video) – {podcast format=”video”} path to a flv, mp4, mov, wmv, avi file or URL goes here {/podcast}
  4. Document Embedder – {gview file=” path to DOC/PDF/XLS/PPT/TIFF goes here }

Additional Notes on Document Embedder:

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STS-135 Atlantis has Landed

The Last Shuttle Mission – Special Coverage  http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/135_splash/index.html

It is amazing how humans can create such complex systems and make exploration of an inhospitable environment appear so safe and routine. Team efforts really can make the improbable…possible.

As you plan for a new school year, team up with EduTech and bring new possibilities to your students via social networking, blogging and podcasting with EduSocial.  Create a social environment in your classroom today, prepare your students for digital life in the 21st Century!

Yes, this is an EduSocial Blog Post! 😉

To see examples of different media displayed in an EduSocial Blog Post, click…Continue Reading…  Continue reading

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Audio Recording with GarageBand for iPad

Recording voice/speech with GarageBand on my iPad.

How do I set up my iPad to create audio files, using GarageBand?

See steps in window below.

Download (DOCX, 118KB)

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Test of YouTube, QT, Flash Videos

Running a test of EduSocial’s  YouTube, QuickTime, and Flash video buttons in the Visual editor.

YouTube – while in EduSocial visual editor, click on the YouTube button, paste in the URL and click okay.

Example below “Binzebo to Desk” movie uploaded to YouTube.

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QuickTime – while in EduSocial visual editor, click on the QuickTime button, paste in the URL and click okay.

Example below “Binzebo to Desk” .mov file located in this blog’s Media Library

Flash – while in EduSocial visual editor, click on the Flash button, paste in the URL and click okay.

Example below “Binzebo to Desk” .flv file located in this blog’s Media Library.





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Test of Google Doc Embedder Plugin on EduSocial

The following file types will be displayed using the “Google Doc Embedder” plugin:

  • Adobe PDF
  • Microsoft Word (DOC/DOCX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX/PPS)
  • Microsoft Excel (XLS/XLSX)

If you wish to use this plugin, in your own blog, be sure to ‘Activate’ the ‘Google Doc Embedder Plugin’:  Dashboard->Posts->Plugins->Click Activate

Since each file type will be presented in a separate Doc viewing window this  post will be long… Continue reading

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Space Shuttle Atlantis-Final Flight WOW!

WOW!  Goose bumps…STS-135 Atlantis Reaches Orbit, after a exciting liftoff.

(Pictures above are computer screen captures taken during launch and set as an EduSocial gallery within this post.)

During the early days of my teaching career, Earth Science was so easy to teach, in conjunction with Space Shuttle flights.  Most students where easy to hook, to engage, the teachable moments seemed endless. We huddled around a 20″ TV, the room was filled with excitement.  Now, I’m watching via NASA’s streaming video while I write…WOW how technology has changed over the last 30 years.

Technology has changed and students have as well, let EduSocial be their modern playground.  Build classroom excitement by involving students in blogging, podcasting, assist them in developing their voice, creating content, sharing content, all while learning together to be good Digital Citizens…the teachable moments seem endless.

July 4th has come and gone, time to start thinking and planning for the 2011-2012 school year. Consider using EduSocial to create a classroom of learning, collaboration, and exploration.

Best to you and your students,  have a great 2011-2012 school year!

Wish to follow STS-135 on it’s 12-day mission?  Continue reading

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A non-scientific microphone comparison

So you wish to create some audio, say for a Podcast or another project. What are some of your choices?  Too many to even list in one post, so let’s do some testing with what I have on hand. What I have on hand will not necessarily be that same as you…but the point is…listen to sound produced by different microphones.

Test conditions:

I used all default settings for the applications, i.e. output quality, sampling frequency, mid-range sound input.  The results are qualitative, how is sounds to you,  I’m not an audio engineer but need and want to produce reasonably good audio with a simple process. What is reasonably good to me is probably “terrible” to an audio engineer. 😉  For more on this non-scientific comparison of microphones, applications, and devices… Continue reading

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