Posts Tagged Web 2.0

HandBrake – DVD to MPEG-4 converter

HandBrake is a multi-platform, open-source, multi-threaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter.  It can be used with Mac OS, Windows, and Linux.  It is very user-friendly.  I have been using this software to convert the videos that we make in our Interactive Video Network (IVN) rooms to make them accessible online for instructors and students.  Using this software in no way releases the user of being liable for copyright infringement.  Before using this software to convert a DVD, the user should make sure that doing so will not violate any copyright laws.


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Social Networking in Higher Education

We are struggling with how to create policy for using social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Ning, etc.) at our institution.  We are concerned about security, that students’ private data will be misused and how our university could be held liable.  Right now, the unofficial policy is to NOT recommend any of these tools to our faculty.  It seems to me that there should be a middle ground, a way to develop reasonable policy to protect the institution, students, and faculty and use these tools to enhance our educational institution.

I would love to hear recommendations from anyone who has addressed this issue or who might be going through the same issues and how they are approaching it.

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CircaVie is a Web 2.0 tool that allows you to create an interactive time line. You can create a free account and set up your profile and then start creating your time line. It allows you to tell a story through pictures and videos and you add text descriptions to talk about what the pictures and videos mean to you. The first time line I created was on the albums released by Michael Jackson. I got pictures of each of the album covers and put them in order of release date.

If you already have an AIM account or an OpenID, you don’t have to create a new account, you can use that user name and password. I already had an AIM account to use which made it very simple. You can embed the time line in your Web page or just link to your time line. This is a great tool that can be used for making illustrations of any chronological content in education and best of all it is free. I spoke to some of my colleagues who said they had some issues with lag on the Web site and not always posting their content correctly, but I have not run into any of these issues so far. It is a very user-friendly site.

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