The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a vast non-profit digital library, founded in 1996 to build an Internet library. Its aim is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Now the portal’s collection includes a huge number of texts, audio, moving images, live music, software as well as archived web pages, and provides specialised services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other people with disabilities.
Currently the Archive contains
- Over 1.1 million videos
- Over 1.5 million audio recordings
- Over 4.4 million texts
- Over 114000 live music concerts
This is an open platform for teaching and learning online. It contains live classes, videos, forums, quizzes and other resources on topics including language learning, business classes, tech, test prep, and more.
NB.: some resources are free, for accessing others you may need to pay a fee.
Wonder How To
On this web portal users can find more than 170,000 how-to videos & articles from more than 17,000 specialised creators. They are organized in 35 vertical categories and 424 sub-categories. The how-to videos are specially categorised into four main categories: Lifestyle, Science and Tech, Arts, and Gaming.
The access to the contents does not require any subscription or login. Nevertheless, by making an account (signing up is free) users are able to "follow" various subcategories of DIY topics they may want to learn more about.
There is an evaluation system in place, based on user-generated feedback: users can give "kudos" to videos that they find helpful.
ePOP means - electronical personality orientated portfolio - and focuses on self-instructed learning and documentation within educational standards. Work is done using a smartphone-app - but the focus is on putting the apps to work that a student decides upon. Different tasks (which are associated with educational standards) have to be solved - depending on the interests and goals of the learner.
School Lab: Giving life to your ideas
School Lab is an innovative online platform for the creation and exchange of scientific ideas by students, their professors, and researchers!
School Lab aims at helping students to:
Comprehend science’s fascinating challenges
Develop a critical and thought-provoking mindset through innovative and creative activities
Enhance their confidence and skills so they can present their ideas to a wide audience
Value upcoming scientists as role models
MEDEAnet webinar "Videos for teaching"
This is the recording of a one-hour webinar about integrating videos in teaching. The main topic is the influence of video on the learning behaviour and learning effects, with a special focus on flipping the classroom. The webinar was held by MEDEAnet on 21 March 2013 and 40 people from 15 different countries, mainly teachers and trainers, took part in it.
Speakers for the webinar: Olaf de Groot (De Verdieping at stichting Kennisnet, the Netherlands) and Bram Faems (Jonatan Berkenboom and KlasCement, Belgium).
After the presentations, participants could ask questions in an open discussion and are free to still ask questions in our online forum discussion on this webinar.
Podcastomatic is a website that allows to instantly convert (and play) websites and blogs to podcasts. The podcasts can be listened to in streaming web or be downloaded using iTunes or other podcast players.
Podcastomatic is designed to play audio with an English accent.
Story Builder - build stories on Google Docs
Google Docs can be used in a collaborative setting, so that multiple users edit and add on to each others' comments. Story Builder allows students to create a narrative around those changes by animating the discourse between fictional writers on a Google Doc. The app provide an easy way to create and edit lines of dialogue, set them to music The result is a story in the form of a sharable film.
Sample Applications for the Reading/Language Arts Classroom:
- Two of a book's characters can describe a shared event, told from their unique perspectives. For example, two fairy tale or fable characters can each explain their side of a story, contradicting and correcting each other as they go.
- Given a quote from a novel, two or three of the novel's main characters can begin discussing it, and possibly modifying it, to express their individual world views.
- In the book Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, we hear dual first person narratives of the book's events. Google Docs Story Builder would be the perfect tool for telling both protagonists' point of view in a novel such as this. You might even consider having students work in pairs, with each taking on the role of one of the book's characters.
Screencast-o-matic is a versatile Java-based web application used to create screencasts on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It captures screen and webcam video and saves it or posts it online on YouTube or the program's website. The system is easy to use and offers great high-definition recording.
It is possible to drag the recording frame and adjust its size to the appropriate recording area before recording. If you have a built-in camera, you can include video of yourself or something else in a “picture-in-picture” manner. It is also possible to add text files for captions. Videos can be saved in MP4, AVI, or FLV formats and then uploaded to Screencast-o-matic’s web space or YouTube.
Screencasts are very useful for demonstrating software use and other computer functions, presentation of lectures or short lessons, or providing rich feedback on students’ work.
Knovio - create video presentations
Knovio is an innovative tool for turning PowerPoint slides into rich video presentations with a web browser and webcam. The newly generated video and audio presentations can be accessed anytime on-demand and shared with others through email and social media. With this tool, users can take your existing PowerPoint slides and quickly and easily add their own video to synchronise with the slide content. They can then share this new presentation out to their intended audience by email or social media.
Currently Knovio is being offered free to any individual who wants to create and share video presentations with others. It is compatible with any of the leading Internet browsers you currently use to access the web (e.g., Firefox, IE, Chrome, and Safari).