amara (powered by Universal Subtitling)
amara (formerly known as Universal Subtitles) is a community platform that allows for easily captionning and translating of the videos one produces, by seeking assistance from the viewers. Subtitling not only increases the geographical appleal of the vides by adding language versions, but also has the additional advantage of making videos accessible for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The subtitling (translation and subtitle text addition) is done by volunteering viewers, like a wiki: easy, free and fast with no software to install. As of today August 15 2011) over 117000 videos have already been subtitled with Universal Subtitles.
Amara gives individuals, communities, and larger organizations the power to overcome accessibility and language barriers for online video. The tools are free and open source and make the work of subtitling and translating video simpler, more appealing, and, most of all, more collaborative.
The benefits of captioning and subtitling are immense:
- Captions make videos accessible for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Translations make it possible for all of us to watch video in languages that we don't speak
- Video creators get: better SEO, more views, access to a far bigger (potentially multilingual and global) audience, accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing viewers, and more
Amara is composed of three main parts:
- A subtitle creation and viewing tool (aka the widget)
- A collaborative subtitling website
- An open protocol for subtitle search/delivery
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Jamendo is a community available in seven languages offering a large catalog of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses.
Jamendo PRO is also available at:
Promethean's aim is to unlock the potential of human achievement in education and training at all ages around the world creating, developing, supplying and supporting leading edge, interactive learning technology.
Promethean Planet is a large teacher online community of unparalleled peer and technical support as well as a warehouse of premium and free resources - including interactive lessons, games, educator forums, and training courses. Resources are organized by subject (Math, Science, History, Language Arts, Vocational Skills...) and age range. There are also a lot of tips and best practice.
Math, Science, History, Language Arts, Vocational Skills, STEM, Social Studies, Humanities, English, Arts & Drama
Pixton introduces Click-n-Drag Comics™, a revolutionary new (patent-pending) technology that enables anyone to create comics on the web. Pixton uses all elements from fully posable characters to dynamic panels, props, and speech bubbles, allowinf for every aspect of a comic to be controlled in an intuitive click-n-drag motion. Pixton Comics has won numerous awards for this technology.
It offers products for fun (discover, share, and create comics, comic books, contests & discussion forum), for schools (a visual writing tool for all subjects, personalized & private environments, aligned with curriculum) and for business (storyboarding tool).
Pixton for Fun
Language Learning and Social Media - 6 Key Dialogues
"Language Learning and Social Media - 6 Key Dialogues" is a community where 14 partner institutions of national, European and international reach examine 6 key dimensions of the combination language learning - social media.
These fundamental dimensions are:
- Language learning, social media and social inclusion
- Language learning, social media and development of language resources
- Language learning and teaching through social media in new EU countries: the case of Romania, Latvia and Poland
- Language learning, social media and multilingualism
- Language learning through social media: evolution of teaching practices
- Language learning and teaching in formal and non formal contexts through ICT
- Social media and Interculturality in language education
- Socializing and learning languages in web 2.0 communities
Each key dialogue is enriched by analysis and exploitation of data related to the topic. Reports, comparative studies, special issues of online journals, field analysis and open competitions complete the range of network outcomes.
A database of resources is also available here: http://elearningeuropa.info/en/book/resources
The Viducate Network is an initiative to promote video education across all educational sectors in Europe.
Their vision is: "Viducate is concerned with the development of active citizenship in intercultural contexts at all levels of formal and informal education. Video and multimedia form the core of this non-prescriptive pedagogy of production in the information society."
On the website you can find a lot of interesting documents about the use of Media in Education and a video gallery.
You can also subscribe and receive the Viducate monthly newsletter.
Knowledge Pills Methodology is a new method of education strengthening professional competences by the usage of short multimedia advises (knowledge pills). The main tool of KPM is a short instructional movie – presenting how to conduct certain activities in the work station, by reproducing day-today tasks in a appealing format.
The main aim of the Knowledge Pills project is the transfer of the Knowledge Pills Methodology (KPM) to be used by knowledge moderators in SMEs of Poland, Spain and Greece. It makes possible the efficient education of employees conducted in-company. Another goal is to conduct pilot phase of KPM use for Polish and Spanish companies, gathering feedback from knowledge moderators and SMEs participating. The project also fosters understanding of the use of the innovative learning processes and introduces learning exchange mechanisms between the project partners, beneficiaries and training institutions.
You can find a lot of examples of Pills in the Multimedia section: http://en.edupills.eu/knowledge-pills/multimedia/
A detailed PDF document about Knowledge Pills Methodology applied to Small and Medium-size Enterprises is available at the following webpage: http://en.edupills.eu/wp-content/docs/kpm_en.pdf
European Southern Observatory Videos
On this page you can find a lot of videos from the ESO (European Southern Observatory) – Astronomy made on planet Earth.
You can also find ESOcast (http://www.eso.org/public/esocast.html), a video podcast series dedicated to bringing the latest news and research, exploring the Universe's ultimate frontier with Doctor J, a.k.a. Dr. Joe Liske. The ESOcast is offered for download in several formats: standard (.mov, .mpeg, .mp4, .m4v) and HD (High Definition).
MakeBeliefsComix - Create your own educational comic
MakebeliefsComix is a US based site that offers teachers and others resources and ideas on creating educational comics. It has also been recognised by Google and UNESCO as one of the world's most innovative websites in fostering literacy and reading.
MakeBeliefsComix has recently launched a new version of its website with added features to enrich the experience of students as they write, read and tell comic strip stories online.
A teacher’s guide is available, and the site can be used in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and even Latin as well as English.
Lahore International Children's Film Festival (LICFF)
The Lahore International Children's Film Festival is a Project of The Little Art to showcase the best of
local and international films made by, for, about children in Pakistan and around the world. It also aims to promote media literacy among children and young people through workshops and screening of meaningful films, and to promote children as film makers, while training them in the art of film making and exhibiting their work in the festival.