August 10

Online Timeline Creation Tool

Xtimeline is an online tool for creating interactive timelines. 

Sign up is free and quick. 

After creating my account, I was able to quickly begin creating my first timeline.  I chose a title and URL for the online timeline.  Adding events with associated graphics was as easy as clicking on the add events button and browsing for a photo.  Completed timelines can be embedded on a web page or shared with others. 

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August 10

Hear Foreign Languages Spoken by their Native Speakers

Forvo is a great resource for teaching foreign languages.  Their website contains audio files of words and phrases spoken in 221 languages.  The number of words varies with each language.  Currently, Forvo has 22 Mongolian words, 23,000 German words, and 17,000 Spanish words.  Each language has a RSS feed of pending new words.  So you can subscribe to a Language Feed to keep up with new additions.

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August 9

Turned off my Twitter Widgets

I have temporarily turned off my Twitter Widgets.  My blog page was taking an extremely long time to load.  After turning off the Twitter widgets, the load problems have stopped.  I am guessing this might still be related to the Denial of Service attacks on Twitter this past week.  So, for now, all but one of my Twitter plugins and widgets are de-activated.

August 8

Easily Dual Install Ubuntu on a Win XP Machine

I use Windows XP in most of my lessons.  However, my students do occasionally use Linux (usually Ubuntu or Fedora) as part of their lessons.  In the past, I have had a couple of dedicated Ubuntu computers for the students to use when they needed to work with Linux.  I did not like having those computers sitting idle most of the time.  I had tried using dual boot options when installing Ubuntu, but I did not like the complexity of the steps.  Mostly due to my own fault, my dual-boot installations always had something that did not go just right.  I don’t have to worry about this with Wubi.

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August 5

Free Moodle Hosting

These past weeks, I have talked to several people inquiring about using Moodle.  This summer, I attended a conference where the facilitator of a workshop attempted to sell people on the benefits of Moodle (although he never really explained what Moodle was & implied that it was an app you run from your local hard drive like MS Office).  Anyway, some school systems around here are actually getting on board with Moodle.  It looks like word is finally getting out about this free LMS (Learning Management System).  If you are not familiar with Moodle, check out this earlier T4T post.

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August 3

My dream tablet computer

I keep hoping that the tablet market will continue to develop and improve.  So far, I have not been impress with the units that have been offered.  Years ago, when I was working with my Z-pda (Zoomer), I had hoped to see the PDAs get a little larger and more useful.  For a while, HP had some WinCE units, but the WinCE market never took off as an O/S platform.  With the rumors about Apple’s probable entry into the tablet market, I started thinking of exactly what I would love to see in a tablet.

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August 3

Important Safety Topic to Cover this year… Music and Movie Sharing Online

So far this year, the RIAA has won two copyright infringement cases against just two individuals totaling over $2 1/2 million.  According to representatives from the RIAA, they have stopped filing lawsuits against individuals.  Supposedly, they are now going to be working directly with ISP’s to try to stop illegal music sharing.  As far as movies go, the MPAA is currently still pursuing lawsuits to stop the illegal sharing of movies online.

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