Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day 2008, EdTechTalk, Women of Web 2.0

Got an email yesterday. I read it today and so just found out about a 24 hour long conversation on the health of our planet that EdTechTalk is hosting. It started at 12AM today, but there are still hours left in the day to attend. EdTechTalk is looking for people from around the world to join the discussion at Global times as they moderate the "students, teachers, local leaders, environmental advocates, scientists/engineers, politicians, grassroots leaders, etc., that participate. EdTechTalk encourages lurkers as well as participants.

They follow up this 24 hour long conversation with a Spring Community Assembly, and the "Women of Web 2.0 will be on the air immediately following the Community Assembly to provide a roundup of the Earthcast 2008 experience".

Have a look at EdTechTalk they have an easy to get around in website with lots of good stuff to read and listen to!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

How to use Second Life in Science Education & Blip.tv

Read about Blip.tv in a Lodestar Learning Web Journal article and then went to investigate and learn about another resource that lets people share videos. Snooped around the Blip.tv site and found an interesting video about Second Life from Colleen on how one might use different kinds of science resources available in Second Life in experiential learning environments.

The video was interesting because while things I find on Second Life are often fun to look at, they don't always provide practical resources and tips on how they might be used in education (this one does), but I digress.

So Back to Blip.tv, according to Digital Inspiration there are 10 Reasons Why Blip.tv is better than YouTube for Uploading and Sharing.

Here is a shortened version of the 10 reasons, but I encourage you to go to the detailed and easy to read article on Digital Inspiration for the comparison:

1. Blip.tv supports supports more video formats, including one called FLV files that uploads faster.
2. Blip does not have the time or file size limits of YouTube because of FLV.
3. People can watch videos in flash or original formats while YouTube offers only branded YouTube Player format.
4. Blip backups your videos to the Web Archives automatically.
5. Blip.tv allows custom thumbnails images to search that may increase the chance of your video being watched.
6. YouTube does not like it when people download their videos while Blip.tv makes downloading easy to do.
7. Blip.tv provides authors with more stats on how the video is being used rather than just the ratings, number of views, etc.
8. Blip.tv does not require registration for a visitor to leave a comment.
9. Blip.tv supports rich text formatting for video descriptions and YouTube does not.
10. Videos are not resized in Blip.tv