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Online Image Editors: Aviary’s Phoenix and Falcon make it simple

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Aviary - Online Creative ToolsAviary, a New York based startup who has taken on the unenviable task of mimicing Adobe’s powerful creative tools online, has launched two great web-based image editors, Phoenix and Falcon, both of which are free and incredibly easy to use.

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iLearn Technology: Top 10 Technology Tips for New Teachers

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iLearn TechnologyA quick excerpt from an incredible post by Kelly Tenkely at her edublog iLearn Technology. My only suggestion… reword the title to read “Top 10 Tips for Teachers New to Technology.” (There’s plenty of OLD teachers out there that could sure use this list…)

Being a first year teacher can be overwhelming to say the least. There is new curriculum to learn, unfamiliar school policies, classroom management challenges, and new teammates. Technology can help to ease some of these first year growing pains.

1. Develop a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter.
Twitter is an excellent place for new teachers to connect, collaborate, share ideas, and struggles with educators around the world. When joining Twitter, make sure to fill out your profile with information related to education. This will help others in education find you. Visit http://twitter.com to create an account. Visit http://twitter4teachers.pbworks.com to find other educators that teach in the same content area(s). Be sure to add your Twitter name to the appropriate list so that other educators can find you.

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Wall Street Journal: Do Study Sites Make the Grade?

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CramsterThe Wall Street Journal recently examined the impact of “study sites” on the current state of education in high schools and universities throughout the country. These sites provide students with online access to course materials such as lecture notes and documents, as well as textbook solutions and old tests and have become a point of discussion among faculty and administrators.

While students consider these websites to be a tremendous resource, teachers and professors are not quite as enthusiastic, “claiming they promote dishonesty among students.” Where do you stand?

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YouTube EDU: Educational Videos from Colleges and Universities

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YouTube EDUNot more than a few days after Academic Earth launched their collection of online lecture videos, streaming video giant YouTube announced their new educational hub EDU.

According to the YouTube blog, EDU is a “volunteer project sparked by a group of employees who wanted to find a better way to collect and highlight all the great educational content being uploaded to YouTube by colleges and universities”.

In comparing the two, Academic Earth appears to have the more intuitive interface, but YouTube EDU has a wider range of video content.

Academic Earth: Video of Lectures from the World’s Top Scholars

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Academic Earth LogoCreated with the “goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world class education”, Academic Earth, coined the Hulu for academic lectures (instead of TV shows and movies), is an online video website that streams lectures from the country’s top universities (Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale).

Search by subject, university or instructor and view one of more than 60 full courses and 2300+ lectures, all through a user-friendly interface. You have the option to embed the videos in your blog or download them to take with you on your iPod/iPhone. And its all FREE!

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