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The Twitter In Google… A Wave Between The Two!

Welcome back to  a week dedicated to the Googal in Google. While Google has developed its own tool called Wave it also continues to develop features that compliment twitter. In this midweek post I share with you how Google helps you search for tweets and even find new people to follow. While Google continues to Wave its own micro blog, it also understands the importance of a Tweet. Speaking of tweet, please feel free to follow me on Twitter (@mjgormans) and I will do the same!  Now lets explore the Twitter in Google! – Mike

OK, why would you want to look at the history of a tweet?  Simple, by looking back at  tweets, users can explore any topic that people have discussed on Twitter. Perhaps you want to know how how the news broke about health care legislation in Congress, what people were saying about Justice Paul Stevens’ retirement, or perhaps the twitters happening with the release of the iPad.  You may want to replay all these tweets to gather information. Perhaps you want to look up information on a new piece of software and find great web links that better explain it. This will be possible with the new replay feature that will be available globally in English within the next couple days. For Google’s  initial release, you will be able to  explore tweets going back to February 11, 2010, and soon after, you will be able to go back as far as the very first tweet on March 21, 2006.  All you will need to do is click on Options (at the top of search results) and Updates (on the left side of search page results). You will get all of the tweets and a history timeline at the top. Move and click the  the history timeline as you wish. For those that want to see it right now , try out this special link and put in your own search term!

Google Labs can always be a lot of fun!  Today, Google announced a new lab tool called Google Follow Finder.  Once you are at the Follow Finder page just enter your  Twitter account name. This new lab tool will publish a  list of people you might be interested in following. Get other suggestions  from Google by entering other Twitter user names. If the Google Follow Finder displays someone you want to follow, just click “Follow on Twitter,” log in, and that person will be added to your following list in Twitter. Google claims that ” this integration is based on Twitter’s new @anywhere frameworks, which make it easy for any site to add Twitter functionality”.  The lists in Google Follow Finder are generated by using public following and follower lists on Twitter. The idea is pretty cool, although being a new Google Lab feature I do think there are some bugs to tweet out.

Thanks for joining me  for another look at the Googal in Google!  As always please take a moment to share with others and I invite you to follow me on Twitter (@mjgormans).  I will do the same and we can tweet each other towards new discoveries in 21st Century Learning! I also invite you to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and to also visit my 21centuryedtech Wiki,  filled with great information! Have a great week and take a moment to watch your own tweets in Google! – Mike

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Free Software To Make That Flip Video Experience Even Better!

Ever had trouble getting those flip video files into Windows Movie Maker or your preferred video editor? This midweek post of 21centuryedtech focuses on a free piece of software that really does make integrating the Flip Video camera with Windows Movie Maker easy. Outside of that, it is truly a great video and audio transfer program that has a multitude of uses in student and teacher productions of movies and podcasts! Try this and other great ideas and resources found at the 21centuryedtech Wiki! As always follow me at www.twitter.com/mjgormans – Mike (mgorman@sacs.k12.in.us)

It really is time to do a double flip for your Flip video camera as you find ways to integrate with free Windows Movie Maker. I recently purchased 30 Flip Video Camera for student use!  They have been a hit as have the movies that students have produced. While others may not, I did experience problems with the Flip Software (too simplistic) and using the video files on various computers and networks. I did a triple flip when I found the free product Any Video Converter.  This powerful yet free video converter application makes video and audio conversion quick and easy. The application can clip any segments and optionally merge and sort them to make a creative movie. Even more, Any Video Converter Freeware can crop frame size to remove any unwanted area in the frame ,just like a pair of smart scissors. It can convert almost any video format:  including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI, MPEG-I, DVD NTSC , DVD PAL, Flash for Video (FLV), AVI Video and Customized WMV movie formats. It also supports any user defined video file format as the output including avi, mp4, wmv, swf, flv, mkv, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, mpg (PAL or NTSC), mp3, wma, ogg, aac, wave, m4a. This means that youtube, iPod, Zune, PSP, iPhone, 3GP Phone, and MP4 player are all covered. And if that’s not enough, it is also lightning  fast, even over a network.

Now about that Flip camera integration! It really is as simple as using the Flip Video Camera as a portable drive!  Just plug the Flip Camera into the computer’s USB port. Then open up Any Video Converter. Next select Add Video. It is then simple to use the easy interface to find the drive of the Flip Video Camera . Now , open the drive and select the desired videos.

 

Once the videos are selected a selection must be made from a pulldown on the right regarding the correct output format. For Windows Movie Maker the choice is customized WMV movie. Note that there are many other formats to pick from including ones that will work on the Mac, Mobile phones (including the iPhone), Flash, and portable video players.

There is even an Output folder on the bottom of the menu with various choices. The built in default is to have the program build an Any Video Folder in the user’s My Documents Folder. This can be great for network use that automatically sends user files to the user  network folder. Since Any Video Converter  can convert multiple files quickly and easily, you and your students will be editing using Windows Movie Maker or your preferred video editing software in no time. Take a moment to explore and learn about  and the download this free and useful program. While I have described its integration with Flip Video, you will find its power something you will find other reasons to do summersalts over!

Have fun and keep coming back ,and as always visit my 21centuryedtech Wiki! – Mike  (http://www.twitter.com/mjgormans)

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EtherPad – A Free And Easy Collaboration Tool : No Sign Up – No Log In

Welcome to another mid week posting highlighting a Great Web Catch. Collaboration is one of those important 21st Century Skills for students and a needed process for teacher planning. Recently EtherPad, a plain and simple collaboration tool, was purchased by Google to be incorporated in the Google Wave product. This review covers the strengths of EtherPad and how it will continue to live in the open sources world and as a foundation for Google Wave. As always visit my 21centuryedtech Wiki for even more resources to transform today’s education for tomorrow’s needs! – Mike (mgorman@sacs.k12.in.us)

EtherPad has been known as a valuable tool, allowing instant  and  easy collaboration for students and teachers.  As the site proclaims, “Etherpad is simply the most frictionless way to get people on the same page.” The real attraction to EtherPad is the lack of requirement for a user account, sign in, or email. As you are aware, this is a definite plus in the educational setting.  The collaboration is easy!  All that is needed is a visit to http://etherpad.com and  a press of a button called Create Public Pad. After this quick process, a new public pad is created for the user in Etherpad . The user then shares the URL  for the pad with up to sixteen others. What ever is typed from where ever, is displayed on the page in real time. There is even a chat window!  This is a great tool for those that need to bring up a quick collaboration tool on the fly. It is useful in the classroom for students to communicate point of need help in Project Based Learning, collaborate as a group, keep teacher aware of group progress, communicate beyond walls, and interview authors and experts. It allows teachers to collaborate on text documents, keep meeting notes, and draft plans. EtherPad allows each line entered by a collaborator  to have a different number for easy reference. Authors are also given color codes and can even be given a label or name. Best of all, work can be saved and exported as an HTML, plain text, bookmarked file, Microsoft Word, PDF, or Open document. Different revisons can be documented and a time slider is provided to show when revisions are made.  Users must be aware that the only way  to keep open pads private is to safeguard the URL. For this reason private information should not be shared. Take a look at this list of frequently asked questions and view a tour of the product. Recently, EtherPad’s creator AppJet was purchased by Google for the new Google Wave product.  It is currently going through a restructuring to an open source format. It is also being used as a foundation for Google’s soon to be publicly released Google Wave  product.  While it is a goal, Google Wave doesn’t yet have all the functionality of Etherpad. The people at both Google and Appjet are confident that in the long term users will be pleased with the transition to Google Wave . In the mean time, Etherpad is a great way to introduce plain and simple collaboration and may allow you to soon catch the Google Wave! – Mike (mgorman@sacs.k12.in.us)

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