Introduction to Freemind

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The  ’1 to 1′ netbook project journey continues! This week we are looking at the free and open source mind mapping tool called FreeMind. You can download FreeMind for Mac, Windows and Linux. In this video I give a brief introduction to some of the features available when using FreeMind.
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Introduction to FreeMind from Darrel Branson on Vimeo.

Playing with Google SketchUp

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As part of the ’1 to 1′ netbook project, I have been working with a number of schools to look at how Google SketchUp can be used in the classrooom. And while there are plenty of good videos to show how to get started with the tools, I wanted to try out a new screencasting program so I created my own short tutorial. I hope it’s useful to someone! You can download it here if you are not subscribed via the podcast.

Introduction to Google Sketchup from Darrel Branson on Vimeo.

I’ve also found a new website dedicated to resources around screencasting. Check it out here: http://scrast.net It looks like it is a great place for all of your screencasting needs.

ICTGUY0902 – Netbooks & Tom Barrett’s Blog

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Podcast number 2 February 19th, 2009.
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Links
John Pearce: http://johnp.wordpress.com

Tom Barrett’s Blog: http://tbarrett.edublogs.org
1oo ideas: http://tbarrett.edublogs.org/2009/01/26/100-interesting-ways/
Tom’s presentations:
Google Earth
http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dhn2vcv5_175fp5qg9d3
Interactive Whiteboards
http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dhn2vcv5_106c9fm8j
Google Docs
http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dhn2vcv5_8323t58h3ft
Pocket Video
http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dhn2vcv5_6tv55j7g9

Netbook links
http://netbooktrial.wikispaces.com
http://one2onelaptops.ning.com

Local Events – Podcasting Session
http://www.vitta.org.au/trainingevents/id/49/title/

ICTGUY0901 – Team building, links, and the ‘Collaborative Age’

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Podcast number 1 February 3rd, 2009.
[ICTGUY0901.mp3 Running time: 14:51 mins, size: 8.6 MB]

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Team Building
http://www.teampedia.net

BBC News article on  BETT
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7830431.stm

Skype in Schools
http://skypeinschools.pbwiki.com

How to embed
http://www.labnol.org/internet/how-to-embed-in-html-webpages/6365/

WOW’s
http://mrsleung.edublogs.org/2008/12/18/wow-website-of-the-week-posters

World Without Walls: Learning Well With Others – Will Richardson
http://www.edutopia.org/collaboration-age-technology-will-richardson

iPod touches / iPhone Apps
http://www.iphoneandkids.com

50 iphone Apps for education

http://oedb.org/library/features/top_50_iphones_for_educators

ICTGUY0814 – Students talking about maths screencasting

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Podcast number 14 August 25th, 2008.
[ICTGUY0814.mp3 Running time: 19:36 mins, size:18.1 MB]

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Today’s Links!

Math screencasts
http://mathtrain.tv

Alan November and the BLC conference
http://www.novemberlearning.com/

ICTGUY0813 – Online presentations, virtualisation and feedkey

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Podcast number 13 July 20th, 2008.
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Today’s Links!

Create PowerPoint for the web with 280slideshttp://280slides.com
Also mentioned http://www.sliderocket.com

Mashable – 30+ Presentation services for the web
http://mashable.com/2007/08/12/online-presentations

Gone Google: Integrating project-based lessons with Google tools by Cheryl Davis
http://picasaweb.google.com/cheryl.davismhs/GoneGoogle
And the Google Educator
http://www.google.com.au/educators/activities.html

Persistent ‘tag’ search for video from feedKey
http://www.feedky.com/
Example with the Moodle tag
http://www.feedky.com/w.php?c=0862732001213692646

Free virtualisation software for Windows, Linux & Mac
http://virtualbox.org

NECC 2008 podcasts
http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/collection.php?collection=2956

NECC 2008 Webcasts
http://www.kzowebcasting.com/necc/

ICTGUY0812 – Authorstream, Seeqpod & committment to online PD

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Podcast number 12 June 10th, 2008.
[ICTGUY0812.mp3 Running time: 16:12mins, size: 7.5 MB]

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Today’s Links!

Cyber Safety via Anne Bubnic
http://www.ctap4.org/cybersafety

Seeqpod – Playable search
http://seeqpod.com

Author Stream – Share your Powerpoint

http://www.authorstream.com

Chris Betcher’s Blog and post on getting teachers to commit to online PD:
http://betch.edublogs.org/2008/05/21/a-letter-to-teachers-about-learning

ICTGUY0811 – ICTEV Conf, Read to me & ‘Hey Jude’

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Podcast number 11 May 27th, 2008.
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Today’s Links!

Digital Chalkies:
http://www.digitalchalkie.com

ICTEV conference
http://ictev.vic.edu.au/event/conference.htm

Margaret Meijers & Mindtools
http://www.mindtools.tased.edu.au/

Make Mp3′s from text and more ..
http://readthewords.com

Hey Jude’s Bloghttp://heyjude.wordpress.com/
And the Mark Pesce post:
http://heyjude.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/wackykids/

ICTGUY0810 – Posters, Tech Matrix, the MathTrain and AUP 2.0

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Podcast number 10 May 20th, 2008.
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Today’s Links!
Helen Otway’s blog – http://helenotway.edublogs.org
Google Posters –
http://www.google.com/educators/posters.html
Matrix of Technology Integration
http://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/index.html
Maths Screencasts
- A website by Eric Marcos – http://www.mathtrain.tv/
David Warlick blog’s – http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/
School AUP 2.0
http://landmark-project.com/aup20/pmwiki.php
K12 Online Conference – http://k12onlineconference.org/

ICTGUY0809 Gliffy and the ‘iTeacher’

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Podcast number 9 May 10th, 2008.
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Todays Topics:
Gliffy for online diagrams – http://www.gliffy.com
The Podcast workflow – http://www.gliffy.com/publish/1425568/

Classroom 2.0 from the iTeacher
http://iteacher.edublogs.org/2007/09/15/classroom-20/

ICTGUY0808 – What I want! Bloom’s goes Digital

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Podcast number 8 May 4th, 2008.
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Todays Topics:
Call Graph – Skype recorder – http://callgraph.in

Blog Post from Chris Lehmann

Andrew Churches – Bloom’s Taxonomy goes digital
http://edorigami.wikispaces.com

ICTGUY0807 – Edna, Bill Mackenty & Google Docs

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Podcast number 7 April 18th, 2008.
[ICTGUY0807.mp3 Running time: 19:02 mins, size: 8.8 MB]

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Todays Topics:

Australian Education Network – EdnaYou can subscribe here or via iTunes.

Bill Mackenty’s blog & his post about Games in Education

Google Docs (Online Word Processor and collaboration tool)

ICTGUY0806 – iTunes Uni & the ‘blog of proximal development’

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Podcast number 6 April 18th, 2008.
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Todays Topics:

Konrad Glogowski’s blog & post on 21classes & personalised spaces

Facebook group for 21classes.com

iTunes University K-12 Lesson Plans

ICTGUY0805 – WordPress, 21classes & the Unlearning Curve

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Podcast number 5 April 13th, 2008.
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Todays Topics:

Classroom blogging platform – 21classes.com

SLAV Conference featuring Will Richardson

Unlearning Curve

http://weblogg-ed.com/2007/the-steep-unlearning-curve/

ICTGUY0804 – Voice Thread, Remote Access & 1 to 1

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Podcast number 4 April 7th, 2008.
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Todays Topics:

Voice Thread

Feedback for the ICT Guy on Voicethread

Remote Access blog

Moving at the Speed of Creativity

ICTGUY0803 – Blogs, Comic Life resources & Visualisation of data

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Podcast number 3 February 19th, 2008.
[ICTGUY0803.mp3 Running time: 14:10 mins, size: 6.7 MB]

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Todays Topics:

Comic Life
http://plasq.com

Comic Life – Examples & Templates
http://www.countrymeadows.district96.k12.il.us/Comic_Life_site/CLindex.html

Blogs host
http://21classes.com

How Cognitive Science Can Improve Your PowerPoint Presentations
http://io9.com/357063/

ICTGUY0802 – Twitter, blogs & growing up online

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Podcast number 2 February 4th, 2008.
[ICTGUY0802.mp3 Running time: 6:37mins, size: 3.3MB]

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Free Scratch course

Qtrax backflip

Free cartoon artwork for Comic Life

Tony Richard’s blog
Growing Up Online – Just How radically is the Internet changing the childhood experience?

Jo Mcleay of the Openclassroom blog

Twitter

ICTGUY0801 – Ultranet, Moodle, Inkscape & Scratch

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Podcast number 1 January 2008.
[ICTGUY0801.mp3 Running time: 12:30mins, size: 5.9MB]

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Todays Topics:

Ultranet
http://www.sofweb.vic.edu.au/blueprint/fs1/s@c.htm

Ed Tech Crew with Tony Richards from itmadesimple.com
Edtechcrew.net

Inkscape Screencasts
http://screencasters.heathenx.org/
http://www.inkscape.org/

Open Source as Alternatives
http://www.osalt.com/

Free, legal music downloads?
Qtrax.com

The Scratch Moodle course
Need2learn.net

Update: Looks like I was on the bleeding edge with Qtrax. It may not be all it promised.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3264556.ece
Thanks for the heads up, Mark!

ICTGUY0711 – Introduction to Scratch

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A short introduction to using Scratch, the free multimedia software from MIT. I outline why you I think you should be using it and my thoughts on the software. This is an enhanced podcast with chapters and presentation slides so you will need to use iTunes to listen and view the content.

Create the game ‘Pong’ with Scratch in 7 minutes

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One of the things I have enjoyed the most this term is working with students to create games in Scratch. Our students have benefitted greatly from having access to this free, constructionist software. Oh yeah, it’s been great fun too!

So in an effort to put something back into the Scratch community and create some resources for teachers and students, I have created a screencast showing how to create the game of ‘Pong’ using Scratch. Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think.

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The direct download will be better quality than the embedded Teach Tube video above.

Correction: When sensing for the ball to hit the paddle and send it back, the correct instructions should be “direction * -1″ not “direction +180″.

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