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Friday, February 25, 2011

Create Comics with Chogger

An online FREE comic creator! Sort of like Comic Life, but cloud based. Visit Chogger to take a look.

About Us

Let's start a startup What does Chogger mean? It's the first thing anyone asks us.
Chogger means web comics. Creating and sharing web comics with the world.

We think that web comics are the next big thing on the Internet. Sure, they've been around for years, but until now, it's never been possible for absolutely everyone to create comics online.

Chogger allows you to build comics from scratch, whether you have any artistic ability or not. Draw lines and shapes, upload pictures or use your webcam, and add speech balloons. Try our comic creator and see how easy it is for yourself!
Chogger was founded by three recent alumni from the University of Pittsburgh -- Jeremy Herrman, Alex Moore and Jim Keener. The website went live on September 20, 2008. On May 10, 2009 we launched our public beta release, and on February 23, 2011 we relaunched the site with a brand new site interface and a shiny new comic creator.
Chogger LLC is an AlphaLab portfolio company headquartered in Pittsburgh. AlphaLab is a program established by Innovation Works to encourage entrepreneurialism and technological innovation in the region.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


How cool is this?? If you liked Wordle, then try out Tagxedo, which lets you create your word clouds in specific shapes!

Thanks to Barry Bachenheimer, at Plethora of Technology, who thanks Jane Hart.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Social Media/Monitoring

I know there are ongoing conversations about technology being had in pockets all over campus, even around the topic of social networks (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.). I saw this article today in eSchool News and wanted to share it with you for many reasons.  Please read all the way to the end so you get multiple sides of the "debate."  This came up quite a bit in a recent parenting workshop Sam Harris and I hosted a few weeks ago.  And while parents would be the only ones to take the step of monitoring their kids social networks, in some of these paragraphs, particularly toward the end, I think you could substitute "adult" for "parent." There are so many other issues wrapped up in this, but I simply wanted to share this for consideration, in hopes that we will continue to engage in open conversations about the technology-rich world in which we live today.

Having now spoken to lots of our students (grades 3 thru 11 so far), I can tell you our kids are just as all over the place in their view of technology, media, and its impact, as we adults are.  From my perspective, we all have a lot to think about, a lot of listening to do, and a lot more conversations to have.
My concern is that social network monitoring services could short-change the parent-child (and the teacher-student) relationships, shut down these educational conversations, and move teenagers from sharing to silence, which is something that no parent, educator, citizens – none of us wants.

All Einstein, All the Time

Check out the Einstein Archives Online.

Open to the public since 2003, "The Einstein Archives Online Website provides the first online access to Albert Einstein’s scientific and non-scientific manuscripts held by the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to an extensive Archival Database, constituting the material record of one of the most influential intellects in the modern era."

Another site to check out for resources, Einstein on NOVA.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Results of PBS Teacher Survey on Media and Technology Use

Direct quote:

The eighth annual PBS teacher survey on media and technology use reflects a deepening commitment to media and digital technology that connect teachers and their students to educational resources.

The 2010 survey, conducted by Grunwald Associates LLC, revealed these key insights:
  • The Internet is quickly becoming the source for media-based instruction, with streaming and downloading of content surging.
  • Teachers believe that a variety of technology devices and Web-based systems help them do their jobs better and help them to engage students in learning.
  • Teachers see great educational potential in smart, portable devices, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handhelds.
  • Teachers are joining online professional communities to connect, collaborate and share resources with other teachers.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Holocaust Resources

from eSchool News:

...the world's largest collection of Holocaust documents is going digital: Israel's Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, is teaming up with Google to make its photographs and documents interactive and searchable on the internet.

The collection of 130,000 photos can be searched directly from Google and is expected to expand to other parts of the memorial's vast archives in the future. A social network-like component allows viewers to contribute to the project by adding their own stories, comments, and documents about family members who appear in the online archives.

Explore Fractals in Google Lab's New Julia Map

Google's new "Julia Map"

Check it out, math geniuses. I have no idea what it means, but it looks cool.

I heard about it here:

Something Fun for Art Students?

Registration is now open for the annual Doodle for Google contest! Just a little info:

Design Guidelines
•    The student doodle should be presented on a white, landscape sheet of 8.5" x 11" inch paper. 
•    Teachers, Parents, and After School Program representatives should download the Google logo template here
•    The Google logo in the student doodle should be clearly visible and recognizable. 
•    The student doodle should be done in pencil, crayon, felt tip, paint or by using computer drawing or design software. 
•    We do not accept entries that use additional materials to create 3D effects. 
•    While we encourage your students or children to use the work of Dennis Hwang, our original doodler or other previous Doodle artists and winners as inspiration, we remind participants not to recreate or plagiarize previous designs. 
We keep all the original artwork and do not send it back; if you want a copy of your student or child’s doodle, make a color copy of it before you mail it in. 

Registration closes at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on March 2, 2011. All doodle submissions must be postmarked by March 16, 2011 no later than 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). Submissions must be received by March 18, 2011 and no later than 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). Anything received after this date and time will be disqualified.

Take a look at all previous designs HERE.