New TED-Ed Site Turns YouTube Videos Into ‘Flipped’ Lessons – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education25 April 2012
YouTube holds a rich trove of videos that could be used in the classroom, but it’s challenging to transform videos into a truly interactive part of a lesson. So the nonprofit group TED has unveiled a new Web site that it hopes will solve this problem—by organizing educational videos and letting professors “flip” them to enhance their lectures.
The new Web site, unveiled today, lets professors turn TED’s educational videos—as well as any video on YouTube—into interactive lessons inspired by the “flipped” classroom model. The site’s introduction is the second phase of an education-focused effort called TED-Ed, which began last month when the group released a series of highly produced, animated videos on a new YouTube channel.
Google Drive is everywhere you are—on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just…there. Ready to go, ready to share. Get started with 5 GB free.
via Google Drive.
For a long time Google Documents has made it very easy to publish work to the web by simply selecting the “anyone with link” or “make public on web” options in the sharing menu. Now Dropbox has gotten in on the easy file sharing game by introducing a very similar feature. The new Dropbox file sharing option allows you to publish to the web any file that is in your Dropbox account.
Saying Costly Subscriptions ‘Cannot Be Sustained,’ Harvard Library Committee Urges Open Access – The Ticker – The Chronicle of Higher Education24 April 2012
The rising cost of journal subscriptions has created an “untenable situation” for the Harvard Library, according to the library’s Faculty Advisory Council. In a frank open letter to the Harvard faculty, the council warns that the library faces a subscription crisis “exacerbated by efforts of certain publishers” to bundle journals into high-priced packages. The letter does not name those publishers but says that Harvard now pays almost $3.75-million a year for their journals. “Continuing these subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable,” the council says. It urges faculty and students to “move prestige to open access,” and lays out several steps that researchers and librarians can take.
Google Inc is preparing to roll out a service to let consumers store photos and other content online, a source familiar with the matter said, pushing into a market now dominated by the likes of Dropbox and Box.
Acknowledging the critical role of digital media in the classroom, Adobe has launched the Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition and the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Student and Teacher Edition, both targeted to educational institutions, teachers, and students worldwide.
This release, plus supporting educational resources, are designed to help K-12 and higher education institutions enhance teaching, learning, and career preparation using Adobe’s creative products…
Hint: You’ll need an application that turns your Mac into an AirPlay device.