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2006- Basic Advanced Training

BASIC/ADVANCED TRAINING KEYNOTE “I Did Not Know You Could do THAT with Free Web Tools”

Alan Levine
Phoenix, Arizona
Blog: http://cogdogblog.com
Twitter: @cogdog

Presentation Title
“I Did Not Know You Could do THAT with Free Web Tools”
….. a web dispersed presentation of unleashed potential for the 2006 K12Online Conference

Alan Levine is the Director of Member & Technology Resources for the New Media Consortium (NMC, (http://www.nmc.org/). Before this, he spent 14 years evangelizing technology for the Maricopa Community Colleges, where he first hosted a web server back in 1993 on a Mac SE/30. While at Maricopa, Alan was a key contributor to significant efforts such as Ocotillo, a faculty-led initiative that promotes innovation and drives change, created the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX), a virtual warehouse of innovation that pioneered the use of RSS in syndicating learning object content, and developed Feed2JS, an open source software shared for allowing people to easily incorporate RSS content into web pages. Alan works from home in Phoenix, Arizona and publishes his work on CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/)

There are more than enough blogs, conference presentations, and Big Name EduPundits, extolling the future of the Read/Write web tools like blogs and wikis (hey, they are almost “old” technologies in internet time!). Here, I am trying to demonstrate some lesser known things that you can do with common web tools or some specialized web tools that do things that would perhaps spark the interest of an educator. The only requirement is it must be completely free to use. The bits I have cooked up include:

All of these will be intensely interconnected. Each one actually uses the tool of the topic as the presentation platform (flickr is demo-ed in flickr, del.icio.us content is hosted in a del.icio.us tag set…) While billed as “Advanced/Basic Training”, rather than providing 1-2-3 recipes for these sites, this “presentation” assembles a varied collection of what is possible, with the examples and linked resources where available. I tend to aim for a more exploration mode of presenting than just showing and nothing shown requires advanced technical skill.

Finally, for each section, I am linking to an open WikiSpaces site where I invite you to add more examples, ideas, etc. Let’s see what we can build.

To get started, my intro about web video tools is of course… sitting in a web video site, YouTube: I Did Not Know You Could Do THAT With Free Web Tools!

For the YouTube-less, a QuickTime version is now available at

You can find the next step in the presentation there, or from the presentation wikispace: http://cogdog.wikispaces.com/k12online06


  1. Darren Kuropatwa

    Hi Michelle,

    Unfortunately not. The YouTube portion of the presentation is embeded on the wiki (link above) but your district filter will likely filter it out of there as well.

    Three thoughts:
    (1) Wait until you get home and access it from there.
    (2) If you don’t have broadband at home maybe your local library does?
    (3) Talk to your admin, tech or ed tech dept/consultant. Explain the situation. Maybe this is an opportunity to get greater access for your entire building ….

    Let us know how it works out. You can email me or any of the other conveners.

    My email: dkuropatwa [at] gmail [dot] com


  2. lloutback

    I learned a LOT this morning going through your presentation! We have work to do regarding blocking of free tools sites in many schools.

  3. Brad Niessen

    A very creative presentation!! These are great examples of Web 2.0 tools and the best of all….they are engaging and FREE. I am not sure if you have seen this nifty tool yet, but it is : http://www.eyespot.com It is an online video mixer that allows you to edit and combine your videos, photos and music online. Of course the effects and editing are basic…but powerful.

  4. Alan Levine

    For the blocked from You-Tube crowd, I am putting a QuickTime version on my site at:

    I should have thought about that, so thanks for the nudge.

    Brad — I’ve not seen Eyespot first hand- I was hoping to do a segment on these kinds of tools, similar also is http://www.jumpcut.com/ and there are another handful. Please ad examples like these to the open wiki at http://cogdoghouse.wikispaces.com/web-video

    And then there is a whole series of web-based tools that allow you to do story-like slideshows, creation of content from various sources.

    And then there is Dandelife, where you can create timeline-based media content:

    All/most of these I did tag under

  5. Geoff Sheehy

    Eyespot is pretty cool, and it’s unknown enough not to be blocked. Our district has axed YouTube (so I haven’t seen that part of the presentation), but eyespot has proved useful.

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  7. Nancy Scofield

    Wow–very cool stuff. I had no idea you could do so much with flickr! I am a newbie-level user of flickr and del.icio.us. I can’t wait to play with these toys (um, I mean tools!) and start using them with my classes.

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  9. Quentin D'Souza


    I had quite a bit of fun exploring your flickr presentation – that was pretty cool!

    I posted my very first video to YouTube. I figure I will not learn anything new, if I don’t push my comfort zone a little bit, so I thought I would give it a shot. 🙂

    I also added an rss feed for the responses to the youtube video intro to the wiki, to keep it up to date and added a few questions too.

    This was a really great session!!

  10. Darren Kuropatwa

    I was showing my students how to use del.icio.us today in class. We’ve been doing this each semester going on 2 years now. But after Alan’s del.icio.us overview in this presenattion is far more comprehensive in terms of the educational uses that can be made using del.icio.us. They’ve bookmarked this workshop and will be exploring your presentation … hopefully a few of them will also leave comments here.

    Thanks for a great resource Alan … for teachers and for students. 😉

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  17. Michael Richards


    Thank you for showcasing some great tools teachers can use. Just to keep the conversation going, are there schools out there that block http://www.teachertube.com? I think the power of video on the Internet is an important way to document student achievement and we can’t keep blocking it in fear.

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