Daily Spotlight on Education 04/26/2010

  • Project SIKULI

    I don't really understand all about this project out of MIT but want to learn more about it. After watching the demo, I can see HUGE applications for IT administrators and support staff who have certain people and machines that need the same repetitive things done that they just cannot remember. Look at this sikuli script feature – it is GREAT!)

    Thi s is what they say on their site:

    “ikuli is a visual technology to search and automate graphical user interfaces (GUI) using images (screenshots). The first release of Sikuli contains Sikuli Script, a visual scripting API for Jython, and Sikuli IDE, an integrated development environment for writing visual scripts with screenshots easily. Sikuli Script automates anything you see on the screen without internal API's support. You can programmatically control a web page, a desktop application running on Windows/Linux/Mac OS X, or even an iphone application running in an emulator. “

    tags: education, learning, programming, innovation, edu_newapp

  • Sylvan Dell Publishing – Newton and Me

    This is a cool opportunity for teachers who have smartboards -how about pulling this ebook up onto your screen to read together and then take the quiz. This one is free.

    In my email:

    “Each month, Sylvan Dell will feature a different eBook for free at www.SylvanDellPublishing.com! View the entire eBook in English and Spanish, absolutely free with no login required. Just click and read! April's featured eBook is one of our newest titles, Newton and Me, about a boy and his dog, Newton. Join them as they discover the laws of force and motion in thier everyday activities. After reading, take the quizzes and complete the For Creative Minds activities on the Newton homepage. Great for a fun, educational summer activity!”

    tags: education, learning, literature, elementary_teacher, reading_teacher

  • TrueCrypt – Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux

    Use this to create an encrypted drive for your financial records if you have them on your laptop! Remember to backup the folder as well! It is free.

    I would also recommend this for those who have private files on their computer like guidance counselors.

    tags: education, productivity, opensource, edu_trends

  • Video Search Engine – Blinkx

    If you need video for the web, this handy video search engine is a POWERFUL tool. If you're watching web video on your home tv, it is a great site for that as well!

    tags: education, homeautomation, multi-media, edu_trends, edu_newapp

  • Watch Jim Henson's The Storyteller Online – Full Episodes of Jim Henson's The Storyteller & More TV Shows Online with blinkx Remote

    For those who teach Greek Mythology, you can now watch Jim Henson's The Storyteller on-line. We've been watching this on Netflix over the weekend and my children have been enthralled with stories from ancient mythology. It is a well worth piece. The only note is that in the trailer for one of the episodes there was a tad bit of nudity (sort of) – one of those things to just make sure you screen to make sure it isn't there. It was on the Icarus and DEadelus movie, however, if you fast forward past the intro it shouldn't be a problem.

    tags: education, learning, mythology, literature

  • Turn an Old PC into a Home Media Server

    An older article about turning an OLD PC into a home media server.

    tags: education, hometheater, home_automation

  • Boxee

    Another free option for hooking up your computer to your tv. You really can do this with an old computer. This program lets you control the laptop interface using your remote control on your tv. Just hookup the laptop.

    tags: education, hometheater, home_automation

  • Dexpot – The utility for virtual desktops

    Switching different desktops is a breeze. I'm setting up different desktops for different tasks I have going as part of my effort to “firewall” my time between tasks. This is another cool tool recommended by Gina Tripani and the people at lifehacker

    tags: education, productivity, learning

  • Samurize.com – News

    Checking out this tool recommended by Lifehacker.

    This is what the site says it does:

    “Samurize is an advanced system monitoring and desktop enhancement engine for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista. IT professionals, overclockers, gamers and desktop modders alike use Samurize for system information, weather reports, news headlines and much much more. And best of all, Samurize is 100% free!”

    tags: education, productivity, learning

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