It often surprises people when I mention that education accounts for fully one-fifth of nonprofit activity, second only to human services. Of course libraries are all about education in its various forms. There are now a dizzying array of online resources in this area. But what's good, effective, and also entertaining for kids? I think I may have a lead for you.
One of our favorite phrases here at TechSoup is “don’t reinvent the wheel.” This has been on my mind this week as I’ve been reading about teachers and professors who are changing traditional education by flipping their classrooms. This term essentially means that lectures are watched online at home and homework is done during class. Teachers assign already developed content, such as videos, to be watched on the student's own time in place of traditional lectures so that classroom time can now be spent on what was originally homework.
According to Liz (our system administrator), everything good comes from Lifehacker.com...and that is where she found Jing (http://www.jingproject.com/). As the Web site says, "Use Jing to capture anything you see on your computer screen and share it instantly...as an image or short movie."
Earlier this week, I blogged a bit about my week in Kentucky and I have a few more posts from that trip in the works. I was there to provide "Taking on Technology" workshops with Kendra Morgan (TechAtlas). One of the things we talked about during the day was 2.0 technologies. We played 2.0 Bingo (something I've blogged about here before) and we also introduced groups to the Common Craft videos (on RSS, on Twitter, etc...).