Karen’s Mashups-Show 27-National parks

June 25th, 2009

Our national parks are a great treasure. There are over 390 national park areas in 49 states and five territories. Summer is a great time to visit our national parks, and the National Park Service has made this even easier by waiving fees the weekends of July 18-19 and August 15-16.

The national parks offer recreational opportunities for everyone — from scenic drives and enjoyable picnics to strenuous hiking and backwoods camping.

I hope you have an opportunity to visit a national park this summer. And thank you to all the men and women who work for the national park service.

Included in this show are:

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Karen’s Mashups-Show 26-Current events and the elections

October 16th, 2008

The upcoming U.S. elections provide many opportunities for using audio and video resources to foster meaningful discussions and activities around current issues that are relevant and motivating to students. Many organizations provide podcasts that cover various current events issues, and that content is the focus of this mashup.


Some of these podcasts are specially designed for classrooms and have a wide variety of teacher materials that accompany the content. There are even news-related podcasts specifically geared for ESL students.

Included in this show are:

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Karen’s Mashups-Show 25-TeacherTube

August 20th, 2008

We’re back! I can’t believe the summer has gone by, and it’s been months since I’ve done a mashup :( — but it’s with good reason.

This summer I focused all my spare time on a new project: the Kids Open Dictionary. This dictionary is intended for kids, though it can certainly be used for adult learners as well. As words are completed, they will be reviewed for quality and appropriateness and ultimately “frozen” for export into a variety of formats, including text, PDF, ebooks, wikis, web, etc., for use on a variety of devices.

This is a public domain resource that anyone can use for any purpose. We hope that it will be used by teachers, students, publishers, hardware manufacturers, VARs, and others. The site includes a build-your-own-glossary tool that allows users to construct glossaries for their own books, units, courses, or web sites and export them to text, html, rtf, pdf, or wikitext.

This is a mass collaboration project, and we hope that many people around the world will jump in and add a definition or two.

So, this mashup is featuring videos from TeacherTube, a great video-sharing site for education. (It’s like YouTube for schools, and, thankfully, isn’t blocked in most districts.) Teachers and students from around the world create and upload videos on topics that cover almost every curriculum area you can imaging. There are even great professional development videos.

(Note: This is a large file, so you may have to wait a while depending on your connection speed. An embedded version, which may load faster, is available here.)


One trick for using TeacherTube: If you want to download videos, you need to be signed in, and then the download link will show up on the right side of the screen under Video Details.

If you produce your own videos, consider sharing them with others on TeacherTube. This site also provides a great authentic publishing opportunity for students. Imagine how motivating it is to know that over 10,000 people have watched your video! (Just make sure you have the necessary parent permissions.)

And, as always, feel free to share this mashup with others. I think it will be particularly useful in workshops to show teachers all the great free multimedia resources out there.

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Stay tuned for a new show

June 26th, 2008

Sorry for the brief hiatus, but I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be back with a new mashup soon. I’ve had a few other exciting projects consume all my time the last month or so, but stay tuned!