Just wanted you to know that I've been reading your blog for a while now (compliments of Sean) and have attempted some of your ideas--such as Jing. Oh, and the trailers for class--what a clever use of Animoto!!! I am just not that creative. I hope you don't mind if I borrow that idea.
As for Jing, I decided to try a "How To" video to start. So, I created a, So how do I comment on a discussion Jing for my Ning! (I just love saying that.) Right now, I'm playing with the sizes of the screencast--you can't just past the embedded code straight into a Ning or it's HUGE. The video also explains some reminders about experimental design for the science fair projects. Although it's on the Ning, I haven't brought it to students attention yet. I'll let you know how it goes. Same goes for the Animoto video!
Thanks for the tips about the blogs. I started one on edublogs just to see what it all about. I am no where near mentioning it to my class. I just started the wiki with them, so one thing at a time. Which blogs use Wordpress? I don't even know what that is, but it sounds important.
I teach in a large diverse public school and so far the administration seems to like me. There is one principle, 4 assistant principles and one sci. director so it's tough to get things off the ground and going sometimes. I'm trying to get a name for myself so hopefully I will be able to do more creative things such as trips. I hear it's nice by D.C. My sister used to live in Arlington (or around there) and she really loved it. Anyway....thanks again for the advice.