Kurrate


Brian Aspinall (@mraspinall on Twitter) tossed out a Twitter message last night inviting people to check out Kurrate – a new curation tool for teachers using video in the classroom.

I had to check it out immediately.  First, you’ve got to be interested in what an Ontario educator shares and secondly, I know that so many teachers are effectively and increasingly using videos as key in their lessons.

So, off I went.

I wasn’t expecting to see what I found.  It was actually in a directory off the root of Brian’s website.  It was another one of his projects released to the wild.  Now, if you go to YouTube or Vimeo, there is already search functionality in place.  What makes Kurrate different?

He’s searching them all, or you can selectively choose the services that you want.

We had a little back and forth discussion.  I think he’s done a very nice job putting this together.  My only comment surrounded the embedded scroll bars.  With a trackpad, I had hit the wrong scroll bar and had the wrong thing scrolling.  The individual results are embedded inside a window of results.  It seems, from our discussion, that he’s wondering the best way to handle the results as well.  We both agree that popup windows should not be an option!

We talked about opening the results in different tabs and having each individual set of results in a window and buttons to step through the results.  This seems like a puzzle to be solved.  How do you best return the results?

In the meantime, this is a really well created and I think it will be well received by teachers or students looking for a search engine to give them all.  Give it a try and see what you think.  He’s actively looking for feedback through Twitter or he’s got an email address on the page.  I’m sure that he’ll be appreciative of your thoughts.

Pummelvision for Month Two


It’s been two months now since I committed to the Daily Shoot project.  I did it to try to force me to take more photos and hopefully become better at doing it.  I post them to my blog on Tumblr and I suspect that I’m like most people.  Some days, I feel like I’ve nailed it and other days not so much.  Some days, I have a goodly collection of shots on a theme and other days, I know that I’m stretching to find something that’s appropriate for the day.

Every now and again, I’ll head over to the blog and just take a look at some of the photos to relive the photography moments.  It can be a little time consuming and a little boring at times but I get the image and I also get my thoughts about the image.  At times, I do wish that I could get a little more pizzaz into the display.

Then, I discovered Pummelvision!  It does an amazing job presenting images.  First, you need to grant access to your Daily Booth, Dropbox, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, or Tumblr account.  At that time, Pummelvision gets access to your photos.  Next thing, it runs away and does some magic only to have it reappear as a YouTube or Vimeo Video, posted to your account!  It doesn’t happen immediately but an email is sent to you to let you know when it’s done.

So, here’s my YouTube video of the images that I’ve taken so far.

I enjoy the way that we get a little audio going on in the background.

So, this is a cool way for me to quickly and easily play back the images from this project.  Imagine how you could turn your web site, wiki, or blog into a multimedia experience.  Just create an account at one of the above services and pummel it to your website.  Ideas are just exploding with me for school use.  Virtual tours, field trips, sports teams, graduations, scanned artwork, student portfolios – any time that you have a substantial number of images on a theme and you’re interested in posting them as a multimedia display makes them perfect for this utility.  Of course, there are the logistics about student pictures, etc., but you’ll take care of that, right?  For my CIESC friends, you’ve got to see that this would be a vintage activity for a meeting!

If you’re looking for a way to create such a project, you’ve got to check Pummelvision out.