Monthly Archives: December 2009

Dec. 18, 2009

Web-Based Creative Toolset from Aviary

If you’re looking for a little something to get your creative juices going during the holiday break, I have just the thing to try out. Recently, I’ve run across an amazing Web-based toolset from the folks at Aviary. This fairly robust toolset contains an image editor, an effects editor, a color editor, a vector editor, an audio editor, a screen capturing tool and an image markup editor.

Unlike the big boys out there (Photoshop, Illustrator, Garageband, etc.), this service is free, and from the bit I have used it, is fairly stable. Most of my experimentation has been done with the Audio editor. Being that I’m on a Mac and usually use Garageband for audio editing, I […]

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Dec. 10, 2009


Last summer, I had the opportunity to work with a lovely group of educators from the Montcalm School District. They invited me to lead a two-day teacher workshop on using technology in the classroom. Recently I had a chance to visit their schools and talk to a few of the teachers that participated in the summer training. I’m glad I did. I was pleased to learn that the teachers were using some of the ideas and tools we had discussed in the workshop. It felt good to know that I had a small part in bringing about changes in their […]

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Dec. 10, 2009

Alas Media’s Help-Portraits

Many of you who follow us or have been to BLC are quite familiar with the work of Marco Torres and Alas Media. This holiday season, they are heading up an exciting and worthwhile endeavor.

This weekend, they are hosting a day of family portraits, and their goal is to photograph families who might not necessarily have the means to take a portrait. The families that participate will walk away with a portrait to share with their families during the holiday completely FREE.

The Alas Media team is looking for financial assistance in purchasing frames for these photos. […]

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Dec. 9, 2009

Announcing BLC10 Keynoters

We are pleased to announce our keynoters for BLC10.

Rahaf Harfoush has accepted our invitation to travel from Geneva to share her insights as a key member of President Barack Obama’s campaign media team. Her extensive knowledge of building social networks provides critical insight into building empowering learning environments. She is also the author of the book, Yes We Did.

Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Dr. Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring effects of social media and digital technology on global society.

Mitch Resnick from the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten is back to share his knowledge about building a global community […]

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