FlyInside.com is a virtual tour site specifically geared toward real estate.  About a year ago when I discovered FlyInside, it was obvious to me that this was the type of Web 2.0 tool that was created for one purpose but could be usurped for another.  So, I hijacked it for learning.  I believe this is one of the strong characteristics of Web 2.0 for learning, or as some folks are referring to Pedagogy 2.0 or eLearning 2.0.  The design characteristics that are indicative of Web 2.0 tools, I believe, also make them easy targets for repurposing…and I feel like I was right (see below).

In a nutshell.  At its bones, FlyInside is a slideshow maker, not unlike Bubbleshare or Scrapblog.  It even comes built in with the somewhat “cheesy” background music.  However, FlyInside does offer some easy navigation and some legitimate “less cheesy” looking titling/captions.  The other element that FlyInside does really well is focus on the image.  It doesn’t let you as a creator become distracted by the backgrounds and templates.  (In real estate, you care about what the living room and kitchen look like, not what nice slide background was chosen.)  So, the photo fills the screen.  So, I find this incredibly appealing, specifically where learner might best represent their learning with a digital camera.

Here are a couple of examples of preservice teacher projects of using FlyInside for curricular content.  I’d like to hear if you’ve used FlyInside or if you have hijacked other tools for your purposes.
    • Architecture of Columns by Katie Fineup
    • World War I statue photo essay by David Mars


 
Embeds Workshop 06/26/2008
 

I'm conducting a workshop today for the for TBR eLearning Summer Institute at The University of Memphis on embedding stuff and widgets into your Web site, blog, wiki or Desire2Learn.  So, I'd love to hear your ideas about what you like to embed and where you go to get your embeds.  I'm also going to use this space to demo some embed codes, so it might look a little cobbled together.  That's intentional, though.

iGoogle, Pageflakes

Most people are probably familiar with widgets from iGoogle <http://www.google.com/ig?hl=en&source=iglk> or a site like Pageflakes <http://www.pageflakes.com/>.  You choose little tools to show up, sort of like a start page.  TIP: There's also a Pageflakes just for teachers <http://teacher.pageflakes.com/>, which has lots of widgets just for teaching.

Places to get widgets or embeds

1.    Tony Vincent’s site <http://tonyvincent.net/?q=node/43>
2.    Google Gadgets <http://www.google.com/ig/directory?synd=open>
3.    Widgetbox for all types <http://www.widgetbox.com/>

Unexpected places to get widgets or embeds

1.    Barnes & Noble Studio <http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bn-studio/videos-podcasts/index.asp?>
       See it in action at        
        <http://michaelmgrant.weebly.com/1/post/2008/06/brisingr-is-coming-september-20th.html>

Places to make your own embed widgets

1.    For photo slideshows <http://www.goodwidgets.com/widgets/share/69745>
2.    For forms <http://creator.zoho.com>
3.    For presentations <http://show.zoho.com> or <http://sliderocket.com/>
4.    For polls <http://www.polldaddy.com>
5.    For audio (mp3s) <http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/mp3>
6.    For charts <http://www.richchartlive.com/RichChartLive/>
7.    For spreadsheets <http://sheet.zoho.com/>

Some examples

1.   Slideshow: Kameilah Amaya <http://technology-education.weebly.com/my-artifacts.html>
2.   Slideshow: Jennifer Nelson <http://msjnelson.weebly.com/artifacts.html>
3.   Slidecast: Matt McLean <http://mattbmclean.wordpress.com>
4.   Zoho Sheet <see below>

 
 
SlideShare | View

Consider this slide show on Slideshare: "Knowing.the.World.We.Live.in." In this slideshow, review it at full screen so you can read the legends for each slide. Another site called this "The Power of Stars." The message is powerful. Is the creation of this type of student product/artifact indicative of literacy in the Information Age? What if one of your students submitted these eight slides for an assignment? How would you interpret this artifact? How does this type of artifact fit within your theory of teaching and learning, particularly with respect to your reflection on active learning?