This evening when I was browsing through the iTunes podcast directory listings, I discovered Luis Perez’s amazing collection of screencasts titled “Tech-Ease: Classroom Tech Help.”

Tech-Ease: Classroom Tech Help on iTunes

The Tech-Ease website and resources are part of the the Educational Technology Clearinghouse by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. I heard Luis present at NECC 2008 with Shannon White in their session, “Where in the World is… GeoRSS for the Classroom,” but had not seen all these resources they have published to the web and via iTunes. WOW.

The website links here are deep and wide in terms of rich content. Their website “No Strings Attached: Wireless Laptops in Education” includes:

Over 100 videos taped in Florida schools… This website features exemplary models of technology integration across Florida, including lessons from the school districts of Bradford, Broward, Collier, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, St. Johns and Walton counties. Please see the credits page for further information.

No Strings Attached

I love the way many of the videos on the site utilize B-roll video footage of the teacher discussing the lesson, and A-roll footage of students working together collaboratively on their projects. This lesson example on The Roman Empire uses this video format:

No Strings Attached: The Roman Empire

Did I mention all these screencasts, PDF files, videos and other resources are available completely FREE to anyone, whether or not you live and teach in Florida?!

Great job Luis and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology!

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  • http://www.randomconnections.com Tom Taylor

    I love the clean and simple feel of the Google interface. I may have to start using that one. I’ve been using BooMP3.com to store my audio files, and they provide a nice clean interface, too.

    Is there something analogous for video files? I know the various video codecs required complicated this somewhat, but it would be nice if Google had something for the standard video file formats, and not just YouTube or FLV files.

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