One of the best parts of attending technology conferences is the conversations you get to have with other participants. At ILC08 I ran into colleagues from all over the state and gleaned quite a few good ideas. During one of the sessions I posted this week my old tech director, John Patten, attended a session on math videos. When we met up again he told me about a very cool application called PHPmotion.
This free, open source software once installed on your server, allows you to run your own video sharing, music sharing, or picture sharing site. Mathtrain.tv, the site John saw during the presentation uses it. I’m very intrigued by the idea of using this software as a way to have students share the projects they are producing in our classes. Since PHPmotion also produces embed and link tags, students could easily add projects to their blogs. This could also be a great piece of software for hosting student-produced video book reviews as part of our Accelerated Reader program. Fortunately, we have one of the best hardware people in the world on site, so today he’s downloading and fiddling. I’ll let you know how it goes.