This is for you Tammy. It is just a google map with my VT linked to it. Not possible to embed. (See post below this one.) If we want to we can link a VT, or embed a movie. To embed an iMove we would have to upload it to youTube or someplace and get the embed code. My map has a sample of that as well.,-88.737388&spn=0.001698,0.002854&z=18


In investigating if it is possible to embed a VT that contains an iMovie into a Google Map, I found the following. I did get some feedback from VT that seems to verify the accuracy of my reporting. From GoogleMap Helps and forum, this seems to be true as well. If you find anything here you can disprove, please do get in touch with me.
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1.You can embed a movie into a place maker in Google Maps as long as it comes through Google Videos or You Tube.

2. You cannot embed a VT into a Goggle Map placemaker even though you have code from VT. If you want to PAY to export a VT that contains a movie. Perhaps you could upload that into YouTube and get the embed code and make it work in GM.
I did not try this because teachers are not going to pay, usually.
3. You can link a VT in Google Maps very simply, just like you do a movie.

Here’s how to link a VT into Google Maps:
1.    Go to Google Map and click on edit.
2.    Click on the placemark, or create one by dragging the the placemark onto the map.
3.    In the box that opens, click on rich text option and type in a text title for the link and highlight it.
4.    Click on the link i con from the top menu, and paste in the link from your VT.

Wait a minute. How do get the html link from your VT?
When the VT is open, click on the drop down menu from the gear up in the left hand corner. The link to copy is found right above the big rectangle that says DONE.


I needed a solution for online presentation of a ppt that contained embedded jing created videos (mp4format). I compared the sources I usually use and found out this:

Scribd      Video - I don't see anything to indicate it is possible. This is still my favorite option for uploading a plain ppt and having it come out looking great.

SlideRocket   Video - has support for some video formats. I recorded my videos in Jing and they are mp4 - but I looked into Jing and found out that I could have chosen to video in swf from the beginning! I can now either re-video in SWF or convert with a free download a have mp4 to swf. Then upload to RocketSlide. Quality will be interesting - I'll report back.

SlideShare-  has no video/audio support within a ppt unless you upload the ppt and then do a slidecast(audio podcast)and upload that with the ppt.

Flowgram - would offer same type of presentation as SlideShare. You can import your slides and then voice voice - either live or with an audio
upload you've done elsewhere.

Sharing this because I thought it might be helpful. Not guaranteeing this to be the finite resource on the subject!


The reference here is, of course, to the book of Ecclesiastes in which Solomon, the teacher, states, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."

That passage came into focus for this teacher one day recently when I began thinking about thinking. In my observation of education I continue to see rote memorization of content practiced as the goal, much more frequently than I see students involved in understanding the learning process and how to problem solve, or think.

After being involved with bringing technology into a school for fifteen years now, I reflect on how much has changed,  yet how little.
All I want from technology is for it to be a worthy tool to foster thinking and curiosity and love of learning for our students. A lot has changed, but not enough of the pedagogy that must change to make the money we spend on technology worth the investme

The kind  of pedagogy, or perhaps, better states as an educational philosophy, is not new. A few quotes I'd like everyone in education to have on their walls are these: "They know enough who know how to learn." (Henry Adams) Wikipedia tells us that in his most famous book, Education, Adams introspectively laments that his traditional schooling did not prepare him adequately for the rapid changes in technology that he saw in his lifetime - most of this lifetime being spent between the Civil War and WWI.
I feel that teaching children how to learn refers to the process of learning that they need to develop and use, and even articulate, in order to survive in the 21st century world.

The second quote deserving a place on an educator's wall are Einstein's
words, "Information is not knowledge."  Rote memorization of content to fulfill testing requirements may be necessary in education, but it should not BE education.

I'm known by my peers for my use of technology within my classroom, and those who may not yet understand may think of me as the technology person. I do understand that perception, but those that know me well know that I am far more teacher than technologist. Thus, I'll close with my own favorite saying about my career and endeavor to reach students and teacher alike though the technology tools at my disposal:
It's not about the technology; it's about the learning!"

    Gail Potratz

     Teacher at heart and wife of Phil, who was a partner in my favorite teaching experience of all, raising our three children.


    June 2009
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