If Only Time Really Was an Issue

<start rant here> I’m tired….the end of the school year is drawing near and I’m tired of…… “If only I had more time” I have news for you….you have just as much time as everyone else in the world. We all get 24 hours a day, 7 days every week, and 52 weeks a year. Nobody gets one minute more or one minute less. Don’t tell me you wish you had more time to learn this tech skill. Don’t tell me you wish you had time to learn how to use Twitter, RSS, Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts. Don’t tell me you’re too busy, cause I haven’t met a person yet that isn’t. You choose how to spend your time, just like everyone else in the world. You choose whether or not you ‘have time’ to learn a new skill, read that book, or be on Facebook for 3 hours a night. You choose whether you reflect or not. You choose how much TV you consume. You choose to learn, or not learn, to be active or not be active. It’s a choice…..so please don’t tell me you don’t have time. We all don’t have time…..if we could blame time…wouldn’t life be so much easier. </end rant...

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A Rant: Podcasts, Education, Free Content

I spent a good hour last night before recording the SOS Podcast for the week surfing the iTunes Podcast area. If you are a teacher in ANY subject area and haven’t at least considered using podcasts to augment your curriculum and teaching then you’re missing a huge opportunity. The wealth of knowledge there is amazing. My best find of the night came from beatsuite.com. A podcast of Royalty Free Music in different genres. I’m always looking for intro or exit music. I want something catchy, something up beat, something that fits the podcast or recording or presentation. I can now listen through their podcasts. Pick the song I want and then head to the web site where I can. Did you know – Previews can be downloaded Free As a beatsuite.com member you can download the preview files for all Royalty Free Music tracks at the touch of a button. Whether you want to try it in your project, share it with a colleague or pitch it to a client. Download the preview before you purchase absolutely free. Now here is a web site that is understanding the market of the Internet. I was listening to a track today that caught my attention and it cost $60. But once I buy it I own it and the best part is I don’t have to buy it before I try it out in my project. What they understand is that if you want to rip them off you’ll do it anyway. It’s easy to record sound as it comes through your sound card. Kids at our school do it all the time. Quality isn’t great but hey, we’re use to DVDs where a person gets up and walks out of the theater in the middle of the show to refill their popcorn…what do you expect for $1 on a street corner.:) What we need to understand is that society is changing and their is money to be had in giving away information if you do it right. Look at Nine Inch Nails who’s record is still tops at Amazon.com (You do buy from Amazon.com…I mean if you buy at all, right? They offer DRM free downloads that can be played on ANY device!) and has made the artist over a million dollars…and they gave it away free to start with. Here’s what we need to understand. That our society today...

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