YouTube lets you access "free" music (via Creative Commons) for your videos

In wonderful news YouTube announces a partnership with Creative Commons to let people use Creative Commons licensed music easily in any uploaded videos. They have an online editor to let you do so. This is great for teachers and students creating video projects. I often find myself helping students and teachers walking about of copyright traps when they just slap an iTunes song on a video and want to upload them to the web. People can also elect to share their end-product videos back into the commons allowing others to use their work. Talk about creating a useful video!

It Gets Better - a video message from Tim Gunn to LGBTQQ youth

Tim Gunn joins the celebrity efforts to reach out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth by telling a heart-wrenching story of his attempt to take his own life and how it can/will get better.

I am not sure that I would share this with students, but can only imagine that young people are stumbling across it via one of their favorite online venues, YouTube.

TEDx NYED - Apply Today!

I'm one of the organizers for the TEDx NYED conference taking place on March 6, 2010 in New York City. TEDx is a TED-style event, but is completely independently organized. The organizers are mostly educators, but all our passionate about the future of technology in education.

The speakers are amazing, and they include: Larry Lessig (author, professor at Harvard Law School), Gina Bianchini (founder of Ning), Andy Carvin (NPR), Mike Wesch (professor at Kansas State, YouTube phenom) and many more...

You sort of can't afford to miss this event. Because of the limited size (intentional), we ask you to apply. If accepted, the cost of admission is $40. Best deal in town if you ask me!

Looking forward to meeting you all there.