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General Discussion / Re: GeoTube rises from the ashes...
« on: May 15, 2010, 08:21:49 AM »
You're very kind as always Dan BUT I am not seeking awards or money or arguments/stress. My intentions were honourable and as always, I sought to help the geography community that I work with.

However, I really don't need the stress or hassle that is brewing......I have thought long and hard over the last 24 hours about GeoTube and its future. I have come to the conclusion that I need to step back and re-think its future shape so as from today it has gone - short and a little bit sweet, a little bit sour!

Those people who have been kind enough to support the costs of the project will get a full refund in the next 30 days.

Thank you

David

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Promotions / GeoTube - video clips for geographers
« on: May 12, 2010, 01:13:13 PM »
GeoTube videos   **Not currently available - apologies for any inconvenience 

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General Discussion / Re: GeoTube rises from the ashes...
« on: May 11, 2010, 08:51:18 PM »
As people get used to the GeoTube website, it may be worth using the RSS feed button at the bottom of the page - this will give you the details of the latest videos added to the website without you going and looking all the time. If a useful video comes up you can then log-in, take a look and 'favourite' it so that it is easy to find (or you could download it). I have added another dozen videos today. Using 'htdavies' suggestion, I have already started tagging video news reports with a date. In future, it will mean you know when the news report video clip was published.

[I use Windows Live Mail which brings the RSS feeds in automatically alongside my e-mails from different accounts - now that I am getting used to it, it is a convenient way of keeping information from lots of different sources together.]

www.geotubevideos.co.uk

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General Discussion / Re: Urgent advice needed.
« on: May 11, 2010, 03:14:06 PM »
This is all new territory for everyone, including the exam boards. You need to make sure all this is logged with your exams officer at school and then you or the exams officer needs to contact the exam board in question to seek advice. The exam board are the only people able to give you a definitive answer to your questions. Their response will, of course, be of great interest to other geographers who may find themselves in the same or similar situations.

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General Discussion / Re: GeoTube rises from the ashes...
« on: May 10, 2010, 06:55:16 PM »
LoopyLou I think I love you!  ;D

Kim - click on the Help button at the top right of the GeoTube index page and then click on Subscription.

Many thanks...

URL: www.geotubevideos.co.uk

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General Discussion / Re: GeoTube rises from the ashes...
« on: May 10, 2010, 06:24:25 PM »
Apologies Lisa if you have had problems - it is important that anyone thinking of subscribing and using it in school tries it out first to check that everything runs smoothly. I am on the website every day, at different times of the day and it works fine. In general, if a website fails to load, it sometimes helps to close the browser and try again.

As with any website that delivers video material, browsers can misbehave, particularly Internet Explorer. Your browser, whether at home or in school, needs the Flash plugin in order to be able to deliver the flv format used in video sharing websites.

Please continue to give feedback and if there are any problems get in contact - you know where to find me.

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General Discussion / Re: GeoTube rises from the ashes...
« on: May 09, 2010, 10:12:30 PM »
htdavies - I didn't think you were being critical. It was a good question... :)

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General Discussion / Re: GeoTube rises from the ashes...
« on: May 09, 2010, 05:37:34 PM »
htdavies - there is no way that I know of working out when each video was made. Some are event specific and it is relatively easy to check those out but most others cover a wide period of time. A lot of video clips retain their value in terms of geography content whenever they were made. Once I have uploaded the remaining 200-300 video clips sitting on my hard drive, I will concentrate on adding topical news clips. One of the things that I can easily do is then add a date to the tags so you can then search for say clips added in 2010 or 2011. Hope that helps... :)

The other thing that will change is the quality of the video clips - many of the older ones are not that great but increasingly HD videos are appearing so the newest ones should be much better.

www.geotubevideos.co.uk

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General Discussion / Re: GeoTube rises from the ashes...
« on: May 08, 2010, 02:36:18 PM »
Have managed to upload in between hoovering, eating and renewing car insurance so have now reached 420 video clips. Today's includes some classics (Aardman animations, blue man group, 'a quake, a quake' song and 'nations of the world' song) plus some serious ones on sweatshops, immigration and climate change.

Thank you to Victoria and Helen for testing the Paypal option - seems to be working very well. I will be in contact, of course, with those that have subscribed.  :)

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General Discussion / Re: GeoTube rises from the ashes...
« on: May 08, 2010, 07:52:39 AM »
Thank you for the continued support - much appreciated - hoping to have uploaded 400 video clips by today.

The Paypal secure payment option is now working. You can also pay by personal or school cheque. Please note: After the 7 day FREE trial ends, accounts will be suspended and you will need to subscribe. Thank you  :)

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General Discussion / Re: GeoTube rises from the ashes...
« on: May 05, 2010, 07:57:48 PM »
Thanks for the positive comments.

Kevin - I appreciate both your comments and your support - the video you uploaded arrived successfully and has now been approved. I really like the TED lectures - would be good to add some more. Anyone is welcome to add suitable geography videos. I think it is reasonable to aim for 1000 video clips by the end of the year - that would be pretty awesome!  I just hope that I can keep it going this time. :)

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General Discussion / GeoTube rises from the ashes...
« on: May 04, 2010, 05:54:46 PM »
I am about to re-launch GeoTube videos which some of you may remember. Having lost the original free website when the company (Fliggo) closed it down, I have thought long and hard about what to do.  I decided to buy the necessary software, buy a domain name and buy a website/bandwidth to relaunch the website - total initial cost about £500. I have in addition, spent an indeterminate number of hours uploading hundreds of video clips- about 350 so far at 5-10 per hour. I have about another 350 still to go!

The video clips are the same ones that are currently available on YouTube and many other websites but they are collected together, sorted and labelled (titles, descriptions and tags) to make searching easier.  You don't have to go and hunt for them. The website is not filtered by schools or local authorities and provides a safe environment for teachers to show video clips. There is also the option to download (one click) and save to show offline - no need to enter URLs into other websites or install downloading software.

Is it worth it? Only you can decide. The website isn't 100% ready (no Paypal active for a few more days) but you can take a look and register your username and password for a 7 day free trial. Click the Help button for more details of taking out a subscription or getting further information. Let me know what you think - I hope that your thoughts are mainly positive. The URL is:

www.geotubevideos.co.uk

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General Discussion / Re: The End Of Nings Is Nigh!
« on: May 04, 2010, 05:51:09 PM »

TIMELINE
•   May 4: Announce new suite of premium offerings
•   July: Launch new packages and notify all Network Creators via email and announcement banner.
•   Launch + 30 days: Grace period for existing Ning Networks to purchase one of the pricing plans

Ning Mini - supposedly designed for educational use - only $20 per year BUT limited to 150 members
Ning Plus - unlimited membership plus other benefits - $200 per year
Ning Pro - unlimited membership plus many more benefits - $500 per year

The GA Ning could easily bear the cost but the many other Nings will mostly disappear I suspect unless the owners are very organised. Many people are members of multiple Nings (Geography, KS3, GCSE, 'AS/A2', etc) - how do they choose even if the owners do buy into the packages and then charge?
For some fairly obvious reasons, I believe that there has to be a fair balance between so-called 'free' internet resources and those resources and services that people will have to make payments for (to cover the real costs that often get forgotten about). There is very little money in education for these things but people will have to decide whether they value what is on offer and go for it or lose access to it.
I am about to re-launch GeoTube videos which some of you may remember. Having lost the original free website when the company (Fliggo) closed it down, I have thought long and hard about what to do.  I decided to buy the necessary software, buy a domain name and buy a website/bandwidth to relaunch the website - total initial cost about £500. I have in addition, spent an indeterminate number of hours uploading hundreds of video clips- about 350 so far at 5-10 per hour. I have about another 350 still to go!
The video clips are the same ones that are currently available on YouTube and many other websites but they are collected together, sorted and labelled (titles, descriptions and tags) to make searching easier.  You don't have to go and hunt for them. The website is not filtered by schools or local authorities and provides a safe environment for teachers to show video clips. There is also the option to download (one click) and save to show offline - no need to enter URLs into other websites or install downloading software. Is it worth it? Only you can decide. The website isn't 100% ready (no Paypal for a few more days) but you can take a look and register your username and password for a 7 day free trial. Click the Help button for more details of taking out a subscription. Let me know what you think - I hope that your thoughts are mainly positive.
www.geotubevideos.co.uk




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General Discussion / Re: volcanic flight delays
« on: April 27, 2010, 04:42:01 PM »
Oooh, nasty!  :( Time to contact your union I think. Looks like some Heads/Governors are looking for an opportunity to make some staff savings on their budgets.....another classic example of the 'crazy world we live in'.

I visited a large London school yesterday where there were 22 staff missing for most of the previous week and this included the Headteacher and three deputies. I wonder what their attitude was to the problem - different I suspect.

It will be interesting to see if there are indeed other examples (although I suspect this is an extreme, isolated example of 'small print gone mad') and whether Heads/Govs are able to act unilaterally on an issue like this.

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General Discussion / The End Of Nings Is Nigh!
« on: April 19, 2010, 11:32:50 PM »
In a memo sent to employees, new CEO Jason Rosenthal wrote:

We will phase out our free service. Existing free networks will have the opportunity to either convert to paying for premium services, or transition off of Ning.  We will judge ourselves by our ability to enable and power Premium Ning Networks at huge scale.  And all of our product development capability will be devoted to making paying Network Creators extremely happy. Rosenthal also announced a staff reduction of 69 of the current 167 Ning employees.

There are going to be a lot of unhappy educators out there.....not sure what will happen to all the info on the Nings. I suppose it will just disappear.   :(

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