Today, I met a representative from Nortel Networks today who has been marketing the Nortel Networks Kidz Online resource. It’s a great set of resources with video-based tutorials and lesson plans covering topics such as 2D and 3D animation, producing digital audio and video, advanced Powerpoint skills, security, ethics and safety on the Internet, web creation and several others. It’s a rich, high-quality and FREE resource which I highly recommend.
However, in saying this, the tutorials are tied in tightly with the proprietary Windows Media Player/Internet Explorer formats, and while I can download the videos and play them on my Windows Media Player on my Mac, I basically have to use a PC and IE to get the full effect (e.g., viewer note commentary). Yes, it’s a great resource which I will use with my undergraduate students, however I really question why any educational data has to be tied so closely to a particular proprietary format when there are so many other options, other platforms and other users to consider.