I enjoy being about to post pictures, videos, and text directly from my cell phone to public and private spaces on the Internet. What I love about this is the fact that students do not have to bring their cell phones into the classroom in order to collect and store data. A few of my favorite places to post cell phone media include Flickr, my Blogger Blog, Photobucket, my gmail, YouTube, Twitter, and Drop.io. While I normally have to send separate messages if I want to post one piece of media or text to all of these sites, using PixelPipe I can now send one message and have it post to many different places on the Internet. PixelPipe allows you to create a free account, where you receive a mobile address. You (the teacher) can give out the mobile address to all your students, while you maintain control of the settings and passwords in the account! Next you can set up your PixelPipe account to post to as many web resources as you would like (including email). It is very easy to set up and get started. Everything sent to PixelPipe is automatically backed-up in the private PixelPipe account (along with times and links to the websites where the media was posted).
While playing with PixelPipe I immediately thought of iReporting and how students could document their local news reporting in multiple places (just as real reporters do). Not only is PixelPipe a great way to report the news, but also a free and easy way to back up data collections in multiple places.
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