It’s really difficult to keep up with all that happens in educational technology. This is my attempt to make it just a little easier. I post a Treasure Chest every Sunday!
- Cisco To Shut Down Flip Video Camera Business; Will Give Pink Slips To 550 Employees–Wow. One of the casualties of this realignment: Cisco’s video camera Flip business, which was part of its $590 million acquisitionof Pure Digital.
- Ten Top-Notch Flip Video Camera Alternatives – Slideshow from PCMag.com
- North Carolina School Engages Tech Generation With Digital Learning Tools | PBS NewsHour | PBS Video–A North Carolina school district switched to all-digital learning materials.
- Social-Media-in-the-Classroom [Infographic]
- How Twitter Could Bring About World Peace–It has been slammed in the past for being the Internet’s most powerful echo chamber, but now a team of researchers from the U.K. and Korea have found that active Twitter users are exposed to a wider diversity of political viewpoints
- iPads Take A Place Next To Crayons In Kindergarten : NPR–Kindergarten classes are supplementing crayons, finger paints and flashcards with iPads, a development that excites supporters but that detractors worry is wasted on pupils too young to appreciate the expense.
- What math teachers should know about memory — Republic of Mathematics blog–How often do mathematics teachers say about students: “If only they would memorize the information”? In my experience, a lot, and with considerable anguish. What this concern shows, in my experience, is a lack of understanding of human memory systems
- The Innovative Educator: How Strong is Your Digital Immigrant Accent? Take this test to find out.–Regardless of how you see yourself, when it comes to being a Digital Native or Digital Immigrant, the reality is that it is less about when you were born and more about how you engage in our digital world today.
- It’s Time to Give Up Control of EdTech–The more control placed into the environment, the less effective their perceived experience was with technology in school.
- The Winners & Losers of Social Networking [INFOGRAPHIC]–Here are the rising stars and the fading lights of social media — as well as stats on what kind of people are using which apps.
- “The Test Generation” Is A Must-Read! | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…–The Test Generation is an article by Dana Goldstein that was just published in The American Prospect magazine
- Turning the Classroom Upside Down – WSJ.com–Why not have lectures at home and homework at school—and let students learn at their own pace?
- Reform Gone Wrong: Despite $100 Million From Facebook, Newark Schools Still Screwed Up – Education – GOOD–Infighting and a lack of transparency in decision making are hampering reform and losing the trust of the community.
- Students learning with digital tools in spite of school: Study | NetFamilyNews.org–Students aren’t waiting around for schools to adopt 21st-century collaborative learning tools and neither are their parents, as they increasingly support their children’s use of digital devices for learning, according to Project Tomorrow’s latest Speak Up survey.
- The Innovative Educator: Want to be a great teacher? Don’t go to PD.–One thing I have noticed when it comes to integrating information communication technologies (ICT), is that the teachers and the schools that really fly, the high performing schools…they don’t come to my PD. They don’t go to any PD. They understand that they, and their professional networks, are their own PD.
- Goal 30: What’s Your Passion? Pass it On! #30Goals | Teacher Reboot Camp–Goal 30 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2011 Men are like trees: each one must put forth the leaf that is created in him. – Henry Ward
- Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Top 10 Coolest (Mostly Free) Things for Teachers from Microsoft
- Another fantastic way to use Google’s spreadsheet for formative assessments – Reflections of a Techie–While I’ve been using Google docs for quite a while but this week I tried a new assignment with my students and happened (and how I wish I could say that I planned it) on a fabulous ah-ha.
- America Cares About Buying Guns, Not Educating Kids – Education – GOOD–America is set to spend 20 percent of our federal budget on defense and a mere 3 percent on education.
- The Innovative Educator: Have schools forgotten they were supposed to prepare kids for success in the world?–How about preparing students by providing real-world opportunities to explore careers through internships, apprenticeships, and/or part-time jobs? Why not assess students on their experience and what they learned rather than test them in their ability to memorize and regurgitate facts which in many cases don’t matter and aren’t remembered?
- Under Ten Minutes | How to use Education Technology quickly.–So what is the purpose of this site? It’s simple. We want to share how technology with people quickly. Each video on the site will be under ten minutes.
- A 12-Step Guide to Fostering Your Creativity–Designing a website can be mentally draining, and sometimes it’s hard to stay creative. Here are 12 ways to keep the juices flowing and avoid burning out on less exciting projects.
- A Texas school superintendent’s testing dilemma – The Answer Sheet – The Washington Post–A controversial Texas school superintendent writes about what he told Texas legislators about standardized tests and the grading of teachers — and what he wished he had said
- QR Codes In Education Livebinder–Resources For Getting Started With And Using QR Codes In The Classroom
- Top 10 Best Semantic Search Engines To Get More Accurate Results–Google is losing its search engine market by showing spam oriented results. If you too struggling with your results, check best semantic search engines to get accurate results.
- 8 Excellent Free Video Editing Software and Online Tools–Check out this list of cool free video editing software and online tools.
- Free utilities for Windows – very useful and powerful–Windows comes with some utilities that allow you to perform different maintenance on the system, but the included versions are not always the best.
- Burn Studios Audiotool Lets You Mix and Make Music in the Cloud–The Burn Studios Audiotool is an awesome, free cloud-based music production studio
- The Best Home Video-Editing Software | PCMag.com–Video-editing software has come a long way, now offering easy stop-motion, cool transitions, picture-in-picture, Blu-ray burning, and much more.
- 5 Simple Web Apps For Saving Time at Work–While there are some great mobile apps out there, we still do most of our work at our desk. Check out these 5 download-free tools that will make your work life a little easier.
- Free Technology for Teachers: Create Your Own Avatar with My Avatar Editor–I am always on the look-out for creative, no-account-required, Web 2.0 websites that are also kid-friendly. One that I have found to be very successful for all grades is My Avatar Editor
- How to Find Thousands of Free Ebooks Online – How-To Geek–You’ve got an ebook reader (or a laptop or netbook with ebook reading software) now you just need some free books to put it to good use. Read on as we show you the best places to score free books online.
- How To Find Similar Images Using Google’s Image Search–Like all Google products, Google Image Search has continuously been tweaked and improved. The latest change comes to the Google Similar Images option. Google has put in a feature that now you can use to search for similar images across a single site
- Audacity training videos | Teacher Training Videos Free on-line training in using technology in teaching–Audacity training videos. Award winning free on-line training videos for teachers interested in technology
- 16 Interesting Ways to use Prezi in the Classroom – “Google Docs”
- How to Use Google as a Universal Calculator–When you are on the go and you need a quick solution to a math problem, or just a quick conversion between units, Google has a built-in calculator feature that seemingly knows the answer to everything
- Maximum PC | Cheat Sheet: 10 Quick and Easy Photoshop Tips–Though the rabbit hole is extremely deep, there are a few simple steps you can take to spruce up your images quickly and efficiently.
- Send To Dropbox – Email files to your Dropbox!–Email files to your Dropbox using our application. We have great features like unzipping and automatic organizing.
- Google Docs secrets: 20 power tips | Office | Working Mac | Macworld–We’ve taken an extended look under the hood of Google Docs and uncovered 20 tips for getting more done by exploring some of the less obvious features in its word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software—with a few hints for Gmail, too.
- First Steps in Using Windows Journal | Windows 7 Tutorials–Windows Journal is one of Windows 7’s built-in applications for the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions.
- How To Put Amazon’s Cloud Drive On Your Desktop–Amazon’s recently released Cloud Drive service has been making waves, mostly due to the music streaming feature that lets users stream music files. Cloud Drive offers 5GB of free space by default, and that can be raised to 20GB (for one year) if you purchase an MP3 album from Amazon. The space can be accessed on any PC, but only via a web browser – that is, until now.
- 6 Cool VLC Tips & Tricks You Might Not Know About–VideoLan’s VLC media player is a real box of tricks and is just as effective on a Windows operating system as it is on Mac or Linux. Those of you who are already using VLC might be surprised to know there’s a few features that don’t really get the recognition they deserve. Here are a few tips and tricks that will hopefully help you get more use and enjoyment from VLC
- Capture Screenshots And Upload To Image Hosting Services From Desktop–You can use Climsy to capture screenshots, save them in a custom folder in your computer or auto upload the images to an FTP server or file hosting service like Imageshack.
- Five tips for using Ccleaner to degunk your system | TechRepublic–Ccleaner is one of the best all-around tools for keeping your computer optimized and free of the junk that accumulates from the Internet
- 5 Free Search Engine Apps for iPad–Here are 5 Free Search engine apps for iPad that let you easily search anything on iPad.
- 50 Essential iPad Apps–So you’ve bought an iPad? That’s the easy bit.
- Penultimate for iPad: A must for IT professionals | TechRepublic–Erik Eckel recommends a simple and low-cost tool for consistently collecting notes, creating drawings, and making diagrams that can be printed, emailed, and saved as PDF files.
- 15 Best iPad 2 Apps Downloads You MUST Have Installed–Apple iPad-2 is a spectacular looking gadget. Best iPad 2 Apps are present in tech world. Free iPad 2 Apps
- Let’s Showyou on Vimeo–A new app for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch that let’s you watch all the videos your friends are sharing in one place. And it works with your TV if you have an Apple TV 2.0.
- Five Free iPhone Apps For Instant And Text Messaging
- iPad to Dominate Tablet Market Until 2015–According to the new tablet forecast from the analysts at Gartner, Apple’s iPad will dominate the tablet market for years to come
- 7 Things You Should Know About Backchanneling
- Teaching Websites–Discover a wide range of websites for teachers, offering lesson ideas, news, photos, videos, themed resources, events and search tools.
- The 10 best mathematicians | Culture | The Observer–Alex Bellos selects the maths geniuses whose revolutionary discoveries changed our world
- 60second Recap | Learn literature’s finest in fun 60-second videos–60second Recap® helps you understand the books you have to read in school. Videos for plot, themes and more-everything you need to wow your English teacher.
- Five YouTube Channels Every Educator Should Subscribe To! | EdReach
- 5 Interesting Historical Events Timelines That Show History As It Happened–Think of timelines as historical markers on a scale with dates. But though timelines may be just a plot of dates and events on a long bar, they have cultural significance; maybe not the timeline itself, but certainly the events placed on it. Timelines help us to understand change as it happens over the course of time. This bird’s eye view enables us to grasp the complexity of a trend over the course of history.
- RIP Google Video: Download Your Videos by May 13 or They’re Gone Forever
- Multitasking Takes Toll On Memory, Study Finds | Upside Learning Blog–Study Finds That Multitasking Takes Toll On Memory. Researchers Find That Constant Interruptions Can Help To Bring On The Classic Senior Moment.
- 70+ Google Forms for the Classroom | edte.ch–Google Forms is a great tool and I hope to use it more throughout this year. Take a look here for a more detailed introduction and guide
- Livebinder Catalog from Cybraryman Internet Catalogue
- Flock, the Social Web browser to shut down | The Windows Club–Flock will no longer be actively maintained, which means you can keep using the product, but key features will stop working after 26th April 2011
- Opera – The Perfect Browser for Slow Internet Connections–Opera lets you browse the web faster even on slow Internet connections. It can also help you save money when you are on a metered connection, like your hotel room, where you have to pay per byte.