I try to post some of the more interesting topics and resources that I’ve come across during the past week. This week, I’m in a bit of a fun-loving mood so let’s start off with this site and see if you can do it!
I hope you enjoy!
- Two Schools: Which one builds a better bully?.–”And if the community of adults surrounding a school declares that certain students are more valued, more prized, than others, a template for bullying has been formed.”
- Digital Natives: Fact or Fiction?–Ever since I became aware that the digital natives / digital immigrants opposition is having a negative effect on teachers’ confidence in their use of technology in language teaching, the topic has frustrated me
- How to Spend $100 Million to Really Save Education–It’s Not as Easy as Zuckerberg Thinks
- Brick by Brick: “Top Chef” in the Classroom–Allowing kids to experiment and play and develop their own learning makes the experience truly educational
- The Best Sources For Advice On Using Flip Video Cameras | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…–The first section deals with the mechanics of using them, while the second relates to ideas on how to use them in the classroom.
- Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Maybe We Need To Get Back To Our Roots….–The problem is I hear less discussions about discourse and more just mean discourse. And it makes those that disagree with the national policies sound just bad as Rhee or Gates or Duncan.
- Wolfram education apps raise teaching dilemma | Deep Tech – CNET News–A company that caters to Ph.Ds is recrafting its software for students of math, music, and more. But will turning an iPod into a calculus calculator be a crutch or a brain booster?
- Infographic: See the Future of Education | Certification Map–As education reform becomes a more and more prominent topic in the national discourse, there is a phenomenon that hasn’t received much coverage though it’s silently transforming learning. Luckily, this infographic simply sums it up:
- A-Z Web tools:B | Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog–Here is the second part of A-Z Web tools with the second letter:B!! BuildYourWildSelf is a site to design an avatar with animals parts
- 8 Apps to Prepare You for Your Next Presentation/ Webmeeting | Teacher Reboot Camp–These are available on the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. Some of these may have Android and Blackberry equivalents.
- 14 Interesting Ways* to use an Google Maps in the Classroom
- Edu Conferences and the Twitter Effect « My Island View–The development and broadening effects of Personal Learning Networks are giving educators facts and insights in education that were never before so readily available to them.
- 50+ Best Sites To Download Free Sound Effects–Massive list of best sites to download cool sound effects. You can download free sound effects and paid sound effects.
- 10 Interactive Financial Websites That Teach Kids Money Management Skills–To fill the piggy bank, it’s important to start early. A dollar doesn’t go far, but with some sound advice it can be stretched
- 100 Free Tools to Make Your Teaching More Entertaining–New teachers just starting out as well as experienced teachers who could use a breath of fresh air in their curriculum will love all the great tools available on the Internet to help make their teaching more entertaining
- Best Online File Conversion Tools To Convert Documents, Audio, Video, Zipped Archives–Here are some of the best online file conversion tools for converting documents, images, videos, archives and other file types
- FileZilla: The Web’s Favorite Open-Source FTP Client–FileZilla is one of the most popular open source file transfer protocol (FTP) clients for the same reason that denim jeans are the most popular trouser in the world—everyone uses it, and there’s little reason to seek out an alternative.
- Capture Impressive Screenshots in Windows with Shotty–Shotty screen capture utility is freeware and preserves all the drop shadows and translucent glass borders of Windows 7 and Vista.
- Life Feast: YOUCUBE: a cool way to share youtube videos–Let’s imagine you want to share a list of videos with your students in an interesting way.
- Brickify: Turn Any Image Into A Lego Statue!–Brickify is a website that allows you to put in the URL to any image on the web and it will output a “brickified” image.
- 10 Must-Have Google Chrome Extensions – PCWorld–Google Chrome is a capable Web browser–but these free downloadable add-ons make Chrome even better.
- 10 Steps for Educators New to Twitter…–Here is a “How to Twitter Guide” to share with new and veteran teachers
- How to Copy YouTube Playlists of Another YouTube User–This video tutorial describes how you can create a YouTube playlist that is an exact copy of another existing YouTube playlist which may or may not be owned by you.
- How to use OneNote as a Task Manager for the iPhone–This step-by-step tutorial describes how you may use Microsoft OneNote as a task manager / to-do list app on the iPhone that sync with your desktop.
- Convert Word Documents to ePub Format for Your eReader or iBooks – How-To Geek–Whether you’re planning on writing the next bestseller or simply want to read your quarterly performance report on your eBook reader, here’s how to save files as ePub directly from Microsoft Word.
- Finding Recent Images with Google–Learn a simple trick that will help you find new and recent photographs with the help of Google.
iPad, iPod, etc.
- Five Best iOS Newsreaders–A portable and internet-connected device with a touch screen, especially a sizable one like the iPad, makes for a pretty slick platform for reading news. Here’s a look at the five most popular iOS newsreader apps
- Top 20 Free Apps for Your New iPad–Fortune magazine reports that over 6 million iPad apps were bought over this past Christmas season
- Toontastic – A Creative Learning and animation app for the iPad–Creating cartoons and animations with Toontastic on the iPad is as easy as putting on a puppet show – simply press the record button and tell your stories through play! Once you’re done, share your cartoons with friends & family around the world.
- iPads find their way to classrooms | Video | Reuters.com–iPads replace textbooks for some Nanyang Girls High School students in Singapore, as school explores new ways to teach and learn.
- Storyrobe–Digital Storytelling App for iPhone–Storyrobe lets you tell create digital stories using images and video from your camera or photo library.
- 2 Useful Sticky Notes Apps To Get Things Done In iPad -–In the past where computers are not readily available, we have to depend on paper and pen to jot down notes and daily to-do list
- Edit Movie Or Video Clips In iPhone 4 --Apple iPhone is not just good for communication, it can also be your portable movie/video editor.
- 3 Awesome Historical Google Maps Mashups–Have you ever wondered how your favorite place used to look like 50 or 100 years ago?
- BrainNook: The first online virtual world that develops Math and English skills in young children!–BrainNook is the first online virtual world that helps children develop Math and English skills while interacting and competing with other kids in a fun, safe environment
- What Are the Differences Between All Those Audio Formats? – How-To Geek–Digital audio has been around a very long time so there’s bound to be a plethora of audio formats out there. Here are some of the more common ones, what differentiates them, and what to use them for.
- 7 Sources of Creative Commons Audio For Podcasts | The Whiteboard Blog–A blog about interactive whiteboards and how they can be used effectively in education. Also discussion of other technology that impacts on education
- Rethinking Evaluations When Almost Every Teacher Gets an ‘A’ – NYTimes.com–Public school teachers in the Bay Area receive so many favorable evaluations that it is impossible to tell how well they are performing,
- Firefox 4 Essentials: What You Need To Know Before Making The Switch–If things go as planned Firefox 4 final could be released to the public in February
- Using Spreadsheets for Everything – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education–But knowing at least in the abstract what spreadsheets were capable of doing—but not really having an idea of how they worked—I started using spreadsheets within Google Docs as I began teaching in earnest.
- News, Review, & A 2010 View! | Teacher Reboot Camp–I’ve decided to also update you about the year and upcoming 2011 projects
- 13 Interesting Ways to Support Spelling in the … – “Google Docs”
- Download 165 new templates for PowerPoint from Office.com | The Windows Club–There are more fabulous PowerPoint 2010 templates available for free from Office.com ! These 165 templates have been created by a PowerPoint MVP.
- Primary Games Arena – School Curriculum Games–Primary Games Arena has fun games for learning with the primary school curriculum.
- Games for science – Virtual world devoted to science, technology and free educational games online–MMORPG devoted to science and technology, Multiplayer, discovery, education.
- The Twitterverse 2.0 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!