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i Rate This Flickr photo by Florian Leroy I have probably already shared that I am a blog convert. Originally unimpressed with the power of this medium, I have grown over time to value its place in the technology toolbox. Blogs provide an easy way to compose an ongoing series of writings and receive comments on them, while at the same time publishing a customized basic website with pages of static content.
i Rate This A new study found that students who used Twitter over the course of a semester to contribute to class discussion and complete assignments became more than twice as engaged in class as a control group. Reynol Junco , who conducted the research at Lock Haven University, has spent years exploring student use of technology.
i Rate This “What Can You Do With This?” (WCYDWT) is a concept promoted by math teacher Dan Meyer. The 11-minute video below gives you an introduction. Meyer talks about TV producer David Milch, who believes that watching too many sitcoms has shaped our brains to expect simple problems.
Storytelling gives us a framework for certain mathematical tasks that is both prescriptive enough to be useful and flexible enough to be usable . Many stories divide into three acts, each of which maps neatly onto these mathematical tasks. Act One
i 1 Votes Pearltrees is where social bookmarking and concept mapping meet – a cross between Diigo and MindManager . The product of a French company, Pearltrees is a social curation community – a place where you can organize, discover and share stuff you like on the web. The tool has been well received; 15 months after launch it had amassed more than 100,000 users and reached 10,000,000 page views per month. I created a Pearltrees account and set up a “tree” of things I am currently working on .