My annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list has become a popular resource - if the Slideshare viewing stats are anything to go by. For instance the 2011 presentation has now been viewed over 800,000 times, and the 2012 has been viewed nearly 400,000 times. So since the New Year I have been working on a major new, supplementary resource, A Practical Guide to the Top 100 Tools for Learning. This Guide describes the essential features of each of the 100 tools and explains how they can be used for personal productivity, professional learning and development, education and training, as well as for workforce collaboration. The Guide is available both as continuously updated online resource and as a 342 page PDF to download. For a small charge, an annual subscription to the Guide will let you:
“You want some great ed tech tools to use in your classroom? You got em'—50, to be exact! This article from Edudemic features an extensive list of some of the most awesome technological tools you can find for teaching and learning.
This week I ran a workshop on mind mapping, brainstorming, and timeline creation. These are the timeline creation tools that I included in the workshop. Meograph offers a nice way to create narrated map-based and timeline-based stories. Much of what Meograph offers can be accomplished in Google Earth. However, Meograph is browser-based so that students can create stories even if they cannot install Google Earth on their computers. Dipity is a great timeline creation tool that allows users to incorporate text, images, and videos into each entry on their timeline.
myHistro is a timeline builder and map creation tool rolled into one nice package. On myHistro you can build a personal timeline or build a timeline about a theme or event in history. Each event that you place on your timeline can be geolocated using Google Maps. myHistro timelines can be created online or you can use the free iPad app to create events on your timeline. Today, myHistro released a some new ways to share your projects. You can now export your timelines as PDFs, KML files (Google Earth format), or as a CSV file.
Animoto is one of the marvels of Web 2.0. It is a wonderful initiative and a true benefit to teachers and students. — Discovery Education What makes Animoto special? Animoto provides an array of tools for creating videos in your classroom.
Planet Nutshell produces short animated videos to explain products, services, and concepts. One of their series of videos is all about the Internet and Internet safety for K-12 students. The series is called NetSafe and it has 17 episodes that were produced for the Utah Education Network. The videos are labeled with grade levels so that students in high school don't watch videos designed for K-3 students. The first video in the series is an explanation of what the Internet is in terms that K-3 students can understand. NetSafe Episode 1: What is the Internet?
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Edutopia's Schools That Work series profiles K-12 schools, districts, and programs that are dramatically improving the way students learn. Focusing on evidenced-based successes, we create how-to videos and actionable tip lists to help you transform your schools. We get close to the teachers, students, principals, and other administrators who have changed the future of their schools, and show you how they did it. These educators also share their resources -- rubrics, lesson plans, assessments, and training tools that will help you build your own successes. And one more thing: We connect you with teachers and administrators from around the country who are collaborating to make similar improvements in education. Check out Schools That Work .
In the 25 minute video below former commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams takes viewers on an in-depth tour of the International Space Station. In the video you'll get the answers to almost everything you may have wondered about regarding living in space for weeks or months at a time. Williams shows us the laboratories, the space suits for space walks, the kitchen, and the sleeping quarters. Williams even shows us the space station's "outhouse" and goes so far as to explain the different types of toilet paper on the space station. H/T to The Adventure Blog . <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Live presentations have been a part of National Geographic since the Society’s inception in the 19th century, allowing people to embark for an evening on expeditions to the far reaches of the world through the eyes of our explorers. In the past two years, we have expanded the reach of these explorers, photographers, and scientists to include a global online audience, amassing a collection of more than 140 videos live now . Here are 2012′s top 10 most viewed videos from across a wide array of categories.
This morning I received a question from a reader who wanted to know if it is possible to create PDFs in Google Documents and if so how can it be done. I figured that if one person is asking there are probably others who would also like to know the answer to that question. The answer is yes, you can create PDFs in Google Documents and the directions for doing it are provided in the screenshots below. Shameless promotion: I'll be covering a lot of these kind of questions and more in my new webinar series Google Drive and the Common Core . Step 1: Step 2: Step 3:
I think it's fair to say that Twitter (1) can no longer be dismissed as a trivial passing fad. Though I had dabbled with a personal account, my entire opinion changed when I started my @VideoAmy (2) account and dove in to the conversations educators were engaged in. While some people certainly do tweet about what they're having for breakfast, teachers, administrators, and educational organizations use Twitter in a whole different way -- making smart use of those 140 characters to share resources, wisdom, and inspiration.
With the start of school right around the corner, I decided to revisit a post I've done on sites for educational games. This list I've compiled has a nice mix of subjects and grade levels that teachers can use w/ their students. *This list is in alphabetical order. 40 Sites for Educational Games
It's back to school time, and though most of us have mastered the use of social media to enhance our personal lives, what about mastering Internet and tech that can make us more productive instead of easily distracted? We rounded up the best apps , tools and websites for you to streamline your school life and be more successful. Google has given you a leg up though this year on that looming avalanche of paper assignments with its Google Docs research feature.
Like it or not, it's that time again. Schools across the nation are back in session (or will be soon enough) and it's time for students to get back into the learning, studying and testing mindsets. For some, that may be easier said than done.