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Assessment and Rubrics. Web 2.0 tresnak hezkuntzarako prest. Draw me an idea-Blog by Philippe Packu(TLI)-Creative mind map on computer/iMindMap (ThinkBuzan) Bloom’s Taxonomy: Bloomin’ Peacock. Featured Post & What it is: Tomorrow I launch my virtual classroom and honestly, I am a little nervous!

Bloom’s Taxonomy: Bloomin’ Peacock

It is like the first day of school; everything is carefully planned, all the resources are ready to go, and the students are enrolled and have received their welcome packet. But, there is still that anticipation and sense of dread that all that careful planning won’t be enough…that something unexpected will happen that will force me to think on my feet. Really, isn’t that what teaching (and learning) ends up being every day? I am using two tools to host my virtual classroom that I wanted to share here. 7 Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Outlines Online. One of the presentations that I made this week was about having students create videos to demonstrate their knowledge of a topic.

7 Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Outlines Online

In that presentation one of the points that I stress is the need for students to create outlines of their videos before moving onto the technical aspects of constructing a video. Here are some tools for creating outlines and mind maps to plan video projects, podcasts, or essays. Quicklyst is a nice tool for taking notes and creating outlines. Quicklyst provides a simple outline template that you can use to take notes.

There are two neat features of Quicklyst that really stand out. Knowcase is a free tool for recording ideas and creating outlines. Spider Scribe is an online mind map creation service. Folder Boy is a new service for recording, sharing, and organizing ideas with a team. Wise Mapping is a free collaborative mind mapping tool. Exploratree is a free graphic organizer creation tool. The 7 ½ Steps to Successful Infographics. You know when you’ve been doing something for a long time and it gets ingrained?

The 7 ½ Steps to Successful Infographics

For me, that’s infographics. I’ve created a lot of chartage over the last 20 years Take a look: Here’s me when I started at the New York Times, where I was a graphics editor. I worked there for 15 years, on all the news desks, with the investigative team, and ran the biz section graphics desk. The middle i.d. is my stint at Fortune Magazine, where I was the Infographics director and got to work with the awesome folks at CNNMoney.com (I’m fading!). Anyway, when Nishant from MIX asked me to write about what I do, it was kind of arresting, like the time that Montana patrolman intercepted my husband doing 94 on a long stretch of highway. So here I am, pulling over. 1. Where does one procure an idea? Usually they’re found in the shower. Don’t wake up with an idea? Our stories are driven by the news, so our graphics are framed by ‘what’s new’ and sometimes ‘what’s different’ and hopefully, ‘what’s relevant.’ 2. 3. Welcome to the Belle Plaine Public Schools!

35 Best Websites for Free Educational Videos. What are the best websites to watch educational videos?

35 Best Websites for Free Educational Videos

Here are over 35 websites to watch thousands of educational videos covering business, science, health, technology, math, social studies, arts and more. Please bookmark this page or share it if you find this article useful. 1. 5min Offers short, practical how to videos, instructional videos and DIY solutions. 2. A large collection of educational video lectures from the world’s top scholars. 3. Blogs, articles and videos from the world’s top thinkers and leaders. 4.

Animated science, health, technology, math, social studies, arts & music videos. 5. Offers thousands of free math and science videos. 6. Features interviews with America’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and more. 7. 30,000 video segments from Discovery Education. 8.

Provides video lectures, courses, documentaries, books, quizzes, lecture notes and much more. 9. 10. 11. 12. Professional and user-generated how-to educational videos. Ten Search Tools and Tactics Teachers and Students Need to Know. I often find myself in conversations with teachers and students about Internet search strategies.

Ten Search Tools and Tactics Teachers and Students Need to Know

Often times the conversation reminds me that what's obvious to me is amazing to someone else. Last week I had that very experience as I taught a couple of teachers some search techniques that they are going to pass along to their students. As a follow-up to that experience, I've crafted the following list of search tools and tactics that every teacher and student should know. 1. Stop Googling "What" questions. 2. 3. 4. 5. Sweet Search is a search engine that searches only the sites that have been reviewed and approved by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts.

Wolfram Alpha is billed as a computational search engine and this is exactly what it does. Twurdy is search tool that automatically displays the readability of your search results for you. Twurdy with Pop - searches using Twurdy's most complex algorithm which includes looking up the popularity of words within the text. Polls & Surveys. Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students. Diigo - Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes, Online Bookmarking and Annotation, Personal Learning Network.

I agree Shelly! Great for organizing resources. – loremipsem
I have used it for creating web quests. Just highlight sections of pages with relevant text and put post it notes on there with clues and the next link. – loremipsem

Writing. Make a homepage in minutes. Screencast-O-Matic - Free online screen recorder for instant screen capture video sharing.

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Twiddla. InfoGraphics. Google Drive - Store Files, Share Files, and Talk About Them. Today, Google introduced a new service for saving, sharing, and discussing files online.

Google Drive - Store Files, Share Files, and Talk About Them

The new service is called Google Drive and it combines some of the best elements of Google Docs and Google Plus into one package. In fact, Google Docs is now a part of Google Drive. When you upload a file to your Google Drive account you can share it with anyone just like you can share any document in your Google Docs account. You can share files publicly or privately. You can create comment threads for any of the files that you share whether they're document, image, video, or music files. Watch the video below to learn more about Google Drive. Applications for Education Just like Google Docs, Dropbox, and other online files storage services, Google Drive eliminates the need for flashdrives/ USB drives and eliminates the need to send email attachments in order to share files.

Google Drive provides 5GB of free storage which should be more than enough for the vast majority of students. Month in Review - April's Most Popular Posts. A new month has started but that doesn't mean we can't take a quick look back at the month of April.

Month in Review - April's Most Popular Posts

As I do every month I've compiled a list of the month's ten most read posts. Here are the most popular posts from April 2012: 1. Google Docs for Teachers - A Free eBook 2. How to Print Posters Using a Standard Printer 3. Snapify - A Tool to Quickly Find Definitions and Related Websites 4. Please visit the official advertisers and marketing partners that help keep this blog going.Fresno Pacific University is offering two new exciting courses, Cloud Computing for Educators and Twitter for Educators. Flipping Your Classroom With Free Web Tools - Guest Post. Pages Monday, February 20, 2012 Flipping Your Classroom With Free Web Tools - Guest Post The Flipped Classroom is gaining steam in schools across the world.

Flipping Your Classroom With Free Web Tools - Guest Post

Flipped classes focus on student interaction and engagement in class and a major component is the technology that can be used to create, deliver, and collaborate. Richard has posted on many of these tools, so I’ll be sharing how I use a combination of tools in a typical unit.WritingGoogleDocs has been a lifesaver for me. At 8:11 AM Email ThisBlogThis! Labels: flipped classroom, Free Technology For Teachers, guest posts, Teaching With Technology Links to this post Create a Link Newer PostOlder PostHome LinkWithin.

Accompaniments, free sheet music, interpretations of classical music. Fakebook: homepage. Create educational games and quizzes at classtools.net. "Fakebook" allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes.

Fakebook: homepage. Create educational games and quizzes at classtools.net

Use "Fakebook" to chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on! Get started by entering a name at the top of the page. Then proceed to add friends, posts, comments and profile information. You can save your work and edit it again later. Evernote in Education. Instant screencasts: Just click record. Video Slideshow Maker with Music. EDU. Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students. LiveMinutes. The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You. The Wordle of this list!

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You

(Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) And ran a contest to try and get as many submissions as possible. There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. ClipYourPhotos - Do funky things with your digital photos. Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles. TagMyDoc :The new way to share documents. Five Best Online File Storage Services. A great way to motivate and inspire your students! Wikis for Everyone - Wikispaces. Blogger: Create your free Blog. Easily Publish Gorgeous Magazines. My Library. DrawIsland - Drawing & Animation Tool. AvatarBook Cinderella for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Dropmark® — Organize, collaborate, and share. Used by productive people and teams at: Drag & Drop Drag and drop files right from your desktop or web browser. Your files will be automatically uploaded to the cloud. Watch the video… Collaborate with your team Invite colleagues to view and collaborate privately. Fullscreen presentations Say goodbye to Powerpoint.

Organize & share Organize into collections and decide who sees what. Instant photo slideshows Drag and drop photos from your desktop to create instant fullscreen photo slideshows. Collaborative playlists & podcasts Drag in audio or video from YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, or even your desktop to create custom playlists and dead simple podcasts. Drawing tool - DrawIsland. Witty Comics - Make a Comic. Sketchpad - Online Paint/Drawing application. FlockDraw - Free Online Drawing Tool - Collaborative Group Whiteboard. Odosketch. Bomomo. ArtPad. Popplet - Free online whiteboard software. Groupboard is a free online whiteboard and chat app that can be easily embedded into your website. It works on any web browser including iPhone, iPad and Android with no downloads or plugins required (we also have iPhone/iPad and Android native apps available). Groupboard has been used by universities, online tutors, architects, designers and artists since 1998 for distance learning, online tutoring, collaborative design and online doodling!

"It's a desperately needed tool for online learning and you have done a remarkable job at making it flexible and affordable" - Jeremy Nash @ class.com"Groupboard is the app we have had the most success with...very affordable for the features it offers" - Nathan Stevens @ ncsu.edu NEW! Groupworld now includes a full-featured HTML5 web-conferencing client including audio, video screen sharing and recording, with no plugins or downloads required! We have been developing online whiteboard and collaboration software since 1998.

Home | Contact | Privacy. Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students. Organize your resources in an online binder - LiveBinders. Free Resources. Interactive Resources for Imaginative Teachers. Zunal WebQuest Maker. OpenStudy (5) Grockit. TeacherTube - Teach the World. Loremipsem's YouTube. Earth. Dabbleboard - Online whiteboard for drawing & team collaboration - Interactive whiteboard software. TodaysMeet. Free Interactive Online Whiteboard. Create Virtual Room. Visual_ly - Yammer : The Enterprise Social Network. Popplet - Twitter.

I agree, you get out what you put in. It doesn't have to be your life's work. – loremipsem
I like that you can follow people who you know will have interesting things to say and ignore the rest. – loremipsem
I agree. If you do not find it useful. Don't use it. Otherwise it's a good way to connect with other teachers who are sharing their practice. – loremipsem

Google+ ToonDoo - World's fastest way to create cartoons! Upload & Share PowerPoint presentations and documents. 12 Puzzle and Quiz Creation Tools for Teachers. There are many different sites on the internet that allow you to create your own puzzles and games to use either directly in class, or which can be linked to/embedded into your VLE. I’ve been doing some trawling ahead of a training session I am running soon, and here are a few of the best ones that I’ve found. There are others out there, but the focus specifically for my session was KS4 and 5, so these links are aimed at older students. If you have any other favourites, please add them to the comments! 1. Classtools Net Classtools is already one of my favourite websites, home of the Countdown Timer and Random Word Picker. 2. Content generator’s templates allow anyone to generate their own e-Learning quizzes, games and applications through our custom software – no coding required. 3.

SuperTeacherTools.com is dedicated to providing technology tools for teaching that are quick and easy to download, learn, and start using in your classroom. 4. 5. 6. 7. Also worth a look: 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Noterr - create sticky notes instantly. Peg it up, Move it Around, Get it Done. It became a catch phrase across Skype as we built Pegby: let's go to the Board . Using an unlimited number of Boards , you can collaborate with friends, family, co-workers and even strangers...if you like that sort of thing. We've seen boards with twenty Columns , which is no big deal for Pegby. With sweet minimization and drag and drop capability, create as many Columns as you'd like but focus on the ones that matter to you in the moment.

Pegby began with the Card . Pegby's core strength and flexibility comes from the simple, good-natured Card . Ah, the Stack , the must have and most often used feature. We know Pegby is useful to one, but it becomes even more integral to daily life when it is shared with others. Your Board is a bit too full? ArtisanCam - Home. How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC] Flapcast.com. PBS Kids Cyberchase - Dozens of Math Activities. PBS Kids Cyberchase offers dozens of online and offline mathematics games and activities for students. The collection of more than forty online games are designed to make students think about patterns and use logic to solve challenges. The offline activities use the same model, but are designed for hands-on offline learning. The highlight of the Cyberchase online activities are the "quest" activities in which students have to solve problems as along a journey as they work toward a goal. For example, in Mission Motherboard students have to solve problems to earn money that they then use to buy parts to fix a motherboard.

Not all of the games are as time intensive as Mission Motherboard. Applications for Education The large selection of online activities available on Cyberchase makes it a good resource to use in a classroom where you have groups of students working on different skills at the same time. Evernote Corporation.

I agree. It is so useful, I have it on my work computer and my Mac and iPad and phone. – loremipsem

Educationalwikis - Examples of educational wikis. Issuu - You Publish.

Love this multi-nation 'discussion' or should that be confusion? Wow, I really need to brush up on my French. Anyway, Issuu is a really good way to publish your magazines or flyers and share them with others. You can also create your own virtual shelf. – loremipsem

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  1. ostarr Oct 24 2014
    Hi everyone! I want to let you all know Pearltrees will launch a new release called "meaning" next week. It includes new narrative features and many other enhancements. If any of you would like a sneak preview, please let me know here or on twitter @owstarr !
  2. ostarr Jul 10 2014
    Hi folks. I'm Oliver, the Chief Evangelist for Pearltrees. I'd like to connect with some teachers here and learn how you are using Pearltrees. If you want to chat, please @ me on twitter: @owstarr
  3. thecyberesq Jan 25 2013
    Thanks for adding me to the team. This Pearltree is unbelievably detailed! I think I see the Fibonacci Sequence in it, the motherlode of all techy teachy things.
  4. loremipsem May 19 2012
    Welcome, and thanks for joining in. I hope you find this useful
  5. loremipsem May 19 2012
    Thanks, and thanks for adding too
  6. bucharesttutor Feb 12 2012
    Absolutely fab resources shared here :)
  7. technerd Jan 28 2012
    This is a SUPER COOL TREE! Great Job!
  8. vivianamat Nov 23 2011
    hi loremipsen, i've just copied and pasted my free resurces tree to "ours" cheers!