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Posted by admin | Posted in Interactive Whiteboard , Language Arts , Middle/High School , Primary Elementary , Science , Secondary Elementary , Social Studies , Teacher Resources , web tools , Websites | Posted on 31-03-2009 Tags: classroom , explore , eyePlorer , google , note taking , notebook , notes , research , teacher , tenkely , visual , wikipedia What it is: eyePlorer is a really cool site that allows students “explore and process knowledge.” Student type in a word or words to research. eyePlorer pulls information from Wikipedia and puts it into a color wheel of information. When students hover over the different areas of the color wheel, they get a sentence or two about their subject.
Glue is a free Firefox add-on that lets you take your social network to every major site you visit. At heart, it's a semantic Web tool: it can "read" and contextualize the content on the sites you visit, and serve up your friends' thoughts in a little toolbar on the top of the window. Say you're on Amazon, and you're considering buying a DVD of Pineapple Express . Glue will pop down and tell you what your friends thought of the movie--whether they mentioned it on Twitter, read about it on Fandango, or looked it up on Wikipedia. All in all, Glue knows of hundreds of popular sites where people research and review everything from actors, musicians, films, and TV shows to restaurants, wine, and books.
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Creating stories using web tools is fun and engaging for student while also teaching them new skills. Best of all you can embed them in blog posts to grab readers; including something a bit different makes reading posts more interesting. Web Tools For Creating Stories
Adobe AIR adds support for hundreds of cool, cross-platform apps. And it no longer matters whether you're using a Mac, a Windows PC, a Linux machine, or a mobile device--AIR works with them all. But, despite AIR's impressive ability to blur the line between your desktop and the Web, AIR apps are by no means Web-only.