Kumo - Java Word Cloud Kumo On GitHub: here The goal of Kumo is to create a powerful and user friendly Word Cloud library in Java. Kumo can directly generate an image file, or return a BufferedImage. I plan on hosting it on Maven Central soon. The Best 8 Tools to Create Posters for your Classroom Today, we are sharing with you some great web tools that you can use to create your own posters and customize them the way you want. Check out the list below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy 1- Poster My Wall Teachers Guide to Teaching Using Social Media March 26, 2014 The growing popularity and the pervasive use of social networking websites among our teens and students is a fact we can no longer ignore. Unfortunately, many school boards still promulgate laws that inhibit access to these platforms in schools and thus missing on huge learning opportunities for students. Instead of forcing an unwarranted ban on these media tools why not embrace them and turn them into learning hubs where our students can thrive academically. Using social media in education has got such a huge potential and there are a variety of ways teachers and schools can leverage the networked power of these tools to help students achieve better.
A Construction Kit That Lets You Make Starships and Castles Out of Cardboard Strawbees is a new construction kit that challenges kids to think at an architectural scale and become residents of their own private castles. Strawbees Strawbees is based on a series of small, low-cost, plastic connectors that turn drinking straws into variable length beams. "Strawbees is equally entertaining for an engineer at Volvo and a five-year-old in preschool." says co-creator Erik Thorstensson. For pennies, kids can create giant cranes or geodesic forts that would make Bucky Fuller proud. "It’s an experiment to see what happens if we set a creative tool like this free and see what the community can do," says Thorstensson. Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Save time by using free lessons & activities created by educators worldwide!
The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You If you’re not an avid follower of #edchat on Twitter, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to learn about some new Web 2.0 tools that are currently being used in classrooms around the world. That’s because @chickensaltash posed a simple question to the PLN and there has been a huge swell of support as hundreds of people have jumped in to answer the question about which 5 Web 2.0 tools teachers are using in classrooms. The Best of the Best You can view the live stream of #edchat here and see what people are saying at the hashtag #chickenweb2tools here. We scoured hundreds of responses and have come up with the following list. The following tools have not been verified and are simply based on the number of times each was mentioned on Twitter during this hashtag discussion.
edweb If it is important to library media professionals, we’ve got it covered. LMC @ the Forefront webinars are heading to edWeb, where education professionals go to connect with peers and learn best practices in their fields. Our popular live, web-delivered professional development workshops offer real-time, real-world insight and thought-leadership in the library media profession…and now they’re free through edWeb. You won’t find better value…take advantage now by joining the edWeb Community. LMC@ the Forefront is a free online collaborative community where school librarians, district librarians, and school library LMS students can collaborate on all aspects of being a K-12 library media professional. inklewriter - Education Education inkle is looking to bring interactive stories to the classroom, and give teachers free and simple get-stuck-right-in software to use with their students. From within a web-browser, the inklewriter will let students make and play interactive stories with no programming required. Why make stories interactive anyway? The way our stories work is simple: the reader is given the text of a story in a small chunks, and after each, they get to make a decision about what happens next.
The Power of Twitter: Personalized PD At Your Fingertips Have you ever wanted to be in two places at the same time? Do you often feel as if you’re being pulled in three directions? In my roles as teacher, technology staff developer and father of four I frequently feel this way.
TabPilot Tablet Manager The menu item for View & Lock has been renamed to View & Control, as we'll be adding more functionality to this area. View & Control and Status have been pulled out from the Manage menu and now reside in the bottom section of the menu with the blue border. This keeps these important items always visible. Hacking Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better If someone granted you one wish, what do you imagine you would want out of life that you haven’t gotten yet? For many people, it would be self-improvement and knowledge. Newcounter knowledge is the backbone of society’s progress. Great thinkers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and others’ quests for knowledge have led society to many of the marvels we enjoy today. Your quest for knowledge doesn’t have to be as Earth-changing as Einstein’s, but it can be an important part of your life, leading to a new job, better pay, a new hobby, or simply knowledge for knowledge’s sake — whatever is important to you as an end goal.
Ask Steve Anderson Anything Students struggle with the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are an important part of 21st century college and career readiness. With Scholar, your students can: take notes, annotate digital content and cite sources all in one platformuse Scholar’s notebook tool to organize and synthesize information to create new understandingsmanage their research process from start to finish As an educator, you now have a window to their students’ work. Through analytics and interaction, educators can support students when they really need it and not after they’ve finished their project. Students deserve the best tools for their education. The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning The realities of standardized tests and increasingly structured, if not synchronized, curriculum continue to build classroom stress levels. Neuroimaging research reveals the disturbances in the brain's learning circuits and neurotransmitters that accompany stressful learning environments. The neuroscientific research about learning has revealed the negative impact of stress and anxiety and the qualitative improvement of the brain circuitry involved in memory and executive function that accompanies positive motivation and engagement. The Proven Effects of Positive Motivation Thankfully, this information has led to the development of brain-compatible strategies to help students through the bleak terrain created by some of the current trends imposed by the Common Core State Standards and similar mandates. With brain-based teaching strategies that reduce classroom anxiety and increase student connection to their lessons, educators can help students learn more effectively.
Memory Tricks to Help You Learn by Real Business It didn’t take long for Santiago Paiva, a data science researcher at Montreal-based Busbud, to see the difficulties in using rote memorization to learn Portuguese. “There are two ways to learn how to say ‘please’ in Portuguese,” says the Spanish and English speaker. “I could memorize the word, or I could associate it with Spanish, which is similar.” Neurologists say that associating random bits of information with something familiar is often the more effective route to remembering. “Something that is rote memorized is only retrievable the exact way it was processed,” says Dr. Judy Willis, a neurologist in California.