40 websites that will make you cleverer right now The indexed web contains an incredible 14 billion pages. But only a tiny fraction help you improve your brain power. Here are 40 of the best. whizzpast.com – Learn about our awe inspiring past all in one wonderful place. khanacademy.org – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science. freerice.com – Help end world hunger by correctly answering multiple-choice quizzes on a wide variety of subjects. artofmanliness.com – Blog/site dedicated to all things manly, great for learning life skills and good insights. unplugthetv.com – Randomly selects an educational video for you to watch. coursera.org – An educational site that works with universities to get their courses on the Internet, free for you to use. mentalfloss.com – Interesting articles guaranteed to make you smile and get you thinking. feelgoodwardrobe.com – Find out how the world of fashion really works and what you can do to combat it. lifehacker.com – Learn to hack life!
7 Best Timeline Creators For Creating Awsome Timelines 11inShare11inShare When creating a timeline for a project or important event, it is best to use helpful tools or templates so that the timeline can be created accurately without any kind of miscalculations or flaws. One way of doing this is to use PowerPoint templates, such as the Workplan or Arrow PowerPoint timeline template. However, if the requirements of your timeline are too complex, then it might be worth using more comprehensive tools instead of a simple template. For this reason we have compiled a list of some of the best timeline creators that can be used for creating robust timelines, instead of having to create one from a blank timeline template. Preceden If you’re looking to create a professional timeline for work or personal use, look no further than Preceden. Go to Preceden Office Timeline If you are looking for a PowerPoint add-in that can help you create attractive timelines then the best option is to use Office Timeline. Office Timeline Add-In for PowerPoint TimeGlider
10 Open Source Tools For Busy Teachers There’s a pantload of premium products available to teachers right now. If you’re willing to pay a little (or a lot) then you can have professional-grade products. But what if you don’t need the ultra-fancy version? What if you just need to do a quick task and then move on? So now that we’ve established ‘free’ is a good price, let’s check out some of the more popular and powerful open source alternatives for teachers, students, and just about everyone else. WordPress WordPress powers a huge chunk of the world’s websites. Pidgin Pidgin lets you instant message / chat with all your friends in one place. Audacity Looking to do some quick sound-editing? Tomboy Need to take notes but don’t have an iPad, smartphone, or Evernote? MediaWiki This bit of software is insanely powerful but a bit more complex. Want to have a video player that you know will just work? PDF Creator Don’t have Acrobat but need to convert something to a PDF? Edubuntu Open Office GiMP GBrainy This is a fun one. BONUS!
The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have By EdTech Team Updated on march 2, 2015 : The original list that was created in 2011 comprised 33 skills , after reviewing it we decided to do some merging and finally ended up with the 20 skills below. The 21st century teacher should be able to : 1- Create and edit digital audio Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :Free Audio Tools for Teachers 2- Use Social bookmarking to share resources with and between learners Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : A List of Best Bookmarking Websites for Teachers 3- Use blogs and wikis to create online platforms for students Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : Great Tools to Create Protected Blogs and Webpages for your Class 4- Exploit digital images for classroom use Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :Web Tools to Edit Pictures without Installing any softwareTools to Convert Photos into Cartoons
How to Automatically Send Gmail Attachments to Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive Intelligently automating various online tasks can result in increased productivity. One such case is that of automatically sending the received attachments in Gmail to cloud storage. A number of solutions exist for automating this task; below is a step-by-step guide of using the popular service IFTTT to automatically send Gmail attachments to Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or SkyDrive. Create a free account on IFTTT.com or login to an existing one. Select ‘Create‘ In the first section titled ‘Create a Recepie’: Select ‘this‘ Choose Trigger Channel: Select Gmail (You’ll need to authorize IFTTT to use Gmail if not done before)Choose a Trigger: Select ‘Add New Attachment’ Complete Trigger Fields: Click ‘Create Trigger’Select ‘that’ Done!
Five Web 2.0 Sites for Student Presentations Snappy presentations are a must for today's fast-paced multitasking generation. Let’s look at some web 2.0 favorites to take the typical presentation from boring to wow! Prezi Prezi is still the darling of the web 2.0 presentation scene and is used in schools worldwide. If you tried Prezi a few years ago, take a fresh look. Vuvox Vuvox Collage is not only a stunning presentation tool; it's also perfect for project-based learning units. Flipsnack Flipsnack is definitely one of the easiest, yet coolest presentation tools. Beeclip Are you looking for an alternative to Glogster? Popplet Popplet is a great choice, not only for presentation but for mind-mapping as well. IDEA: For lessons on bullying, have your students create a Popplet presentation of their ideas to prevent bullying. After you signup for an account, click make a new popplet. Once your content is on the canvas, it's time to create the order for the presentation. Click the Tools icon which looks like a small gear.
Insight: Key Findings - Successful EdTech Integrations About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation. An Ethical Island | How to Teach Without a Lecture and other fun 10 rules for a successful edtech program that have little to do with tech, part 1 Apr 1 Written by: 4/1/2013 7:03 AM By JD Ferries-Rowe, CIO Advisor 1. Form Relationships The first six months that I spent at Brebeuf Jesuit was an interesting time for me. They became frustrated because I spent most of my days walking around the school, watching classes, having conversations with teachers. Practically applied: We created a space for teachers to meet, gather, and plan called the Teacher Resource Room. 2. The key to the #edtech role is not based on an expansive knowledge of educational gadgetry or lists of links to include on the ubiquitous "Website Wednesday" newsletter. Practically Applied: Processes can also help to alleviate tensions between the classroom and the technology-cave. 3. At the #edtech and brainstorming level, we start almost every conversation with a teacher by asking: "What are you hoping to have your students learn?" 4. Practically Applied: I spent two weeks playing around with an ASUS VivoTab. 5.