What are some of the best uses for mobile devices in the classroom PhoneDog Media ExclusiveDownload iM5, now available in the App Store and Google Play. iM5 is a PhoneDog Media backed Social Platform to inspire real-life action through the crowdsourcing of ideas. See the video Like it or not, it's that time again. Not every campus or professor allows devices in their classrooms, but for those who can get away with using an iPad or smartphone during a lecture, there is a laundry list of practical uses for mobile devices. Over the years, I have logged many hours with tablets and smartphones in classrooms. Note taking This one is pretty obvious. I have always preferred Dropbox. There are hundreds of little, finishing touches you can put on your note taking style, all of which can make your life easier. Taking pictures of assignments, diagrams Has drawing diagrams bogged your down? Lest we forget that tablets have cameras, too. Setting reminders for important dates Recording lectures Textbooks, of course Further reading
10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics ? What would you make it of? It’s actually easier than you think… even if you have zero design skills whatsoever. Below are my two favorite infographic-making web 2.0 tools that I highly recommend. Click the name of each tool to learn more! Visual.ly One of the more popular ways to discover infographics, Visual.ly actually just launched a design overhaul of their website. Dipity Want to get a beautifully simply visualization of data over time? Easel.ly I absolutely love Easel.ly. Venngage Venngage (likely named for Venn diagrams) is a double threat. Infogr.am One of the most simple tools, Infogr.am lets you actually import data right into the site and then translate it all into useful visualizations. Tableau Public Photo Stats This one’s an iPhone app that’s worth trying out. What About Me?
Brain Teasers for Kids and Adults Free Teacher Resources for Core Subjects Here is my annual list of my favorite online teaching resources, divided by subject. Some of these might be old, or shared elsewhere, but I wanted to go ahead and share some of the ones that were added to my Diigo library recently. Free Teacher Resources for English Qwickstory and Zopler are websites for Collaborative Story Telling. Just Free Books is a website that provides a search engine to find free eBooks. Readilicious is a wiki dedicated to providing resources for helping elementary teachers implement various reading activities. Memrise is a website for helping students learn vocabulary and create a memorable dictionary. Here are some useful links to hope your students comprehend this difficult... Here are a few components of Finland's current education system structure and... March into this collection of weather lesson plans for primary grades and you... All across the nation, school, teachers, students, libraries, and families... Free Teacher Resources for Math
45 Simple Twitter Tips Everyone Should Know About Are you a tweetin’ teacher? Do you rely on tweets for your extended PLN ? Whether you use the service or not, there’s a whole world of information being shared and you should start taking part. But if you’ve been too nervous or unsure about HOW to actually use Twitter as efficiently as possible… the wait is over. It’s an elegantly organized set of infographics detailing the step-by-step process of using Twitter and making it work for you. Key Questions Answered Did you know SEO played a role in your Twitter profile? View Tips As Slideshow Photo Effects and Photo Editing with One Click - BeFunky.com
Riddles and Puzzles WELCOME to [wu:riddles]! This is an archive of problems I've been collecting since the Spring of 2002. They come from many places, including word of mouth, college courses, books, and job interviews for hi-tech positions. Many are even written by members of our own forum community. If you are a first-timer, here are some problems I recommend you start out with: The riddles are organized by difficulty as judged by myself: easy, medium, and hard. Hints are available for some riddles. If you need solutions or more hints, please post to the FORUM! My favorite kind of puzzle satisfies the following criteria: 1) It seems impossible, 2) Most people can understand it, and 3) It does not require specialized knowledge to solve. Many thanks to all the cool people who have sent me new material. Finally, I would like to again plug the forum, which i invite you to browse and perhaps even join.
Thousands of Video Lessons on Every Subject Using Wall Wisher in the Classroom On Friday I ran a short workshop about using online tools to brainstorm with students. One of the resources that I shared and had folks try out was Wall Wisher. Although not the most robust tool for brainstorming, Popplet is currently my favorite, Wall Wisher is easy to use and seemed to be a hit with my audience. For that reason I'm re-running a couple of posts about using Wall Wisher in the classroom. Today, I showed my special education students a short (18 minutes) video about cultural changes that took place in the US during the 1920's. At first my students were a little unsure of what Wallwisher is all about, but they quickly figured it out and they all enjoyed the class. For those who have never tried Wallwisher before, it is very easy to use. Also from April 2010.Tom Barrett has a slideshow about Wallwisher in his Interesting Ways Series.