10 Free Tools for Everyday Research - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - @soxnevad Why do so many students choose Wikipedia when asked to find information on the Internet? I believe the answer is that Wikipedia is like the McDonalds of the Internet, you can always find it and you know what you’re going to get. Quite frankly, I like Wikipedia because it provides students with a starting point for research and I am particularly fond of the way I’ve seen so many students develop their own method of research by using the links at the bottom to find more information. As educators we are faced with the challenge of teaching students to efficiently use the Internet to find and use information. Searching for information and making sense of it is a process that involves critical thinking and it is an important skill. Fortunately, there are many free digital tools available to help students efficiently sift through an overwhelming abundance of web content to find the relevant and reliable information they need. Google Search Education Teach students to search Google Custom Search
What Do You Mean Evernote Could Get Better? Last time I wrote about the way I organize myself completely changed for the better with Evernote. Really, I can't talk enough about this program and the endless possibilities there are for it. (Just look at the comments from that post.) In that post I gave a few resources for learning about Evernote and even fewer with how to use it in the classroom. Well, lots of people have sent me lots of great resources and I wanted to follow-up and post some more. Get Productive Fast With Evernote- Mark Stout contacted me about this great eBook he created about getting started with Evernote and then some of the more advanced features like integrating IFTTT.com. 10 Tips For Using Evernote Effectively- This recent article from ReadWriteWeb was a great addition to my Evernote resources. The Secret Weapon- A few weeks ago I was pining on Twitter about my overflowing inbox and how I wish I could funnel everything through Evernote. Do you have any more resources to share?
Online Testing Free Quiz Maker Create the Best web-based quizzes ClassMarker 10 ressources pour apprendre et progresser en Mindmapping Bonjour à tous, Après une bonne semaine de blackout, je continue sur la thématique du mindmapping, sur laquelle j’ai récemment écrit les deux billets suivants : Voici donc une sélection de 10 ressources intéressantes pour qui veut apprendre, progresser et se maintenir au courant de l’actualité du mindmapping. J’ai essayé de varier les sources pour vous faire découvrir des blogs ou des sites intéressants. Bonne lecture et à bientôt, Vincent 1) Cartes mentales (revue de presse scoop.it) Excellente revue de presse sur l’actualités et les articles sur le mindmapping 2) Slatebox. outilscollaboratifs.com 3) Pourquoi le Mindmapping est-il si efficace pour étudier ? trouvetavoie.wordpress.com 4) 8 outils de mind-mapping Image via Wikipedia made-in-ecommerce.com 5) Dessinez vos idées www.les-infostrateges.com 6) Comment le mind mapping peut stimuler le cerveau de vos enfants www.optimind.be 7) Organisez vos notes avec le Mind Mapping lewebpedagogique.com blog.websourcing.fr 9) Slatebox. eat-tice.ec-nantes.fr
Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts When Flipping Your Classroom #edchat Produce material for YOUR students to engage them outside the classroom. Generic content works as a starting point but students have greater faith in their own teacher’s input.Decide on a workflow solution and stick to it. I use Edmodo to set assignments and annotate responses. Students are happy with this solution as it is cross platform and supports learning with library and backpack resources.Set specific deadlines for your students. If they are given a date then unfortunately that can be construed as midnight!! Expect students to watch/read your material just because you tell them to. This post is in response to the success we have had with workflow and assessment for learning this academic year. Please contact me if you would like to discuss the ‘flipped’ class as I am very keen to hear any new ideas. Like this: Like Loading...
Classmint.com - Online Cornell Notes, Flashcards and Study Groups Une superbe application en ligne pour tous vos diagrammes - Grapholite.com Grapholite est une Web Application pour concevoir des diagrammes, des schémas et des graphiques en tout genre. L’outil est gratuit, compatible Mac et PC et fonctionne sur les navigateurs Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer et Firefox. L’interface est en anglais et est assez proche de celle des programmes bureautiques de Microsoft, aussi pour les personnes ne connaissant pas trop l’anglais, cela ne devrait pas être trop difficile d’utiliser Grapholite. En quelques minutes d’utilisation j’ai été ravi de voir les possibilités offertes. Des outils permettent de nombreuses actions sur les objets dessinés ou ajoutés : choix des couleurs, épaisseur, aspect et couleur des contours, remplissage, effet de transparence, styles de dégradés, groupement d’objets, rotation… Toute la panoplie des outils de dessins est au rendez-vous. A la finale, on peut enregistrer son travail sur son disque dur et on pourra bien sûr le recharger sur le site pour le mofifier.
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The Hat - Random Name Generator Current version: 126.96.36.199License: Freeware "I'm first!" "No I'm first!""No, I called it!" Sound familiar? The Hat is a simple but handy little utility that offers a fun and easy way to automatically determine a random order from a list of any amount of names. Note: The Hat is completely free but comes bundled with optional partner offers during installation. Recent changes:Key FeaturesGreat for Parents! Just like pulling names from a hat to determine a random order for a group of people, The Hat generates a random order from a list of any number of names. Names can be entered in several different way. The list of names can be optionally be remembered between sessions so that the next time you open the program, the same list of names is already entered. Great for raffles and sweepstakes! The Hat also allows you to pick individual names one at a time. Great for teachers to assign partners or split classes into random groups! Click here to download your free copy today.
Online Diagramming, Floor Planning and Flowcharting Tool How Things Changed With @Evernote I'll admit it. I have to be one of the most unorganized people on the planet. I have notebooks in just about every bag I carry. Multiple calendars and I still miss appointments. I have more than 10 different types of projects going on at anyone time. Organization isn't really in my vocabulary. Well, let me say, it wasn't in my vocabulary. But it is now, thanks to Evernote. I had tried Evernote in the past. Ok, so what is it? To boil it all down. Here is a view of my current notebooks. So I have notebooks for work, personal and other work I do. I keep Evernote open on my computer at all times. In this notebook are notes for 3 presentations I did at a recent district technology conference. You can also install the Evernote Web Clipper extension and save portions of websites or just some text from a blog post that you want to use somewhere else. There are lots of uses in Education too. Best thing to do now is go download it and start small. Do you use Evernote?
50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Learning Lesson Planning and Tools Useful Tools
Free mind mapping (and related types) software I see regular inquiries on Twitter and in forums from people looking for free software to support visual thinking. To provide answers, InformationTamers have put together 14 pages to help you find the one for your needs. These show the platform, a screen thumbnail and a link for more information in each case. We built this article using the most complete source for details of information mapping software on the Web: Mind-mapping.org. Mind-mapping.org has a good capability for selecting software by map type and operating system (click on the 'Refine software list' tab at the top right of its web page). "Free" here is as in beer, not in freedom, though some of the software listed is open source, so is free in both senses. Of course a pencil and paper is always almost free. This used to be one long page, but as I updated and added to it, it became unmanageable, so now it's broken down by category. Click through for more details: