Top Web Tools for Enhancing Collaboration 11/1/2010 By: By Özge Karaoglu It’s not news that collaboration is a proven method for effective teaching, and Web 2.0 has enlarged the possibility of peer collaboration to a global scale. What follows is some of the coolest tools you can use to kick-start collaborative projects in your district in any curriculum. ¦ AwesomeHighlighter is the easiest way to highlight texts on Web pages. When you finish highlighting, you get a link and share it with others.
Use Special Text Boxes on Your Class Website to Alert Parents and Students to Important Information. We love WordPress. It’s our favorite tool to create professional looking class websites. Last week, we were helping one of our colleagues set up her class website for kindergarten. One of the things that she wanted was to a little box at the top of her website where she could post important information for parents and little reminders of things to do. The great thing about WordPress is that there are hundreds of attractive themes out there to choose from. (Heck, there are over 1400 themes to choose from in the official WordPress.org theme directory.)
GrabMyBooks: A Firefox Add-On For HTML To ePub Conversions & Making Your Own eBooks Now, is it a happy chance that our lack of time has coincided with the mushrooming of productivity tools and apps; more likely its necessity that has been the mother of invention. This catchphrase is summed by the very useful Firefox experimental add-on called GrabMyBooks. GrabMyBooks is your browser based tool that can grab content from any webpage (or the entire webpage itself) and compile it in a very readable ePub format for your digital handhelds or eBook readers. The best thing about GrabMyBooks is that it works right from your browser. You don’t have to go looking for online converters (e.g.
How Java Works" In order to get a Java development environment set up on your machine -- you "develop" (write) computer programs using a "development environment" -- you will have to complete the following steps: Download a large file containing the Java development environment (the compiler and other tools).Download a large file containing the Java documentation.If you do not already have WinZip (or an equivalent) on your machine, you will need to download a large file containing WinZip and install it.Install the Java development environment.Install the documentation.Adjust several environment variables.Test everything out. Before getting started, it would make things easier if you create a new directory in your temp directory to hold the files we are about to download.
Research dispels common ed-tech myths Among the findings: New teachers aren't more likely than veteran teachers to use technology From staff reports Read more by eSchool News Staff June 29th, 2010 Teachers newer to the profession were no more likely to use technology than teachers with more experience. The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You 100 Web 2.0 Tools Every Teacher Should Know About 44.24K Views 0 Likes We're always trying to figure out the best tools for teachers, trends in the education technology industry, and generally doing our darnedest to bring you new and exciting ways to enhance the classroom. But I wanted t...
How Twitter Works as a Q&A App [INFOGRAPHIC] If you think about it, Twitter actually serves as one of the most widely used and engaging Q&A apps. Around 3 million questions are asked on Twitter each month, and the questions range from tech support and product recommendation requests to job and relationship advice, as well as pleas for new music. And the more followers you have, the more likely you are to ask them questions publicly. People with fewer followers tend to send questions via direct messages. But around 20-30% of asked questions never get answered. The below infographic from Q&A service InboxQ contains tons of fun — and valuable — facts about how Twitter is being used by average folks and businesses to ask and answer questions.
The Smart Passive Income Blog SPI #164: Michael O’Neal from Solopreneur Hour Talk Shop – His Success Journey and Actionable Tips for Interviews Michael is the host of Solopreneur Hour, a podcast with a totally unique style—a style I’m borrowing from today. Michael has mastered the art of interviewing. His approach as an interviewer allows his guests to reveal surprising sides of themselves they might not usually get to share on industry podcasts. Teaching Online Posted by David Gray in Blackboard, Course Management on Apr 2nd, 2014 12:33 pm | 0 comments As you may have heard, starting with this Summer term Palomar College is changing our Blackboard environment from one hosted on the San Marcos campus to one hosted by Blackboard Managed Hosting. In an earlier post I tried to address faculty questions about this change, but the largest impact to faculty will be when trying to move course content from an older course into a course on the new Blackboard environment. Anyone around back in Fall 2009 may recall the big move from Bb version 8 to 9; that was a similar shift between one environment and another, although then both environments were hosted here...
More Than 30 PowerPoint Tips from the PowerPoint Pros! A lot of rapid elearning hinges on PowerPoint. That means your success building courses is influenced by how well you know PowerPoint. To help you learn more about PowerPoint I pulled together a solid list of PowerPoint resources. From The Rapid E-Learning Blog How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn [INFOGRAPHIC] Over the past decade or so, the Internet has become a huge source of information and education, especially for those who might be short on time, money or other resources. And it's not just crowdsourced data collections like Wikipedia or single-topic blogs that encourage individual learning; huge corporations and nonprofits are making online education and virtual classrooms a very formal affair these days. From the first online classes (which were conducted by the University of Phoenix in 1989) to the present day, when online education is a $34 billion industry, more and more students are finding new life and career education opportunities online. Check out this infographic from OnlineEducation.net about how the world of online learning has changed and grown over the years. Click image to see larger version.
THE Backlinking Strategy That Works Please note that this strategy was written in late 2010. Although it does still work, it doesn’t work quite as well as it used to, since quite a bit has changed in the world of search engine optimization since then. Some sites that use this strategy are climbing Google with no issues, while others find it’s not really working at all, and there are no apparent patterns. The only pattern is that less and less sites are finding this strategy to be reliable. I’m keeping this post here because there is still a lot of useful information in it, but in regards to article spinning and using tools like Unique Article Wizard, mentioned below, if you choose to use them you must be extremely careful about the quality of what you create using those tools. Live@edu Office 365 Education is a collection of services that allows you to collaborate and share your schoolwork. It’s available for free to teachers who are currently working at an academic institution and to students who are currently attending an academic institution. The service includes Office Online (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote), 1TB of OneDrive storage, Yammer, and SharePoint sites. Some schools allow teachers and students to install the full Office applications on up to 5 PCs or Macs for free. If your school provides this additional benefit, you'll see the Install Office button on your Office 365 home page after you complete sign-up. In many cases, the response time is instantaneous through an automated verification process.