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? 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 Made for Windows, Tableau Public lets you (like Infogr.am) bring your actual data into the world of visualzation. Photo Stats What About Me? Gliffy Piktochart
50 Powerful Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom Added by Katie Lepi on 2012-11-15 Collaborate! Meet with other classrooms : One of the most common projects educators utilize Skype for is setting up exchanges with classrooms around the world, usually for cultural exchange purposes or working together on a common assignment. Communicate! Parent-teacher conferences : Save gas, time, and energy by holding meetings with moms and dads via video chat instead of the usual arrangement. Connect! Art crits : Schedule time with professional artists and receive thorough crits about how to improve a piece. And here’s the tools to help you do it! Comments are closed. Classroom of 2020: The future is very different than you think Imagine: you wake up at 9:23 a.m. one September morning in 2020. Your alarm failed to sound and now you’re late. But don’t fret. Your commute to school consists of carrying your laptop to the kitchen table. When you load today’s lecture video you don’t see your professor; instead, a classmate appears on the screen. Your classmate uses the word “atavistic” and you pause the lecture to look it up. After a while, your eyes wander to the window. If the above seems like a far-fetched prediction of what a classroom might be like in 2020, you’re behind the times. This is the brave new world of higher education, where students teach professors, technology enables digital note-passing and online courses enroll thousands of students. In an era when a student can access more information through her cellphone than a professor can consume in a lifetime, is the university as a physical place obsolete?
The attention paradox Online, where you can't buy attention as easily as you can with traditional advertising, most commercial media has the imperative of interestingness built in. The assignment is to make it viral, make it something people will watch or click on or even better, share. This is hard for mass marketers, marketers who are used to making average stuff for average people and promoting heavily in media where they can buy guaranteed attention. And so, we see organizations buying likes and pageviews, pushing for popovers and popunders and all sorts of new ways to interrupt online. Smart advertisers, though, are realizing that they have to make content that people decide is worth watching. The challenge is that all those hoops you need to jump through to attract attention might be precisely the opposite of what you need to do to cause action, to get someone to change her mind or to connect. And, alas, you have to do both.
100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers Although YouTube has been blocked from many/most schools, for obvious reasons and not so obvious ones. YouTube does provide great resources and content for teachers and students. View the list of the Top 100 Videos for Teachers. YouTube's 100 Best Teacher Videos: History These videos can give your students a better insight into historical events. Science Make science more fun and interactive by using these videos in class. Language Get advice on improving your language class or use these videos as classroom supplements. Arts These videos provide great information on art and art education programs for you and your students. ARTSplash! Inspiration Everyone has a hard day sometimes, and you can remind yourself why you became a teacher by checking out these videos. Classroom Management Ensure your classroom stays a happy and organized learning environment with some help from these videos. How-Tos and Guides Technology Humor If you need a good laugh, watch these over your lunch hour or after class.
Note-Taking in a Digital Age - Online College Note-taking has evolved way beyond pencil and paper – but it’s still an effective study method whether you are learning online or on campus. How do you take notes during your classes? An image posted by Edudemic recently showed a classroom of students all snapping pictures of a projected computer screen with their smartphones. I remember the first time I saw someone do this. Help or Hinderance? But the use of this technique in an academic setting may not be as straightforward. Britz mentioned the flipped classroom possibilities and the benefits of a blended strategy in which these materials would be provided online for students to access and review before meeting to discuss. But what about materials created during a class session? Context is important to keep in mind with this kind of note-taking. More Tools to Try Taking a picture, taking any notes at all, won’t be enough though. Here are a few alternatives to explore: What kind of material will you use?
How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology A common question that we hear from teachers about integrating technology into their classrooms is, “how do I know if I’m doing it right?” We love to hear this question because that tells us that the teacher is starting to analyze and evaluate how they are integrating technology and are looking for a way to gauge their effectiveness. We feel that the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) best addresses the question of “doing it right.” According to the Arizona K-12 Center at Northern Arizona University , “the TIM is designed to assist schools and districts in evaluating the level of technology integration in classrooms and to provide teachers with models of how technology can be integrated throughout instruction in meaningful ways.” What is The Technology Integration Matrix? The Arizona K12 Center at Northern Arizona University does an excellent job of articulating the characteristics and various levels of technology integration. Download PDF of the Technology Integration Matrix
The mLearning Revolution Blog » 8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning 2012 has been an amazing year for mobile! This year we have seen technology companies introduce a myriad of mobile devices of all sizes, prices and operating systems. In 2012 Apple announced the iPhone 5, two new iPads and the new iPad mini; Google unveiled their first tablet, the nexus 7 and later the 10″ version; Amazon gave us three Kindle Fire HD tablets. Not to be outdone, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note II and the Tab Tablet, and of course Microsoft announced the Surface Tablet. Earlier this year Comscore reported that 2014 will be the year in which the number of mobile users will surpass desktop users for the first time. Here’s another statistic that bodes well for mobile, Apple sold more iPads in Q4 2011 than any individual PC manufacturer sold PCs. One final statistic I would like to include here is the fact that as of September 2012, Android alone accounted for 1.3 million activations a day, that’s roughly 39 million activations a month. Charles Darwin said it best:
How To Write A Mind Blowing Headline For Twitter So People Will Read Your Blog The latest Twitter statistics show that Twitters growth last year was over 1,300% with the latest numbers revealed by Twitter at their Chirp conference for developers in April showing Total number of users at 105 million (12 months ago that number was 8 million) Twitter received 180 million unique visitors a month to its website. Twitter is a great way to promote and market your content and the challenge with Twitter for business marketers is that you only have 140 characters to get your message across and your link clicked on. The most important element to make that happen is a great headline to make people click on that link. So in essence Twitter has brought back the art of the headline which has never gone away but Twitter has highlighted its importance. So what are the important elements in creating and writing a “great headline” and why is it so important? Why is a headline important? 1. Example: “The Secret To Getting More Money For Your Property!” 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 506inShare
The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. 8 Google Reader alternatives In a surprise shakeup, Google has announced that it will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. This move comes as Google tries to consolidate its services — to put more wood behind fewer arrows, as its CEO says. This consolidation first resulted in numerous services being rolled up under Google+ (including Reader and Picasa) in 2011, then a bunch of shutdowns throughout 2012, and now the shutdown of Reader and iGoogle in 2013. As Google attempts to reduce its reliance on Search, which still accounts for 90% of the company’s income, we can expect more consolidation behind a few key products: Android, Chrome, and Google+. It is time, then, to find a new RSS reader. Netvibes Google Reader has always been the favorite here in the office, but a few of us have long held secret crushes for Netvibes, which is really very similar to Reader once you switch it out of the default “widgets mode.” iGoogle Feedly NewsBlur Leave the browser, I dare you
5 Innovative Mind-Mapping Tools For Education What do you do when you have an elaborate project, assignment, or paper that needs to be quickly organized? Do you fire up Microsoft Word and whip up an outline? Do you pull out a pen and paper and start sketching? What if you could have the best of both options with a free online tool? XMind Definitely one of the easiest ways to embed a mind map into your blog or website. The biggest feature to me is the ‘Pro’ feature which lets you record what an audience (or your classroom) says directly into the mind map as an .mp3. MindMeister MindMeister is a powerful tool that is great for mind-mapping on the go. The software is now at version 6.0 which brought on the ability to ‘theme’ your mind maps so they look all the snazzier. The killer tool is far and away the ability to collaborate, though. iMindMap Sample From ThinkBuzan iMindMap Basic is a free Mind Mapping software which will get you Mind Mapping quickly and easily. SpiderScribe.net Click to enlarge! Google Docs Other Mind Mapping Tools
Does Mobile Learning Work? With more than 700,000 apps in Apple’s app store, mobile content is here to stay. But the jury remains out on just how effective mobile learning is. Todd Richmond, director of advanced prototype development and transition at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, said his gut feeling is that what a user gets out of mobile learning depends on the user. “If you have a user that is comfortable with a tablet or a smartphone, they will be more willing to put up with issues and engage with the content,” he said. Among mobile devices, desktops and laptops, there will always be tradeoffs in convenience, computing power and multimedia capabilities. Jan Cannon-Bowers, research director of University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, said the convenience of mobile learning makes it useful for refresher training in rare procedures. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? “We do this all the time.