5 More Handy Web Apps to Save You Time at Work This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. Web apps are a friend to all who mash the keyboard from nine to five. They live in the cloud, are accessible from any Internet connection and are great for chopping those mundane work tasks off at the knees. We've previously highlighted a batch of web apps that reduce the headaches and keystrokes associated with common tech chores, and after receiving some great feedback from readers, we thought it only right to hunt down a few more worthy bookmarkables. See below for five more picks, and remember to leave your own time-saving web ditties in the comments.
Interactive presentations I’ve just been looking at a really interesting on line tool called Voicethread. What's Voicethread?Voice thread enables users to create online presentations using their own images. It also allows the creator to add audio or written text to the images and give access to other people to leave audio or text comments on the presentation. This is a really nice way of creating presentations that can interact and create dialogue with an online audience. Here’s a couple that I’ve created.
Continuing to Learn with the iPad- Storytelling In an attempt to document the trials and errors of using a classroom set of 20 iPads in our K-8 school, I am adding a new post to the collection of iPads in the Classroom: 5th Grade- Storykit- Creating a story in Hebrew One of the Hebrew teachers approached me with an interest in having her students create a story book in the target language on the iPads. We chose to test the free app Storykit with this project.
17 Places to Find PodSafe MusicBlogTalkRadio blog by Deb Ng One question we’re asked a lot here at BlogTalkRadio is where to find royalty-free or podsafe music to download (and upload) for BlogTalkRadio shows. Many of our hosts enjoy playing music for their listeners, but don’t want to violate any laws. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to find royalty free and podsafe music. How should we use technology in assessment? I'm looking for brain-storming ideas. You can either share ideas you've tried, or just half-baked ideas that you think would be interesting. Let's make sure not to bash each other in this post, our objective is to think of as many ways as possible to use technology as a tool in assessment.
Stuff You Should Know Podcast Product Details Description Whether discussing redheads or exorcism, you can count on Josh and Chuck to deliver a fascinating dose of Stuff You Should Know in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. People Who Liked Stuff You Should Know Podcast Also Liked These Podcasts: Tune-Ups and Teachable Moments - Finding Common Ground Children are not supposed to be perfect all the time. Adults certainly aren't! When I was in seventh grade I had to go to the principal's office.
10 Podcasting Projects Teachers Should Try in the Classroom If orange is the new black, podcasting is the new oral report. And now that teachers have easy access to tools like Garage Band and iPods that make recording a breeze, podcasting is quickly becoming the latest creative mode of learning and presenting in schools. Here are 10 ideas to try in your classroom today. Current Events Newscasts: Practice nonfiction reading skills by having your students do weekly or monthly podcasts on an interesting current event. Reading Radio: Have your students make short radio broadcasts summarizing the books they are reading.
The “I Don’t Know” Zone: Student-directed and Inquiry-based Learning » The Cloverleaf School of Atlanta Students at Cloverleaf spend the last class period of each day working together on a project of their choice. They recently wrapped up their two-month long elevator inquiry, in which they rode a gigantic elevator, built a working elevator, watched elevator videos, read books about elevators, researched outstanding elevators around the world online, and wrote letters to an elevator technician. We explored the elevator topic in as many different ways as we could think of. I was trained in the inquiry model during my time spent teaching in New Zealand. I was lucky enough to work in a school whose charter was based on student-directed and inquiry-based learning.
Arts Involvement Narrows Student Achievement Gap - Miller-McCune A new NEA study finds disadvantaged students do better academically if they are intensely involved in the arts. Students from the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder tend to do less well in school than those from more upscale families. But newly published research identifies one sub-group of these youngsters who tend to exceed expectations: those who participate heavily in the arts. “At-risk teenagers or young adults with a history of intensive arts experiences show achievement levels closer to, and in some cases exceeding, the levels shown by the general population studied,” a team of scholars writes in a new National Endowment for the Arts Research Report. “These findings suggest that in-school or extracurricular programs offering deep arts involvement may help to narrow the gap in achievement levels among youth.”
bloomsapps Using Blooms Taxonomy in education is a highly effective way to scaffold learning for the students. With the recent popularity and pervasive nature of iOS devices in school districts it is essential for educators to understand how to implement Blooms in the classroom using the apps that are available. While this list is by no means fully comprehensive, it will assist educators in getting started when implementing iOS devices in the classroom. This site will change almost daily as it will be updated with new and exciting apps! If you find any that you have worked with in your classroom please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @bloomsapps or @dmileham75 with your suggestions. Thanks for checking the site!
Nota : Casual Collaboration Our Vision We are here to enable creators of all kinds to communicate better online. Since being founded December 2007 in San Jose, California we have been working to develop web services anyone can use for fun, for work, to teach, and to learn. QR Codes Explained and Ideas for Classroom Use When I lead workshops or give presentations I typically don't distribute handouts in paper form. Instead I just give the link to my digital resources for that day's presentation or workshop. Recently, I have started to deviate from that policy just a little bit. Now I like to place printed QR codes in a dozen or so locations in the room. Those QR codes are linked to my slides and digital handouts. I started doing this because often people would miss the links when they're just on a slide at the beginning and end of the presentation.