12 Excellent New Web Tools for Teachers 1- EQuizShow EQuizShow is a great app for teachers who want a quick and easy way to engage students and have them ready for exams or assessments tests. It allows you to easily create a jeopardy quiz show for your students. 2- FatURL FatURL is a link sharing service provided to you free of charge by Name.ly platform .The service enables you to forward multiple long or short URLs with just one single URL. You can then share this new URL with friends, add more URLs to it or delete it. 70 maps that explain America by Max Fisher and Dylan Matthews on July 1, 2015 The United States of America is many things. It is the world's most powerful country, and one of the largest. It has a history of political revolution and social progress, as well as a legacy of slavery and genocide. In one sense, mapping the United States should be a simple matter of displaying borders and geography. But America is a complex nation with a long and fascinating history that could never be captured in a single frame.
23 Videos That Sparked Genius Hour Thinking, Collaboration, and Actions In our classroom this year my colleague Gallit Zvi and I used many youtube videos to inspire resiliency, grit, and hope in our students prior to guiding them in formulating their inquiry questions about their passions and wonders during our weekly Genius Hour time. Many of the videos were shared with me through wonderful connections I made with educator learners on Twitter, Facebook, and at various workshops. I love my PLN!
Month In Review - The Most Popular Posts on Free Technology for Teachers Good evening from hot and steamy Greenwood, Maine. Earlier this week I had the heat on in my house and this afternoon I was outside in shorts. I know that many of you are already out of school for the summer.
40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.
Genius Hour Trailers At ISTE last week, Jane McGonigal showed a fascinating trailer that had been designed for a project she was doing with the New York Public Library. You can see it here. I was intrigued by the concept, and thought it would be a great way to introduce Genius Hour to my students this coming school year. I found an excellent Genius Hour trailer online that had been created by Ryan O’Shea, but I wanted to make one that was a bit more generic so anyone could use it.
PowerPoint Jeopardy Templates Downloads, Educational PowerPoint Information Why should I use PowerPoint in my Classroom Today's students need a diversity of experiences in the classroom. PowerPoint activities used in moderation can help provide that diversity. 40 more maps that explain the world Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. I've included a link for more information on just about every one.
32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Maps are a great tool and can help us understand how we are all connected. Below you will find a collection of informative maps that will hopefully teach you something new and give you a fresh perspective of our amazing planet and those that inhabit it. 1. If You’re on the Beach, This is What’s Across the Ocean The map above shows the countries that are due east and west from points along the coasts of North and South America.
20 Time Year in Review This was the second year implementing 20 Time Projects here at PHS, and based upon some of the challenges we faced the first time around, many changes were made to this year's journey. I credit incredible educators such as Karl Lindgren-Streicher, Kevin Brookhouser and Kate Petty for sharing great ideas and providing inspiration to keep pushing forward with this concept. Here's a rundown of this year's 20 Time Project at PHS: Introducing 20 Time (September) I introduced the project with this 20 Time Presentation that provides some background regarding creativity, motivation, and concept of "20 Time."
Useful WebQuest Resources Site menu: Latest news: June 17, 2015: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the WebQuest model. Watch this space for announcements of some new resources coming later this summer! October 22, 2008:WebQuests and Web 2.0? This webinar conducted by the Discovery Education Network features a discussion about how blogs and wikis fit into the WebQuest model. Mapping Landforms 1. Discuss different kinds of landforms. Project the Landforms map and invite volunteers to point to the different landforms, name them, and read the descriptions. 27 hilariously bad maps that explain nothing by Max Fisher on May 21, 2015 Maps can illuminate our world; they can enlighten us and make us see things differently; they can show how demographics, history, or countless other factors interact with human and physical geography. But sometimes, maps can be utter disasters, because they're either wrong or simply very dumb. Here is a collection of maps so hilariously bad that you may never trust the form again. Tellingly, the bulk of the collection comes from cable TV news.