5 Ways You Can Use Wikis Today I had the privilege to participate in Discovery's Beyond the Textbook forum. One of my take-aways from the day's conversation is that most of the technologies that we want to use to make textbooks interactive and meaningful for students already exist, we just need to organize and utilize them in a way that makes sense for teachers and students. I've combined that take-away with a recent request from a reader to delineate some ways that teachers can use Wikispaces to create this list of ideas for using wikis in classrooms. Please feel free to add your suggestions, with links if possible, in the comments below (please note, I'll be on planes for the next 18 hours so there will be a delay between your comment submission and its appearance on the blog). 1. As a digital portfolio of student-created videos.
The best way to teach with digital content Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! The 101 best Facebook applications in the world today Facebook applications are the best thing since MySpace widgets sliced bread, as any fule kno. What's more, they're mushrooming by the day, as companies and individual developers alike catch on to the potential of having their content splashed over (potentially) millions of Facebook profiles. But which are the ones worth adding? I've put together a big list of 101 of the best, most useful, most interesting and silliest Facebook apps below.
28 Tech Tools to Bring out the Story in History Below is an article I wrote for theapple.com. For the full article complete with links, please visit the original article. Kelly Tenkely | TheApple When I was in school, I dreaded history. I found it completely uninteresting, dry, irrelevant, and quite frankly…boring. This was unusual for me. Magic realism Magic realism or magical realism is a genre where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, realistic environment. Although it is most commonly used as a literary genre, magic realism also applies to film and the visual arts. One example of magic realism occurs when a character in the story continues to be alive beyond the normal length of life and this is subtly depicted by the character being present throughout many generations. On the surface the story has no clear magical attributes and everything is conveyed in a real setting, but such a character breaks the rules of our real world. The author may give precise details of the real world such as the date of birth of a reference character and the army recruitment age, but such facts help to define an age for the fantastic character of the story that would turn out to be an abnormal occurrence like someone living for two hundred years.
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. MentorMob The idea for MentorMob sprouts from the backgrounds of Kris Chinosorn and Vince Leung. Both avid learners, they found early on that the Internet was not quite the incredible tool for learning new skills and hobbies that everyone thinks it is. Even with millions of free lessons online, the content is almost impossible to navigate. "You don’t really know where to start, what to learn next or who you can trust, which is why in a sea of free content, people are still paying for online lessons." - Vince Leung, CTO Both Kris and Vince knew there had to be a better, more efficient way to learn for free online and that is when MentorMob was born.
101 More Cool Facebook Applications Right then. It's been a while since we did our spiritgroundbreaking 101 Best Facebook Applications In The World Today post, and in the intervening weeks, many many more apps have been released. So, it's time for another trawl through Facebook's stash of apps. Yes, many of them are frivolous, ridiculous and pointless. They're the most popular ones.
Using Timelines to Teach Language Timelines appeal to various learning styles, provide an easy explanation for tenses, and are a great way to collect information for graphic organization. Timelines can be created from photos or flash cards which the student can then use to play prediction games. Ideas for timelines include the chronicling of a family members or pets life, the history of an event, or plot events from a novel. Cool Online Timeline Tools:Befunky – For Photo EditingTimeToastXTimelineAllofMeSmilewidgetsTimerimeKidmondoVuvox
STUDENT JOURNALISM - The Learning Network Blog Courtesy of Blue Devil HUB Video taken by Anna Sturla, a high school journalist, of the U.C. Davis chancellor’s “silent walk” amid student protesters in the aftermath of the pepper spray incident. Dec. 6 1:05 p.m. | Updated Bloom’s Taxonomy: Bloomin’ Peacock Tomorrow I am doing a training on the Treasures Supplement that I created over the summer. Most of the supplemental suggestions fall into the bottom two tiers of Bloom’s Taxonomy (Remember and Understand). I want to show teachers that just because these activities help students practice basic skills and remember and understand, there are SO many more options that will reach the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy! I created the Bloomin’ Peacock to show teachers the Blooms Taxonomy break down and the Bloomin’ digital Peacock that shows how the digital tools in the supplement break down. Below are the tools listed in my Bloomin’ Digital Peacock
Five Tools That Help Students Plan Stories As a student the importance of planning a story before writing it was driven into my head. Then when I became a teacher, I drove that same message home to my students. Here are five free tools that students can use to plan and outline their stories. Fakebook About us Courses & workshops Consultancy services Clients & publications Tools & webquests Resources > Tools & Resources > October 2012 Virtual Tours Why Virtual Tours Excerpt from Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers, by Teachers ... Field trips are excellent ways to immerse students in historical evidence by visiting museums, historical sites, author residences, or government buildings. Field trips are also expensive, complicated to organize, and draw students away from their other class responsibilities. Fortunately, if you cannot visit an important site in person, you can often visit the site virtually on the Web.