instaGrok | A new way to learn - VisualsSpeak More Spanish: Five for Friday: 5 Web 2.0 tools to record oral communication I am working on a series of blog posts for the summer called Five for Friday. Today I want to share my favorite five Web 2.0 tools to record oral communication in the classroom.The biggest shift in oral assessment for my class occurred because of the variety of web 2.0 tools that can be used to record students. I still believe the best way to practice the language is in person, with a partner or in small groups, but the best way to formally assess a large group of students (at the same time) or gauge their progress is by using the following tools. Each one will fulfill a different need. Google Voice My students use this tool weekly. Voicethread My class gets a lot of mileage from Voicethread as well. Lingt Language I did not use this website this year, but as I was preparing for an end of school inservice that described it, I regretted not using it. Cell phone Record App If I am not mistaken most smart phones have the capability of being used as a portable recorder.
Turn Your School Staff Into A Powerful Twitter Team Chances are if you are reading this article, you are familiar with Twitter. In fact, it is quite possible that you even found this article through your extensive and knowledgeable Twitter network. Congratulations, you are part of a community that is not only revolutionizing education, but also revolutionizing news, journalism, emergency services, marketing and nearly everything else.
6 Free Tools to Easily Cite Resources for Students and Researchers Citing resources is an important skill for the 21st century students and for any other learner or researcher. I have already included it in my ebook " The 21St Century Skills Teachers and Students Need to Have ". It is a fact universally acknowledged that citing resources nowadays is way harder than it used to be when technology was not a huge issue. As technology crouches into our life, new ways of communication emerge giving birth to novel content providers. We have now blog posts, online newspapers, ebooks, tweets, emails,.. and several other forms where learners can get the information they want. Do they know how to properly cite these new resources is where the shoe pinches. 1- How to Include Tweets in your Citations MLA has recently issued a guideline showing researchers using its method how to include tweets in their papers. 2- Cite This For Me This is a citation generator for Harvard and APA. 3- Son Of Citation Machine 5- Purdue Online Writing Lab 6-Zotero EasyBib refDot
Resource Rack: New and Noteworthy Pheonix, by Aviary, is wonderful and fairly easy to use if you consider how robust it is. You can manipulate images without downloading software, save the images (on Aviary's site with a free account), and download the images. You do not need to sign up or sign in to download your creations. The account is just for saving to edit later on. Pheonix seems as capable and robust as Photoshop, but is a lot easier to use. Being browser-based, all you need is a decent Internet connection and you can work on your photos and images from anywhere. Don't miss the cool video on the opening page that fast-forwards through a project flow in creating the above image. Pheonix can be found here: There are over 70 tutorials here:
Educational Networking - List of Networks Elgg:Grou.ps:Facebook:Linked In:Ning:General:Art:Classroom Networks:Conferences:Course Material:English as a Foreign Language:English as a Second Language:English Education (Pre- and In-Service):Russian Education:Georgian recruiting :French as a Foreign language :Language Learning:Leadership:LibrariesMusic:Other LanguagesProfessional Development:Science:Social Studies:Spanish as a Foreign Language:Student Organizations:Teacher Education:Technology:Virtual Environments:Visual Mapping (Mind Mapping):Vocational:Other: A listing of social networks used in educational environments or for educational purposes. Please add to this list (alphabetical by category and within categories). BuddyPress: Apprendre 2.0 - Social Network across the world about education 2.0 and learning to learning - Most of the activities are in French in this network ! CourseCracker: Diigo: Elgg: Grou.ps: Facebook: Linked In: Ning: ScolaMates: General: Art: Classroom Networks: Conferences: Course Material: FSC-KU M.Ed. Leadership:
A Brief History Of #Edchat As one of the founders of #edchat I get a lot of questions about the what, where, when and why. So here is everything you need to know (or wanted to know) about #edchat. The History #edchat started out of a series of conversations between myself, Tom Whtiby and Shelly Terrell. Tom is a bit of an instigator and likes to push people's thinking about various topics in education. The Basics To participate users need only add #edchat to their tweets. Following Along You will need a way to follow the conversations. Afterwards The archive is usually posted by the next day and it includes all the tweets during the hour time span. Advice You can't follow every conversation during #edchat. #edchat is just a small part of a greater education community that regularly engages in conversations to make learning better for kids. I am proud of #edchat and the direction it has gone and continues to go. I hope you'll join us!
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Digital document annotation on iPad, iPod Touch, or laptop [FYI, this post also has been translated into Croatian by the WHGeeks Science section!] [Warning: this is a long post. Cross-posted at LeaderTalk.] I’ve been playing around with digital document annotation on various portable computing devices. The old way! First of all, just as a reminder, the image below is the way that we’ve traditionally annotated ink on paper. Kindle App for the iPad Will Richardson got me thinking with his post on using the Kindle app, his iPhone, and Evernote together for document annotation and sharing. Here is what it looks like when you press and hold on a word to begin your highlight (or note) in the Kindle app for the iPad: Once the word is selected, you can push and drag on either of the dots to resize the selection and cover more text. Once you’ve got your text selected, you click on Highlight or Note and it gets saved with your document. Kindle App for the iPod Touch (or iPhone) The process is the same for the Kindle App for the iPod Touch (or iPhone).
NCTIES 2012 Recently, I made my annual trek to the North Carolina Technology in Education (NCTIES) conference in Raleigh. While I did not plan the following strategy when I walked in the conference center, I ended up "immersing myself" in three main themes with three speakers presenting at the conference. Those three speakers were: Ken Shelton, Richard Byrne and Jennifer LaGarde. NCTIES never disappoints. What stood out? In the spirit of Mr. Mr Shelton said In planning a presentation, not considering your audience is like a love letter addressed to "whom it may concern". Here are some resources about presentation design that Ken's shared in his sessions: The next person who I stalked attended sessions with at NCTIES was Richard Byrne. Android apps on the left in blue, and web apps in pink on the right Last, but certainly not least is a mover & shaker and librarian extraordinaire--none other than my dear friend and colleague, Jennifer Lagarde.
Wind Map An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, not associated with any company. We've done our best to make this as accurate as possible, but can't make any guarantees about the correctness of the data or our software. Please do not use the map or its data to fly a plane, sail a boat, or fight wildfires :-) If the map is missing or seems slow, we recommend the latest Chrome browser. Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. If you're looking for a weather map, or just want more detail on the weather today, see these more traditional maps of temperature and wind.
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