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Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1

Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1
With the start of the new school year, many teachers and students are seeking new products and technologies to help them through their upcoming academics. With the increase of teachers using blogs and wikis, and students networking and utilizing online tools, the demand for easier and more efficient ways of learning is on the rise. To me, the growing interest for web-based learning is amazing, which brought me to thinking; what if I were to consolodate some of the helpful online products and services that can help students, teachers and administrators alike? Well, I convinced myself. The following is a compilation of Web 2.0 products that I’ve personally researched and tested. These services are grouped into two main categories: “Tools”; and “Office Applications”. Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 2Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 3 Red Arrows indicate personal favorites with education in mind. Organizers Gradebooks Teacher! For Teachers, Clubs, and Management Related:  scottaandy

Brain Science The field of study called "Brain Science" or "Brain Theory" has received a lot of attention in recent years. The field has made significant progress in the past five years (perhaps as much as in all previous years combined). Researchers and other writers in this field seem divided as to whether the field is well enough developed so that it can, at the current time, be contributing significantly to the design of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. There appears to be a growing trend to saying the answer is "yes." Developmental Theory provides examples of research that are quite applicable to education. Piaget, as well as many others, have done research on stages of development. Huitt, W. and Hummel, J. Developmental Theory is certainly applicable to learning mathematics. Notice that only 35% of students reach formal operations by the time they finish high school. References Brain Lab [Online]. Welcome to The Brain Lab. Brain Connection [Online]. Dana Foundation [Online]. Dr. Dr.

How It Works Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Teachers login through their device and select an activity which controls the flow of questions and games. Student responses are visually represented for multiple choice, true/false and Short Answer questions. Tutorials: PHP The purpose of this tutorial is two-fold. Number one, we’re going to demonstrate how all of the basic fundamental concepts you’ve learned with Processing (variables, conditionals, loops, functions, objects, arrays) extend to programming in other languages. Second, we’ll see how there are certain types of tasks that you can farm out to a server-side script (in this case, written in PHP) that cannot be done easily inside of your Processing code itself. Thanks to Shawn Van Every and Dan O’Sullivan, this tutorial is based off of material from Shawn’s quick and dirty PHP as well as Dano’s PHP sample code. What is PHP? PHP (which originally stood for “Personal Homepage”, but now stands for “Hypertext Preprocessor”) is a scripting language designed for creating dynamic web pages. <html><head><title>Your Page's Title</title></head><body> The <strong>content</strong> of your <em>web page</em>. Here’s what the above HTML actually looks like in your web browser: basic.html. The Fundamentals in PHP 1.

Video Tutorials From Processing by Jose Sanchez In an intent to give back to the open source community of processing and also help students to re-visit some subjects that may be unclear, I have developed some video tutorials, please send some feedback to keep improving them. Send requests and feedback to : Would like to cover some physics, subdivision, CA, l-sys, waves... we'll see. List of videos by Fun Programming This series of tutorials start at the absolute beginning: what's a pixel. This project started on August 1st, 2011 and new videos are being produced each week. Watch at Fun programming I recommend watching related Khan Academy videos as well if you want to go deeper into geometry and math. by Daniel Shiffman These tutorials are for advanced users and follow the content from The Nature of Code book. Watch at The Nature of Code Vimeo Channel.

Interfacing a sensor with an Arduino The world of hobby electronics is one that has seen explosive growth and massive changes over the past few years. The biggest changes have come from the level of computing hardware that is available to the hobbyist. From very simple microcontrollers to full PCs on a USB stick, all sorts of options are available. One of the more popular options is the Arduino, which falls between these two extremes. The entire Arduino project has been a proof of the power of open source. In this tutorial, you will get a development environment set up to work with your Arduino. Resources ArduinoArduino Playground Step by Step Step 01 Get your hardware The first step is to select your hardware. Step 02 Plugging in Most Arduino boards interface over USB with the development computer. Step 03 Software Installing the required software has gotten much easier recently. Step 04 Start a new program Now that you have your Arduino plugged in, you can start up your IDE and begin programming your first project. Step 05 Step 06

Top 10 DIY Arduino Projects and HOW-TO Tutorials! Arduino has been widely popular among hackers and DIY-addicts out there for modding/hacking things. For those of you just entering the Arduino world, here’s a bunch of great Arduino tutorials/projects that can help you jump-start your next project. 1) Did you know that you can program/flash your Arduino wirelessly? For those of you who are going to be making devices where the Arduino is hidden from easy access, read up on how you can program your Arduino wirelessly using Xigbee modules over at Lady Ada’s site. 2) Arduinome is a project the Monome for audio sequencers. 3) For energy eco-projects, you can refer to this great site on OpenEnergyMonitor, which uses Arduino and complete details are provided for making your own home energy monitor. 4) DIY Arduino Earthquake Seismic Detector can actually detect earthquakes, perhaps great for any project requiring sensing of vibrations and whatnot. 5) Need some resources on robots using Arduino? 9) The Magic Mirror is one of my all-time favorites.