The Teacher's Quick Guide To Digital Scavenger Hunts If you’ve got a smartphone or a tablet in your classroom, you’re ready for the adventure to begin! By adventure I mean, of course, the world of active learning through digital scavenger hunts. In this hunt, students are tasked with finding a particular physical object, person, or place and have to use technology to track it down. Note: an ‘online scavenger hunt’ usually implies that you’re hunting around online and not physically with classmates. For the purpose of this article, I’m focusing on the physical version I’ve dubbed ‘digital scavenger hunts’. The Simple Goal So now that you’re all ready to start your very first scavenger hunt, let’s figure out what the goals are. Finding The Technology Like the movie National Treasure, students will need a lot of ingenuity and tools to help them uncover the mysteries you’ve laid out before them. In an effort to get your scavenger hunt jump-started, here are a few useful tech tools that might be of use. Finding An Objective A Quick Note
Storyboard That: The World's Best FREE Online Storyboard Creator 8 Pinterest Alternatives You May Not Know About Pinterest has garnered a reputation (whether incidentally or intentionally) as a website geared mostly towards females who need ideas for weddings, home décor, and recreation. Maybe you like the idea of Pinterest but not its subject matter. Maybe Pinterest just isn’t for you. Is there hope for you? Yes, there is. As it turns out, there are many sites out there that have taken the core concept of Pinterest and spun it in unique ways. Juxtapost Juxtapost is a Pinterest knockoff but in a good way. The feature I like best in Juxtapost is the “More Like This” button. Use Juxtapost if you want to use a Pinterest-like site with many of the same features but presented in a different way. We Heart It If I had to describe We Heart It in one sentence, I’d call it the baby of Pinterest and Tumblr, and I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. There’s an undercurrent beneath all of the We Heart It posts which indicates that this site is mainly used by teens and college girls. Dribbble FoodGawker
sookooroo Welcome to MineMum | MineMum 12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts November 3, 2014 by Tricia Goss The image you choose can make or break your social media updates, blog posts and other content. But, finding the right picture to accompany your post can be challenging. Not only do you need to find one that complements your post and grabs readers’ attention, but you also have to make sure you are free to share the pic. When you know where to look, you can find professional, attractive photos that are free for you to use. Why We Love It: Every 10 days, Unsplash releases 10 new, high-resolution photos that you can use in any way you want. Searches and Downloads: There is no search feature, so you’ll have to browse to find the photo you want, but you can subscribe and have the 10 new pics emailed to you each week. Images at Pixabay are published under Creative Commons Public Domain deed CC0, so you can use and modify them without asking permission or paying attribution, even on social media. There is no search feature. Related September 25, 2014 In "Blogging"
Prismatic Google Adds Waze's Crowdsourced Traffic Data to Apps Google Maps is already using data from its newly-acquired mapping service Waze to give users access to crowdsourced traffic reports and satellite imagery. Just two months after Google bought Waze for a reported $1.03 billion, it was announced on Tuesday that the two companies are already sharing data. From details about traffic jams and accidents to construction and road closures, Google Maps users can now submit traffic-related information to the app.
Three Good Tools for Creating Multimedia Books Online Twice this week I've been asked for alternatives to iBooks Author that students can use to create multimedia books. This is probably a good time to share the three options that I usually recommend. These are listed in the order in which I typically recommend them. Simple Booklet is a service offering free online booklet creation and publishing. To create a book using Simple Booklet just sign-up for a free account and click create. Each page of your Simple Booklet can have multiple elements on it. Widbook is a platform designed to help people collaboratively create multimedia books. Widbook - Write, read and share! Glossi is a service for creating digital magazines.
Edmodo I originally wrote this post in September 2012. With a new school year beginning in Australia and plans to ramp up blogging and Edmodo at our school this year, I have updated this post to use with my staff with more screenshots, new ideas and some additional references to the iPad use of these tools with dedicated apps. For those who have seen it before, you may like to revisit. When introducing transformative teaching practices involving technology, you have to be careful not to overload the senses of the tech novices on your staff. The Grade 6s have taken to blogging this term, although more as private digital portfolios rather than true blogging with a global audience. In a nutshell, I see Edmodo as an all encompassing classroom management/teaching and learning/collaboration system. EDMODOGroups – My favorite feature of Edmodo and a big difference between itself and blogging. Collaborative Discussion – the simplicity of the Edmodo discussion wins me over compared to blogging.
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