How to Create Effective Activities for Online Teaching We’ve all used them, first as students and now as online instructors: activities in a class meant to highlight, spotlight, underline, enhance, or explain some aspect of the subject we are teaching. Too often, not much thought or effort is given to these activities, resulting in outdated and unsuccessful activities. With the right approaches and a bit of knowledge, online instructors can create activities that are dynamic, effective, and interesting. Here’s how …
Dynamic Earth-Contents View of the planet Earth from the Apollo spacecraft. The Red Sea, which separates Saudi Arabia from the continent of Africa, is clearly visible at the top. (Photograph courtesy of NASA.) Ordering Instructions Screenleap Brings You One Click Screensharing I’m a big fan of services on the web that don’t require me to sign up or install any software. YC company Screenleap fits the bill on both of these things. Screensharing is an important part of being able to hold business meetings from remote locations, and most of the services out there cost money and require annoying software installation. Google+ Hangouts recently got screen sharing as a feature, but it requires everyone to be signed up, logged in, and on the platform. Here’s how the company describes its service:
Hello Hello I’m David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer. I’ve written for The Guardian, Wired and others. I’m into anything strange and interesting. These days I’m an independent data journalist and information designer. 5 Uses of QR Codes in the Classroom « WizIQ Blog You’re probably used to seeing one-dimensional, traditional bar codes printed on clothes or groceries. Today, Quick Response (or QR) codes are coming into fashion. These 2-dimensional codes consist of a collection of small blocks, similar to dots, instead of the iconic bars. Traditional bar code (1-D) QR Code of www.wiziq.com (2-D) created using Kaywa’s QR Code Generator
Free Web Slideshow Software by CodeJam - Freeware Photo SlideShow software for YouTube (& others*) About MemoriesOnWeb MemoriesOnWeb is a powerful yet simple to use slideshow freeware (yes, put your wallet away). It's designed for folks who want to create photo/video slideshows easily and upload to free video hosts* (eg. YouTube) to share it with friends and family. Based on the same engine as MemoriesOnTV (our shareware for DVD slideshows), MemoriesOnWeb offers a host of advanced controls that allow you to blend your photos & video with almost unlimited creativity.
Visual thinking guides This presents nine sources of visual thinking guides: Exploratree, Gamestorming, LexIcon, Education Oasis, TeacherVision, Freeology, Education Place and Writing Fun. Exploratree hosts a set of interactive thinking guides. This is a free web resource where you can use the guides, print them, edit them or make your own.
iPads in Schools: Replacing Backpacks? - Leading From the Classroom Gene Munster, a senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray , recently surveyed of 25 educational technology directors about their experiences and opinions of the potential of tablets in schools. The results of the survey were discussed on sites such as Apple 2.0 on CNN, the The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), and the All Things D on the Wall Street Journal. While Munster admits that the sample size of 25 Technology Directors is small, the opinions of technology directors are important since they often make decisions on technology policies. All 25 technology directors are currently testing or deploying iPads in their schools. (Disclaimer: The school district I work in is also deploying iPads in schools.) None of these districts are deploying Android tablets.
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