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Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014

Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014
Well, it's that time of year again for my favorite and most robust list on the top 100 Sites/Apps of the year. As with the previous year's list, more and more mobile apps are making the list as mobile learning continues to be the rising trend in education. However, that's not to say that there aren't plenty of websites and Learning Management Systems showing up as well. Finally, any site or app that was in a previous year's list will not be in this one. * mobile app Been for Education - Innovative site for social learning that allows educators to surf and collaborate on the web with their students in a safe environment where educators create/manage student accounts.* Otus - A fantastic and easy to use 1:1 learning solution for mobile classrooms (i.e iPads/Chromebooks).

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Function Carnival by Desmos What we had in mind Algebra students.One 60-minute class period.Students who have plotted points on a coordinate plane before. Goals Students will be able to: Sketch accurate graphs to show how a variable changes over time.Distinguish between a graph of a relationship between variables in a scenario and a picture of the scenario.

- 6 Ways To Access @YouTube Videos Even If They're Blocked at School 1 Comment October 13, 2014 By: Lisa Nielsen Oct 12 Written by: 10/12/2014 3:51 PM ShareThis It's hard to believe that one of the top tools for learning as recognized by the Center for Learning &Performance Technologies is blocked in many schools today. Website Builders Comparison How To Create a Website With so many options, how are you supposed to know which option is best? First and foremost, what is a website builder? They are programs that allow you to design and develop your own website through an easy interface that takes all the hard work out. You can produce a beautiful and functional website without having to understand technicalities like code, even for your online shop. With your own website, you can have your very own space on the Internet; whether to write a blog, start an eCommerce business, or sell your antique collection.

10 Free Google Chrome Extensions Teachers Should Try If you use Google Chrome as your go-to web browser, you may have seen a little icon for the ‘Store’ (like what you see on the right) when you attempt to open a new tab. Never clicked that? Only clicked that once or twice but never took the plunge into the wild world of the Chrome Web Store? In an effort to help you truly surface the best Google Chrome extensions for teachers of all stripes, I thought it might be useful to showcase some of my favorites. I’m a recent Google Chrome convert.

Web 2.0 Tools for Math Educators By Laura Turner This is a continuing series on Web2.0 and other web-based tools for educators. This information is specific to math educators, but there is some crossover into science. Math educators will find a large number of useable interactive companion web sites for the teaching of math concepts and skills. 3Dvinci 3D design is a great motivational and instructional tool. It exercises both left-brain and right-brain skills, and appeals to students of all abilities.

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Who Was Carl Sagan? It was almost like a dispatch from another planet: the invitation to the young astronomer to leave Brooklyn and visit the lakes and gorges of upstate New York. "A letter shows up in my mailbox from Carl Sagan," said Neil deGrasse Tyson, recalling the 1975 invitation at a recent Library of Congress event celebrating Sagan. "I couldn't believe it. Famous people don't write out of the blue to strangers." But the invitation was real. In response to his Cornell application, Tyson met the famous professor on a college visit soon after.

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