Saturday, October 31, 2009
Well, Word Ahead just released a new TEACHER PAGE and an AWESOME VOCABULARY WIDGET. The teacher page lets you create customized lists to use with your students. Perfect! Further, the vocabulary widget would be a great addition to your website or blog. Students can search all of the vocabulary videos from your site using the widget!
Here is the widget:
Friday, October 30, 2009
Here are a few educational applications you could try with the panorama function:
- Take a panorama shot of your classroom and post it for students to explore over the summer
- Take a panorama shot of different habitats outside and let students explore them
- Create a panorama shot of students in your classroom working hard to share with parents
- Have students draw/create a small "life size" habitat or scene on large chart papers. Students can capture their work using a panorama.
I hope this helps!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Spicy Nodes is still in beta, and it is totally free. You can create concept-map-based presentations very easily and the results are visually appealing. Even better, you can embed your presentation into wikis and blogs.
Last week, I emailed Spicy Nodes with a few tiny suggestions. They got back to me with in a few hours. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Check out the "node" that I made below: I'm hoping to use this tool in an upcoming staff development session. I'll keep you posted on the results!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This time, I had the good fortune of interviewing Bekci Kelly, an amazing librarian and media specialist from Quakertown Community School District, about the use of wikis. I have embedded the interview below-- Bekci is a model educator!
Since this was my second time using the tool, things went more smoothly. We both wore headsets so the feedback is greatly reduced. Enjoy!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Here is a summary quote from the creators:
File2.ws is a free website that converts any of your own files into a public online web page. Every converted file to a web page has a unique web address so you can share it with friends, or other people on the internet. This allows information to be shared quickly and efficiently to a large audience.Some good uses for this application include:
- Publishing student work quickly and easily
- Sharing handouts or resources from a presentation
- Building a portfolio for teachers or students
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I had the good fortune of interviewing Rich Kiker, an amazing high school teacher from Palisades School District, about the use of wikis. I have embedded the interview below-- Rich has some really great information to share!
As for the tool, here are some suggestions for its use:
- Use a microphone headset-- you can hear some feedback from me and Rich
- Try not to move your head TOO much-- it makes the picture "break up"
- Remember to look at the camera and NOT the image on your screen or you will appear to be looking at the floor
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Interested in social media in education? Find out more from Steve Hargadon here.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
- Paste in vocabulary terms from a science unit and have students sort them into different categories as a preassessment
- Paste in a student's essay and have students sort the words based on their parts of speech
- Paste in a president's speech and have students sort words to determine themes
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Check out the educational applications....
- Shared calendar (for assignments and deadlines)
- Instant polling (for setting meeting times, responding to readings, etc.)
- Task list (to help students chunk assignments)
- Store and edit files in a common folder (eliminating the "I didn't have the file" plea...)
- Host web meetings (for homework sessions online)
See the video below to learn more: I hope that this tool is helpful to you!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Is your desktop full of clutter? Is it hard to find the files that you need quickly and easily? Try creating a custom background for your desktop that helps you organize your files. For example, create a square or shape that has "to print" as a label. Or create an area with the label "to do." These spaces can help you sort all of those downloads and documents. See my desktop above as an example.
One of my colleagues actually uses ScrapBlog to create customized image backgrounds. This free service does allow you to create very interesting image pages.
If you have a tip for organizing your desktop, leave it below!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Try out Word Ahead for high school vocabulary resources. My favorite part of this site is the collection of vocabulary videos that students can watch. The videos have narration, text, and images that help students remember each word. I think it would make a great center or study resource for high school students.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The entire article/interview is available here. Feel free to share it with your fellow teachers and rejoice!
BRAND: How is student behavior different in small class sizes?
Dr. FINN: It's because every student is on what I would call the firing line. You can't hide in the back corner of the room. Students are better behaved. They pay more attention. They support each other in learning more, and their - definitely, their achievement scores go up. Furthermore, it's been shown that for children who were in small classes for three or four years, graduation from high school is more likely. Taking college entrance exams is more likely. So these early grades of small classes have long-lasting effects.
BRAND: And by early grades, you're talking kindergarten through third grade.
Dr. FINN: That's correct.
BRAND: I read an article recently in the New Yorker written by Malcolm Gladwell, and it talked a lot about teachers and class size, and I just want to read you a quote from him. He is skeptical that class size is as important as it's made out to be. He writes: You have to cut the average class almost in half to get the same boost that you'd get if you switched from an average teacher to a teacher in the 85th percentile. So in essence, he's saying that teacher competency is better and more important to student achievement than class size.
Dr. FINN: I've heard that argument many times before. There really aren't data that make that comparison directly. But I would argue, and as I have many times, that what you want is both a good teacher and a small class. Imagine what a good teacher could do with a small class.