Um, awesome!

May 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

I stumbled across The Alice Project a few weeks ago. It was the end of the semester and I didn’t have time to check it out. I thought it was worth a good look-see, though, so I saved it in my Diigo library. I have recently had some time to go back over things I had saved, and came across The Alice Project again.

What an amazing idea! Here’s an excerpt from the blog:

Over 6 weeks, Mr. Long challenged 57 students to analyze Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — via their copies of The Annotated Alice — by publishing their questions & reflections in real-time on a very global scale…The goal was for the students’ learning/discovery experience to conceptually mirror Alice ‘finding her way’ through Wonderland.

In my search for ways to incorporate technology into the classroom, this has got to be one of the best examples. Forget “upgrading” to an interactive whiteboard (which, while cool, doesn’t really “incorporate” much in a new way), technology is seamlessly woven into this project… it’s not the focus, it’s the vehicle.

I say more of this, please!

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Hyperwords– Firefox Plug-in

May 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Somehow, though I use Firefox everyday (I seriously dislike Internet Explorer), for four years, I have been unaware of the Hyperwords plug-in. It’s one of those features you don’t even know you need until you see it:

I’ve tried the translate option, and the search, and both work just like the video.

I have read some opinions of how this could be used in library catalog searches. I think this is a fantastic idea. I also see it being useful in general for education– the simplicity of searching for definitions, related content, etc. would do wonders for any information seeker, but especially young ones!

Another list of 100

May 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Save your precious time by following these tips for Google searching, or many of Google’s available applications.

Thansk to cclibrarian for her tweet about this!

Social media

May 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

It’s pretty easy these days to forget how pervasive social media is. I marvel that a few short years ago, I did not know what the term “blog” meant (though, in reality, I’d already had one. We just called it a “diary”).* I was long a holdout against (first) MySpace and (then) Facebook, stating that anyone I wanted to be in contact with, I already was.**

Lately, I’ve been trying to amass ideas of how to incorporate technology, and particularly social media, into the classroom. I found the statistics in this video staggering:

I have found and posted some ideas previously about social media, but here is the motherload. Besides just giving examples, there are links to posts of people who have actually used social media in such a way in their classroom. Also, beyond the usual “follow famous people” or “send messages and updates,” there are more interesting ideas, such as “learn probablility” and “track a word or phrase” (to see its popular usage).

Thanks to Free Technology for Teachers for posting these resources.

*Anyone remember DiaryLand.com?

**Oh, how silly I was!

Facebook, with training wheels

May 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

A new site launched today called Togetherville, touting itself as a social networking site for children under 10. Read a little about it here.

Besides the slightly nauseating name, could this be an alternative to Facebook, especially for teachers looking to use social networking in class assignments?

Thanks to SAULib for her tweet about this!

How to be a better math teacher

May 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

I think this guy is on to something:

More Web tools

May 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Several more Web tools have come to my attention in the past few days. Here are some of them. I also recommend checking out Free Technology for Teachers for regular postings about cool, new, free technology!

First, Stop Bullying Now! is a site by the Health Resources and Services Administration (part of the Department of Health and Human Services). It includes games, “webisodes,” and other resources to teach children to identify bullying and how to stop it.

Mashpedia combines information about topics from various sources, providing a more comprehensive view. From their About page:

Mashpedia is a real-time, multimedia and social encyclopedia with millions of articles providing dynamic, fresh information; it’s free to use and open for public participation, allowing users to discuss specific topics, post and answer questions, share relevant links or contribute in new creative ways. Mashpedia presents an organized mashup of results from Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Google News, Books, Blog Posts, and further contextual information, thus providing a quick, practical outlook for every topic.

Today’s top news is about the British elections. Here is the Mashpedia page about it: http://mashpedia.com/United_Kingdom_general_election,_2010

Finally, here is a pretty good slide show, listing 20 Web 2.0 tools teachers can use in their classrooms. Some will be familiar, others probably not. The slide show was put together by a New Zealand teacher, so there are also some interesting facts about New Zealanders! To this list, I would add Diigo, which is a good social bookmarking site that also lets users highlight content and add sticky notes.

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