April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Shared by Jennifer Dorman
An “online/offline mystery game” for middle schoolers, spanning 8 weeks, and teaching the scientific method and “problem solving through science.”
Visit the About page to learn more. About | Vanished
No museum needed, but scroll down on the About page for a list of participating museums, including the Putnam Museum in Davenport!
March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
This is an interesting site, along the lines of VoiceThread, TrailMeme and the like. Described as a combination of Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube, this site could be used to post student projects about their understanding of a topic (after, of course, presenting to the class in a more traditional manner)
I should add that I found this while trolling around the internets, so I don’t remember who originally provided the link to this article. Thanks, though, whoever you are!
January 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
When considering purchasing an e-reader, I think it’s important to think about what you will be using it for, and what kind of devices you already have. For example, if you are a student who constantly carries a laptop everywhere, you may do well to download something like NookStudy to read e-books. If you have a smart phone, and are only going to do light reading, you could easily read on your phone.* But with the price of e-readers falling, it may make sense to take the plunge and purchase a new gadget.
I’ve talked before about my Nook a few times before, so I’m sure you know my recently-discovered love for the e-book.** While actual reading of pages, paper or e-ink, has become a luxury for me lately (the void being filled by a steady flow of audio books), I still am happy I made the plunge. My friend Julia has recently declared her love for her Kindle, and made a wonderful case for the e-book in academia, particularly (gasp!) those studying library and information science (LIS).
I am particularly happy to be a Nook owner now, because my library has recently started carrying e-books (thank you, DPL)! Through the magic of Overdrive, I can now access quite a few newer titles in digital format, as well as a number of classics.
A while ago, I started a draft post of places where you can get free ebooks. I haven’t had the chance to flesh this list out, but here are a few places to start searching:
- your local library (via NetLibrary, Overdrive or similar)
- Amazon (If you own a Kindle)
- Barnes & Noble (If you own a Nook or have downloaded NookStudy, they offer free books every few weeks, usually from the pubic domain, and also “free Fridays,” where one free book is offered per week.)
- Julia has compiled a great list of places to find free content.
* Though the bright screen hurts my eyes after a few minutes, and I prefer the e-ink display).
** As a side note, when I purchased the thing, I swear that the “n” was lowercase. Now it is capitalized, and it makes me sad.
November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
More evidence as to why Dan Meyer is my hero.
Behold! A way to provide multiple links with one, teeny, tiny URL. No printing, mailing, or even emailing necessary.
As a side note, it absolutely amazes me that people still provide handouts, at least in such quantity as the second example he shows us here. I am further astonished that this presenter would then offer to snail mail copies on request, rather than just emailing the digital file he started with. Really?
October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
Many of these ideas could be used for high school students as well.
September 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
Lately, I’ve been talking a lot, both online and in the real world, about technology in education. I’ve given five presentations since the start of the school year on technology in some form, and will be giving another tonight. I’ve started a wiki about technology, constructed Trailmemes for various technologies, conducted research on new technology for possible purchase in our department, read (or attempted to read, and then gave up after much eye rolling) quite a few books about technology and its impact on the brain and behavior, upgraded my personal technology resources by finally buying a smartphone and getting a data package… all in the last month.
What, you ask, could I possibly have for you now?? How about some free, online, self-directed courses on teaching with technology? A disclaimer: I have not looked at any of these courses in depth yet, so I cannot vouch for them in any way. However, blogger Douglas Walker at Mr. Walker’s Technology Blog was good enough to blog about them first, which I take to mean that they’re something worth checking out.
So go, do!