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!



Free Social Teaching and Learning Network focused solely on education

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)

Free Social Teaching and Learning Network focused solely on education.

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.

Happy reading!

* 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.

Also check out this post and this post by Stephen’s Lighthouse about e-reader compatibility with libraries and the increasing number e-book downloads.

An Open Video Message To Steve Leinwand And Jerry Becker

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

dy/dan » Blog Archive » An Open Video Message To Steve Leinwand And Jerry Becker.

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?

Teaching with Technology / FrontPage

November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

A great wiki (for a class!) shared via a Diigo group I belong to.

What a wonderful resource. A teacher could easily emulate this using free resources, like Wikispaces or Moodle, or a proprietary software like Blackboard. In particular, check out the Reference Materials (Tools for Teaching with Technology, and the Index of links).

Teaching with Technology / FrontPage.

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom | Online Colleges

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Many of these ideas could be used for high school students as well.

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom | Online Colleges.

50 Excellent Open Courses on Teaching With Technology – Online Colleges and Universities

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!

50 Excellent Open Courses on Teaching With Technology – Online Colleges and Universities.

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