Thursday, January 21, 2010

20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web

20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web is a online “book” from Google that describes 20 different things about the internet, web browsers, and online applications. This came to me via my Google Certified Teacher email.
The book is well written, easy to understand, and nicely designed. Some of the “things” are: the internet, cloud computing, web apps, html/javascript/css, HTML5, 3D in the browser, staying safe online, plugins, and open source.
“20 Things…” is a great way to learn more about the internet and WWW and can be used with students to teach them about the internet.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Crocodoc – markup and edit files on line

Crocodoc is a free, online service that allows you to upload and markup documents, including PDF files. You can not actually edit the PDF file, but can add text, highlight, draw, and even strikeout text. When you strikeout text, it opens a new text box above the strikeout for you to edit.
I used it recently to make a change to a physics lab I use with my students. It is a PDF file and I just wanted to make some small changes to the procedure. I uploaded the file, make the markups, and downloaded it. No account is necessary.
You can create an account and store files on the system. It even allows multiple people to markup and collaborate on work. Crocodoc works with PDF files, Word Documents, images, and PowerPoint presentations. You can view and mark up your files online. The documents can be shared with others who can all mark the files up collaboratively. You can make revisions, highlight or strikeout text, add notes and comments. Files are stored on their servers and can be password protected.
This is a great tool for educators and students to use for sharing work, working collaboratively, and providing feedback on work.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Interactive White Board/Science Resource

Looking for elementary science resources that you can use with your interactive white board? Try the LHS Kids Site. It offers a variety of interactive games and demonstrations that students can play. Topics include "crystals," "bird beaks," and many more. Some of the topics appear to fit nicely with FOSS kits that you may be using in your classroom. Enjoy!