Sunday, November 21, 2010

Websites I found interesting (weekly)

  • Desktop sticky note applications are very handy for creating reminders for yourself and recording quick thoughts. But if you frequently work from more than one computer, a desktop sticky note application might not suit your needs. That's where a service like Noterr can be helpful. Noterr is a free web-based sticky note service. Noterr provides a blank canvas for posting sticky notes to yourself. Individual notes, but not an entire canvas, can be shared with others via the link provided by Noterr. Learn more about Noterr in the video below.

    tags: notes stickynotes

  • The Chemical Education Digital Library is a large collection of resources for teaching and learning chemistry. The ChemEd DL contains tutorials for students, 3D models, lesson plans, and more. The tutorials include 3D chemical models and explanations of what each part of the models does and how those parts work together. In the lesson plans section you will find downloadable lesson plans organized by subject. ChemEd DL also features a periodic table that links each element to data and explanations about that element.

    tags: Chemistry science periodic_table

  • tags: groupme Texting messaging collaboration sms

  • a fun interactive game that allows students to learn fractions in a engaging and interactive way.

    As an adult playing a student’s game, Motion Math made me think. It truly tested my understanding of how fractions, decimals, pictorial representations of fractions and how number lines actually work. The way it works is simple. A ball, looking like the sun, falls from the sky and you as the player have to lean your device to one side or the other to have that ball, with it’s fraction, fall on the correct location on the number line.

    A student will have to have a basic understanding of fractions and decimals in order to play this game. Although I think early learners of fractions could get a lot out of this App, I personally think this is an App that would help solidify understanding. I can see teachers doing a high score challenge and or having students try to to beat their own high scores for class cash.

    I look forward to any updates that allow students to start from where they left off. I played several times and had to start from the beginning each time. The game went on for quite sometime and I never got to an ending point. I really liked that it was tiered in difficulty. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any harder they changed the number line so that zero was not the beginning, it was actually a negative number. It made you think even more because then the fractions where coming across as negative and positive fractions, so as to confuse your mind a little more.

    Overall, I love this app. I actually think it is one of the better math Apps I have played with over the past few years. I do think it has some room to improve, but as a teacher and a parent, 99 cents for this App is definitely worth the money. My 4th grader thought it was really cool and it definitely challenged him to clear the cobwebs and put all of his learning into motion in a fun way. If you are a teacher or parent in the need for a good fractions app, this would be a great edition to your math tools.

    tags: math fractions ipodtouch

  • 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.

    tags: pdf annotation Word images ppt

  • Google Launches Interactive Book to Teach Everyone About the Web

    tags: google book web 20things

  • tags: software


    tags: Science smartboard iwb plants insects bugs oil birds crystals

  • Researchers at Stanford and Vanderbilt universities have developed a number of computer programs in which students customize a virtual agent and teach it mathematics or science concepts. The agent questions, misunderstands and otherwise learns realistically. For example, in the Betty’s Brain program, students customize and teach a virtual character by relating concepts in a graphic map of Betty’s thoughts. Showing how garbage contributes to global warming, for example, requires connecting eight separate causal inferences. Students can test their agent’s knowledge, ask it to explain its answers and correct misunderstandings by adding new information to the map.

    tags: learning brain science study

  • Teach Reading While Preserving the Environment
    I Save a Tree is offering $80,000,000.00 worth of free interactive books and Virtual Library software to all public schools in the United States. The Virtual Library 2.0 software and interactive books can be installed on a district server, and all students and teachers within the district can access the interactive books. I Save a Tree iBooks can be viewed on Windows and Macintosh computers as well as on smartphones that include Adobe Flash. School districts interested in taking advantage of this offer should send an email to

    tags: isaveatree library ebook free

  • Encourage Inclusive Communities
    Facing History and Ourselves has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) to develop a special poster set based on Facing History’s national initiative Choosing to Participate. The posters are designed to encourage dialogue, engagement, respect and participation in the classroom and beyond. These full-color posters (11 in total) are being distributed through various partnerships, including the American Library Association and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The poster sets, available online for free download, highlight the four stories featured in the traveling exhibition currently on national tour. This exhibition examines the impact and history of racism and injustice, and looks at the courageous choices people have made to build strong and inclusive communities.

    tags: poster History democracy socialstudies

  • Let Freedom Swing is a unique curriculum that explores the relationships between jazz and democracy. Two iconic Americans are at the heart of Let Freedom Swing: retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and musician, composer, educator and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis. Supported by an array of other artistic luminaries, O’Connor and Marsalis teamed up for a concert at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009. The Rockefeller Foundation sponsored the concert, Jazz at Lincoln Center produced it and The Documentary Group created short films for it that were part of the concert. These institutions invited Teachers College, Columbia University to create a study guide to accompany the short films produced from the concert. The videos and study guide are designed for use in social studies, humanities and music classes in grades 6–12. Three key themes structure the videos and study guide: “We the People,” “E Pluribus Unum” (From Many, One), and “A More Perfect Union.” Each video is about six minutes in length. The study guide contains questions for discussion, teaching activities and additional resources. The Web site contains the three videos, the study guide, information about the project and additional print, digital and video resources—all available free of charge.

    tags: History music democracy socialstudies

  • Investigate the Lifecycle of Products
    Students are surrounded by “stuff”—from blue jeans to the latest cell phones—in their everyday lives. “Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy” is a comprehensive unit on consumption that is aligned with educational standards in all 50 U.S. states. During the course of the unit, students will investigate the lifecycle of products as they gain math and science skills while determining the carbon footprint of shipping blue jeans. The discussion is intended to engage them in civic discourse on how people dispose of consumer waste. They will also develop corporate policies to protect workers and consumers, and gain media literacy skills while analyzing ads. This resource is available to download at no charge from Facing the Future. The 10 lessons, designed for grades 9–12, lead students through an exploration of the “materials economy” (the production and consumption of goods). Students critically analyze the sustainability of the steps of this system, determining how consumption can benefit people, economics and environments. The lessons were inspired, researched, designed, reviewed and pilot-tested by educators.

    tags: science STEM economics financialliteracy

  • tags: science STEM chemistry

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