February 2

Visuwords – Online Visual Dictionary

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Visuwords is an online dictionary and thesaurus with a twist.  Enter a word in their search box and in a few seconds, your screen will be filled with a visual map of definitions of verbs, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, antonyms, synonyms, causes, derivations, and several other categorizations.

The amount of results will vary by the word searched.

 

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April 28

Wikipedia on your PDA/Smartphone

If you have a Pocket PC PDA or Windows Mobile Smartphone and use Wikipedia regularly, check out the Wikipedia in MDict Format.  Basically, this is a dump from the Wikipedia database to be viewed offline.  I personally don’t rely on Wikipedia as a primary source of information, but this looks like a handy reference tool to use in conjunction with other sources.

Download Wikipedia for PPC here.

November 29

Acronym Finder

OK, I am in my third year as a High School Teacher.  I am still coming across acronyms that are thrown out by administrators and “educators” who all seem to assume that everyone knows the meaning of every single acronym they throw out during their presentations.  Continue reading

October 14

Google looks to take on Wikipedia

Google is branching out again.  This time, they have launched a competitor to Wikipedia.  Google has launched Google Knol.  Google opened the service to a “public beta” in July 2009 with a few hundred articles.  Since then, their database of articles has gradually grown.  Its hard to say whether this will be a Wikipedia-killer or not.  However, Google will supposedly be verifying that individual accounts are legitimate before allowing permission to create new articles.

September 22

Fun Facts about the Periodic Table

If you are looking for an interesting website about the Periodic Table, check out The Periodic Table of Videos.  This is a site from the University of Nottingham.  When you click on an element in the Periodic Table, you are treated to a video clip describing interesting facts about that element.  The only drawback I see is that they use Youtube for their video clips.  If your school district is like mine, Youtube is blocked by an internet filter.

It is a very interesting site.  I am not a chemistry teacher.  I avoided chemistry in school.  However, I loved going through the elements to learn about each one’s properties and uses.

EDIT:  I found a link on their site for those who have Youtube blocked by a filter.

http://periodicvideos.com/nyt/index.htm#

July 31

Student Resource – Hippocampus.org

I came across a great resource for students and teachers at www.hippocampus.org.  The website has lessons for Algebgra, American Government, Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, Religion, and U.S. History.  The lessons either in Flash, Quicktime, or Text formats . 

Hippo Campus’ goal is to provide multimedia lesson content free of charge.  They are a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.

Hippo Campus also has an option for teachers to create a page for their content area.  Within this page, you can bookmark topics.  Hippocampus then has an option for you to link to this page from your school website, blog, LMS, etc.  I tried it, but unfortunately they do not have any materials for my program (I.T.).

Check them out at www.hippocampus.org.