March 27

Kahoot – Game-Based Student Response System

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Kahoot is a different type of web-based Student Response System.  While most student response systems just pop up questions for students to answer via their devices, Kahoot takes the quiz game approach.  Students become actively engaged in the questions and compete to get the correct responses.

Check out this video and the link below to give Kahoot a try.

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March 27

Online Fake Newspaper Creator

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This cool web app will let you create a fake newspaper with a photo, tagline, and article.  The app then fills in the rest of the newspaper with misc items to complete the fake newspaper.

Teachers can use it to highlight student achievements or students can use it as part of their projects.

The service comes in free and premium versions.  The free version offers enough options to cover most classroom uses.  The fake paper is created as a downloadable PDF.

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March 26

Geddit – Formative Assessment Tool

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Geddit is a new web based tool for getting feedback from students a for performing formative assessments during lessons. Students can use any web enabled device from classroom computers / laptops to tablets & phones.

Check out Geddit here. Be sure to run through the online demo lesson to get a good understanding of how their system works.

March 15

Web-Based News is Officially More Popular Than Print Newspapers

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The Pew Research Center has reported than people officially now get their news from the web more than from print media.  The trend towards digital news has been growing for some time.  The wise members of the “old media” community have recognized this and have worked towards newer business models   A good comparison can be made with educators who refuse to embrace technology as tools in the classroom.

February 6

Is it time to say goodbye to Moodle?

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This week, I have been playing with the “Canvas” Learning Management System (LMS).

I have 5 years of experience with using Moodle in my classrooms.  For what I needed at the time, Moodle was fairly sufficient.  However, Moodle’s development seems to have slowed the past few years.  In fact, Moodle’s integration of “Web 2.0” seems non-existent.  On the other hand, Canvas seems to embrace the “Web 2.0” features (collaboration tools, conferencing options, Google Doc Integration, Social Network Integration, etc).  In addition, Canvas’ User Interface seems cleaner and smoother than Moodle’s interface on the frontend and the administrative backend.

 

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February 4

Wetoku – Free Web-based Conferencing

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Recently, I was asked to help a colleague broadcast her class to a group of teachers meeting at another location.  The leader of the off-site group preferred using Skype, so we went with that option, but I decided to look into better choices for future broadcasts.  Skype is a great tool for a two-way conference, but it required the teacher to either have someone man a the computer with Skype and the camera to make the call or to accept the incoming call, or to stop teaching to personally go to the computer to do the same.

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February 2

LucidChart – Online Flow Charting Tool

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Lucidchart is a web-based Charting Tool for creating Flowcharts, Wireframe Diagrams, UML Diagrams for blueprint drawings, Network Layout Diagrams, Site Maps for website planning, Organization Charts, and even iPhone Mockups for Programming.  Lucidchart even offers a collaboration feature that allows to users to work on the same diagram.

Lucid offers several pricing levels including a free option that is comparable to the feature found in Microsoft’s Visio.  Click here to give it a try.


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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January 27

Present.ly – A Private Microblogging Site.

Are you looking for an option for collaborating with co-workers using a microblogging site similar to Twitter, but want privacy that you cannot get on a open social network?  Check out Present.ly.  Present.ly allows organizations to collaborate in real-time, share documents, and communicate via mobile devices without the entire online world seeing what you are doing.

Check it out here.

January 10

The big drawback of using “free” online resources

This week, I was searching for video hosting / sharing options with privacy options.  I found several references to VidMe.  Everything I read about VidMe looked promising, including their option of preventing others from forwarding privately marked videos.

"(V)ideos shared using VidMe work only for the intended recipient and cannot be forwarded, downloaded or become viral without the video owner’s approval…Links to videos shared using VidMe work only for the intended recipient and become inoperable if they are forwarded to anyone else."

Unfortunately, when I visited their site this week, I found a message stating that as of 10/12/10, Vidme has disabled the uploading of videos and that all videos have been permanently deleted.  I cannot find any more information on the web about the reason for the shut down. 

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