Archive for the ‘March 6, 2008’ Category

EdTech Action Network!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

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The EdTech Action Network is a National group that advocates for the use of technology in our schools. There latest efforts allow for you to tell your local representatives how you feel about the proposed budget cuts. Interested in more information? Check out the following links:

 http://www.edtechactionnetwork.org/index.html

http://capwiz.com/edtech/issues/alert/?alertid=11067511&type=ST

Getting Good Gear! What Can Video Games Teach Our Students?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

School Library Learning 2.0 Blog

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

http://schoollibrarylearning2.blogspot.com/

This site provides a tutorial that is brought to you by the California School Library Association (CSLA) 2.0 Team. On the site, you will encounter the tools of the new Internet: Web 2.0 tools that are bringing our kids in touch with the entire world through social networking, video, audio, and gaming sites. The CSLA 2.0 team encourages you to take time to explore and enjoy all the tools of this new Internet.

Information Literacy Skills

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Just because it’s on the Internet, doesn’t mean it is true or correct.

Web site evaluation form students can complete when doing research on the Web.

Important news about the velcro crop in the Central Valley: http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html

  1. Ask students to evaluate this site and make recommendations for improvement. What do you think they would recommend?

How would you like to go to on a free vacation to Mankato, MN?!!!

  1. Have your students try to locate this place on the map.

Great resources for stressing the point to students that they need to be information literate in this day and age and should never take information at face value without first verifying the validity of the information.

Clutsy

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

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http://clusty.com/ 

Clusty is a whole new way to search the web.

Clusty queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. This “metasearch” approach helps raise the best results to the top and push search engine spam to the bottom.

Global Scholar

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

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http://www.globalscholar.com/Default.aspx

This site has been refered to as an E-Bay for Education.  It facilitates buyers and sellers in the world of teaching and learning.  Potential tutors submit their offering, advertising what they can teach, their availability, and their charge — roughly $10 to $50 an hour.  GlobalScholar runs an extensive security check on the tutor, and if passed, the tutor is added to the searchable catalog, which is organized by grade level and subject area.  Tutors are ranked in the listings by the ratings of their past clients — a trust index.

The Future of Classroom Clickers?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

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www.polleverywhere.com

Many of you have seen the classroom performance systems where students answer questions using little remote control devices. The teacher is able to instantly pull up charts and reports that show exactly how the class did as a whole directly following the students’ input.  Polleverywhere is a tool that allows students to use their cell phone to response to classroom questions. This eliminates the remote control devices but requires that every student have a phone.  

Still a very early technology, but possibly a foreshadowing of things to come….

Doodle4Google

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

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http://www.google.com/doodle4google/index.html

A competition where we invite K-12 students to play around with our homepage logo and see what they come up with. This year we’re inviting U.S. kids to join in the doodling fun, around the intriguing theme “What if…?” At Google we believe in thinking big, and dreaming big, and we can’t think of anything more important than encouraging students to do the same. So we hope you’ll gather those art supplies and some 8.5×11 landscape paper and encourage your kids to enrich us all with their creative visions of our world, as it is and as it might be.

PicLens

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

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www.piclens.com

This is a web browser plug-in that allows you to view large collections of photographs directly through you web browser window. It works with Flickr, Picassa, and many other photo sharing sites.

InfraRecorder – Free OpenSource CD/DVD Burning Software

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

http://infrarecorder.sourceforge.net

InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.