Archive for March, 2009

Kerpoof! Web Based Multimedia Software

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

kerpoof

http://www.kerpoof.com/

This is a nice web based drawing and storytelling software tool. Recently aquired by Disney, the site continues to provide all education features previously offered for free to teachers. With this tool students can create stories consisting of graphics, animations, illustrations they create, and more…i especially like how the paint palletes allow you to mix colors while drawing :-)

Visit the Kerpoof Teacher Page at the is link: http://www.kerpoof.com/teach

Doodle For Google – March 17th Deadline to Register

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

doodle4google

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

Google is holding their annual Doodle 4 Google Contents. The deadline for teachers to register is fast approaching!

Once you have registered you have until March 31 to send your students work.

Doodles will be judged in these categories:

  • Kindergarten – Grade 3
  • Grade 4 – Grade 6
  • Grade 7 – Grade 9
  • Grade 10 – Grade 12

Check out the video from last years contest:

Cameroid

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

cameroid

http://www.cameroid.com/

Here’s a fun little web based tool that works similar to Apple computer’s PhotoBooth software. This one is browser based and works on Windows, Macs and Linux computers.

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California Brokers of Expertise

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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http://boepilot.org

At last weeks CUE conference I had the oportunity to sit down and listen to some of the people currently working on the new Brokers of Expertise project. It is an attempt to create a database or digital resources with connections to state standards and state assessments. Currently there are many CTAP regions and county offices of education that have been doing similar projects and this project appears to create a central state wide repository that brings all other resources under one umbrella.  Current content focus of the project is algebra and fourth grade English language arts. The current team is looking at ways to combine the resource database with current technologies, such as social networking, to also allow discussions and contributions from other educators. This project is still in the early stages, but if you look at the pilot site, you’ll get an idea of where they are heading.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (math)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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Main Site:
http://enlvm.usu.edu/ma/nav/doc/intro.jsp

Manipulatives Library
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vLibrary.html

Phun – 2D Physics Lab Software

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

phun2d

http://www.phunland.com/wiki/Home

Have not had much time to explore this tool, but looks very engaging! Watch the video below to get an idea of what it can do:

PBS Teacher Activity Packs

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

pbsteachers

http://www.pbs.org/teachers/activitypacks/index.html

Lessons and resources covering specific content/subject matter that can be embedded in your Moodle, blog or web page.

Interactive Simulations

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

phet-interactivesimulations

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/index.php?cat=Featured_Sims

A collection of little simulation tools covering physics, bioglogy, chemistry, Earth science and mathematics.

That’s Not Cool!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

thatsnotcool

http://www.thatsnotcool.com/

Site designed for middle and high school students in terms of netiqute and responsible use of social media as well as raising awareness about digital dating abuse and stopping it before it gets worse.

National Geographic – Create Your Own Animal Documentary

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

nationalgeographicfilm

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/filmmaker.html

Here’s a nice example of a tool that allows you to create a video using only your Web Browser and footage compliments of the National Geographic video library.

Microsoft Research – World Wide Telescope

Monday, March 9th, 2009

worldwidetelescope

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Home.aspx

WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky. (Windows Only)

Not sure why the TED embed code is not working, but try this link to the TED video : http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/224

Google Docs and Moodle Integration Coming

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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http://www.moodlerooms.com/resource-center/newsroom/news__node/28/

Something to lookforward to in the future, Moodle and Google Docs may have the ability to integrate with one another in the near future.