Archive for December, 2011

SAS Curriculum Pathways

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://www.sas.com/govedu/edu/curriculum/index.html

Looking for different way to teach a concept? The free resources at SAS may help…

“…SAS delivers online curriculum resources with a proven impact on increasing student learning and teacher effectiveness – at no cost to US middle and high schools, virtual schools, home schools and other teaching and learning environments. SAS Curriculum Pathways is designed to enhance student achievement and teacher effectiveness by providing Web-based curriculum resources in all the core disciplines, to educators and students in grades 6-12.”

NASA at 50

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Discovery_Education_NASA_at_50.html

“NASA at 50 highlights key innovations and milestones in the sciences and in space exploration from NASA’s 50-year history. Each clip serves as a gateway for further learning in science and history; each promotes critical thinking and inquiry as essential components of scientific literacy.

Students can enjoy NASA at 50 in video or audio formats. In addition, teachers guides are provided for each clip to facilitate integration of this content into lesson plans. Downloadable versions of the videos are captioned.”

Zapd – Tool to Create Web Sites on iPhone

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://zapd.com/

Zapd is a iOS app that runs on an iPhone. It allows you to easily create web sites directly on your iPhone and publish them to the world.

Google Adds Math Graphing Capabilities

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2011/12/showing-some-love-to-math-lovers.html

“Now you can plot mathematical functions right on the search result page. Just type in a function and you’ll see an interactive graph on the top of the search results page.”

Wolfram Alpha for Educators

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://www.wolfram.com/edu/

“Wolfram Research is dedicated to the advancement of science and mathematics education. For both students and educators, this educational portal contains a collection of resources spanning all precollege grade levels, including dynamic classroom Demonstrations from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project. Explore the topics below to find Demonstrations for your classroom or for individual study.” <– Lots of free great digital manipulatives that students can use to understand science and math concepts.

Calibre – E-Book Management System

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://calibre-ebook.com

calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

  • Library Management
  • E-Book conversion
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection

How To Link To Specific Parts of YouTube Video

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

YouTube actually _does_ enable people to “deep link” directly to a specific spot in a video. Just add #t=XmYs where X is the number of minutes and Y the number of seconds you want to jump to.

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPQViNNOAkw#t=12m40s for an example (Clay Shirky explaining the beauty of The Long Tail).

Remind101

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://www.remind101.com

Remind101 is a tool targeting teachers that would like to use text message to safely communicate with their students. Teachers never see student’s phone numbers, and students never see the teacher’s number. Messages can be scheduled and history of messages can be tracked.

Remind101 from remind101 on Vimeo.

Empressr

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://www.empressr.com/

It’s been since November of 2006 since we last posted any information about Empressr. Empressr is a free media presentation tool. It integrates nicely with GoogleDocs, WordPress and other web 2.o tools. If you’re looking at a free too to create media presentations, Empressr might be your ticket.

Flipsnack

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://www.flipsnack.com/

Flipsnack allows teachers and students to create electronic flip books.

iSpeech – Site for Resource Teachers to Share Information About iOS Apps

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

iSpeech.wikispaces.com

iSpeech was created by Burt Lo,  and myself to give our resource teachers, in our respective districts, an opportunity to share the types of iOS apps they are using with the students that they are serving.

Besides, being a good idea, the site was created using Wiskispaces and Google Docs. A nice example of what can be created quickly and easily by educators and students using free tools such as Wikispaces and Google Docs.

International Children’s Library

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

“The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community.”