Most Viewed Wednesday post: Kahoot!

Jun 10, 2015 by

KahootKahoot is a new twist on checking for understanding as it adds points and a timer to gamify formative assessment.  Teachers can set up quizzes, discussions, or surveys in Kahoot.  Discussions are a single question that can be used to facilitate a class debate and surveys can be multiple questions.  The Kahoot quiz has multiple questions, points, a timer, and even allows the additions images.  After the quiz is created, teachers give students an ID number to enter at the Kahoot web address.  The website is mobile friendly so students can access it on any device.  Students love the challenge of answering in time and getting the most points.  I highly recommend checking this tool out!

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Send to Kindle

May 19, 2015 by

SendtoKindleQuite often, as we surf the web, we stumble across things that are interesting to us but we don’t have time just then to read.  The Send to Kindle Chrome Extension is a great solution.  This extension will “send” any web content to your Kindle App.  Since the Kindle App syncs across multiple devices, you can take your web news, blog posts, and other content with you to read whenever you have a moment to spare.  The Send to Kindle Extension allows you to send with one-click or look at a preview of the web content.  It is easy to use since it resides to the right of your Omnibox in your Chrome browser.  The Send to Kindle Extension is a handy tool for keeping all of that content that you’re going to read.

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Design Something

Apr 23, 2015 by

DesignSomethingDesign Something is a Chrome App that allows users to create three dimensional models.  Users can use two dimensional drawings to create shapes and build models with pre built shapes as well.  Design Something allows for “bottom up” design so that the pieces of a model can be created separately and then assembled.  The app allows users to work on their design offline and then save in the cloud.  Student designers can see their learning come to life by sending their model to a 3D printer to be produced.  The Design Something App is HTML 5 and doesn’t require any extra plug ins.  Design Something also has a website with tutorials and help pages as well as the modeling and design tools found in the Design Something Chrome app.

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Ignite Talks

Oct 24, 2012 by

IGNITE

Ignite is a speaking event that occurs in over 100 cities worldwide.  At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.  In today’s society, where attention spans are getting shorter and people have to communicate their messages quicker, this may be a great way to have students engage the audience in a quick fashion.  You could do shorter or longer talks- whether 1 minute or 10 minutes- the point for students our is not necessarily the length but to get your point across quickly with the use of images.

Make it Mobile: One of the things I would do is make sure that each of the slides contains a self-produced image instead of words.  In a visual society, images and videos continue to take on more importance.  It is important for students to recognize and create those images as well as use them to create influence when presenting their ideas to others.

Make it More Mobile:  The second thing I would do is allow students to record their ignite talk on their mobile device and upload it to a class website.  The rest of the class would view these submissions and evaluate them based on a rubric you created.  These scores could play a part in the final grade (along with your own evaluation, of course).

 

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Google Earth

Oct 24, 2012 by

Join Jerome Burg (Google Lit Trips) and Thomas Petra (Real World Math) for a discussion of best practices and curricular ideas for using Google Earth in education. Audience participation is welcomed. Open up the world for your students with Google Earth.  These guys are Google Earth Experts and I highly recommend checking out this even on Friday, November 2nd at 7 PM EST.  You can register at this Google Hangout spot.

 

A Friday night- popcorn, beverages, and Google Earth.  What a great way to spend an evening….

 

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