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Friday, May 29, 2009
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
"Booklet Creator is a free online tool that allows you to create a booklet from a PDF document. It reorders pages so that after printing and folding the pages, a small book is created. "
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Palm will officially release the Pre smart phone on June 6th. It will launch on Sprint and be available at Sprint stores, Palm, Best Buy, Walmart and Radio Shack. Pricing is $199 with a 2 year contract and rebate.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wolfram Alpha is a new web service. It is not a regular search engine like Google, but rather it is a computational knowledge engine. It's makers say it is not meant to be a regular web search engine and is not in competition with search engines like Google and Yahoo.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Teachers have always had to scrounge for funding and the current economic situation only makes this more of an issue. Even with the government stimulus package, teachers will not see much money for our individual use. We've all wished we had more money to purchase books, supplies, equipment, and other items for our students and our classrooms. But what do we do when the money just isn't there?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
My wife always finds these great pictures on MSNBC's site.
This week Google unveiled some new search features. These features add some increased usefulness to your search.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I have started to use blogs in my class as a teaching tool. Since I teach physics, I'm not using it as a writing assignment, but rather a better way to communicate with my students. I'm also trying to eliminate as much as paper as possible.
Monday, May 11, 2009
I just read an interesting post by Ryan Bretag on his Metanoia site. Ryan is a fellow TL Advisor and Blogger and is an Instructional Technology Coordinator in Illinois.
(image from education-world.com)
Originally posted on TechLearning magazine.
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a great way to teach students content, 21st century skills, and engage them in something fun and educational. I spoke more about PBL in an earlier blog (http://www.techlearning.com/blogs_ektid17052.aspx ) and we had some great reader comments (Tech&Learning, May 2009, page 14). Today I'd like to give some tips and ideas on how to get started with PBL in your classroom.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Ok, so this has nothing to do with education. But, it was fun. Tuesday evening my wife and I got to meet Chef Bobby Flay. He was a doing a signing for his new cookbook at Stew Leonard's in Norwalk, CT. Stew's staff had a good plan and layout for dealing with the crowd and even provided snacks and water to people in line.
NASA today released an interactive, 3D photographic collection of internal and external views of the International Space Station and a model of the next Mars rover. This project was done in cooperation with Microsoft using Microsoft's Photosynth technology and Virtual Earth.
I found a great site yesterday that provides free technology tips and help for educators. 180 Technology Tips is a great resource for educators. It sends out an email everyday with a 5 minute lesson on some aspect of technology. You just sign up using your email address and it does the rest. Topics include better web searching, Microsoft Word and Excel tips, email, toolbars, cellphones, and more. The site also has past lessons archived for you to look at. I found the lessons easy to follow and understand and recommend this to all teachers.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Discovery Education is a great resource for teachers. I recommend it to my colleagues often and suggest that they create a free account on the Discovery Educator's Network (DEN). DEN has a lot of great free resources available, including uploaded resources from other educators. You can also apply to become a STAR Discovery Educator and become elligible for more resources.
Richard Byrne has a great blog called "Free Technology for Teachers." In his blog, he talks about free technology resources for educational use. He also links to a wiki page with tons of resources. I'm really impressed with his list of resources and I suggest all teachers take a look at what he has listed.
Web Wise Kids - http://www.webwisekids.org/index.asp - is a great resource for parents and schools. It has a variety of resources, many free, to help educate students on the dangers of online predators, sexting, and more. Some resources only have a "suggested donation." The costs are minimal and the resources are very good. You can also sign up to get updates of new and emerging technologies and how they can present issues for kids.