links for 2010-03-19

  • The wiki is an awesome tool for collaborative learning. Let’s take it one step further though and add some motivation. Let’s turn it into a competition.

    What we are going to do is divide the class up into several groups. We’ll then create groups within our Moodle course to reflect this. Now create a wiki for each group and set the permissions so that each group can only edit their own wiki.

    Each group is going to get a different aspect or topic to cover and they must create a set of study notes in the wiki.

    (tags: moodle wiki)
  • Your class is writing a book or creating a play. You need to develop characters and you want a structured way to approach it. Why not use a database in Moodle.

    Here we are going to use a database to allow the students to create their characters and to experiment with them. Each student is to create a character and enter it in the database. You can set it up however you like but I have offered a suggestion below:

  • Headmagnet is a free flashcard service that aims to improve the way people study with flashcards. As you study your flashcards Headmagnet tracks the flashcard items you know or don't know. Those statistics are then used to predict how long and how often you will remember an item from a flashcard.

    Headmagnet provides three ways to study your flashcards; slideshow, self test, or normal test. In the slideshow you simply click through to see questions and answers on the same page. In self test you see one side of a flashcard then the other at your own pace. In the normal test the question side of your flashcards are shown and you have to type your answer. -Free Technology for Teachers

    (tags: flashcards)
  • This site provides a simple bookmarking service. We follow your twitter feed, and whenever a status you tweet or re-tweet contains URLs, we add them to your delicious.com bookmarks. Optionally, bookmark URLs in @replies to you, and in tweets you mark as Favorites.
  • I just stumbled upon a great new tool called Lino-it. Thank you @shannonmmiller. It reminds me of Wallwhisher.
    It looks like you can create Screens with different levels of privacy by inviting others to see the stickies only or having them contribute as well. It is very easy to add text stickies, attachment, image or video (that play directly on your wall) stickies. There are several backgrounds as your canvas available or you can upload your own image. The possibility of creating “Groups” and sharing them with friends sounds like an interesting options for educators. An RSS feed is also provided for all Canvases, which would come in very handy for a teacher to keep tabs on student additions. -Langwitches Blog
  • Cell phones and other mobile devices are becoming fixtures in the lives of today’s students. And many schools are embracing that technology, turning it into part of the learning process. With SMART Response VE interactive response system, students can participate in classroom assessment using their own Internet-enabled devices.

    Free as a beta version for current SMART Response users, SMART Response VE is a browser-based tool that lets students respond to questions and quizzes right from their devices. When a teacher creates a question using SMART Notebook collaborative learning software, students can answer it on their mobile devices. Students simply log in to the SMART Response VE web application and they receive their teachers’ questions. A variety of question types, including true or false, yes or no, multiple choice and text answers can be submitted using SMART Response VE. -TeqSmart

  • Bill Gaskin's Voice Thread that he will be using to foster discussion in his class for Horry County Schools.
  • Through engaging videos, practical resources and an active online community, Teachers TV supports the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field.
    * Instant access to up to date professional development videos and resources
    * Learn from other education professionals by going inside their classrooms and into their schools
    * Save time with practical tips, lesson ideas and classroom resources
    * Help across the year to meet classroom targets and achieve personal goals
    * Keep informed with content covering the latest developments in the education agenda
    In addition to the website, Teachers TV programmes are available on the TV Channel on Sky 880, Virgin Media 240, Freesat 650 and Freeview 88 (4-6pm) and, most recently, through iTunes U.
  • When I went over genetics in my biology class in high school, it was Punnett Squares, a bit of Darwin, and not much else. Fast forward more than a decade and the field of genetics has grown exponentially. Things like the human genome project have furthered our understanding of the building blocks of all life in amazing ways. But how do we take all this new knowledge and get it out of the professional scientist’s hands and into the classroom? One answer is the website Scitable, a giant repository of all things genetics.

    Scitable has a great section for teachers that contains great readings on genetics. It also allows you to create a virtual classroom space for your student to collaborate. The site is multimedia-rich and easy to navigate. If you’re doing a session in your biology class on genetics, check out Scitable to add some zing to the lesson and really engage your students.-Instructify

  • One of the biggest challenges in video is getting good audio. Want to know some of our secrets? Chris McQueen, one of TechSmith's instructional designers, shares his secrets on how he gets great audio for the videos he creates! It's a quick video that runs just over 7 minutes. -Visual Lounge
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