links for 2010-08-01

  • SPARKvue brings real-time measurement, data visualization, and analysis to science education everywhere. Students can use the new PASPORT AirLink 2 Bluetooth interface to connect to over 70 PASCO sensors, measuring a wide range of phenomena, including pH, temperature, force, carbon dioxide level, and many more. SPARKvue is designed for scientific inquiry in biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, physics, and physical science. SPARKvue can also record data from the iPhone or iPod Touch's internal accelerometer, with no additional hardware needed.
    • Enables scientific inquiry anytime, anywhere
    • Build your own scientific explorations
    • Measure data in real time from PASCO's full line of PASPORT sensors with the PASPORT AirLink 2, or use the internal accelerometer
    • Display data in a graph, analog meter, or digital display
    • Collect up to 99 runs of data
    • Analyze data with built-in statistics
    • Export data via email for further investigation
  • 33 Tutorials on various Moodle resources and activities
  • Teaching the iGeneration shows how to integrate proven instructional strategies with 21st century tools to make learning more accessible to today's technology-savvy students. Each chapter identifies an enduring skill that students need to acquire—information fluency, persuasion, communication, collaboration, and problem solving—and offers a digital solution to enhance, rather than replace, familiar practices to teach that skill. With this book, educators can make learning more efficient, empowering, and fun.
    Authors William M. Ferriter and Adam Garry provide:
    *Practical solutions for using technology to teach essential skills
    *A guide to understanding the pros and cons of Web 2.0 resources
    *Over 70 handouts and activities for each skill and digital tool
    *Free reproducibles and video tutorials on this webpage.
  • One of the best ways for your research group to begin collecting and organizing information on the topic we are studying in class is to use a social bookmarking tool called Diigo ( After your teacher creates student accounts for everyone in your class and introduces you to the basics of Diigo, use the following checklist to organize the work of your group.
    Example ?s
    *Does your group have a Connector, who will identify and bookmark resources on secondary topics?
    *Does your group have a Cleaning Crew, who will ensure that every link in your shared collection has tags and short descriptions?
    *Does your group have a Reliability Cop, who will rate the overall value of every Web resource bookmarked based on how trustworthy it appears to be?

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