links for 2010-09-16

  • I have been amazed at the powerful examples of Infographics and their potential for teaching and learning. Take a look at these, and think about ways you can use this medium in your classroom. In a series of upcoming posts, we will explore the use and potential of Infographics in literacy and content area classrooms.
  • Angela Cunningham is a high school school Social Studies teacher in Kentucky that I've had the pleasure of meeting at the last two ISTE conferences. Through her blog ChangeED Angela has shared some great ideas and resources for teaching history, civics, and geography. Yesterday, Angela posted a Google Map on which she's made placemarks representing more than 60 webcams and virtual tours. Click any placemark on the map to find a link to a virtual tour or webcam for that location. The map is embedded below. -Free Technology for Teachers
  • Wall Wisher is an online Web 2.0 application that allows someone that has signed up for an account (free) to create a digital wall.  Once given the URL of the wall, a number of users can simultaneously post virtual sticky notes to the wall making it a great tool for gathering contributions during a brainstorming session. A big advantage is that the users do not need to have accounts themselves to post a sticky note so it is quick and easy to use in a group situation. Sticky notes can contain up to 160 characters and can include hyperlinks to other sites. Multimedia that is hosted online on other sites, such as images, videos and sound files, can also be added to a sticky note by using the URL. Once a wall has been created, you can also embed the wall in other online spaces such as wiki pages or blog posts.
  • Windows/Mac: Join.Me is a free tool from the creators of LogMeIn. Download the app, run it, share the URL with a friend, and you've got nearly instant screen sharing with text chat, voice conferencing, mouse sharing, and more. Visit, click the share button to grab a copy of the software, run the software, and share the link. Your friends or coworkers visit the link and they're instantly connected through their web browser into the sharing session. There they can chat with you, share your mouse (if you allow it), call into a free conference call number so you can all voice chat while watching the demonstration on the shared screen, and even share files with each other. Based on our testing with Windows 7, we'd suggest minimizing or closing all windows that aren't important to the demonstration you're giving. -Lifehacker
  • In the process of training teachers to integrate Skype effectively with their classes and using Skype to get my German students to interact with students worldwide, I have found several incredible resources.

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