links for 2010-12-12

  • The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) hopes this report will serve as a tool for educators and policymakers who must understand the essential elements of online learning in order to make informed decisions about implementing online and blended/hybrid programs.
  • Many Eyes is an online data visualization tool developed by IBM. Many Eyes provides tools for creating a wide variety of data visualizations using your data sets or data sets hosted by IBM. If you're not interested in creating visualizations but just want to explore the visualizations created by others, you can do that on Many Eyes too. The visualization you see below came from the public gallery on Many Eyes. There are six categories of data visualization types offered by Many Eyes. Within each of those categories you will find three or four tools for creating visualizations. You will find common visualizations like line graphs, bar graphs, maps, and word clouds. You will also find some less commonly used and or more difficult-to-create data visualization displays like treemaps for comparison, block histograms, bubble charts, and phrase nets. -Free Technology for Teachers
  • a free English verb conjugation tool, simply type in a verb and the site will give you every possible conjugation under the sun. -Instructify
  • 60 Second Civics is a daily podcast produced by the Center for Civic Education. Each 60 Second Civics episode offers a short lesson about US Civics. Along with each episode is a one question quiz about that day's episode. Currently, the podcasts are focused on a comparison of British Parliament and US Congress.
  • twenty-seven video series about teaching online courses. The videos were produced by Bonk in collaboration with the Instructional Consulting and IST departments in the School of Education at Indiana University. From planning a course to reducing plagiarism to building learning communities to collaborative projects, the videos cover a wide range of topics related to teaching online. -Free Technology for Teachers
  • This how-to guide is supposed to walk you through the steps to make your idea for an iPhone app a reality. This post presents various ideas, techniques, tips, and resources that may come in handy if you are planning on creating your first iPhone application.
  • Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. In the lead-up to the 150th anniversary, The New York Times offers The Disunion Blog. The Disunion Blog uses images, maps, timelines, diaries, and historical assessments to illustrate the causes of the Civil War and how the war unfolded. -FreeTechnology for Teachers
  • Penultimate really is the ultimate note taking application for the iPad. Many people on Twitter have been seeking math help me from lately, and Penultimate is perfect for that. I can write it up on Penultimate, screenshot it, and quickly tweet it back. If desired, I can even email it.  I think what makes Penultimate stand out for me is how it makes your pen strokes look nice – they don’t have a fixed width. It reminds me of using a super nice gel pen and improves the look of my handwriting (which needs all the help it can get). $3.99 -iphone blog

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