summer institute I am doing tomorrow, we agreed that the way we learned is not necessarily the only way in that kids can take the traditional Cornell style notes, but also the type (which I like) where you split the page and add class notes to the ones you did while reading or even using web notes for the visual learner. Here is a nice way of looking at those differences.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sorry to keep harping on G+, but I think the huddles feature in it as well as the circles will allow students to work better in groups outside of school or for that matter in different rooms in the same school or hey - how about between schools in different time zones at the same time - while working a collaborative project in Google Docs. Think of the possibilities! I found out about the tip from Freetech4teachers.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Patterns of Interaction, which is used for our World History I and II has a wonder section online which has a part of preparing students to read analytically as well as critiquing resources (including video), making higher level analysis and creating presentations. So one idea might be to have your students follow the fairly easy model as they read their chapters early in the year. My only issue is that I supplement our e-books with lots of websites which means my students have to be more on the ball in terms of organization (can you say Google Docs or e-folders).
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Glencoe has the most free items online. If you go here you can find them for each of their books. Whether or not you use their books, the ancillaries are extremely rich and will give you tons of additional ways to present the material in a digital format. Included are videos, games, quizzes, links, puzzles and a lot of other items.
Friday, July 22, 2011
gmail's free phone call service a lot. While I am not sure why you would need it, you can now make two phone calls at once, putting one person on hold while you speak to another.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I take a lot of flap (especially from fellow blogger "Panther Fan" about promoting how one splits a computer screen. In an Apple, you either have to pay for a $7 piece of software which allows you to do it fairly easily or you can just drag the ends of the browser and make it smaller or larger. It is much easier in a Microsoft based computer, though as you can see from the video above. So why would you want to do it. How many times have you printed an e-mail so you can read it while working on your laptop. For me, I have my students look at their e-book and then work on a project at the same time and then do the same myself when preparing lesson plans.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Here is an amazing graphic which shows where the US has borrowed its money to reach our nearly $14 trillion debt. It also shows how much it has gone up each year since 2000.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Here is the most comprehensive how to (videos, pictures, etc.) set up your account and use it.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Here is a clip from a DC television channel tonight which shows some of the things e-books can do (and is rather balanced in its presentation) and here a cable channel clip one of one of my students, myself and my class doing a lot of the same.
here for a complete US history e-book.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I started using Google surveys a year ago to save time. For example I got our school to use them for our graduation to save time on all our jobs and another teacher used it for feedback on a writing center he is starting. The item above I found on Twitter at . It is great and includes things such as "exit tickets" for students, signing up for equipment (although we use Google excel for that), and a ton of other things. It is well worth the 3 minutes it takes to go through it as I bet you are doing at least five things with paper that it suggests to do more quickly online (and could easily be done by the students or staff at home if you are lacking on computers).
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
article on how Amazon.com is trying to get a referendum passed in CA limiting the amount of taxes it has to pay for its online services. It might be what I start the year with for my AP kids as it brings up lobbying, referendum, initiatives, propositions, taxes and who pays for government services and it wraps it all so nicely with technology.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
this from a Tweet from "mrpotter". It is exactly what I was looking for to be able to use in the classroom. It details how you could create a "circle" which is where you could put your students. Then when you (or they post something) you can set it to only send to that room so your students could be on at night and you could see their questions or even better they could see each others'. Also you can have up to ten people video chat at the same time which would be great for students working on projects at home (and what is scaring Facebook since you can only chat with one other there).
Thursday, July 7, 2011
I hope you are going to be hearing a lot more about Google + as it might help teachers where Facebook has not. While Facebook is just a tremendous way that teachers could have kids talking about assignments after hours, most school systems ban it and in some cases for good reason. But Google+ allows you to create "circles" that would allow you to say, make a class for your students and they could only see what you put there and not what you might put in a circle of your personal friends. Imagine the benefits if people joined this. There are four parts of Google + called circles, huddles, hangouts and sparks which you can find out about here. Above is a short video showing you what it looks like if you are able to get an invitation to the beta testing of Google +. Here is some more information on sharing pictures in it and more ideas for the classroom..