Archive for July, 2010

This summer take time to explore these awesome websites!

If you are anything like me, summer is the time to kick back, relax, and explore all of the websites I’ve bookmarked throughout the year. So, when I came across Web 2.0 Cool Tools for Schools, I immediately grabbed a pot full of tea and started playing!

Web 2.0 Cool Tools for Schools is a wiki filled with hundreds of links and short descriptions of online tools for video editing and presenting, collaborating, building student creativity and problem-solving skills and more!

Some of my favorite featured tools include Prezi (a fabulous brainstorming and alternative presentation tool to PowerPoint), Animoto (a website that turns your favorite photos and music into a perfectly orchestrated masterpiece/slideshow), Make Beliefs Comix (a free tool that enables students to make their own comic strips), Teachers TV (a website filled with videos of model classrooms and videos about the things we all think about as teachers – integrating ICT, assessment, differentiated instruction, teaching to every student…).

Web 2.0 Cool Tools for Schools is going to keep me busy for a long time. What a wonderful reference!

Thanks Levna for organizing such a useful wiki!

Anna

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(Image by supagroova. Available under CC license.)

Students brains are being digitally rewired…

What should educators do about it? Or rather, how should educators adapt to the current (and future) generations?

See what Phillip Zimbardo, a psychologist and professor at Stanford University, has to say about how each generation/culture’s perspective on time impacts its thinking about the role and purpose of education…

For a nice summary of the video, make sure to stop by David Bill’s blog–Thoughts on the Converging Worlds of Education and Technology.

Anna

P.S. If you are pressed for “time,” start at minute 6 of the video above!

@bon_education

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Shmoop: CliffsNotes with panache!

I’ve blogged a bit about Shmoop in the past (see: Essential Web Tools for Teachers and Students and Shmoop will make you a better lover…). Check out why the Shmoop study guides and new Economics section are so great in the screencast below! The tool I used to make the screencast was Screenr–a fabulous, new and EASY tool that lets you record your screen and post videos to Twitter, Facebook, your classroom blog and more in a snap!

Anna (@bon_education)

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