Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sharing Richard Byrnes' Presentation: 50 of the Best Educational Websites and Apps

Byrnes gave a presentation today at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in New Hamphsire and included in his talk this slide presentation, Best of the Web. Given the popularity of Byrnes'  blog, Free Technology for Teachers, and his status as a sought-after presenter at technology conferences, I thought I would share his slides with you. Let me know what you think after you go through the presentation.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Are You Looking to Get Students to Read More? Check Out Destiny Quest

Disney Quest is a way for students to share ideas about reading books, to tell about the books tthey are reading, and to find out about other books of interest to them recommended by their peers. Check out the Disney Quest website to learn more about how the process learns.


I learned about Disney Quest in this blog post that Bill Ferriter wrote: Why Kids Need Goodreads. Bill was once Teacher of the Year in his state, and his opinions are highly vallued. You might want to follow him on Twitter (@plugusin) or browse through his blog after you read his post WWhy Kids Need Goodreads.

Do you agree that students need to be reading more? Do you believe a site like Disney Quest would work? Would you recommend this site to a school librarian or to a teacher? Would you use it? By the way, do you use any book sharing sites like GoodReads?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Web 2.0 Tools

Amy Mayer, known for her FriEdTechnology blog, created this thorough Prezi about a variety of Web 2.0 tools. Just watching this Prezi is sure to pique your interest. You might never use all these tools, but you are likely to find at least one or two that spark your interest. This is also an excellent illustration of the use of Prezi. Enjoy, and leave a comment. If you aren't already following Amy on Twitter, you might: @friEDTechnology. 


Friday, November 9, 2012

For When Yolu Get Your iPad: iPad Apps for the Elementary School

Elementary school teacher, Tracy Mercer,


just created a blog post:

11 Best Elementary Apps

Take a look at her listing, and even though you might not have an iPad class now, you might in the future, or might want to start advocating for one now. Look through her list, and post which of the apps you think are most applicable to the classroom setting and why.

Monday, November 5, 2012

2012 Best Learning Tools

Each year, Edudemic publishes a list of the best learning tools as voted upon by learning professionals. Here is the list displayed in slide format. Go through the slides, and let us know which of these tools you are using and which you will consider using. Did you find any surprises on the list?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

PowerPoint Game Templates from University of North Carolina

UNC School of Education offers a variety of Free PowerPoint Templates and Games. Take a look, and see if you can find a template or game to use. Once you download a PowerPoint game template, you merely need to edit it to fit a specific unit of study in your curriculum. Let us kow what you find that you think you will use.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Free Photo Sharing Site

Check out this new free photo sharing site: Ookaboo. It is being promoted for use with students and has lots of photos that you can use for websites, presentations, and other instructional and learning needs. The site appears easy to use, and photos are covered under the Creative Commons License for free use. In trying out the site, I typed in "Connecticut," and got some photos as well as numerous other options to search deeper to find additional photos by topic, interest, town, etc.


The site is relatively new, so once you look into it, be sure to come back and post your response to its usefulness in the educational setting.

ookaboo: free pictures of everything on earth