Today I was watching some tweets go by and one caught my eye (no not Charlie Sheen #winning) but something similar. As some of you may know I am a huge Google apps and cloud advocate. One of the things that I love is the Google Chrome web browser, I love the apps, I love the synching, I love the tabbed browsing and it is also lightning fast. Today someone shared an app that is called iChromy, a web browser similar to Google Chrome, but on the iPad! The application is not 100% the same as chrome but it is very close. Lets take a look at a few of the features.
YouCanBook.me is a site that takes your Google calendar to the next level for scheduling things like appointments, labs, conferences, and events that occur at your school. YCBM is a free service as long as you keep the logo on your calendar or you can pay about $1 a month to get rid of it.
While writing an article about Google Search in EDU, I stumbled upon a labs project that is called Google News Timeline. The about page reads: “Google News Timeline is a web application that organizes search results chronologically. It allows users to view news and other data sources on a browsable, graphical timeline. Available data sources include recent and historical news, scanned newspapers and magazines, blog posts, sports scores, and information about various types of media, like music albums and movies.”
To get started click here.
The next step is to add some queries to your timeline. You can do this by clicking on the “add queries” link.
Go through and click as many or as few sources as you prefer.
Now you can go back to the timeline view and browse through the different events that are listed on the timeline.
How can you use this in the classroom?
This is a great resource if you are teaching a “decades” lesson, this will showcase several different events that occurred on or around a certain date. This is also great for current events and historical events. The timeline gives you the full picture of what was happening during events in history.
Remember this is a labs project, it can either get really good and move forward or it could go away all together.
For more information click here.
Many teachers are starting to use Woordle’s in their classrooms. Today I found a tool that lets you take the Woordles that you already are creating and turn them into images that deal with the subject and content area. The best part, ITS FREE!
To get started head over to http://www.tagxedo.com/
You can add your website or blog URL, a Twitter Feed, a del.icio.us url, News, Search Term, RSS feed as well as your own words.
You can choose an image that they already have such as a heart, a flower, a cloud, a giraffe, etc.
How can we use this in the classroom? (these suggestions also apply to Wordle they just look cooler)
- Enter words (vocabulary) into Tagxedo and create an image that might appear in a book/topic that you are working on in class.
- Because of the way the Tagxedo images work, the more times you enter a word the larger it is on the finished product, copy a whole paragraph of text or story and discuss why the larger words were used
- First week of class, have your students create a Tagxedo about themselves and present it
- Kids create gifts for parents, grandparents, teachers 🙂 describing the person
- Create a Tagxedo around a holiday (Veterans Day, Presidents Day, MLK Day) with words that describe the person or holiday
- Create an image of a Historical Character / Author with words that describe them
- Paste student writing into Tagxedo and see what words are used the most. This will help to get rid of the “and then’s” in students writing
- Paste speeches (Gettysburg and MLK) and study and discuss the large words and why they were used. What point was the speaker trying to get across?
If you have any other ideas feel free to leave them in the comments section.
*FYI you do need Microsoft’s Silverlight which you can find and install here.
Today the Obama administration released a toolkit for Educators with lesson plans and tools to help with 2011 National Financial Capability Challenge “The Challenge, which begins March 7, will include a voluntary online exam for high school students that helps teach about saving, budgeting, investing, and other important skills critical to building a strong financial future. The highest scoring students on the exam will be recognized through a national awards ceremony in Washington, DC. Other high-scorers will receive official award certificates.” – Ed.gov. The official press release can be found here. The toolkit has lessons that deal with
The toolkit can be found here.