Since it’s still National Poetry Month… say hello to Word Mover, a free app which helps students get started writing poems (and short stories). Learn more in this posting, from last weekend, at FreeTech4Teachers.
We’re back! I forgot entirely about posting the week after March Break, and since then I’ve been so busy I just completely forgot each of the following two Monday mornings. I had Poetry in Voice, and then Great Soup on my mind to the exclusion of all else on each of those successive Mondays.
I’m back at the cottage this weekend, in my happy place relaxing in the warmth and the sunshine, and realised – with quite a jolt yesterday – that I hadn’t posted here for a couple of weeks. I have a remedy however!! I have – why only now? – made myself a calendar alert reminder for Sunday’s. My mind is not the steel trap it used to be. Hopefully that’ll keep me on track.
But I digress…
Please follow this link to find this week’s recommended App: Google Product Updates. I draw your attention to two locations on the web.
- First a posting from my favourite EdTech guy, Richard Byrne at Free Tech for Teachers.
- Second, a Google Slide Deck – internal to the Digital Lead Learner (DLL) community within the TDSB which is a group I am a member of. You can only access this file is you are logged in through the TDSB network.
There is some overlap between these postings. Straying from my usual format in these alerts, I’d like to comment on a couple of these items. You can find my thoughts – for what they’re worth – in this shared Google Doc.
How Search Works… As we head into ‘Culminating Season’ take time to remind your students how search engines like Google work… in order to be able to maximise their time and search efficiency.
Photomath (for iOS and Android devices). For high-school students who just need a bit more guidance on how to isolate “x” in their algebra homework, Photomath is essentially your math buddy that can instantly solve and explain every answer. Simply snap a photo of the question (you can also write or type), and the app will break down the solution into separate steps with helpful play-by-play, so that you can apply the same principles to the rest of your homework. (Digital Trends)
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection and Blog. Run out of Stanford, the database has many viewers and the Blog has numerous categories. The historical map collection has over 67,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific and the World.
edX Online Course
edX: Launching Innovation in Schools. A Free online course hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The course is designed to allow you to become a change leader and take the first step in launching instructional improvement initiatives in schools to improve teaching and learning. Starts January 17th.
Seeing as we just got in our latest bunch of Chromebooks last week, this was most timely when it cam through my inbox: How to Record a Webcam Video on Your Chromebook.