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Qik, ipadio, Purple…

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Lots of information to share from last week’s MACUL conference.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Berrien RESA is collaborating with Kalamazoo RESA and Calhoun ISD to offer an exciting new program: 21 Things for the 21st Century Educator.  This program combines online resources with live web conferencing to help teachers gain skills using new technology tools. We will be hosting a face to face kickoff at Berrien RESA on Tuesday, April 20 from 4:00 – 6:00.  All participants will need to register through Calhoun ISD: http://pdreg.calhounisd.org.  Credit available: 4 graduate credits or 12 SB-CEUs.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468I really liked ipadio.  It’s a site that lets you record using your phone…then posts that recording online for you or anyone to listen to.  It’s free and easy. Record homework, assignments, instructions, greetings, sub plans…you name it!

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468If you have a phone that shoots video, you should take a look at Qik.  With Qik, you can broadcast live from your phone over the Internet.  It’s one of those clever tools they’re making these days.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468For students who need help with Algebra take a look at Purplemath.  Not sure why algebra is purple…it makes most people see red.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468The History Channel is providing a DVD copy of America The Story of US to every school in the nation.  “premiering on April 25 at 9pm/8c — America The Story of US is a six week event that provides a fascinating look at the stories of the people, events, and innovations that forged our nation.

STEM, Zeitgeist…

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Happy New Year! Even though many of us put it off yesterday, reality is back in full force today!  Welcome back.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468 The STEM Education Resource Center from PBS is full of resources to help you teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  They should think of an acronym for all those.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468The heading on the MyCalculus site reads, “Welcome to MyCalculus – the place to solve YOUR calculus problems!” I just solved one of my own that’s been nagging at me.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Catch the Science Bug focuses on science literacy, careers, and more.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Take a look at the Google Zeitgeist for 2009.  It shows search trends for the entire year.  It’s kind of like a current events review.

Brain Fun, Online Games, Video Resources…

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Fun 4 The Brain contains activities for Math, Science, and English.  Lots to choose from here…

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Turn your computer into a “virtual telescope” with the WorldWide Telescope.  You can download an application for Windows, or use the web-based version for Windows or Mac.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Academic Skills Builders is another site for quick and easy mind games.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468The BBC – Schools site has a hundreds of resources across the curriculum and for all age levels.  It obviously caters to the United Kingdom, but there are many lessons, videos, activities, etc. that would benefit those of us on this side of “the pond.”

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Academic Earth has collected “thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars.”  Great for high school students.

SMART blog, Math Labyrinth, CollegeTV…

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Lately, I’ve picked up several sites from the Teachers Love SMART Boards blog.  Mr. Hollis focuses on tools for interactive white boards, but you can use his resources whether you have one or not.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468One of the latest sites highlighted on the aforementioned blog is PEEP and the Big Wide World.  Lots of activities for younger students.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468“Lure of the Labyrinth is a digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet – and save the world from monsters!”  Looks and sounds awesome!

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468High school counselors and students should benefit from CollegeClickTV.  This site contains streaming video of students, parents, faculty, etc. from hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities.  Exploring this content is a great way for prospective students to learn more about the opportunities that exit at each school.

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