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QuietTube, Docs, Doc Cameras…


https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgIf you like watching YouTube videos, but don’t like all the “noise” on the page, check out QuietTube.  It also supports Viddler and Vimeo, which are often not blocked at school.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgIf you have a Google Docs account you will soon have the ability to upload any type of file under 250MB.  You can only edit office-type files, but can store and access any of them from any computer.  It’s free online storage.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgIf you have a document camera, or are thinking about how you could use one, take a look at this page which lists 50 Ways to Use a Document Camera.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgEven if you don’t have the cash, you have dreams. Take a look at this new Epson projector that makes any surface an interactive whiteboard.


STEM, Zeitgeist…

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

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg 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.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgThe 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.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgCatch the Science Bug focuses on science literacy, careers, and more.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgTake 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.

Shake, Interact, and Weebly…

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg The University of Illinois has put together Shake, Rattle, and Slide…a great site for information, activities, and teacher resources related to earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgInteractives provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students’ skills in a variety of curricular areas.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgI’ve mentioned Weebly before…it helps you create easy web site.  Now there’s Weebly for Education with which your students can create their own sites that are still under your control.
https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgHere’s something for you Social Studies people…The History Channel has a great site covering the history of Christmas.

I love posters, share with Skype…

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg We have a new full color printer in REMC that makes fantastic posters!  Want one? Email a PDF file you want created into a poster and we’ll print, laminate it and send it back to you via the REMC van. Price: $10 for 18.5″ x 24″, $15 for 24″ x 32″
https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgI’ve had several teachers tell me great things about my Storymaker.  Use it to create an online story book.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgMake your photos into all types of projects with BigHugeLabs…magazine covers, posters, mosaics, puzzles, and more.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgMany of you probably know about Skype, an application that lets you “call” other Skype users via the internet.  What you may not know is that the newest version of Skype lets you share your screen with the person you’re calling.  A great way to make a presentation or demonstrate a tool.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgThis is a very cool site for young readers. Word Magnets lets them mix up words into any number of combinations.

Halloween, OCR, Prezi…

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg Whether or not you have an interactive whiteboard, this SMARTBoards and Halloween Resources page has a ton of fun sites and activities.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgWatchKnow is both a resource for users and also a non-profit, online community that encourages everyone to collect, create, and share free, innovative, educational videos.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgThis is a cool idea…use Online OCR to convert PDF documents, and images into Word files. OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgThe University of Colorado at Boulder provides many Interactive Simulations for physics, chemistry, biology, and math.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgPrezi is a new type of presentation option.  It’s another way for kids to show what they know using this web-based tool.

Inking, Writing, Plotting…


Happy Columbus Day!

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgYou have already your students writing, so why not get them published? Teen Ink is a great site for all types of writing: poetry, fiction, reviews, nonfiction, and more.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgI know you use Google, so check out 11 Great Hidden Things Google Can Do That You Should Know.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgDiscovery Education has put together this little page to help explain and showcase some of the best web tools out there.  Watch the fun videos at Web 2.0: Conquering Technophobia to see six ways to incorporate the web into your classroom.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgTake your students to the Professor Garfield site…who knew Garfield had come so far? Lots of reading activities, word challenges, create a comic strip, art and drawing!

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgStatPlot allows you to create all types of charts and graphs from sports statistics. A great way to learn how to visualize and interpret data.

Student Tech Showcase and more…

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg If you’re proud of what your students have accomplished with technology, consider bringing them to the 9th Annual Michigan Student Technology Showcase at the Capital Building in Lansing on October 28. Your students can meet and have conversations with the state legislators.  A great way to learn!  Follow the link for more information and to sign up your class.  I’ve also attached a flyer.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgCongress for Kids is a great site to visit to help students understand our federal government.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgI love online diagramming tools…you don’t need extra software, just click and drag and create.  Lovely Charts is a new option worth checking out.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgThe US Geological Survey keeps a close eye on current volcano activity as well as provides links to web cams, live activity status, monitoring data, and more.

https://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpgYour students can create animated storyboards at GoAnimate to explain concepts, re-create history, write stories, or create their own comic strip.