Simple example of a blog post that has lots of power. This is the kind of blog post that I think we can do at CTL as an on-going piece of our work. It captures the ideas that we generate all the time, applies them to the work we are doing, provides a systemic way of producing new material that we can later turn into finished pieces of work. If we begin now, capturing these kinds of thoughts in a library, we can launch a CTL blog with a catalog of ideas that we can turn into posts. If the authors need some help clarifying/fine tuning that is where the system comes into play. By the way this is a fantastic post about the potential of something that is already in many students hands, but repackaged for use in an educational way. I imagine this as part of any distance network that we create, especially with Africa.
Math videos to help explain skills/concepts. Tends to be very skill based, but offers multiple takes on the same skill so if a students doesn't get it from one person the next might be a better fit, short videos makes it plausible that a student might use, GREAT integration of vocabulary. Well worth incorporating into classroom practice to help students understand how to use formulas or manipulate equations. Also they are GREAT models if you want kids to create their own.
Blackboard is finally taking their scholar function public. Bookmarking for research/instructional purposes i.e. Diigo and Delicious. Good funtionality- notes, highlighting, sharing, groups, tag clouds for classroom sharing. Blackboard kills me, they have huge market share and are just now realizing this would be a good tool, ug. Have to recognize it because so many colleges, high schools have access to it.
Different tutorials to help people learn how to use Diigo and utilize Diigo in the classroom/research/work. Made me realize I need to create more groups and share more specific examples of links with math teachers, etc.
Allows quick manipulation of a 3-D brain model with explanation of the different parts. You can look up parts of the brain or functions of the brain. If nothing else, it's interesting for an overview of brain function
Easy to use graphing applet, needs java, but very easy to add multiple graphs, edit window, add complex functions if need be. Not the same layout for multiple graphs as fooplot, but nice application anyway.
Allowing students to express ideas using cartoons develops lots of skills, this site allows students to create their own cartoons and embed them in their online work as well as print. Great way for getting students to express their ideas differently.
Lots of different 'games' to play to reinforce vocabulary for all kinds of subjects. If a student/teacher just wants to create a list of study cards this can do it. If there is a station in your class for vocabulary development you can use this site in lots of different ways to have students practice vocabulary skills. I dare you to try the space race. It's tough!
Creates a graphic of words based on several criteria, can be used to create a graphic of vocabulary from a chapter or a graphic of tags from a class delicious account. Not an end all site, but great way for students/teachers to present a list of topics in a unique way during a presentation. I can see using this to help create a word wall activity using the interactive whiteboard.
Not necessarily literacy, but if you are looking for some theoretical framework to justify instructional practice or rationale to support routine development in your classroom, here are many of the learning theories discussed in 'short' articles.
250 free ebooks. If you have students who are not reading for whatever reason, it's a great place to get started. Rather than not letting them experience the text, let them experience it. Get the process of appreciating storytelling even if it is audio.
If you want to be more proactive about the use of web 2.0 apps in your work, here is a nice, easy to use explanation on how to embed 'stuff' into your work. Again, easy to read, pretty easy to follow, and useful.
I'm always looking for an easy to read, easy to implement list of web2.0 applications and Wes Fryer has created another one. I encourage you to find one application/resource and explore it. Don't look at all the possibilities but don't ignore them because it is overwhelming. find one, explore and look for ways to incorporate into your instruction. If you need help, simply ask!
OK, I'm not an artist but I SEE this as a tool for writing to learn and writing to publish. I think it would allow students to express their understandings in different ways and then be able to share to a wide audience. If you have a pentab computer this would be an awesome tool to use with kids, because it's easier to export than microsoft journal drawings.
Another plagarism detection tool. I don't like to promote this from a negative perspective, but it does help teachers educate students about the needs to give credit to other people about their ideas, and to help students learn how to paraphrase.