How do I know if my use is a fair use?This tool has been developed to help teachers and students reason through the fair use process. You can see an example of how this tool is being used HEREUse the form online. The data from this form feeds into a google spreadsheet so you can compare how individuals or groups reason the fair use of copyrighted material in a work. If you would like to use this form in your work you can click here. If you have a google account, you can sign in and copy into your google account.
Another great post from Bud, actually calling attention to the issue of classroom management rather than the tool being the issue. How dare students express their boredom by doing something rather than daydreaming...Make sure you read the comments, especially Dave Truss' response.
More Smartboard resources from Teacher Online Training. Some nice easy to understand videos, easy navigation, and great exemplar files. I still need to do some exploring of the files, but liked the two I looked at today.
Create and share flashcards online, make the flashcard idea more interactive, allows you to capture some metadata and track how you are doing. If students are going to memorize something this might be a way of making it more interesting. Enables the input of video, audio files into flashcards.
Great way to create podcasts with students when they interview someone for their class. They can "meet" experts online and record the conversation so they can revisit the conversation and share with others.
"BookRix allows writers to create their own projects and display their work to others. The BookRix-Format enables users to design individual books. All one needs is a web browser to easily publish and showcase their work."
Book-like interface, where readers can "turn pages". Great way of showcasing student work, getting feedback, producing rather than just consuming material. The interface does provide a more formal presentation of material and makes a more published feel.
Obviously,I'm not a writing expert, but I love how this post describes the writing process this teacher is using at Duke with her students. The peer editing process is tested and this approach uses a screencast (video that can include audio of what is happening on a computer- mouse movements, ability to highlight text while commenting, etc.)
I think it's right up our alley and incorporates free technology.
Geared toward developing good instructional strategies for entry level geo-science courses at the post-secondary setting, the suggestions can easily be applied to 6-12 setting and are just good instructional practices. Well organized and includes different perspectives and connected content.
I thoroughly agree with the mathematical modeling discussion. It's worth reading
"The United States Department of Education published a report over the summer titled, "Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning; A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies" (Center for Technology in Learning, 2009). What's interesting about this report is that it confirms what those of us who teach or have taught either distance or online courses already know and moves us beyond what is often commonly believed: that there is no significant difference between online learning and the face-to-face experience. "
Directly from Time Magazine: "Like Google Earth for the heavens, WWT aggregates terabytes of astronomical data from the world's biggest telescopes to create a single virtual scope that anyone can look through. WWT is not a model of the known universe, but rather a centralized repository for just about everything known about the universe. The idea is to democratize the science of astronomy with a single tool that can be used by students and scientists. Who knows, when everyone has access to the same data, maybe the next big discovery in astronomy will be made by an amateur? There are hundreds of terabytes of digitized sky — enough data for everyone. "
New type of search engine. Ask your friends/students/peers a question and find out what their online response might be. Not sure of the usability for the classroom, but let me know if you think I'm way off base.
Been a fan of this site for a while and didn't realize I hadn't bookmarked it yet. Instead of arranging photos in a traditional album,Synth finds relationships among pictures and digitally composites them to create a 3-D experience. Awesome!
Another polling site. This one is the brainchild of Nate Silver. His predictions during the 2008 presidential election were consistently more accurate than the national media outlets. He must be doing something correctly. BTW, he's a baseball statistician by trade.
Aggregation of poll data. Great way of exploring data with lots of social studies/current events connections. Time rates this as one of the fifty best sites this year. Worth a few minutes of exploration.
There are lots of collaborative voting and comment sites out there — Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and Metafilter is another one. It costs five dollars to join, but that cost keeps lots of spammers and ads off the site. A great plus.
...is a deliberately eclectic mix of tech commentary, sci-fiction nerd-outs, fringe culture, gadgets, and serious news items. It is, according to its own description, a "directory of wonderful things."
"These following collection of applets are designed for use in mathematics courses below the level of calculus. Some of the applets were developed at SLU and some have been developed elsewhere and are included by permission. If you would like to host the applets locally, please contact Mike May, S.J. "
Great opportunity to collaborate online with scientists researching real questions: "the team is trying to answer the question - how do the skeletal muscles of seals develop to work during deep dives, even when the animal is not breathing for long periods of time. The researchers believe the answers to this question may have tremendous implications for human medicine. By understanding how another mammal has successfully overcome the debilitating effects of working under low oxygen conditions, we may be able to learn new therapeutic approaches to assist humans with heart or lung disease. "