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Friday, May 1, 2009

Week In Review - Most Popular Items

This week Free Technology for Teachers was included in Cable in the Classroom's article Bookmark This! about blogs and website for teachers, by teachers. Also this week an interview that I did with Simple Tech Integration was published. Unfortunately, the only way to read the interview is to subscribe to their free newsletter. In the next couple of months two other interviews that I've done for other education magazines will be published. I'll be sure to share interviews when they are published. Thank you to everyone that has subscribed to this blog (all 6000+ of you) and shared links to this blog. Without you I wouldn't have the opportunities to do these interviews. Without you I also wouldn't be able to attend NECC this year. Thank you.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last seven days:
1. Copyright for Educators
2. Secrets of Success in 8 Words and 3 Minutes
3. Wikipedia for Schools
4. What is Swine Flu?
5. Tidy Read - View Your Favorite Websites Without Ads
6. Parade of Games in Powerpoint
7. Pronunciation Animations

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Comments on the Weekend

I'm going fishing at a friend's camp/cabin/cottage on Kennebago Lake (Eisenhower fished there) in western Maine for the weekend. I have posts scheduled to go live over the weekend, but I won't be able to moderate comments until I return to home on Sunday. If you leave a comment it will be saved, but you won't be able to see it until Sunday. Have a great weekend.

Cable in the Classroom's "Must Read" Blogs

Cable in the Classroom is a good magazine for educators interested in the use of media and technology as instructional tools. If you have never read it, I encourage to spend a few minutes reading and article or two. You can access all of the articles from this month's issue online.

In this month's issues there is an article titled Bookmark This! Who's On The Leading Edge of Ed-Tech Blogging?(the link is to a pdf file) In the article a panel of experts including Lee Kolbert, Scott McLeod, and Vicky Davis shared their must-read ed-tech blogs. Lee was kind enough to include Free Technology for Teachers in her list. Thank you Lee.

If you're looking for more ed-tech blogs and websites make sure you check out Larry Ferlazzo's latest list of places to find new educational websites. (By the way, Larry's blog should be in every list of must-read ed-tech blogs).

If you're looking for some other ed-tech bloggers to connect with, please see my list 10 Teachers to Follow On Twitter or take a look at any of the "@names" listed on my popular blog entries 5 Interesting and Educational Twitter Finds. And after connecting with the people on those lists you may want to try some of the tips offered in Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter.

Ayiti Cost of Life Game

Ayiti The Cost of Life is an educational game designed to teach students about the cost of living and the struggles to improve life in rural Haiti. (Ayiti is the Haitian Creole word for Haiti). In the game students have to help the "Guinard Family" improve their lives in terms of finances, health care, education, and general happiness. The game plays out over a timeline of four years and sixteen seasons. Each season brings a new challenge.

Applications for Education
Ayiti The Cost of Life game could be a good game for learning about the struggles and challenges of life as a farming family in a less economically developed country.

Another good source of activities for learning about the struggles of farming families in poorer countries is BizEd's collection of virtual field trips.

Chrysler Bankruptcy and the Economy

Leading off on today's episode of CNN Student News is a segment about Chrysler's bankruptcy filing. The story traces the path the led to Chrysler having to file for bankruptcy. The video is embedded below.


Applications for Education
The story of Chrysler's bankruptcy presents the opportunity to discuss a variety of economic concepts with your students. You could also discuss with students the economic impacts that a two month Chrysler shut-down will have on Chrysler employees and the areas surrounding Chrysler factories.

While the CNN video mentions bankruptcy it does define what bankruptcy is or how it works in the United States. For a good, student-friendly explanation of bankruptcy visit this page on How Stuff Works.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
The Crisis of Credit Visualized
The History of Credit Cards in the United States
Links You Might Have Missed - Economics Lessons

Global Link of World Educators

Link TV, a news video resource that allows users to create news video remixes (learn more here), is looking for educators to help them create learning guides. Link TV is interested in having teachers contribute learning guides for their One Nation Many Voices project. Link TV is offering teachers an honorarium for creating and piloting the learning guides in their classrooms. If you are interested in participating please visit the educators' page on Link TV or send and email to teachers (at) linktv.org to find out more.

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