Friday, August 14, 2009

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Items

It's Friday afternoon and time for another week in review. As I do every week, I've compiled a list of the seven most popular items of the last seven days. The list is based on item clicks and views. If you ever miss the week in review post, you can always check out the Post Rank widget embedded in the right column of the blog. Post Rank displays the most popular blog entries at any given time.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last seven days:
1. Free Teacher Training Videos - Including Moodle
2. Visual Representation of Bloom's for the 21st Century
3. How to Build a PLN
4. Lesson Plans for Teaching Web Search Strategies
5. A Very Impressive Math Video
6. Five Sources of Fun Mathematics Games
7. How-to Week, Day 5 - Using Animoto and VoiceThread

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The Spanish-English Sentence Database

The Spanish-English Sentence Database, developed by Spanish Only, is a new resource containing more than 3100 sentences written in Spanish accompanied by their English translations. The sentences are designed to be used as part of a spaced repetition studying system. You can search the database by noun, verb, or you can simply browse through the database alphabetically.

Applications for Education
The Spanish-English Sentence Database is a resource that anyone trying to learn Spanish can access. Teachers could have students diagram various sentences from the database. Students could also put the sentences on flashcards to study.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
CAPL - Images for Language Lessons
Study Spanish - Free Lessons With Progress Tracking
Story Place - Digital Stories in English and Spanish

The Recession-Proof Graduate

Seth Godin highlighted this ebook/ slideshow this morning on his blog. The Recession-Proof Graduate was created by a recent college graduate, Charlie Hoehn, who leveraged the uses of social media, blogs, and all things web 2.0 to find a job during the depths of the recession. The strategies he shares breaks the mold of the traditional job search methods used by most people. If you know a recent or soon-to-be graduate looking for work, you should consider forwarding this along to him or her.

The Slideshare version of the Recession-Proof Graduate is embedded below.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Gradspot - Practical Advice for College Graduates
100 Awesome Open Courses
What I Wish I'd Known About My First Days on Campus

Classics for Kids - Classical Music Lesson Plans

Classics for Kids, produced by Cincinnati Public Radio, offers lesson plans, podcasts, and games for teaching kids about classical music. The lesson plans are designed for use in K-5 settings. All of the lesson plans are available as PDFs. Activity sheets are also available as accompaniments to recordings of classical composers. In the games section of Classics for Kids students can develop their own compositions or practice identifying music and composers. As a reference for students, Classics for Kids offers a dictionary of music terms.

Thanks to Donna Murray for the link to Classics for Kids.

Applications for Education
Classics for Kids offers a variety of fun and interesting activities to use in an elementary school music class.

Good Insight On Teenagers' Online Habits

This video was recently featured on Building 43. The video was recorded at Microsoft's Revenue Bootcamp. The focus of the Revenue Bootcamp was online marketing and revenue generation, but the panel in this video was about the online habits of teenagers' and the under 25 crowd. The discussion was led by Guy Kawaski and featured teenagers and young adults discussing what they will and will not pay for online. I found the video offered some very good insight into the online habits of young adults.

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