Friday, October 23, 2009

Week In Review - The Most Popular Items

It's Friday and that means it's time for another Free Technology for Teachers week in review. As I do each Friday, I've compiled a list of seven most popular items of the last week. If you've been busy and not able to keep up with your RSS reader or email, the week in review provides a good chance to catch up on the posts that were most popular with other readers.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last seven days:
1. 35+ Educational Games and Games Resources
2. Conflict History - Conflict Timeline on Google Maps
3. Storybird - Digital Story Creation
4. Google Wave - Initial Impressions
5. Cell Phones In My Civics Class = Parent Involvement
6. UMapper - Create Flash Maps and Games
7. Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

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Zero Interesting Ways to Use Audio In the Classroom?

Of course, there are interesting ways to use audio in your classroom, but Tom Barrett needs some help generating a list. You see, Tom has started a new series of "Interesting Ways" slideshows. One of the slideshows he just launched is about interesting uses of audio in your classroom. If you have ideas for using audio in the classroom and would like to see those ideas added to the very popular Interesting Ways series, send Tom Barrett an email or send him a message on Twitter.

Below is one of the more popular slideshows from the Interesting Ways series Tom Barrett created.

Applications for Education
Tom Barrett's Interesting Ways series reflects, on a global stage, the idea of collaborating with other teachers to create good lessons. If you're looking for ideas about infusing technology into your lessons, check out the Interesting Ways series started by Tom Barrett.

Free LeapFrog Systems for Kindergarten Teachers

LeapFrog, the maker of learning toys like the Tag Reading System, is offering Kindergarten teachers the opportunity to get the Tag Reading System and books for free. LeapFrog is looking to partner with Kindergarten teachers through the Tag Kindergarten Program. The LeapFrog Tag Kindergarten Program will provide teachers with nearly $3200 worth of equipment and books for their classrooms. In exchange, Kindergarten teachers offer LeapFrog feedback about how they are using the Tag Reading System in their classrooms and how it affected student learning. The deadline to apply for the program is November 11. To get all of the application details, please click here.

Schoology - Online Course Management

Schoology is an online course management system for individual and school-wide use. Schoology offers an online place to create assignments, post assignments, collect assignments, converse with students, track attendance, and maintain a gradebook. Schoology also offers teachers a platform for creating a course blog. The premium features of Schoology, which include layered privacy settings and student account management, are currently being offered to teachers (individual license, not school-wide) for free. If you sign up now, Schoology says that you will always have access to the premium features at no cost.

Applications for Education
I have not used Schoology with my own classes (my district mandates the use of Infinite Campus), but it does look like it could be a good system for teachers whose schools do not offer an online course management system.

A Vision of Students Today (Yet Again)

I'm showing a colleague how to embed a video into a blog, couldn't think of a better one than Michael Wesch's A Vision of Students Today.