Thursday, July 8, 2010

ISTE Unplugged Recordings Now Available

The recordings from ISTE Unplugged are now available on the ISTE Unplugged site. To access the recordings simply find the session in which you're interested and the recording link should be present at the end of the session description. Bear in mind that there were some technical glitches during the week so you might not be able to access everything you wanted to see. Thanks to Kim Caise and Steve Hargadon for all of their efforts to make ISTE Unplugged a successful event.

Applications for Education
ISTE Unplugged sessions covered everything from tips for elementary school technology integration to school-wide deployments of 1:1 initiatives to iPads to school leadership. In other words, ISTE Unplugged offered something for everyone in education. Take a look at the sessions and find one that interests you then share your new ideas with your local colleagues before school starts in the fall.

Free Summer Rejuvenation Guide

If you're looking to do something this summer (other than read this blog) to make yourself a better teacher in the fall, Edutopia has a free guide that you should check out. Edutopia's 2010 Summer Rejuvenation Guide offers ten things you can do this summer to relax while also getting yourself ready for the fall. The suggestions are not limited to computer-based activities. You can download the free guide here.

Making Coins at the US Mint - Photo Essay

The latest stop on CNET's summer road trip was in Philadelphia where they visited the US Mint. As documentation of the visit to the mint, CNET has produced a twenty-six image photo essay about the mint and the making of US coins. The images chronicle the production of a coin from design through production. View the photo essay here. The related CNET article included the following video about designing coins.

Applications for Education
Talking about money almost always makes students' ears perk-up. This photo essay and video could go a long way in answering the question, "where does money come from?"

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Kid's Economic Glossary
Saving Money in Plain English
The History of Credit Cards in the United States

CNN Student News Summer Special

CNN Student News has been on hiatus since early June, but they have released a special summer episode. The summer episode updates viewers on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, the World Cup, and the change in command of US Generals in Afghanistan.

Making In-Classroom Video Viewing Better

Mario Armstrong recently encouraged me to start putting my face on my blog more often. So beginning this week, I'm going to post one short video tip every week. Hopefully, this will allow more people to put a face to the written voice of Free Technology for Teachers.

This week's tip covers making in-classroom video viewing a better learning experience. Check it out below.

If you have trouble seeing the video, please click here.

Here are some of the resources I mentioned in the video:
Todays Meet
Tiny Chat
Google Wave