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Monday, September 13, 2010

Wordia Brings Words to Life in Video

Wordia is a free visual, video dictionary. Wordia features a selection of user-submitted and professionally created videos explaining the meaning of a word. The videos focus on the everyday use of words while the text accompanying each video provides the dictionary definition of the word. The video below explains the word literacy.



Applications for Education
Wordia is now offering an education section of their service. Wordia Schools provides a private area for students to share videos that they have created for the vocabulary covered in your curriculum. Wordia Schools is free, you can take a tour and sign up here.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Visuwords - Online Graphical Dictionary
Lexipedia - Webbed Word Connections
Snappy Words - A Visual Dictionary and Thesaurus

Free Historical Thinking Poster

Teaching History is giving away a neat poster for history teachers. Teaching History's historical thinking poster features colorful illustrations of the differences between primary and secondary sources. The poster also includes questions students should ask when reading primary source documents. Tips for locating reliable secondary sources are also included in the double-sided poster. Teachers can request a free poster here.

Sketchy Explanation: Starting a PLN

Earlier today Kyle Pace shared a link on Twitter with the phrase "great video to share, Sketchy Explanation: Starting a PLN." I just found the time to watch the video and Kyle is right it is a good video. The video uses sketches and words to explain the concepts of a PLN (personal learning network), how a PLN can improve your teaching practice, and how to go about creating a PLN.

The last twenty seconds of the video really get at the core of what a PLN is all about. It's a mindset that begins with a couple of questions. Watch the video to find out what those questions are.

Applications for Education
If you're trying to explain to a colleague why you're on Twitter or Classroom 2.0 or another social network where teachers hang out, I think the last twenty seconds of this video really hit the nail on the head. My response to the last question in the video, "how do my relationships make me a better teacher?" summarizes why I have a PLN. Having other teachers to share ideas with, get feedback on those ideas, and to help me find resources for teaching is why I have a PLN.

Snappy Words - A Visual Dictionary and Thesaurus

Snappy Words is a free visual dictionary and thesaurus. Enter any word or phrase into the Snappy Words search box and it will create a web of related words, phrases, and definitions. Hover your cursor over any word or phrase in the web to read its definition. Click and drag any node to explore other branches of the web. Double click on a node and it will generate new web branches.

















Applications for Education
Snappy Words could be a good resource for students that are stuck in the rut of using the same words and phrases repeatedly in their writing. Snappy Words will give those students access to alternative words and their definitions much faster than thumbing through a thesaurus.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Visuwords - Online Graphical Dictionary
Lexipedia - Webbed Word Connections
Wordnik Has Everything About Words

This Is Broken - Why?

The video below features Seth Godin giving a presentation called This Is Broken. In his talk Seth explains the seven reasons why things, businesses, organizations can be broken. Identifying what is broken then understanding why it's broken are the first steps in improving an organization.

Seth Godin at Gel 2006 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.



This video appeared on the TED Blog over the weekend.

Applications for Education
What's broken in your school or school district? Can the people leading identify why those things are broken?
I watched the video this morning and wondered if the people pushing school reforms on the state and national level truly understand the causes of the things they perceive as broken.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Hey Seth, How About Some Practical Ideas?
What Matters Now, By Seth Godin and Friends
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