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Monday, October 18, 2010

Best of the EdTech Web 2010 - Updated With Links

By popular request, here is the updated slide deck for my presentation Best of the Ed Tech Web 2010.

A special welcome to first-time viewers at the CECA conference.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Free Ebooks for Teachers
Google Tools Tutorials including How to Make Self-grading Quizzes
Work With Me

Braineos - Flashcards and Custom Quizzes

There is no shortage of flashcard and quiz services on the web. Braineos is a newer entry into that market that you might want to take a look at. Braineos provides users with a platform to create their own flashcards or study flashcards created by others. Braineos provides users with four ways to study their flashcards' contents. Users can study through traditional flipping of cards (question then answer) or flipping cards in reverse (answer first, question second). Users can play a game called Papilio based on the content of their flashcards. In Papilio players zoom through scenes gathering correct answers as they go. Finally, users can take multiple choice quizzes that are generated based on the content of their flashcards.

You can use Braineos by signing-in with a Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, or Google Account.

Applications for Education
Braineos, like many similar services, offers students an easy-to-use platform for studying facts and definitions. One of the things that I like about Braineos is that students have a handful of different options for using the service without having to create yet another user name and password that they have to remember.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Ediscio - Collaboratively Create Flashcards
Flashcard Flash - Search for Flashcard Sets
Quizlet - Create and Share Flashcards

Own Your Space - Online Safety Ebook for Teens

Own Your Space is a free, sixteen chapter ebook designed to educate tweens and teens about protecting themselves and their stuff online. This ebook isn't a fluffy, general overview book. Each chapter goes into great detail explaining the technical threats that students' computers face online as well as the personal threats to data that students can face online. For example, in the first chapter students learn about different types of malware and the importance of installing security patches to prevent malware infections. The fourteenth chapter explains the differences between secured and unsecured wireless networks, the potential dangers of an unsecured network, and how to lock-down a network. Download the whole book or individual chapters here.

Thanks to Steven Anderson for the link to Own Your Space.

Applications for Education
Own Your Space could be a great resource not only for twees and teenagers, but for their parents as well. Before sending a tween or teen off to school or to a friend's house with their new laptop or mobile device consider going through Own Your Space with him or her to educate both of you about protecting the device and the person online.

Home to School Connection Guide from Edutopia

Edutopia recently released a new, free PDF guide to improving communication between schools and parents. Edutopia's Home-to-School Connections Guide features ten ideas that you can implement right away to improve your communications with parents. Some of the ideas included are using Facebook to connect, using Google Voice, and building partnerships with parents. Readers of this blog may recognize Larry Ferlazzo's name in the section about building partnerships with parents. Overall, Edutopia's Home-to-School Connections Guide offers good practical advice for improving communications between schools and parents.

CNN Student News Highlights iPods in Schools

This morning's episode of CNN Student News features a segment that should be shown to anyone who is opposed to the use of cell phones or iPods in classrooms. The segment highlights math teacher Robert Tang's efforts to use technology in his classroom. Watch the video below.

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