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Thursday, February 7, 2013

How to Create CK-12 Flexbooks

This morning Gladys Scott shared a Google+ message with me about a presentation that she is giving this weekend. The presentation she is running is about CK-12 Flexbooks. In advance of that presentation she has released a short video tutorial on how to create CK-12 Flexbooks for mathematics. The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
Tools like CK-12 Flexbooks can be very useful for producing reference materials that are tailored specifically to your curriculum and your students' needs.

Wallwisher Is Now Padlet

This afternoon I introduced Wallwisher to a group of teachers at Paradise Valley Christian Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona. This evening when I got back to my hotel room I had an email from Wallwisher announcing that they are changing names to Padlet. Fortunately, the name change means almost nothing from a functionality standpoint.

Padlet will operate just like Wallwisher does. The only difference is that the name of the service and URL will Padlet.com. Any walls that you currently have in your Wallwisher account will continue to operate just as they always have.

Applications for Education
I have always used Wallwisher as an online KWL chart and as a backchannel tool. You can learn how to use Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) in my free document A Teacher's Guide to Backchannels and Informal Assessment Tools.


Have a Yellowstone Park Ranger Skype With Your Students

Skype in the Classroom offers some neat opportunities to bring expert speakers into your classroom. One of the opportunities that I just learned about from Kevin Honeycutt allows you to have a Yellowstone Park ranger Skype with your students. The Skype session can help students learn more about the geology, ecology, and cultural history of Yellowstone. Embedded below is a video of a classroom in Maine Skyping with a Yellowstone ranger.


Do you have Moose? Skype Conversation with Yellowstone Parkranger Beth Tyler from Anna Leijon-Guth on Vimeo.


Applications for Education
One of the things that you may have noticed in the video above is that the ranger was helping students compare the ecology of their home area with that of the Yellowstone.

Another neat opportunity for Skyping an expert is this opportunity to Skype with Mark Wood on an Everest expedition.

To Geography and Beyond with Google Earth and Google Maps

Yesterday, I announced a new webinar series designed to help teachers learn how to use Google Drive in their classrooms. Today, I am announcing that I'm expanding my webinar offerings to include Google Earth and Google Maps.

To Geography and Beyond with Google Earth and Google Maps is a three week course is designed to teach teachers how to use Google Earth and Google Maps in their classrooms. The obvious uses of these tools are in geography lessons. In this course we’ll start with social studies and move into uses of Google Earth and Google Maps in language arts, science, and mathematics (elementary level) lessons. I'll be co-teaching this course with my good friend and long-time colleague Jim Wells. Jim and I taught social studies together for many years before he started working full-time for MLTI as a technology integration mentor. Jim has more than 20 years experience in the fields of GIS, digital mapping, and instruction.

You can register for the course here and learn more on my new site PracticalEdTech.com. The course begins on March 11 at 7pm Eastern. The cost is $87 per student and includes access to recordings of all of the webinars as well as a Q&A forum between class meetings.

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