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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Week in Review - The Knuckle Hopping Edition

Good morning from the Toronto International Airport where I am waiting for my flight home to Portland, Maine. This week I had the privilege of presenting in Paramus, New Jersey and Grande Prairie, Alberta. I always learn something new when I travel. In Paramus I learned about Blue Laws and in Grande Prairie I learned about knuckle hopping. In Grande Prairie I knuckle hopped for the first time in my life. You can see the video of it below (click here if the video is not visible to you). Thanks to Lorne Toews for the video.


Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 5 Free iPad Apps Students Can Use to Take Notes
2. Rewordify Helps Students Read Complex Passages
3. Lingualy Helps You Learn a Language While Browsing the Web
4. How to Create a Website With Weebly
5. Fun DIY Projects for Kids
6. How to Enable Offline Use of Google Documents
7. How Google+ Has Brought Meaning Back To My PLN Experience

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What Is Money? - A Short Economics Lesson

The Atlantic's new series Economics In Plain English is a good resource for social studies teachers to bookmark and share with their students. One of the new additions to the series is What Is Money? What Is Money? uses the fun scenario of trying to deposit a banana into a bank to explain the basic purpose and function of money. The video is embedded below.




Updated - A Search Engine for Videos Not On YouTube

A few weeks ago I created a Google Custom Search Engine for videos that are not hosted on YouTube. You can find the search engine on this page. This evening I updated that search engine to include four more resources. The alternatives to YouTube that I added to the search engine were the National Film Board of Canada, the Economist videos, The Atlantic videos, and National Geographic Kids videos.

You can test the updated search engine below. It is permanently hosted here.


Web Rangers Offers a Fun Way to Learn About U.S. National Parks

Web Rangers offers seven categories of games about different subjects related to the National Parks. The game categories are people, animals, parks, science, history, nature, and puzzles. Each category contains games of varying difficulty rated from easy to difficult. Some of the game topics include dendrochronology, animal tracking, animal identification, fire fighting, and map reading.

Students can play Web Rangers games as visitors or as registered users. Registered users can track their progress and earn virtual rewards. Registered users can also create their own customized virtual ranger stations.

Applications for Education
Web Rangers could be a great way for students to learn about all of the things that National Parks contain. The games also introduce players to the job functions of Park Rangers. In that regard, the game could be a "career exploration" activity of sorts. You might also use the games in conjunction with some of the National Parks system's lesson plans.

How to Create Image-Based Quizzes in Google Forms

Today, in Grande Prairie, Alberta I wrapped-up the second day of a Google Apps workshop. Creating image-based quizzes in Google Forms was one of the things that was a hit with a good portion of the participants. Earlier this year I created a short tutorial on the process. That tutorial is embedded below.


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