Friday, November 28, 2008

The Top Five on the 1st Anniversary

Today, marks exactly one year since I wrote the first post on Free Technology for Teachers. This blog started as a small project intended to share resources with my colleagues in Oxford Hills, Maine. Over the last year Free Technology for Teachers has grown to reach more than 1200 subscribers and over 25,000 views in the last month.

Here are the five most popular items of the last week.
1. Five Resources for Fun Spelling Games
2. Another Method for Watching YouTube Offline
3. Three Blogging Tutorials
4. Teaching College Math
5. Useful How-To Tutorials

These are the most popular items in the month of November.
1. 20+ Educational Alternatives to YouTube
2. 34 Ways to Use RSS
3. 170+ Intelligent, Educational YouTube Videos
4. Grading Student Blogging
5. Five Great Grammar Resources

If you're not subscribed to Free Technology for Teachers, please consider subscribing in your favorite RSS reader or via email. Subscribing just takes a minute yet it can save you time throughout the week. Subscribing in an RSS reader or via email is like having the newspaper delivered to your doorstep instead of going to the newsstand everyday.

Twitter 4 Teachers - Find Twitterers Like You

As I have written numerous times in the past, Twitter is a great place to connect with other teachers and learn about what is going on in the field of educational technologies. A couple of days ago I came across Twitter 4 Teachers. Twitter 4 Teachers is a wiki that was put together by a teacher in St. Charles, Missouri. On Twitter 4 Teachers you will find categorized lists of teachers who are on Twitter. Twitter 4 Teachers is a wiki so if you're on Twitter add your name to the list for your content area.

The Networked Student - Video

Alec Couros posted this great video on his blog, Open Thinking & Digital Pedagogy. If you aren't subscribed to Alec's blog, I highly recommend reading it and subscribing to it. Every time he posts something, I learn something new about teaching in our digital age.

Applications for Education
This video could be a great aid for teachers trying to convince school administrators to open up access to the Internet from school. The explanation of how students can learn through connections is straight-forward and hard to argue against. The video should also open some eyes to the concepts of connected learning.

Timeline of Mumbai Attacks

Dipity, a collaborative, multimedia timeline service has created a timeline of the terrorist attacks that have unfolded in Mumbai. (Read more about Dipity here). The timeline is embedded below. Please note that the content is user generated. You may also want to note that you can sign up to be notified of updates to the timeline.

Understanding how the attacks started and where they started may be a difficult thing for students to understand. The BBC has created an interactive map that could be helpful. An image of the map is inserted below. Click the image to use the map on the BBC's website.

Obviously, all of the major news networks have many, many videos about the events in Mumbai. Below is one from CNN that might help students gain a basic understanding of the situation in Mumbai.

(If you're reading this in a RSS reader, you may need to visit the blog directly to see the video).