Thursday, September 24, 2009

Manga High - Free Mathematics Games

Manga High is a new site offering free mathematics games for K-12 students. There are four games and a quiz program that offer graduated activities. Students earn gold, silver, and bronze "coins" to track their progress. While the games and quiz program are free, the rest of Manga High is a fee-based service.

Applications for Education
Manga High, like a lot of mathematics games sites, provides an intuitive and engaging platform for students to use to practice their mathematics skills. One of the benefits of Manga High is that it doesn't have the intrusive advertising that some mathematics game sites have.

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32 Great Technology Integration Tips

By popular request, I've assembled all of the tips submitted for the Share Your Advice - Win a Book contest. Be sure to check out the blogs of the people who submitted tips.

Share Your Advice Contest Winner

32 entries were submitted for the Share Your Advice - Win a Book contest. Voting for your favorite tip closed yesterday and the winner with more than twice as many as the next tipster is.... Dr. Christophy! Dr. Christophy, please email me at richardbyrne (at) to claim your free copy of The Best of Learning & Leading with Technology: Selections from Volumes 31-35

Dr. Christophy submitted this tip:
"Don't use technology for the sake of using technology. Pick something where the technology enhances learning. If it can be done better with pencil and paper, do it with pencil and paper."

Thank you to everyone that shared their advice with all of us. I know that I picked up some gems that I can use and I hope that everyone else did too. Later today, by popular request, I will post all of the tips in an easy-to-access format.

Thanks to Jennifer Roland for the opportunity to give away a copy of this book.

Free Guide (PDF) Tips for Teaching With New Media

Edutopia has created a new guide for the new school year. Ten Top Tips for Teaching with New Media is a free PDF download that offers some very solid advice. If you're just beginning to explore the uses of social media in your classroom, this guide is well worth downloading. If you're in an technology integration leadership role, this guide is worth distributing to your colleagues.

COOL - Free Open Course Materials from McGill

McGill University offers the content of many of their courses for free online. McGill calls their online course content site COOL. COOL offers course materials dating back to the fall 2005 semester through the fall 2009 semester. The bulk of the course offerings are in the sciences.

The COOL course materials include video and audio lecture files as well as slides and other reading materials. COOL offers the video files in variety of formats including MP3, WMV, and MP4. You can also subscribe to courses via iTunes.

Applications for Education
The free access to college course materials made possible by universities like McGill and many others, provide high school students with an opportunity to get a taste of what a college course is like while still in high school. Sampling college courses for free could help students get an idea of what they may want to study in college. The free course offerings can also provide high school teachers with supplemental materials for their classroom instruction.

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Yale Open Course - Introduction to Psychology
100 Awesome Open Courses
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