Friday, September 25, 2009

Week In Review - The Most Popular Items

It's a beautiful Friday evening here in Western Maine, USA and time for another week in review. The highlight of the week for me was compiling all of the comments from the Share Your Advice - Win a Book contest. The reading through the comments confirmed two things that I always knew. First, technology integration is "teaching with technology," it's not "teaching technology." Second, the readers of this blog are awesome, progressive educators.

As I do every week, I've compiled a list of the seven most popular items of the last seven days. The list is based on item clicks and views. If you ever miss the week in review post, you can always check out the Post Rank widget embedded in the right column of the blog. Post Rank displays the most popular blog entries at any given time.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last seven days:
1. Two Guides for Constructing a PLN
2. Harvard Offers Tuition-Free Graduate Program
3. Webinar Video - Teaching Search in the Classroom
4. Free Guide (PDF) Tips for Teaching With New Media
5. The Google Jockey
6. A Quick Guide to Annotating Using Diigo
7. Free eBooks Search Engine

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Simple K-12 Offers Webinar on H1N1 Prevention

Simple K12, a company that offers a nice technology integration newsletter, is hosting a webinar next week about H1N1 prevention in schools. The webinar will cover topics including the US DOE's guidelines for H1N1 prevention as well as free and cost-effective ways to meet the US DOE's requirements. This could be a good webinar for school nurses as well as school administrators. You can register for the webinar here.

C-Span Student Cam Video Contest

C-Span is once again hosting a video documentary contest for students. The contest is open to middle school and high school students. To enter, students need to create a documentary video 5-8 minutes long about "our country's greatest strength" or "a challenge the country is facing." The prizes for the winners of the contest range from $250 to $5,000 for students and $125 to $1000 for the students' schools. The entry deadline is January 20, 2010. You can read all of the contest rules and requirements here.

Applications for Education
This contest's topic fits very well with the curriculum of my Civics course therefore I'm considering having my students create videos for this contest. Even if the students don't win, it will be good to get them thinking about the country as a whole rather than just their little corner of the country.

The Top News Stories of the Last Twenty Years

CNN Student News is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. The last segment in today's episode takes a look back at some of the top stories of the last twenty years. For all of today's high school students some of these stories are older than they are. The montage of news clips could be a great way to introduce a study US and world news at the end of 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The video is embedded below. Make sure you also check out the photo gallery that accompanies the video montage of news stories from the last twenty years.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Video Timeline of Apollo 11 Moon Landing
LIFE - Your World In Pictures
This Day in Sports History - Miracle on Ice

Hundreds of Math and Science Video Tutorials

Once again, Open Culture has discovered a real gem for education. Khan Academy has a YouTube Channel on which they have posted hundreds of mathematics and science tutorial videos. The videos range in length from five minutes to 20+ minutes. The videos that I previewed had clear spoken commentary as well as clear visual aids. A sample is embedded below.

Applications for Education
The Khan Academy YouTube Channel could be a good place to find videos for your classroom blog or website.