Tuesday, December 29, 2009

iCyte - Highlight and Currate Web Research

iCyte is a fantastic browser extension available for Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer 7 and 8. iCyte gives you the ability to highlight and save sections of websites for later reference. When you save an item in iCyte an archive of the website is saved in your iCyte account. To organize your findings, you can create folders within your iCyte account. The short video embedded below demonstrates the basics of using iCyte.

Creating a Cyte using Firefox on a Mac from stephen foley on Vimeo.

This video is a longer overview of all of iCyte's features.

iCyte Overview from stephen foley on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
iCyte could be a fantastic tool for students to use to organize their web research.

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Intute - Virtual Trainings on Web Research Strategies

Intute is a free online service designed to help students find and use the best academic web resources. Intute is a product of the collaborative efforts of seven universities in the UK. A couple of the services offered by Intute are a catalog of reviewed websites and a series of virtual trainings to help students develop web research skills.

The virtual trainings offered by Intute are designed to teach students how to locate, evaluate, and utilize the best of the web. Trainings are tailored to meet the needs of students studying a wide range of topics including mathematics, economics, medicine, philosophy, and much more. Intute also offers a virtual training on locating and using images from the Internet.

Applications for Education
Intute's resources are best utilized by high school students and college students who are in need of some guidance in locating resources for their research projects.

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Teaching US History with Howard Zinn

A People's History of the United Statesis frequently used by US History teachers in my school and in schools around the country because Zinn tells the history of the United States in a story that it is often different from that told in textbooks. A People's History of the United States to give students an alternative perspective on history.

The Zinn Education Project is a website designed to help teachers use A People's History of the United States in their classrooms. The Zinn Education Project provides complete lesson plans for use in elementary school, middle school, and high school settings. In some cases the lesson plans include document excerpts and references to A People's History of the United States. You can search for lesson plans by time period, theme, or by student reading levels.

I learned about the Zinn Education Project earlier this month via Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.

Applications for Education
If you teach US History the Zinn Education Project is a great resource to have in your toolkit. It's easy to locate lesson plans that meet your needs and downloading the plans is free once you're registered.

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LoudLit - Listen to Books and Read Along is a good place to find free audio recordings of famous works of literature. Many websites do this, but what makes LoudLit unique and useful for teachers is the option of reading the text online while listening to the reading of the text.

Applications for Education
LoudLit is a great resource for teachers of struggling readers. Students can use LoudLit to follow along with the reading of a text. Have students use individual computers to progress at their own pace.

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