Saturday, September 4, 2010

Week in Review

Hurricane Earl never quite made it to Maine. Instead, today we have beautiful, sunny and warm weather. Before going to take advantage of the reprieve, I compiled the list of the most popular posts of the week.

Here are the most popular posts of the last week:
1. 47 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom
2. 7 Places & Ways to Find Copyright-friendly Images
3. One Principal's Approach to Cellphones in Classrooms
4. Developing Critical Thinking Through Web Research
5. 7 Organization Tools for Students
6. 60+ Webcams & Virtual Tours for Social Studies
7. Art Babble - Videos About Art

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CoboCards - Online and Mobile Flashcards

Cobocards is an online and mobile flashcard system that I first reviewed about fifteen months ago. Since then Cobocards has made some additions and improvements to their offerings. First, Cobocards is now available as an iPhone and Android app. Cobocards has also improved their gallery of public flashcard collections to make it easier to find flashcards for the topic(s) you're studying.

Cobocards provides you with pdf copies of your flashcards that you can print to study offline. Of course, you can study also study your flashcards online. If you study your flashcards online, Cobocards will keep track of your results for you. If you would like to share your flashcards with a private group, like the students in your classroom, Cobocards allows you to do that too. Learn more about Cobocards by watching the video below.

Cobocards does limit how many flashcard sets you can maintain using their free service.

Applications for Education
Cobocards offers students, options for studying online, on their mobile devices, and an option for studying offline. If you have students that don't have Internet access at home, creating Cobocards flashcards at school and the printing them to take home is an excellent alternative to online studying.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Ediscio - Collaboratively Create Flashcards
Flashcard Flash - Search for Flashcard Sets
Quizlet - Create and Share Flashcards

How to Set Up a Group Blog in Posterous

Earlier this week I received an email from an employee of Posterous telling me that a couple of my blog posts had led to them receiving a wave of emails from teachers looking for more information about group blogging. In response to taht wave, Posterous created a how-to video that demonstrates the steps necessary to create your own group blog using Posterous. The video includes how to make your Posterous group site private.

Watch the video below.

You'll notice the video includes registering a custom domain for a fee. You can do that if you want, but it's not necessary for using Posterous.

Applications for Education
As the video above demonstrates, Posterous could be a good option for creating a private group blog. If you're looking for your students to each create their own blogs, Posterous makes it easy for them to do that too.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
How Students Can Blog Without an Email Address
Posterous - A Simple Way for Students to Blog
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers