Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Knowcase - Quickly & Collaboratively Create Outlines

Knowcase is a free tool for recording ideas and creating outlines. To get started using Knowcase just click create then start typing. Each time you press enter or return a new element of your outline is started. To rearrange the sequence of elements on your outline just drag them into a new order. Knowcase outlines can be made private or public. There are two public settings. A public setting that allows people to only view the outline and a setting that allows others to edit your outline.

Knowcase can be used on iPhones and iPads.

Applications for Education
Knowcase could be a nice tool for having students collaborate on simple outlines. Knowcase could also be used for creating simple timelines. I could see Knowcase being used by a teacher to create a list of events then ask students to arrange those events in the correct sequence.

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Math Open Reference - Online Geometry Reference

Math Open Reference is a free online reference for geometry teachers and students. Math Open Reference features animated and interactive drawings to demonstrate geometry terms and concepts. The table of contents on Math Open Reference is divided into four basic categories; plane geometry, coordinate geometry, solid geometry, and function explorer tools. Click on any subject in the first three categories to find definitions, examples, and interactive drawings. In the function explorer category users can select linear functions, quadratic functions, or cubic functions to explore how changes in variables affect the graphed output.

Applications for Education
Math Open Reference probably isn't complete enough to replace a textbook, but it could make a great supplement to the mathematics textbooks that you do use. For students who need visual references, Math Open Reference could be particularly helpful.

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Useful YouTube Channels for Educators

I usually don't write posts about the lists that other people have made, but I'm making an exception for a list written by Online College Courses. Online College Courses has created a list of 100 useful YouTube channels for teachers. Most of the usual suspects like TED, PBS, and National Geographic are on the list, but there are quite a few that I hadn't seen before such as Garland Science, Witness, and Craft. 100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers is divided into four parts; general education, science & math, history & world issues, visual & performing arts.

Applications for Education
If you're fortunate enough to be able to access YouTube in your classroom, 100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers could be a good place to find video content to complement your instruction.

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Need Primary Documents? Try the Avalon Project

The Avalon Project is a free resource that I use on a regular basis with a couple of my US History classes. The Avalon Project, produced by Yale University, provides digital copies of hundreds of original documents from a myriad of topics in US History.

Applications for Education
The Avalon Project, like Google Books and other resources, make it possible for me to find many primary source documents to use in my classroom. One activity that I like to do with primary documents is to distribute a collection of three to five documents about the same event or topic. Then I have students compare the viewpoints of different authors. I also have students compare the information they find in secondary sources (both online and in textbooks) with the information they see in the primary sources. For example of how one of the ways we do this, read Textbooks, Wikipedia, and Primary Source Research.

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