Saturday, July 23, 2011

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

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Good morning from Maine where I'm still trying to get back on a normal schedule after a good, but hectic week of traveling and speaking in Tucson, Arizona and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Thank you to the Arizona K12 Center and Southeast Missouri State University for inviting me to speak to and work with teachers desiring to learn more using educational technology. And thank you to all of you who have helped Free Technology for Teachers grow to a subscriber base of more than 36,000 readers which in turn has led to speaking invitations.

Here are the most popular posts of the week:
1. 7 Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Outlines Online
2. Augmented Reality in Plain English
3. 10 Common Challenges Facing Educators
4. Best of the Web - Updated Again
5. Edublogs Removes Ads from All Blogs

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Image*After - More Than 27,000 Free Images

Image Source
Image*After is a repository of more than 27,000 free stock images and textures that can be downloaded and reused for noncommercial and commercial uses. The images and textures in the galleries have been donated by amateur photographers and artists. You can search Image*After by image category, image size, and base color. When you find an image you like you can either download it directly to your computer or clip it to a temporary online account while you browse for more images.

Applications for Education
Image*After could be a good resource to have bookmarked for the next time your students start developing multimedia projects.

US Debt Clock

Just how quickly is the US national debt accumulating? What about state debts? Get the real-time answers to those questions and more at The US Debt Clock provides real-time information about the national debt including information like "debt per citizen," revenue sources, largest budget item spending, and interest on debts.

US Debt Clock offers options for viewing state debt information. The state debt information isn't as detailed as the information available for the national debt, but it still offers real-time updates for GDP, debt, and debt to GDP ratios.

Applications for Education
US Debt Clock could be a neat resource for teachers of Civics and Government. You could use the clock to introduce an activity in which students develop and propose ideas to slow the growth of the national debt. Keep the clock running throughout the time that students are developing and proposing their ideas. Then show them how much the debt has grown in the time it took them to develop and share their ideas.