Sunday, June 17, 2012

Encalc - A Free Scientific Calculator

Encalc is a free online scientific calculator that I initially tried more than four years ago. I revisited it this evening and discovered that some more features have been added to it. The two biggest enhancements to note are the addition of a graphing function and the addition of embed codes that you can use to put the calculator on your website. Try Encalc as embedded below.

Applications for Education
Scientific calculators don't come cheap. Some schools have the students buy them other schools provide them and sign them out just like a textbook. Either way someone is absorbing a large cost. Fortunately, for schools and students facing budget crunches, there are web tools like Encalc available for free.

K12 Guide to Going Google

This morning I received an email from a reader who was looking for a template for deploying Google Apps for Education across her school. While I have guides like this one for Google Drive and Docs that is geared toward teachers, I haven't written one from a deployment perspective. Fortunately, I don't have to write that one because Google already has.

Google's K12 Guide to Going Google contains six very detailed sections on deployment of Google Apps for Edu. The guide covers technical integration, outreach, professional development, promotion, launch, and staying up to date. There are step-by-step plans outlined in the technical integration, outreach, and professional development sections. The promotion and launch sections provide templates for your use. The staying up to date section refers administrators to the new Google Apps What's New? site.

Applications for Education
If your school is going Google, the K12 Guide to Going Google is obviously a great resource. But if your school is still gathering information before making a decision about whether or not to "go Google," the K12 Guide to Going Google will give you a good sense of what the process entails.