Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Share Bookmarks With a Group in Annotary

Last month I wrote about a new bookmarking service called Annotary. Annotary struck me as being a bit like Diigo meets Pinterest. I liked Annotary but it was missing something. That missing thing was the option to create bookmark sharing groups. This week Annotary added that option.

You can add existing Annotary members to your group or send out email invites to the people that you want to join and use Annotary with you. Annotary provides a signup link you can share that automatically signs visitors up for the group. You can create group collections or move your existing collections into a group. Everyone in the group automatically follows the group's collections and can contribute their own bookmarks and annotations.

Animated Tours of the Water Cycle and Water Treatment Plants

This afternoon I spent a little time on the EPA website exploring the resources that it offers to teachers and students. Two of the EPA's educational offerings that jumped out at me are animated tours of the water cycle and a water treatment plant.

Thirstin's Water Cycle takes students on an animated and narrated tour of the water cycle from water, to vapor, to clouds, to rain. Thirstin's Tour of a Water Treatment Plant takes students on a narrated tour through a typical water treatment facility found in the United States.

Applications for Education
Both of Thirstin's narrated tours are designed as supplementary materials to the elementary school lesson plans offered in the teacher's resources section of EPA.gov.

Image-based Language Lessons

A few years ago I wrote about using CAPL (Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon) as a resource for locating images to use in language lessons. Over the weekend Larry Ferlazzo wrote about CAPL's Pictolang service which prompted me to look at it again.

CAPL now supports thirteen languages. Browse through the CAPL collection if you're looking for images to use in a world languages lesson. To find a Creative Commons licensed image to use in your lessons visit CAPL, click browse, then select your language to search for images that represent common words in that language.

Pictolang is a CAPL service that offers four image-based language learning activities. The Visual Word Trainer is simply a flashcard activity that shows students an image and the word or words that picture represents. The Picture Match Game shows students one word and they have to find the picture to match it. Word Match Game shows students one picture and they have to find the word to match it. The Analyst Game is probably the most challenging of the activities. The Analyst Game shows students a picture and they have to identify where that picture came from.

Applications for Education
The Pictolang games could help students study languages on their own. The CAPL galleries could be helpful in locating images to use in developing your own language learning activities. You could also have students use CAPL to create language learning games to use with their own students.

Use Evernote with Not-so-smart Phones

Evernote is a great tool for taking notes on the go with your Android or iPhone. But if you don't have a smartphone, what can you use? Evernote EV is a new SMS client for Evernote that was developed for people who want to take notes on their feature phones and save them into Evernote accounts. Using Evernote EV any feature phone that has text messaging capabilities can be used to send notes to your Evernote account. You can also use text messaging to search and retrieve notes that are stored in your Evernote account. Visit TxtEV.com to start using Evernote EV.

Applications for Education
Evernote EV could be a great tool for students who don't have smartphones to use to send short notes to themselves that they can access later on a computer or retrieve via text message. Of course, before you start having students use Evernote EV you should consider that depending upon the phone plans that they have students can incur text messaging charges on their phones by using Evernote EV.

Discover the World's Great Art on Art.sy

Artsy is a new site that has indexed thousands of works of art that you can view online. Art.sy allows you to browse for artworks according to medium, style, subject matter, movement, or region in which the art is produced. Once you've found an artwork that you like, Art.sy helps you find more by suggesting related works. And if you're in the market for some new artwork to decorate your home or office Art.sy can help you find works that are for sale.

Applications for Education
Artsy could be a nice resource for use art history and art appreciation courses. Students can use Art.sy to discover new-to-them artists by following the suggestions that accompany the more famous artists and works with which they may already familiar.

H/T to Open Culture

Use ImageCodr to Create Correct Image Attributions

Creative Commons licensing makes many photos available for re-use that we otherwise could not use. The trouble is properly citing Creative Commons licensed works can sometimes be a confusing, multistep process. ImageCodr aims to make that process easier.

ImageCodr generates properly formatted Creative Commons attributions for images that you find on Flickr. Once you've found a Flickr image that you want to use just paste its URL into the ImageCodr code generator to get a properly formatted image code with Creative Commons attribution.

Applications for Education
ImageCodr could be a good tool for students to use when they're adding images to blog posts. ImageCodr gives students all of the code and attributions necessary for using a Creative Commons image found on Flickr in their blog posts.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for sharing this last week. 

MasteryConnect Partners With Solution Tree

Full Disclosure: Mastery Connect is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers.

Mastery Connect provides a free community for educators to share and discuss their plans around Common Core standards. As a member of the community you can browse and download the materials shared by other educators. There are currently more than one hundred pages of shared materials. Of course, as a member of the community you can share your own materials. You can also follow and have threaded Twitter-style discussions with other members of the community. All materials found in Mastery Connect are tied to specific standards in the Common Core. Click here to join the community today.

This summer MasteryConnect partnered with Solution Tree and presented at Solution Tree's Professional Learning Communities at Work institutes. Solution Tree's Rick Dufour endorsed MasteryConnect's community in this video.