Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Greenwood, Maine. It has been a busy week here. On Monday morning I officially launched a new blog iPad Apps for School. More than 1,300 people have already subscribed to it via email and RSS. On Thursday evening I wrapped up the first session of my new webinar series Google Drive and the Common Core and by popular request I opened up another session of it in January. And this week Free Technology for Teachers received the Edublog Award for Best Ed Tech Blog. This was the fifth time that the blog has been honored with the award. Thank you all for your continued support over the years.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 5,000 Stock Images for Google Drive Users
2. 22 Useful Google Forms for Teachers and Principals
3. A New Place to Find Educational iPad Apps
4. A Short Guide to Copyright for Educators
5. Vizaroo - Collect Student Feedback in Diagrams
6. Graphing Stories - The Math in Short Videos
7. Dirty Jobs of the Middle Ages

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Talking With Children

Like all of you I was floored by yesterday's tragedy in Connecticut. Newtown is a town that know fairly well because as I grew up in Connecticut I competed in some interscholastic events in Newtown and I still have family in the area. My heart goes out to all of the families and friends in Newtown.

Throughout the afternoon and evening yesterday people sent me links and comments about talking with children about tragedies. With the exception of this resource from PBS, Larry Ferlazzo has already listed everything that was shared with me. I encourage you to visit Larry's list and subscribe to it as I'm sure that he will continue to update it.

On a related note, Kristopher Still, husband of Beth Still and law enforcement expert on crisis response, has written a good piece of advice for schools on preparing for the worst case scenario.

Video - How To Create Infographics

Infographics are everywhere these days. I've shared a bunch of them on here over the last couple of years. When they are designed well they can provide a good way to interpret and talk about data. Creating an infographic can be a good way to get students to think about they data that they have collected or found in research. In the fifteen minute video below Linda Braun explains how to create an infographic and some of the nuances of the better infographics.

Creating infographics | screencast tutorial from School Library Journal on Vimeo.