Saturday, January 5, 2013

Share ThingLink Images in Edmodo

ThingLink is a great service for collaboratively creating interactive images. In the past I've written about using it to create interactive mind maps and shared dozens of other ways to use ThingLink in your classroom. Now ThingLink images can be shared in your Edmodo account using the "share to Edmodo button" that is now provided on every image in your ThingLink account. Click the share button on an image then select the Edmodo icon to share. The complete sharing directions can be found here on the ThingLink blog.

Here's an interactive image currently featured on the ThingLink homepage. As you can see it could be the basis for a short U.S. History lesson.

Applications for Education
If you're already using Edmodo and ThingLink this integration will stream the process of having students make contributions to a shared image. Rather than sending students to a stand-alone ThingLink image link you can simply have them use the Edmodo accounts that they're already in the habit of using for other things.

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Video - Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think is a film that I shared a couple of years ago when it was featured on Snag Learning. Snag Learning appears to have shut down, but the film is still available on Snag Films.  The film is based on the work of Gallup researchers who interviewed tens of thousands of people in 35 predominantly Muslim countries. The researchers asked questions like "What do Muslim women really want?" and "What do Muslims like and dislike about the West?" The film presents the researchers' work to challenge some popular notions and misconceptions about the feelings of Muslims toward the United States. You can find the film here.

Applications for Education
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think could be a good film for high school social studies teachers. You might considering doing a prior knowledge check before showing the film then afterward have students note how their "knowledge" changed after watching the film. 

The Week In Review Featuring Max the Blogging Dog

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Good morning from Maine. I hope that everyone had a great first week of 2013. After a nice blogging vacation I got back to a regular writing routine on January 1. This week I discovered that my newly adopted dog, Max, likes to blog too. As you can see in the picture he thinks he's a lapdog and he is quite curious about the keyboard. He and Morrison make the quite the pair. Max blogs and Morrison guards the home office.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Blubbr - Create Interactive Quizzes Using YouTube Clips
2. 17 Cartoon Videos Explaining the Internet and Internet Safety to Kids
3. Three Questions to Consider Before Flipping Your Classroom
4. Build a Media Gallery With Your Students in 2013
5. Use Duolingo to Learn a New Language in 2013
6. The Story of Exploration in Four Minutes
7. Timer Pop - A Handy Classroom Timer

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