Thursday, January 9, 2014

Groupiful - Manage Task Lists and Projects With a Group

Groupiful is a new entry into the task management / project management tools market. On Groupiful you can create groups of up to ten members with whom you share task lists, project files, and calendars. Of course, Groupiful contains a messaging system that you can use to exchange notes with and send reminders to group members. Groupiful groups can be private or public. As the creator of a group you can give people permission to post messages for the group or restrict them to only viewing the contents of the task lists and project materials.

Applications for Education
Groupiful could be a good service for high school and college students who are working on group projects with multiple groups. Students can be creators and members of multiple groups. If you are a member of multiple Groupiful groups, when you sign-in you will see all the important information from all groups in a color-coded homepage.

H/T to Life Hacker.

Two Neat Resources for Learning About Sharks

Shark Watch SA (operators of Marine Dynamics Shark Tours) has published an interesting infographic about the declining Great White Shark population. The infographic, Great Danger for the Great White Shark, tells the story of a Great White Shark population study done off of the coast of South Africa. The best aspect of the infographic may be the clearly cited sources of information used in the creation of the infographic.

Looking at the infographic reminded me the shark story contained in the World Wildlife Fund's Together app. Through pictures, puzzles, videos, and maps the shark story in the WWF Together app teaches students about the diversity of sharks and the threats to their populations.

Research Conducted by Marine Dynamics a Shark Cage Diving Operator in Gansbaai South Africa.

H/T to Cool Infographics

The History of Rock In an Interactive Infographic

From Gospel to Grunge: 100 Years of Rock is a fun and informative infographic about the history of rock music. The infographic is presented in a vertical timeline format. As you scroll down the timeline you'll see the various stages and styles of rock music as they've evolved over the last 100 years. As you move through the infographic you can click on a style to hear a sample of the music. For example, when you click on "grunge" you hear Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. The infographic also highlights the connections between styles. Click on a style to see a web of connected styles.

Click image to see the full interactive music graphic(via Concert Hotels).

Applications for Education
From Gospel to Grunge: 100 Years of Rock could be a neat resource to include in a music appreciation course. It's also the type of thing that I might include in a lesson about the history and evolution of American culture.

H/T to Open Culture

Three Good Tools for Building Flipped Lessons That Include Assessment Tools

In the right setting the flipped classroom model can work well for some teachers and students. I recently received an email from a reader who was looking for a recommendation for a tool would enable her to add an assessment aspect to her flipped lesson. Here are some tools that can accomplish that goal.

eduCanon is a free service for creating, assigning, and tracking your students' progress on flipped lessons. eduCanon allows teachers to build flipped lessons using YouTube and Vimeo videos, create questions about the videos, then assign lessons to their students. Teachers can track the progress of their students within eduCanon. To create lessons start by identifying a topic and objective then searching YouTube and Vimeo from within the eduCanon site. Once you've found a suitable video you can build multiple choice questions throughout the timeline of your chosen video. You can create as many lessons as you like and assign them to your students at any time. The video below provides a short overview of eduCanon.

Teachem is a service that uses the TED Ed model of creating lessons based on video. On Teachem teachers can build courses that are composed of a series of videos hosted on YouTube. Teachers can write questions and comments in "flashcards" that are tied to specific parts of each video and display next to each video. Students can take notes while watching the videos using the Teachem SmartNote system. Creating a Teachem course a straight-forward process of choosing a video URL then writing corresponding questions. When you create a Teachem course you can make it public or private. Public courses can be accessed by anyone that has address for your course. Teachem contains an option to collaborate with colleagues on the creation of courses.

Knowmia is a website and a free iPad app for creating, sharing, and viewing video lessons. One of the best features of Knowia is a tool that they call the Assignment Wizard. The Knowmia Assignment Wizard allows teachers to design assignments that their students have to complete after watching a video. Students can check their own Knowmia accounts to see the assignments that their teachers have distributed. To aid teachers in assessing their students, Knowmia offers an automatic scoring option. Knowmia's automatic scoring function works for multiple choice questions and numeric questions. The automatic scoring is based on your answer key. Assignments are scored when students make a submission. Along with automatic scoring teachers have the option to see when a student initially opened an assignment and how many questions they've tried before submitting the assignment. Visit the Knowmia support blog for a complete run-down of the all of the assignment scoring options.

English Monstruo - Apps & Games for Learning Verb Conjugation

English Monstruo is a free app (iPad and Android versions available) containing eight games designed to help students learn verb conjugation. English Monstruo was developed by researchers at Cambridge University who examined the results of 200,000 exams to determine the words that give Spanish speakers the most difficulty when taking an English exam.

The games in the English Monstruo app contain activities ranging from fill-in-the-blank to sorting words to replacing incorrect words with correct words. Each game has a series of levels to work through to earn points and unlock increasingly more difficult levels. To access all eight games a player needs to first earn the maximum points in the first six games in the app.

Applications for Education
I found myself sucked into a couple of the games in English Monstruo and I think that students will get sucked into them too. The games provide a fun way to practice recognizing correct spellings and verb conjugations. The games are designed for intermediate level ELL students.

Click here for the Android version. Click here for the iPad version.