Showing posts with label ilearn technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ilearn technology. Show all posts

Friday, September 2, 2011

Children's Books Forever - Free Children's eBooks

Here is a nice site that I learned about from one of my favorite elementary school tech bloggers, Kelly Tenkely. Children's Books Forever hosts free children's ebooks that you can view online and or download to your local computer. As Children's Books Forever points out, the books are suitable for use on SmartBoards. There are books available in twelve languages including English, Spanish, German, and Japanese.

Applications for Education
This is usually where I would write a suggestion or two for using Children's Books Forever in your classroom. But Kelly actually was an elementary school teacher (I've been in secondary ed my entire career) so I recommend reading Kelly's suggestions for using Children's Books Forever in your classroom.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Volunteer Spot - Schedule Volunteers

Volunteer Spot is a free scheduling service that teachers, coaches, and others and use to coordinate volunteers. Volunteer Spot gives you the ability to post calendars and sign-up sheets online. When potential volunteers visitor your calendar they can see the days and times at which volunteers are needed. When the quota for volunteers for a particular time or day is reached, Volunteer Spot won't allow any more sign-ups.

Applications for Education

Volunteer Spot could be a significant improvement over trying to keep track of emails from parents. You could also coordinate sign-ups with a wiki or similar tool, but getting parents to use Volunteer Spot is probably much easier than trying to convince a whole class worth of parents to join a wiki.

If Volunteer Spot is more than you need in a sign-up application, you may want to look at SignApp Now.

Update: Just received this great news via a comment from Michael Walter.
After using it for only 3 days, parents in my school are raving about it. It made scheduling a diverse group of volunteers incredibly easy, mostly because they scheduled themselves. Parents were in love with the easy interface, and the email reminders, the only thing I was worried about, were a BIG hit. Going to try and get this expanded beyond just my library helpers, and bring it to my next collegiate circle to share.
Michael, thanks for sharing your experience with us!

I originally learned about Volunteer Spot on iLearn Technology which is a fantastic blog to visit if you're looking for resources for elementary school settings.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Live Binders - Online Binders of Webpages and Images

Live Binders is a neat service that allows you to create online binders of webpages, images, and documents. Live Binders displays your collected content in a tabbed, book-like format. You can create binders for as many topics as you like. Adding content to your Live Binder can be done by manually typing in the url of a webpage, upload files from your computer to your Live Binder, or add content through the Live Binders bookmarklet for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Live Binders has an excellent series of video tutorials to help you get started.

Thanks to Kelly at iLearn Technology for the tip about Live Binders.

Applications for Education
Live Binders could be an excellent tool for students to use to create online booklets of resources they find online combined with content that they've created. Or students could build Live Binders to showcase the work that they've done.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Arkive - Images of Life on Earth

Arkive is a great website for biology teachers and students. Arkive has thousands of images and videos of threatened plants and animals. Arkive also has a Google Earth layer that students can use to view marine species habitat. The education section of Arkive has complete lesson plans including video clips and slideshows that teachers can download. There are lesson plans appropriate for use in elementary school, middle school, and high school. If you're looking for a short educational activity, Arkive has educational games that students can play independently.

Applications for Education
Arkive is a great source of educational videos and pictures for use in a biology class. The news archive on Arkive provides timely reading materials that could be used in middle school or high school classrooms. The games are appropriate for use in elementary school or middle school.

I first learned about Arkive on Kelly Tenkely's website iLearn Technology. If you haven't subscribed to her website, I highly recommend doing so.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Create a Strong and Simple Password

I recently came across a simple, but effective password creation tool. Password Bird was featured on iLearn Technology last week. Password Bird is a simple website that asks you three questions then generates a password for you based on your responses. Every password it generated for me included numbers and letters. If you don't like the password it generates for you, simply click the link for a new password.

Applications for Education
Password Bird is a great tool to have students try when they can't think of their own computer passwords. This is a particularly handy tool when students have to create passwords that include numbers.