Sunday, November 13, 2011

Register Now for the New England 1:1 Summit

On March 10, 2012 Burlington (Massachusetts) Public Schools is hosting the New England 1:1 Summit. This free event is open to teachers, administrators, and IT professionals who are interested in sharing ideas and learning about teaching in one-to-one computing environments. The event promises to tackle questions like; is 1:1 practical? And what does a successful 1:1 environment look like? The event is free, but you should register ahead of time.

If you're interested in presenting at the New England 1:1 Summit, session proposals are now being accepted through December 1. Submit your proposal through the Google Form on the New England 1:1 Summit homepage.

The Wild Classroom - Science Videos and More

The Wild Classroom is a website that features a collection of podcasts and videos for science classrooms. One aspect of The Wild Classroom that impressed me was the Biomes of the World Map. The Biomes of the World map allows students to explore the map and watch an informational video about each biome.

Here is a sample video about sharks from The Wild Classroom.

Applications for Education
The Wild Classroom could be a fun and informative place for students to explore biology concepts. The lesson plan section of The Wild Classroom is sparse right now, therefore The Wild Classroom is seeking contributions from teachers.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Simple Science Videos

Proof that everything old is new again, today on Twitter I saw Simple Science Videos being Tweeted around. I first saw these videos three years ago. At that time there was a website that supported the content of the videos, but now that site seems to have gone offline. None-the-less 91 Simple Science Videos remain on Vimeo for your viewing enjoyment. The aim of each video is to give a clear explanation of science topics that elementary and middle school students can understand. A video about various types of rocks and their uses is embedded below.

3D Rocks Video from Simple Science on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Designed primarily for elementary and middle school students, Simple Science's videos are entertaining and informative videos for introducing a new topic to your students. The collection of videos is also good for independent learning by students. These videos could be included in slide presentation that students may give as part of research assignment.

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where my dog and I are watching deer and forgetting that the brilliant colors of fall have turned to the brown of winter. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope you find an equally relaxing activity even if only for a short while. We all need a recharge once in a while. And as my favorite school nurse tells me, "rest is great medicine." After you recharge, if you would like to see the new things that other readers found useful this week, please have a look at this week's most popular posts.

These are the most popular posts for the week ending 11/11/11:
1. A Visualization of Punctuation's Importance
2. 9 Tools Students Can Use to Create Music Online
3. Video - The Difference Between UK, England, and Great Britain Explained
4. Videos Explaining Daylight Saving Time
5. Google+ Pages - Use Google+ To Connect With Your Community
6. Literature Map - Find Authors You Might Like
7. Cite This For Me - A Reference List Generator

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Friday, November 11, 2011

KinderTown - Find Apps for Pre-K Students

KinderTown is a new service and iPhone / iPad app designed to help parents find the best educational apps for their pre-K children. KindetTown reviews iOS apps and categorizes them according to content area (Social Studies, Math, Language, Art, and Science). To find an app appropriate for your child select the device your child is using, select your child's age, and select a content area. After making those selections KinderTown will generate a list of appropriate apps. Watch the video below to learn more.

For information about the background on KinderTown, read this TechCrunch article.

Applications for Education
If you have small children at home who grab your iPad or iPhone from you, KinderTown could be a good app for you. Likewise, if you teach pre-K students and have iPads KinderTown could be a time-saver when you're looking for apps for your students.