Saturday, February 4, 2012

Stocks, Dividends, and Inflation Explained in Under Two Minutes

Through Explania I have just discovered a great collection of short video explanations of important topics in economics. Investopedia has a great YouTube channel in which they explain in two minutes or less concepts like inflation, stocks, and dividends. I've embedded a couple Investopedia explanations below.

What is inflation?

What is the difference between stocks and bonds?

On the personal finance front, Common Craft offers some good videos about borrowing money, saving money, and investing money. The videos can be viewed on the Common Craft website, but if you want to download them or embed them you will need to have a Common Craft membership. Here's their explanation of saving money and compound interest.

Disclosure: I have an in-kind relationship with Common Craft. I advised them on some products in return for access to their library of videos.

Week in Review - A New Book Project

Good morning from Maine. I hope that everyone had a great week of teaching and learning. As I do every week I've compiled a short list of this week's most popular posts. If you're looking for some new resources to explore before watching the Super Bowl this weekend (go Pats!) check out this week's most popular posts.

Before you jump to the list, I would like to share with you the new book project that I've embarked on with Steve Hargadon and Chris Dawson. Earlier this week we announced the Classroom 2.0 Fifth Anniversary Book project. We have already had a great response from some well-known members of the educational technology community. But we'd like to emphasize that the call for submissions is open to any educator who would like to share his or her best practice with a larger audience. Contributing to the Classroom 2.0 Fifth Anniversary Book could be an excellent way to have your ideas read by a large audience.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. The Faculty Project
2. A New Google in Education Ebook and Website
3. Oolone - A Visual Search Engine that I Can Now Recommend
4. 29 Days of Android Apps for Teachers and Students
5. A New Google+ Safety Center for Teens, Parents, and Educators
6. Announcify - A Great Text to Speech App
7. Learn How to Build a Search Engine

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LearnBoost Adds Unlimited Media to Lesson Plans

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LearnBoost, the free online gradebook and lesson management service, just added another useful option for teachers. Now in the lesson planner teachers can include images, videos, charts, maps, and text clippings in their lesson plans. And if you're working with other teachers who use LearnBoost when you share a lesson plan that has media embedded in it the person with who you share will also be able to access the media you included. You can read more about this new feature and get directions on the LearnBoost blog.

Embedded below is a short video overview of adding media to your LearnBoost lesson plan.

How to embed media files in lesson plans from LearnBoost on Vimeo.

And another good feature of LearnBoost is the option to sync it with your Google Calendar settings. The video below shows you how to do that.

How to sync Google Calendars with LearnBoost from LearnBoost on Vimeo.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Gooru - Great Collections of Science and Math Resources

Gooru is a new service (still carrying the Alpha label) that aims to provide teachers and students with an extensive collection of videos, interactive displays, documents, diagrams, and quizzes for learning about topics in math and science.

As a Gooru member you have access to hundreds of resources according to subject areas such as chemistry, biology, ecology, algebra, calculus, and more. Within each subject area you can look for resources according to media type such as video, interactive display, slides, text, and lesson plans. When you find resources that you want to use, drag them to the resources folder within your account. Gooru also offers you the option to add resources to your folders even if you did not find them within Gooru.

Applications for Education
Gooru could be a great place for math and science teachers to locate lesson plans and other materials to use in their classrooms. Students can create Gooru accounts to find useful review materials and take practice tests on the subjects they're studying.

Try Yahoo to Find Your Next iPad or Android App

For a lot of us Yahoo is kind of the forgotten search engine. I honestly can't tell you when the last time I used it was until today when I learned through Android Central that Yahoo has an app search setting.

At you can search for Android and iOS apps. You can filter results according to OS, price, and category. I gave it a try and I have to say that the search results page is quite a bit nicer than that of the search results page in the Android Market. The look doesn't affect the effectiveness of the search tool, but it is a nice aspect of Yahoo App Search. Give Yahoo App Search a try the next time you're looking for a new app for your Android or iOS device.

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