Thursday, March 8, 2012

Developing an Online Personal Learning Network

These are the slides from the presentation about personal learning networks that I gave at NCTIES. Under the slides I have included a few of the points that stressed in the session.

  • Personal learning networks aren't about one social network platform. 
  • Personal learning networks take time to develop.
  • Personal learning networks can be as large or small as you want them to be. 
  • Your personal learning networks will change over time.
  • Everyone has something to share.

Best of the Web 2012

This afternoon at NCTIES I gave my popular best of the web presentation to a packed room. The presentation covers 70 resources in 60 minutes. You can view all of the resources in the slides below. The presentation ends with this video of Matt Damon defending teachers. Matt gets my award for best rant of the year. As I warned the audience in attendance, he does use one word (s***) that would get him a PG rating at the movies.

10 Awesome Android Uses and Apps for Education

This morning I gave a short presentation on Android apps for education. The slides for that presentation are embedded below.

StudyBlue Launches a New Way to Find Self-Study Material

StudyBlue is an online and mobile flashcard service that I've covered in the past. Today, they launched a new way for students to discover and create flashcard materials. Now when students create flashcards in StudyBlue they can also see 30 related flashcards from the community. For example, if I were to create a flashcard about photosynthesis, I would see 30 other flashcards on photosynthesis. I could then review my flashcard about photosynthesis as well as the 30 related flashcards on the topic. I could also add all or some of those community flashcards to my flashcard sets to review. The video below demonstrates this new feature in 27 seconds.

Applications for Education
Yesterday, in my post about Class Connect I wrote about how teachers can benefit from sharing resources with each other. The same can be said for students who share study materials on StudyBlue. Viewing the flashcards that other students have made about the same topic could provide students with a new way to think about and remember the topic they're studying.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Listen to Customized Bite-sized News

Update February 2015: This app is no longer available.

Snackr is a free iPhone and iPad app that allows you to listen to a set of customized news channels. Snackr's goal is to provide you with headlines and summaries of news that is most important to you. You can used the app to hear tech news, world news, sports news, weather, and more. Watch and overview of Snack in action in the video below.

Snackr Demo v1.0 from Snackr App on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
When I taught Contemporary Global Studies my students were responsible for reading and watching the news. If you teach a similar course, Snackr could be good app for your students to use to get an overview of headlines and hear a bit of the stories. After listening to their Snackr news channel, they can select a story or two to investigate in further detail.

H/T to Joyce Valenza