Sunday, March 18, 2012

Paper Toys - Build Great Paper Models

One of the "skills" that I've never really acquired is folding paper to create anything other than poorly gliding airplanes. That could all change thanks to Paper ToysPaper Toys is a website providing free, printable templates and directions for making paper models of all kinds of buildings, cars, hats, and landmarks. The directions are PDFs that you can download and print. The templates range from simple hats and dolls to complex structures like the White House, the Great Wall of China, and the Eiffel Tower.

Applications for Education
Building some of these Paper Toys models could be a fun hands-on conclusion to a lesson about the places where some of these landmarks are found.

H/T to iLearn Technology

Attend an EdCamp This Spring

This was originally going to be a post just about EdCamp Social Studies which is happening next Saturday in Philadelphia, but then I realized that there are a lot of EdCamps happening this spring. You might be wondering what an EdCamp is, the short explanation is that EdCamps are free, informal conferences organized by educators for educators. Anyone can attend and anyone can present. Earlier this month I recorded a short Skype conversation with one of the EdCamp Foundation's founders, Dr. Kristen Swanson. That video is embedded below.

Here's Kristen's TEDx Talk about EdCamp.

I'm currently planning to attend EdCamp Maine on March 31 and EdCamp Boston on April 28. To find an EdCamp in your area or to organize one of your own, visit the EdCamp Foundation wiki.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Screen Leap - Instant and Easy Screen Sharing

Screen Leap is a free screen sharing service that I recently learned about through a post by Vicki Davis. To share your screen using Screen Leap just visit the site, click "share your screen," enable the Java applet, and send the sharing code to the person you want to view your screen. The person receiving your invitation code will be able to see your screen when you have Screen Leap activated.

Applications for Education
Screen Leap could be a handy little tool for those times when it is easier to show someone how to do something than it is to tell them how to do it. I'm thinking it could be particularly useful when you're trying to walk someone through setting up an account on a new-to-them web service.

Here are some other screen sharing services you might want to try:
Quick Screen Share
Big Marker

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where I'm getting ready for two straight weeks of travel starting tomorrow with a trip to Discovery's headquarters for a forum titled Beyond the Textbook. Then I'm off to the Teacher2Teacher conference in Medicine Hat, Alberta, then to The American School in Lugano, Switzerland before coming home for EdCamp Maine. Thank you for reading, following, and sharing my blog posts. It's because of you that this blog continues to grow and provide me with these neat opportunities.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. TED Education - It's a Good Start
2. Numberphile - Videos About Curious Number Facts
3. Make Stop-Motion Movies With JellyCam 4.0
4. Mathnet on YouTube
5. Four Video Explanations of Daylight Saving Time
6. Create Study Materials from Evernote Notes
7. NCAA Geography Game

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