Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bibliography Templates for Google Documents

Tools like EasyBib, refDot, and Citelighter can help students format their bibliographies. One problem with those tools is that students have to install browser extensions, create new accounts, or both in order to use them. If your students already use Google Docs there is an easy-to-access alternative.

The Google Docs template gallery is a good place to check out before you create your next form or document that requires a lot specific formatting. Chances are someone else may have had a similar need and has already created and published a template that you can use. For example, the Google Docs template gallery has templates for creating bibliographies in APA, MLA, AMA, and Chicago Style.

Applications for Education
The Google Docs bibliography templates could be very useful for any student that needs to create a bibliography. The templates can be embedded into a classroom blog as a model for students to follow even if they don't use Google Docs to create their bibliographies. 

Activities for Learning 60 Languages

Digital Dialects has a large selection of educational games and activities for learning sixty different languages. Most of the games are designed to learn and practice the basics of each of the sixty languages listed on the Digital Dialects homepage. The more commonly spoken languages have more activities than the less commonly spoken languages. Audio files have recently been added to some of the languages too.

Applications for Education
The educational games and activities found on Digital Dialects could be useful to students just beginning to learn a new language. Some of the games provide instant feedback to students so that they can monitor their progress and choose the appropriate skills or vocabulary sets to practice. 


Make Your Own PBS Cyberchase SMART Board Game Show

PBS Kids Cyberchase website offers dozens of  educational games for students in grades three through five. The games are intended to help students develop their skills in mathematics, logic, and pattern recognition. Students who have PBS Kids accounts can keep track of the games they've played and rank the games they've played.

If you would like to make your own game for your SMART Board, check out the PBS Kids Lucky Star Game Show template. The template contains 150 questions that can be used to create games. One of the activities that you can develop using the template is a "game show" featuring your students' favorite Cyberchase characters.

Applications for Education
PBS Kids Cyberchase games and the SMART Board template could be useful for elementary school mathematics lessons. Students can play the games individually then come together to participate in a group activity using the SMART Board activities you develop with the PBS Kids template.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Spend Four Weeks in D.C. as a C-SPAN Fellow

I recently received an email from C-SPAN reminding me of a great free PD opportunity that they offer for teachers in the U.S. during the summer. The C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship Program brings together teachers and media specialists for four weeks in Washington, D.C. every summer. During the four week program teachers work together to develop new teaching materials. Teachers selected for the program will receive an award valued at $7,000 (including lodging and travel costs). You can learn more and find the application here. Applications are due by February 8, 2013.

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Near the Bob Marshall Wilderness, MT.
Last Saturday I had the honor of delivering the kick-off presentation from a hotel room in Missoula, Montana for Discovery's Virtual Conference. After that presentation I headed north toward the Bob Marshall Wilderness where we camped for the night and were grateful for down sleeping bags when the snow started to fall. I don't have anything nearly as exciting planned for this weekend, just some general relaxation. Whether you have exciting adventures planned or your just hanging out watching movies, I hope you have a great weekend. And if you're looking for some quick ed tech reading, check out the list below.

The Most Popular Posts of the Week:
1. Creative Uses for iPads in the Classroom
2. Six Multimedia Timeline Creation Tools
3. Video Creation in the Classroom - Tools & Tips
4. Access Google Docs With One Click Even When You're Offline
5. The 1900 House Living Without Technology Challenge
6. Stack the Countries - A Tetris-like Geography Game
7. Video Projects and Common Core Standards

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