Friday, January 25, 2013

Use Evernote and StudyBlue to Create Online Flashcards

This morning on iPad Apps for School I wrote a review of the StudyBlue iPad app. That app allows students to create and share flashcards on their iPads. StudyBlue can also be used in a web browser. If students use StudyBlue in a web browser they can create flashcards from the notes that they have stored in their Evernote accounts. Students can import individual notes or entire notebooks from their Evernote accounts. After the notes are imported students can copy and paste text, images, and links to use in their StudyBlue flashcards. Click here to try it today.

Applications for Education
If your students are using Evernote to record and organize notes during their classes, importing some of the notes into StudyBlue could be a convenient way to create review materials.

Teaching Objects - A Lesson Planner That Integrates Google Drive

Teaching Objects is an online lesson planner that I stumbled upon today and that I think has great potential. The first thing that you'll notice when you try Teaching Objects is that you have to create your account using a Google account (either a personal account or a Google Apps for Edu account). Then you can optionally authorize Teaching Objects to access your Google Drive and YouTube accounts. Giving authorization will enable you to pull materials from your Google Drive and YouTube accounts into your Teaching Objects lesson plans.

Teaching Objects can be used without authorizing it to access your Google Drive and YouTube accounts. Even if you choose not to authorize it there is a nice feature of Teaching Objects that you might want to try. That feature is Common Core standards alignment. As you write your lesson plans and organize your materials in your Teaching Objects account you can search for an identify the Common Core standards that align to each of your lesson plans.

The Science Behind the Bike

The Science Behind the Bike is a four part video series from The Open University. The series has a total running length of 33 minutes and is a complement to a larger Open Learn course called The Science Behind Wheeled Sports. The videos and the course are designed to help students understand the physics, the physiology,  and the technology that influence the outcome of cycling events. (I recommend forwarding the first video to about the midpoint unless you're really interested in the history of cycling races).

The Hero's Journey - A Lesson in Writing Myths

The Hero's Journey is an online writing activity produced by Read Write Think. The Hero's Journey is an interactive resource that teaches students about the key elements required in developing a myth about a heroic character. The lessons are rooted in stories like The Odyssey. After reading about the elements required in a good hero story students can create their own stories by using the template provided by Read Write Think. Completed stories must printed in order to be saved.

Applications for Education
Read Write Think recommends The Hero's Journey for students in grades 9 through 12 and provides lessons plans for those grades. I looked at the lesson plans and I think that they could be used with middle school students too.

How to Set Expiration Dates for Shared Google Drive Folders

The ability to share folders is one of the many useful features of Google Drive. Sometimes you don't want to share a folder indefinitely. Rather than trying to remember when to revoke access to the folder, you could use the Auto-Expire script to set an expiration date for your shared folders. When the expiration date is reached your folder will revert back to private status. I learned about the script in a recent episode of Tekzilla Daily. The video is embedded below. You can find written directions for using the script in this Digital Inspiration blog post.