Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Picture Match - A Read Write Think Game for K-2

Picture Match is a nice little interactive game from Read Write Think for K-2 students. Picture Match asks students to match objects to the first letter of their names. After students have mastered matching beginning letters to objects they move on to identifying short and long vowel sounds to objects whose names have those sounds. At the end of each activity students can print a PDF of their successes.

Applications for Education
Read Write Think provides a lesson plan that incorporates the Picture Match activity. The lesson plan is aligned to Common Core standards and it includes detailed directions.

How to Quickly Transfer Ownership of Documents in Google Drive

When the end of school year arrives there will be teachers and administrators who leave one school to go to another. Especially at the administrative level this can lead to a lot of transferring of files from the outgoing person to his or her replacement. For those school districts using Google Apps for Education there is a quick way for the domain administrator(s) to transfer ownership of Google Drive files from one person to another.

To transfer ownership from one person to another a Google Apps for Education domain administrator just needs to sign into the domain management dashboard, select "settings," choose "Drive," and select "tools." Then the administrator simply has to enter the email addresses of the person the files are transferring from and the person the files are transferring to. A screenshot of the process is included below.
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A Simple Video Explanation of Compound Interest

Compound interest can be a wonderful thing if you're saving money. Or it can be a curse if you're trying to pay-off a debt. Either way, it's a concept I have seen students try to understand. The Common Craft video below (click here if you're reading this in email or RSS) does a nice job of explaining the concept in a way that middle school and high school students can understand.

Insert Quizzes Into Videos With Soo Meta

Back in March I reviewed a neat multimedia presentation tool called Soo Meta. Soo Meta allows you to combine videos from YouTube, pictures from the web or from your desktop, text, and voice recordings to create a presentation. Yesterday, I learned that Soo Meta now allows you to insert a quiz into your projects. This means that people viewing your Soo Meta projects can watch a short video clip then answer questions about it before moving onto the next part of the presentation. Watch the sample below.

Applications for Education
Soo Meta could be a good tool for creating short flipped lessons for your students.

You could have students create projects in which they create book trailers using video clips, images, and their voices. Students could use Soo Meta to create a digital collage of media around a current events topic that they're studying. Soo Meta might also be used by students to create a showcase of their best digital works of the semester.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

eduClipper Is What Teachers Want Pinterest To Be

My friend and fellow ed tech blogger Adam Bellow has relaunched his start-up company eduClipper. Some of you may remember that Adam launched a private beta of the service last year. Well after a big investment from some venture capital firms and ten months of testing and revising features eduClipper is better than ever. In fact, I think it's what teachers wish Pinterest could be. Last week Adam and I spent an hour talking about the new eduClipper in it's current state and where it is going in the future. Let's take a look at what will make eduClipper a very popular service amongst educators.

The thing that is obvious when you visit eduClipper is that it is a visual bookmarking tool. You can use the eduClipper bookmarklet to add "clips" (bookmarks) to your eduClipper boards. But eduClipper is much more than a visual bookmarking service. You can add PowerPoint, PDF, and image files to your boards. You can also add links to videos to your boards. You can play the videos without leaving your eduClipper board. And those of us who have Google Drive embedded into our professional lives will be happy to know that we can add Google Drive files to our eduClipper boards.

The best part of eduClipper, and why I think that teachers will love it, is that you can create class boards to share with your students and they can share boards with you. As a teacher you can create classes in your eduClipper account. When you create a class you will be given an access code that your students can use to join your class. Alternatively, you can directly add students to your class boards through your eduClipper account. As the teacher you have complete control over the content that is shared and the comments written on each board.

Applications for Education
eduClipper has the potential to be a great service for teachers and students. I envision eduClipper being used in a couple of ways. First, I see it being used like Diigo but with a visual element. You can bookmark sites, share files, and discuss them but with a very visual aspect to it that doesn't force you out of your account to preview what a resource is all about.

I can also see eduClipper being used by teachers and students to create digital packets of study materials organized around a particular theme or topic.

Full disclosure: I do not have a financial interest in eduClipper, but I have served as an adviser to eduClipper for the last fourteen months.