Thursday, July 18, 2013

30 Ideas for Using Chromebooks in Education

Thanks to a Google+ post by Mikkel Storaasli I found a nice Google Slides presentation featuring 30 ideas for using Chromebooks in education. The presentation was created by Tom Gierke and Becky Evans. You can view the presentation here or as embedded below.

Bedtime Math - Fun Math Activities for Parents To Do With Their Kids

Bedtime Math is a great site on which you can locate fun mathematics activities for elementary school and middle school students. The activities are designed for students to do at home with their parents. Of course, the activities could also be used in your classroom. The Bedtime Math activities incorporate common household objects. Today's lesson is about mixing and sharing milkshakes.

In addition to the written math lessons Bedtime Math has a few math videos that you may want to check out. I've embedded a couple of them below.

I learned about Bedtime Math through Math Munch. Math Munch provides weekly summaries of great mathematics resources from all over the web.

Blogs vs. Wikis - Video Explanations

A question that I am frequently asked by teachers at this time of year as they start to think about going back to school is, "should I use a wiki or a blog?" If you're wondering the same thing, the following videos can help you understand the differences and choose the best option for your classroom.

Use ChatWing Embed a Backchannel Into Your Blog

ChatWing is a free service that you can use to put a live chatbox into your blog or website. The service actually creates a micro social network that you can use in your blog - that's where the chatbox comes in - or as a stand-alone service. When you sign up for ChatWing you're taken to a screen to create your ChatWing network. On that same page you can customize and test your chatbox. After you have settled on the design of your chatbox you can grab the embed code to install ChatWing on your blog or website.

Applications for Education
ChatWing could be used as a backchannel tool embedded directly into your classroom blog. By embedding it into your classroom blog anytime you want to use a backchannel students just have to visit the blog instead of having to visit a new URL.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

500+ Political Cartoons & 100+ Editorial Cartoon Lesson Plans

The Library of Congress hosts an online collection of more than 500 political cartoons and caricatures from U.S. History. You can search the collection by keyword and image type. Along with the images you will find links to related resources from the Library of Congress. You could use these public domain works to help students understand the political perspectives surrounding significant political events in U.S. History. A good model for political cartoon-based lesson plans can be found on Cartoons for the Classroom.

Cartoons for the Classroom is a service of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Cartoons in the Classroom offers more than one hundred lesson plans based on editorial cartoons created by the members of the AAEC. Each lesson plan is available as free pdf download. As you might expect, most of the lessons deal with current political and economic topics, but you will also find some lessons that are not time sensitive.

H/T to Tech & Learning Magazine for the LOC link.