Monday, November 25, 2013

Sanderling - Your Field Journal of Professional Development

Sanderling is a new community and Android app developed by An Estuary. Sanderling is part social network and part blogging tool. On Sanderling you can connect with other educators to share your learning experiences. You can create and or join projects to document what you've learned. To document what you've learned and found you can share blog posts, pictures, quotes, and links. Sanderling gives you the choice of making your projects public or private.

You can document and share what you've discovered through the Sanderling website or your can use the free Sanderling Android app to create and share.

Applications for Education
Sanderling is different from sharing on Twitter or Google+ in that you can create personal projects (goals would be a better name for projects in Sanderling) and track those projects with your colleagues. I'm looking forward to seeing how Sanderling evolves as a social network for professional development as more people try it.

Create a Library of Google Scholar Search Results

As I mentioned last month in my post about creating Google Scholar alerts, Google Scholar is one of the research tools that high school students often overlook. Last week Google added a new Google Scholar option that can help students organize their research. You can now create libraries of articles that you find through Google Scholar.

To create a Google Scholar Library sign into your Google account before searching on then just click "save" when you find an article you want save for future reference. Your saved items appear in your Google Scholar Library where you can apply labels to them and sort them.
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Applications for Education
Google Scholar indexes scholarly, peer-reviewed academic papers, journals, theses, books, and court opinions. These are materials that students usually won't find through, Bing, or Yahoo search.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Edublog Awards - My Nomination - Vote for Larry

For the tenth year in a row Edublogs is hosting their annual celebration of teachers and school leaders. The Edublogs Awards nomination process is now open. If you're not familiar with the awards they are designed to recognize the work of bloggers in education. Anyone can submit nominations and anyone can vote. I've been fortunate to have been supported by many of you over the last five years and have been the recipient of five "Best Resource Sharing Blog" awards. This year Larry Ferlazzo nominated me again, thank you Larry.

My nomination for the 2013 Edublogs Award for Best Ed Tech / Best Resource Sharing Blog goes to Larry Ferlazzo. He deserves it more than anyone else. He's been blogging far longer than any of the now more popular resource sharing blogs. His lists are free from the SEO-grabbing headlines like "ten awesome sites every teacher must see." Larry's content is always original and he always cites those who help him create his content. Larry's blog is the one that I go to and refer people to when I can't find something in my archives. Larry always has great lists for holidays (American and international), world events, and just about anything related to education. In short, this year I want you to VOTE FOR LARRY!

Math@Work - Discover Math Where You Might Not Expect It

Math@Work is a new video series from Scholastic. The seven part series features Project Runway's Tim Gunn showing students how math is used in fashion design. The

The first episode is embedded below.

Applications for Education
Even if your students don't have any interest in fashion design, showing them a clip or two from this series could be good way to get them to start thinking about how mathematics appears in career fields that they might not expect. Challenge your students to find other careers that incorporate mathematics even though it might not be obvious. For example, ask your students to investigate how mathematics is used in the packaging and shipping industry (I never thought about that until I spent 6+ years working for FedEx).

Paleontology 101 - Putting Together a Dinosaur Skeleton

Untamed Science and Pearson OLE recently published an extensive blog post about how dinosaurs are discovered and named. The full post includes links to free lesson plans about dinosaurs. The lesson plans are suitable to use with elementary school and middle school students.

The part of the Untamed Science and Pearson OLE dinosaur post that I found most interesting is the following video about how dinosaur fossils are un-earthed and examined. It's not at all like we see in movies.