Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How to Find Creative Commons Images Within Edmodo

As I shared last week, Photos for Class is now available as an Edmodo app. With Photos for Class installed in your Edmodo group your students can search for Creative Commons licensed images and download them with citations attached to them. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to install Photos for Class. The second half of the video demonstrates a students' perspective of using Photos for Class within Edmodo.

Disclosure: Photos for Class is owned by Storyboard That. Storyboard That is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com

How to Create a Review Game on Classtools.net

Russel Tarr's Classtools.net is a great place to find all kinds of tools for creating short review games for your students to play. One of the tools that I recently used was the Dustbin Game. In the Dustbin Game students have to sort terms into categories that you create. You can have up to four categories in your game. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create a simple geography review game on the Dustbin Game creator.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Video - How to Create Custom Columns on Padlet Walls

Last week I published a post about creating custom columns on Padlet walls. Creating custom columns allows you to use Padlet as a place for students to collaboratively create KWL charts and other graphic organizers. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how I use Google Documents to build custom columns for Padlet walls.

This is the 53rd video that I have created and added to my playlist of Practical Ed Tech Tips.

Feed the Dingo - A Fun Game About Ecosystems

Feed the Dingo is a fun game that teaches students about the importance of maintaining balanced ecosystems. In the game students have to build and maintain a desert ecosystem. The game begins with a blank slate to which students have to add plants and animals. The game plays out over twelve virtual days. Each day students have to add more elements in order to maintain balance in the ecosystem. At the end of each day students are given feedback as to which plants and animals are healthy, which are in danger, and which have died.

Applications for Education
Feed the Dingo is a PBS Learning Media game. To support teachers' use of the game PBS offers some suggested activities including building a small terrarium and playing a series of food web games. PBS Learning Media lists the national science standards this game addresses on the same page that you find the game and teaching suggestions.

As some of you may have seen me reTweet earlier today, Feed the Dingo was one of PBS Learning Media's featured games today. 

Vocabulist Helps Students Create Study Aids

This morning I received an email from Ahan Malhotra. Ahan is a high school student in Florida who developed Vocabulist to help other students create digital and physical flashcards. Vocabulist enables students to upload a list of words and terms that they need to learn. When the list is uploaded each word in it is matched to a definition. If the definition rendered isn't exactly right, students can modify it within Vocabulist. Once the list of words and definitions is set students can download the list as a PDF or export the list to Quizlet where it will then be turned into a set of digital flashcards. (Students must have a Quizlet account).

Applications for Education
Vocabulist could be a nice aid to students when they need to learn a set of definitions. The Quizlet integration is a nice feature as it will allow students who use Vocabulist to put their flashcards on their mobile devices.

 I encourage you to read Ahan's story about why and how he developed Vocabulist.

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