Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Social Media & Visual Design - An Interview With Guy Kawasaki

This afternoon I had the opportunity to speak with Guy Kawasaki about his role with Canva and his upcoming keynote at iPad Summit Boston on November 17th. During the interview, embedded below, In we chatted about the role of social media in schools and visual design. At the end of the chat Guy makes his prediction for the upcoming NHL season too.

Disclosure: I have been an advisor to Canva. iPad Summit Boston is an advertiser on this blog.

Misplaced Modifiers and the World's Largest Chocolate Bunny

How Misused Modifiers Can Hurt Your Writing is a brand new TED-Ed lesson that anyone who teaches writing should bookmark. The video in the lesson is based on a newspaper headline that reads, "Thief Robs Town With World's Largest Chocolate Bunny." The video explains how misplaced modifiers create ambiguity in writing. The lesson explains and demonstrates how to avoid misplacing modifiers. Click here to view the review questions that accompany How Misused Modifiers Can Hurt Your Writing.

How to Use RefME to Create Bibliographies

RefME is a nice service that students can use to create bibliographies. The service offers Android, iOS, and browser-based tools to help students save references, organize them into projects, and create bibliographies. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of how to use RefME's browser-based tools.

RefME's mobile apps allow students to scan the barcodes of books and have those books added to their reference projects in their RefME accounts.

WebNotes is Shutting Down

WebNotes is an online bookmarking service that has been around for more than six years. It allowed users to highlight, annotate, clip, and bookmark resources. I thought it was a good service and many others did too. Unfortunately, not enough people thought the same way and now the service is shutting down. On November 1st WebNotes will go offline. If you have been using it, you should export your data now. You can find a guide for that process on the WebNotes transition page.

A few services that offer similar functionality as WebNotes are CiteLighter, RefME, and Diigo.

Interactive Posters on Historical Thinking and Investigation is an excellent source of lesson plans and other materials useful in teaching US History. Visitors to will find resources appropriate for students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. One of my favorite resources from is their historical thinking posters.'s historical thinking posters are interactive displays that guide students through the process of examining and thinking about history. There are two interactive posters available. The poster for elementary school is called Doing History is Like Solving a Mystery. The poster for high school students is called History is an Argument About the Past. Both posters include images of primary sources. Clicking on the images in the posters opens a series of guiding questions.
Screen capture of poster, visit for the
interactive poster. 

Applications for Education
These interactive posters could serve as a good introduction to the research process. What I like about the posters is that they're not focused so much on "how to find things" aspect of research but rather on the process of investigating and digging into what you have found. In other words, these posters could help students ask better questions that then help them search for things they might have otherwise ignored.

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