Saturday, July 9, 2016

Mission Mapquest - Create a Map Game That Can Be Played on iPads

Mission MapQuest is a great map game creation tool developed by friend Russel Tarr for his ClassTools.net website. The concept behind Mission Mapquest is rather straight-forward one. On Mission Mapquest you create a series of clues that your students need to follow to identify places around the world. You can add as few or as many clues to your MapQuest as you like. When you're ready to have students try your MapQuest just give them the web address assigned to it. Mission Mapquest games are created in HTML5 which means that they can be played on iPads and Android tablets as well as on laptops. Watch the video embedded below to learn how to create your own map-based quizzes on Mission MapQuest.

Friday, July 8, 2016

How to Create Image-based Quizzes on Formative

Last week I shared a post about some of my favorite features that the folks at Formative are working on for the fall. While we wait for those features to roll-out, take a look at one of my favorite current features in Formative. That feature is the option to create interactive, image-based quizzes. Watch my video embedded below to learn how to create image-based quizzes on Formative.

CK-12 Concept Maps Show Kids Connections Between Math and Science

The CK-12 Foundation recently released a new feature that should help students see the connections between topics in science and mathematics. CK-12 concepts maps are interactive webs of related math and science terms. Clicking on the "details" tab below a term in the web will lead students to definitions and explanations, to interactive concept simulations, and to interactive review exercises.

To find a concept map on CK-12 simply go to the CK-12 Concept Map page and enter a science or mathematics topic into the search box. You will then see a color-coded web of terms. Terms appearing in green will lead students to science resources. Terms appearing in blue will lead students to mathematics resources.

Applications for Education
CK-12 Concept Maps could be a good resource for teachers who are looking for ideas when developing lessons that incorporate mathematics and science around one topic. For example, the inertia concept map provided me with resources that could be used to teach Newton's first law as well as resources that could be used to teach the calculation of acceleration.

On the topic of CK-12 resources, take a look at their free online whiteboard tool called Stoodle.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The History Project - Like Storycorps With Timelines

The History Project is a new multimedia timeline tool funded in part by The New York Times. Larry Ferlazzo tipped me off to The History Project and I gave it a try this afternoon.

The History Project lets you upload your own pictures or import pictures from social networks to add to your timeline. Each event on your timeline can include multiple pictures. After adding a picture to a timeline event you can record audio to add to that event. You also have the option to upload an existing audio recording. Of course, like any good time tool, The History Project lets you write in notes, dates, and locations. When you write in a location a Google Map of that location is added to your timeline event.

Applications for Education
The History Project is designed for telling personal stories which is why I titled the post "like Storycorps with timelines." The History Project's editing interface is rather straight-forward and you could easily have middle school and high school students using it in a short amount of time.

The History Project could be a fantastic tool for students to use to record and share stories about themselves, about their families, and about community elders. Timelines created on The History Project are private unless you choose to publish them for the world to see.

Wizer.me Adds Folders for Sharing Resources With Colleagues

Wizer is a neat tool for creating a variety of interactive assignments including writing assignments, multiple choice quizzes, and labeling assignments. You can distribute your Wizer activities to your students through Google Classroom or through the use of a link and pin system. Back in February I published a video about how to use Wizer.

This week Wizer added a feature that teachers have frequently requested. That feature is the option to share resources in folders. To create a shared folder first sign into your Wizer account then select the "new folder" button. Select a few resources or activities to add to your new folder. When you're ready to share your folder just click "add members" and enter the email addresses of your colleagues.

Watch the video embedded below to learn more about creating activities in Wizer.