Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gleanings for March 16/10

I have tried DocsPal and love it.  The big advantage I see is that it converts the file and pops a link right onto the page, no need to use your email address unless you want to.  It was extremely fast as well.
Other gems today include:

  • TEDxASB - Scott McLeod presenter -  This would be a good discussion starter for those looking to move their staffs forward in the ways they instruct students to meet the demands of today's workplace. (Video 16:25 min.)
  • Teaching History with Technology - A wealth of resources from lesson plans to podcasts.
  • A Vision of 21st Century Teachers - showcases what some teachers are doing to integrate technology into their classrooms. (Video 4:34 min.)
  • Sur La Lune Introduction to Fairytales and Folklore - "Here is an assortment of questions, essays, guides, links, and even a short story that will hopefully enlighten and inspire, or at least help you along the way."  This comprehensive site is one I've used for years.  In addition to the clickable links, entering the title of a fairytale directs you to picture books, novels, short stories, non-fiction, poetry, music and more related that that title.
  • For English teachers: To Kill a Mockingbird Meets the 21st Century.  Teacher Megan Palevich shows how to you take a classic book and make it relevant to kids today by including facebook, twitter, and im into the project.  Note: students do not have to have accounts to do these activities.
  • The Avalon Project -  Good resource for primary source documents throughout history.
And lastly, two gadgets I would love to add to my kitbag.
  • ThumbTacks (TM) - a mini microphone for the iPod.
  • Point 2 View USB Camera - use instead of a screen-mounted web cam or make small things appear much larger, like family photos.  Cool!

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