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Educational Blog About Dalian China, Notes at start of working at Dalian American International School; Albany Academy (Albany NY); The Dwight School (NYC); courses taught as professor at State University of New York (SUNY) Globalisation and Culture, Communicating on the Internet, Speech Composition and Presentation
Updated June 16, 2013 Dalian China continuing with Notes from presentation at Tabor August 12 - September 24th, 2010.
My current project is a collaboration between schools in India and our school; Dalian American International School
The sites below are in order of when I have researched/used the service/product. To the left they are in categories. I list/discuss/report/share only services that are free for educators. Also I will note if the service is available in China (Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress and so much more are not available without a VPN). Because our school has paid for a corporate VPN for Google Docs we can use Google Sites.
One of my favourite sites is http://www.theplanetstoday.com/index.html - it shows real time of the planet positions and I have been co-teaching a class at Dalian American International School this week in astronomy using this site frequently.
47+ Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom
The Future of Education Charting the Course of Teaching and Learning in a Networked World. Welcome to the Future of Education interview series and discussion community.
ABC Splash brings you the best Australian content from across ABC TV and Radio plus high-quality video from around the world. http://splash.abc.net.au/en_US
See volcanos erupt and microbats fly. Investigate fossils, megafires and worm farms. Meet fairytale monsters. Unwrap an Ancient Egyptian mummy and explore the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet!
backchan.nl is a tool for involving audiences in presentations by letting them suggest questions and vote on each other's questions. backchan.nlis intended for conference or event organizers who want a new way to solicit questions from the audience and make better use of question and answer time.
teachem allows anyone to create a class from YouTube videos by adding time stamped flashcards and review questions.
SounCli.ps - thousands of free downloadable sound effects. This is one I use for my publication broadcasting course.
Google Moderator - submit questions and audience members can vote on them. The program then orders questions by number of people who are interested in the answer.
VOKI: Voki is a great way to have students share their knowledge of a topic in 60 seconds or less. Makes students organize their thoughts to focus on key details.
Weebly - I am surprised that I forgot to add this - Weebly has been around for awhile. A good webpage for classes and blogging. Teachers at our school in China (meaning it is not blocked) are using it for grades three and up for their portfolios and other web creations. I am currently using it for my Broadcast Journalism class
Compfight is an image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. They make good use of the flickr™ API, but aren't affiliated with flickr. Along with that is shutterstock that claims to have 16,168,604 royalty-free stock photos, illustrations, and vectors as of five minutes ago. I am not sure why we need so many photos ~ my students are given a camera and requested to take and manipulate their own photo for any project we are doing; if they can not take the photo then they can draw it - come on educators let the students be creative and do not give them everything.
Contour Drawing Demonstrate how to "draw" using the computer and Photoshop.
Pecha Kucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [pet͡ɕa ku͍̥t͡ɕa], chit-chat) s a presentation methodology in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, usually seen in a multiple-speaker event called a Pecha Kucha Night (PKN). This will be good for student prenetations. Pechaflickr = the sound of flickring is a good start, from CogDog - one of the top people to link to in Twitter for ideas. Bookmark his blog CogDogBlog Alan Levine's space for barking about and playing with technology
Other examples of Pecha Kucha: architects: A O K I J U N ~ Toyo Ito (we need some of his buildings here in Kai Fa Qu ~ Tom Dixon (industrial designer)
Mendeley a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research: Automatically generate bibliographies; Collaborate easily with other researchers online; Easily import papers from other research software; Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading; Access your papers from anywhere online; Read papers on the go, with our new iPhone app.
Flubaroo (need VPN for it to work) part of google apps have Google apps registered in the States not part of the education account because the school’s google account is not registered in the states. It is free once it is past China's Firewall.
Issuu A useful site to find an online magazine on any topic. Of course these are popular magazines and not the peer-reviewed papers a student should be using to get information from a school library but it does fill in some gaps.
Voki is a FREE service that lets you create customized avatars and add voice to your Voki avatars and Post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile.
PDF Pad is a comprehensive online destination where you can download and print the high quality documents you need for work, school and play, free of charge or registration hassles.
Karen Lloyd's storyboarding Blog ~ Visual Storytelling Insights, Tips and Advice for anyone who's interested
Internet Radio may be a lot easier with http://www.spreaker.com/ I hope to try it in the classroom soon then I will write up an evaluation.
Cacoo makes Real-Time Collaboration a reality! A diagram created with Cacoo can be edited by multiple people at the same time. Changes by users are reflected in real-time. Working with Cacoo makes it seem like everyone is working together in the same room and brings new meaning to the word, Collaboration. [This is also an app (free) in the Google Chrome App shop]
Having students create courses benefits in many ways from improving confidence/self-esteem to learning and communication development - showing/explaining to others enhances our knowledge of what we want to teach/share/learn. Udemy provides a platform for this. Give it a go.
Konnects connect with others of similar interests
sabsebolo Sabsebolo gives you a high quality, easy to use, crystal clear CONFERENCING SERVICE for FREE.
Psykopaint like the name implies - do wonderful? things with images
Sharing Diagrams Instant Powerful project collaboration, inline commenting, one click publishing and team management. it is $75 though free if using in Google apps
Frontpage news from around the world - http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash/ it has been around for awhile but just a reminder of it. I used this in middle school several years ago and it is a great resource.Create your own quizzes
With Microsoft taking over Skype we hope the teacher's edition will continue - check it out - Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere use Skype to help their students learn. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration. This is a global initiative that was created in response to the growing number of teachers using Skype in their classrooms. Email me for my skype username.
As of the 4th of March (2011) two software packages have become free: WinX DVD Author "This suite does not only convert any movie to DVD, but also allow you to author or re-pack a DVD with themes, chapters and everything you’d expect from a payware program." and Chasys Draw IES "Chasys Draw IES is a suite of image editing tools featuring a powerful bitmap editor that supports Photoshop style layers and plugins... The whole suite is UAC aware and is designed to take advantage of multi-core processors, touch-screens and pen-input devices." I use Photoshop and Fireworks but for a quick loading product to do something in a short time this is best.
The reinventing school project at http://reinventingschool.com.au/ has challenges and ideas that may be worthwhile for a classroom.
If your class is doing research on places in the States a good site is zipskinny; Just enter your zip code and learn all sorts of interesting factoids about your neighborhood. Now I can see why we are so anxious to move - China here we come.
DoudouLinux: A Fun Linux Distro For Kids "Linux is really a versatile piece of software. You can use it as your daily working OS, a server that runs most of the website in the world, as a multimedia center or even as a way to promote your religion. A more creative use of Linux is to turn it into an educational piece of software for kids..."
Featured learning software - Timeliner from Tom Snyder Productions though it has a fee and is not free as Time Toast's Animated Timelines it is a great and easy way for students to make interactive timelines.
(really a blog to follow) A quick glance @ what others are doing on a global scale will help within the individual classroom.
New links as of 24th September before I go off to NYC - send me links that would be useful - email@example.com I will put them up when I land somewhere user friendly. The ones below are some apps great to use in your class.
"DAILY MEDIA USE AMONG CHILDREN AND TEENS UP DRAMATICALLY FROM FIVE YEARS AGO"
NOTE: This is USA based if anyone has seen stats for Australia please pass them on to me.... cheers
Mobile media driving increased consumption. The increase in media use is driven in large part by ready access to mobile devices like cell phones and iPods.
Over the past five years, there has been a
online communication a PhD thesis on chatrooms and other online communications 1998 - 2004