I’m always on the lookout for different tools for my students to use for presenting information.
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Lately, I have been looking for an easy way for students to create infographics. The following tool is so easy to use and creates great looking infographic posters.
Before I talk about the ‘how’ let’s talk about the ‘why’ Continue Reading…
One of the hottest trends in education around the world is Google Apps For Education (GAFE)
Over the last year I have become increasing involved in helping teachers and students use Google Apps For Education. In 2011 I became a Google Certified Teacher and then last year I became a Google Apps For Education Certified Trainer.
This has allowed me to work with teachers and schools right around the world and has opened up some amazing opportunities to work with Google and speak at some of their Google Apps For Education Summits.
If you’re interested in the latest developments in Google Apps for Education and would like to learn simple tips and tricks that will help you motivate and engage your students, you can head over to our new blog www.googleappsforedu.com
The Google Apps for Education blog will cover topics that will be helpful for teachers who are just getting going with Google through to teachers and students who have used Google for some time.
So far on the blog I have posted a couple of my presentation slides from the Google Apps for Education Summits in Hawaii and Sydney this month. You will also find a video that will show you how to create self grading assessments; something that every teacher loves!
In the next week or so we will also be launching a Google Apps for Education user group.
This will bring teachers from all over the world together to share ideas and resources. We are just working out the finer details with Google but will let you know as soon as it launches.
I will continue to update this blog with ideas around classroom management, student engagement and motivation as well as technology use in general, but anything Google related will now be posted on the Google Apps for Education blog.
Here is everything you need to know about using Twitter in education
Over the last year and a half I have written a number of blog posts, teaching magazine articles and spoken at a number of conferences about how to use Twitter in education. I thought that rather than having my material spread out throughout my blog I would bring it all together in this one blog post.
You can follow the links which will walk you through how to set up a Twitter account as well as how to use Twitter in a way that doesn’t compromise your professional relationship with your students.
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Take a look at this interesting (re)search engine for students.
Last week I showed you three safe search engines for young students. Today I want to show you a research engine (not strictly a search engine) that might be good for your students called Instagrok.
Up until about a year ago Google had a tool called wonderwheel where students could see the search results in a diagram rather than just text (see below)
Since then I have looked at Wikkisummarizer which is a tool that is connected to the Wikipedia website. Wikisummarizer collects all the information found on Wikipedia and summarises it into either text or a mind map. (See below). Some teachers have issues with the reliability of Wikipedia, which probably needs to be another discussion for another day, so some didn’t like this as a solution.
This week one of the owners of Instagrok contacted me and let me know about their research engine for students. Normally when someone contacts me, their product isn’t worth mentioning but Instagrok has caught my attention.