Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Monday, October 28, 2013


Web tools: 
If your grandfather made $1.50/hour in 1945, how much would that be today? Wolfram Alpha knows: ly.tcea.org/qxctx  (Have you seen the Wolfram Alpha search engine? Check it out!) (From the @tcea Twitter feed. Follow them, they are awesome!)

The 100 Best Video Sites For Educators edudemic.com/best-video-sit… 

Want to create some nice timelines.... Timetoast.com 

Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.

JST Virtual Science Center - Excellent Online Science Lessons goo.gl/fb/WQAY7

Authors who Skype with classes for free: ly.tcea.org/isgqn  (We love Google Hangouts, but remember Skype is another great resource for classes.)

Google Apps in the Elementary Classroom session presentation from a recent ed tech conference - docs.google.com/a/cbcsd.org/pr… 

Looking for a way to make your images interactive? Check out ThingLink: thinglink.com/learn

Some top live binders to check out: educatorstechnology.com/2013/01/top-20…   (The 2nd one on the list is from  Mickie Mueller - from Norfolk Nebraska!) 

Need to schedule blocks of time for parents to sign up on a calendar.... You can easily do this with a Google Calendar and appointment slots. Simple 2 minute video on how. 

149 Great Resources for teachers. goo.gl/6UnMbo 

Best of web 2013 slides by Richard Byrne @rmbyrne has some education resources! http://goo.gl/PHOsc5  (I have also downloaded the PDF/eBook of this and put it on the O drive under ebboks for staff to use as well.)

Your iGoogle page may be going away, but if you have not seen Symbaloo, you may want to check it out as an alternative to that page. More info can be found here: http://blog.symbaloo.com/igoogle-alternative/

Google in Education Professional Development Guide. The guide is a resource for training resources, use case examples, and best practices.

eBooks for your classroom:
Creating and editing flexbooks online: freetech4teachers.com/2013/10/how-to…

DropBox Tools: 
If you're a Drop Box user, you will love this: hongkiat.com/blog/dropbox-t… (AWESOME List!) 

Google Form tips:
Quick tutorial on how to create a Google Form that will accept file uploads from @rrodgersly.tcea.org/ervkk

How to Automatically Close Google Forms at Specified Times ow.ly/q6Qzq

20+ Google Forms for teachers: educatorstechnology.com/2012/12/20-goo…

Are we teaching the right way? 
Great 3 minute YouTube on how we should be teaching.  (Project based learning & problem solving.)  The Gapminder and Google Public data tools would be great tools to include within your classroom and student projects. 

YouTube tools: 
8 Overlooked Useful YouTube Tools ow.ly/pY8vz

How to Create a Linked Series of YouTube Videos goo.gl/fb/djWU4

WOW, no software required for this one ....Use catchvideo.net to download and save YouTube videos for classroom use. (At Norris we install the DVD Video soft tools that can do this, and they are a great package. But you must install them, and you have to make sure you un-check some features or you will get some toolbar's and junk you do not want.) 


IOS apps:

Apple launches Apps for Teachers category: ipadeducators.ning.com/profiles/blogs…

goREACT - Create Virtual Chemical Reactions on Your iPad wp.me/s2XL8j-1468 (Free app)

45+ Teacher Recommended Educational Apps : Via Teacher Reboot Camp

Take 3D Photos on Your iPhone With This App [VIDEO] on.mash.to/HlHRIi

Three Approaches for Getting Content to Elementary Students' iPads - No Email, No Problem ow.ly/qdu4G

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