Decent quick video about the dangers of posting too much information on line.
I'm rediscovering a lot of tools that I haven't played with for quite some time.
Vocaroo seems to have withstood the test of time and is still there. You can share your recording through social media, get an embed code, a QR code or download it as an mP3. Pretty impressive. The quality would have been better if I'd actually hooked up a mic instead of just using the one built into my computer. Test it out for yourself at Vocaroo.com
I just rediscovered Tube Chop which is useful for only showing the part of the video that you need to show to a class. Although this entire video gives me shivers, I chopped it to the part where the kids are walking into their school to finish the song. I can definitely see using this tool, and it's really really easy to use.
Have just started to play with this site. It seems to be a design tool, but I only gave it five minutes tonight and I'll spend more time on it later.
Love this idea of collecting a quick response, sorting through the answers and keeping the person anonymous by rewriting the solution. I also think the name, "My Favourite No" is really cute. The video presents it clearly and you can just tell that the teacher has built a trusting community of learners. I found this by reading the NCTM document, Principles to Action. Knew most of it already, but it had
An educator shared her ThingLink creation so I decided to embed it here so I'd have a chance to check it out and see if it is useful.
I've just discovered Pixiclip, which I think has great potential to be useful in the classroom. I'm definitely going to spend some time checking it out, and seeing if it's as useful as I think it could be. You can upload images, record audio and doodle as you explain everything, and then save it and either share it or embed it into a blog. I'm liking it so far but we'll have to see if it plays nicely with our network and our students. Students could explain their thinking about a concept, and post their pixiclip to their Peel Blog. Check it out for yourself at http://www.pixiclip.com/beta/
As more and more tools get released, it's important to maintain creativity and not just blindly accept that because one person is using it a certain way... that's the only way it can be used.
A perfect example is a tool that has been around for quite a while - the random name picker tool from Class Tools. Random Name Picker
For a couple of years, I used to create a list of exercises on a piece of chart paper which would inevitably be destroyed within a month of being used. Then I decided to use the Name Picker as my exercise list. So now, we have a big die that we roll to determine how many of an exercise or how many minutes of an exercise we do during DPA, and then we use the Random Name Picker to determine which exercise. Kids love the noise and the randomness of the tool, and I love not having to rewrite my chart paper list of exercises.
There are now a couple of sites out there that are finally making it easier to engage students with reading. I'm speaking of Newsela, which offers current event articles written at a variety of levels, and the one I just discovered which is called CommonLit. This one offers articles, poems, short stories etc. on a variety of themed topics. It's still under development but definitely worth checking out.