Bruce Wayne B–Receda, CA–one of our newest members on the forum–thanks for posting!
ThinkQuest inspires students to think, connect, create, and share. Students (ages 9-19) work in teams to build innovative and educational websites to share with the world. Along the way, they learn research, writing, teamwork, and technology skills and compete for exciting prizes. Diverse teams and globally relevant themes are encouraged. Competition is still open until mid-April.
Searches wikipedia and gives you instant wiki summaries. Don’t have to go to the whole wiki page, get a summary to see if that’s what you’re looking for or click to view the wikipedia entry. Created by Jake Jarvis, a freshman in HIGH SCHOOL. Brilliant kid. See more at http://jakejarvis.com/.
Open Source drawing program. Free. Let’s kids be creative and draw. FREEware! Simple interface, cross platform. Stamps, paintbrushes, etc. Can also import pictures or draw from scratch. Includes other languages. Thank you Connie from KISD for the link!
Word Source – a social DICTIONARY. Cool for kids! Get to the word by adding it to the end of the url (i.e. http://word.sc/pelican). Thesaurus and fun stuff like tagging a word, hangman, or jumble. You can upload pictures to represent the words in the dictionary. Can also cite words to cite word source properly as a reference.
Cool concept–it’s exactly the type of social network that we’ve been talking about. Four teachersâ€“Paul Allison, Lee Baber, Susan Ettenheim, and Thomas Lockeâ€“are mainly responsible for this blog, podcast, and webcast. They say, “We have two purposes: developing teacher knowledge and leadership in our own schools and districts and putting this knowledge and leadership to work to improve student online reading and writing through the use of blogs, wikis, podcasts and webcasts.”
Don’t forget our feedback voice mail line 206-888-6851–call us! (It’s less busy than American Idol’s phone number!)
[tags] techchicktips, digital learning, opensource, social web, sleep deprivation, pelican [/tags]