- Kudos to Dan Schmit for putting together a great podcasting contest, and thanks for asking us to help with the judging. There were over 150 entries, and we want to congratulate all the winners! Check out http://www.intelligenic.com/blog/ to see a list of winners!
GeoGebra is a free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for schools that joins geometry, algebra and calculus. Points, vectors, constructions, equations, and more. There’s also a wiki with a number of educational resources, lesson plans, and more!
Stellarium is another free and multi-platform software that shows a realistic 3-D sky on your computer. Site includes a wiki for learning about the application and an Education link at the bottom of the page that links to an external site with lessons sorted by grade level.
http://www.mindmeister.com/ Collaborative Mind Mapper allows people to hold online real-time brainstorming sessions and manage and share your mind maps online.
iQuiz is a new game for the iPod – only $0.99. You can create your own iQuizzes to use on the game. These sites are collections of iQuizzes for educational purposes. Well, not JUST educational. Also http://www.iquizmaker.com/ to have kids create their OWN quizzes – a much better way to reinforce their learning.
Tall Eye lets you set two points on a Google map, and it will create a straight line connecting those points and then all around the world. On a flat map the line will make a sine wave because of the curvature of the earth. Will open in Google Earth.
My Maps Plus provides users the ability to create your MyMaps with Google Maps and get code to embed into your web site. Includes “Big Map of My Maps” which is a map of the mymaps.
WritingFix provides writing prompts, some in small increments, based on 6+ writing traits. Check out the section for teachers and students and the left-brain/right-brain prompts. Great for quick ideas, as well as prompts based on popular books–inspiring for kids and adults! Here’s the link to the “shoes” prompt we love so much, and this is Brian’s blog at “Learning is Messy” where Anna first read about this prompt. He has a great extension to this idea posted that uses digital photography and Flickr.
- Summer reading–use a wiki or blog so that students can discuss what they are reading and continue to write!
- Summer reading/learning–kids can podcast what they are reading about or share websites that they find interesting. CrowdAbout might be a good tool to use for this.
- Write a collaborative novel with your students! PBWiki and Google Docs would be good tools for this!
- Teachers–summer is a great time to extend your learning by reading those journals, trolling blogs, writing your own thoughts and listening to podcasts–like ours!