TGIF ~ April 23, 2010

Technology Gems, Ideas, and Facts

Friday, April 23, 2010

Gem ~ a website or application that might work well for you or your students

Tired of the same old projects? Looking for a new way for students to share what they’ve learned? Try Glogster! Set up a free educator’s account that will allow you to create up to 100 student accounts with no need for student email addresses. Click here for a sample I made this morning to show you just a few of Glogster’s features! (http://edu.glogster.com/)

Idea ~ a way to enhance your LFS lessons with technology

In every discipline there are some bits of content that just have to be memorized…basic math facts, elements in the periodic table, vocabulary. BrainFlips is a new site that allows you to create and share flashcards online. Every deck of cards can be viewed three different ways. Introduction Mode allows you to see the question and the answer at the same time. Traditional Mode shows the question and then you can click to see the answer. Response Mode requires the student to enter an answer, either multiple choice or short answer. Cards can include text, images, even audio and video. Creating cards requires setting up a free account, which does require an email address and students must be over the age of 13. For younger students teachers could create the cards or set up an account and monitor students as they create them using that account. Older students could create their own accounts and build their own decks. You can also set up groups and invite other members to join a group. This could be a great way to have students share flashcards they’ve made for a class so they can learn with and from one another. (http://www.brainflips.com/home.html)

Fact ~ Just a bit of information

Backed up your files lately? Just a friendly reminder to be sure all your important school-related files are saved to the network (your “H-drive”), not just to your computer’s hard drive. I know we’ve said it before, but some things are worth repeating.

Have a great weekend,

Anne

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