Tech Tuesday: Top 10 Tech Tools For Your Break

  1. Twitter: Seriously, getting on Twitter and using it for professional purposes is the single best move you can make to improve teaching and learning.  Here are educators to follow on Twitter, a guide to educational hashtags and an introduction to twitter for newbies.
  2. Professional Communities Online – EdWeb.net, Connected Educator Ning, Future of Education, Classroom 2.0, The Educator’s PLN
  3. Webinars: Check out ASCD’s free webinars archive, Google Apps for Education webinars, Education Week Webinars, Open Education Week Archived Webinars
  4. Google+ Communities – Google Apps for Education, Gamification in Education, Physics Education, Minecraft in Education, 20% Time
  5. Blogs & RSS Readers – Try Feedly, Flipboard, The Old Reader 
  6. Social Bookmarking and Curated Collections- Diigo (K-12 Education groups), Pintrest and ScoopIt
  7. Online Book Club – Simple as GoodReads, complex as Book Club 106, or get picky with something subject specific like Level Up Book Club
  8. Follow “Summer” Conferences online – ISTE for example. They even have their own Ning.  Of course, who needs that when you can read their Tweets? Seriously, just get on Twitter.
  9. TED-Ed & Ted Talks
  10. Learn to Code.org
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iMovie Tutorial: Add Music to your iMovie!

Are you working on your book trailer in iMovie?  Use our short tutorials to help you make your project fantastic!  We’ve already shown you how to add photos to your iMovie, so this screen cast will show you how to add music to your iMovie.    Check back here, as we are going to post more screen casts soon.

Adding Music to your iMovie

Tech Tuesday: Beyond Google!

Whispering Secrets

Photo by Flickr User: Cameron Maddux under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license

I’ve got a secret: Google isn’t always the best at finding you what you want!  Of course, if you use all of its tricks, you can Get The Most Out of Google!  But still, there are other search and discovery engines out there that can help you find what the information you need, when you need it.

Try these Search Engines on for size:

  •  DuckDuckGo: Don’t want “someone” tracking your every move?  Don’t want your search results to be impacted by your search history?  Search with DuckDuckGo. 
  • InstaGrok: Visually pleasing, interactive results with alternate and extended search terms right in front of you.  Research a topic, customize your results, share your search results web.  Try it out!
  • Scrius: It’s science! Check out their “About Us” page for more details, but the quickie version is that when you search REM, Google thinks rock music and Scrius thinks sleep.
  • KidsClick!: Search Engine for Year 1 – Year 8

How about these Discovery/Reference sites?

  • Finding Dulcinea: The library of the Internet!  High quality, trustworthy websites selected by REAL HUMANS. 🙂
  • Internet Public Library:  This is the online version of the reference desk at a public library.  In addition to a wealth of resources carefully selected for your use, there are REAL HUMANS working behind the IPL desk.  Just “Ask an IPL Librarian” and a librarian or library student will help guide you to resources for your question.
  • GapMinder: Aiming to support a fact-based worldview, GapMinder takes boring numbers and converts them into animated statistics in colorful graphs.

This only scratches the surface.  What’s your favorite search engine or discovery website to turn to when the Internet giant Google isn’t what you need?

Tech Tuesday: Padlet

PadletPadlet, (paper + wood + tablet, the stone ones), formally known as Wallwisher, has undergone an overhaul, an upgrade of sorts, but their missions remains the same;  “Easiest way to put something on the Internet, or as we like to say ‘write’ on the Internet.”  From creative writing, to posing thought provoking questions, initiating debates and many more uses.

Learn More About Padlet

Sample Padlets

Like it?  Then you should sign up for an account.

Tech Tuesday: Thinglink

Thinglink allows you to “create rich images with music, video, sound, text & more.
Share and discover deeper stories through images.”

Register for your ThingLink account today!

ThingLink Blogs

Great Examples: ThinglInk at Work

How are you using Thinglink in schools?

Extended Essay: Planning & Organizing Your Research

Research Process

Research Process

Are you a Year 12 Diploma student?

If the answer is yes, then over the last few weeks, you’ve started your Extended Essay research process.  You have been in the pre-search stage of your research process, where you explore potential topics and start thinking about who might be your advisor.  As you determine the focus of your research, it is important that you begin effectively collecting your resources and taking initial notes so you can access them later.

The resource we will be using for saving, annotating and sharing your research is the social bookmarking tool Diigo.

Want to learn more about Diigo? Watch these videos:

Today’s tasks:

Your subject area teachers and supervisors will be added to these groups, and we will ask them to support your research by adding relevant resources to these Diigo groups.  As you ask supervisors to work with you, they may ask to see your Diigo account so you can discuss the resources you’ve found so far.