At the fabulous Minds on Media event on the Saturday following the ECOO Conference, I had a station of my own which had been named “Cultivating Your PLN” by the organizers. Essentially, the plan was to help people get up and running on Twitter, a refresher on how to use the basic functions and to get people connected with others. There was actually quite a lot of that. I got to meet a lot of new people, answer some questions, do some demonstrations, and hear how others were planning to use the social media service. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
But, what good is a learning network if you can’t ask questions…so we did some work with Google Maps, Google Earth, WordPress, IFTTT, and so much more. Thankfully, I had created some resources for these things and was able to bring them quickly and easily into the conversation. Then, I got stumped.
A gentleman came up and indicated that he was working some web literacy into his Grade 5 class and wanted some examples of “fake” websites that he could have his students analyze. He indicated that he knew of the Martin Luther King website from talking with someone else but wanted more. We shared a conversation about the concept behind that website and agreed that we would do our best to not promote it by referencing it or linking to it or anything that would help its quest to be high in the search results rankings.
But, I knew that I had a small collection of resources that I had used in workshops myself and had put them together in a web resource that I called “Websites that should make you go Hmmmm…” In fact, I could have sworn that I could have laid my hands on ii in an instant but when I browsed the web to where I thought that it should be, it wasn’t. Fortunately, though, the Internet Archive had it easily retrieved. I decided to bring it forward here and to make a separate page on my PD Wiki so that it’s easily found in the future.
Sites that should make you go hmmmm…
Would you accept research that quote the following sites?
Do you have any additional sites to add?
Top 15 Apps Enhanced for iOS 5 | PCWorld
iOS 5 isn’t just an operating system–it’s a revolution. We collected 15 apps and games that make full use of the new functionality available in Apple’s latest mobile OS.
Making Thinking Visible
In the Cultures of Thinking project we often talk about the mission of schools and the importance of a vision of learning and education that reaches beyond scores on a test. This new research makes that goal even more important.
GraphWords.com – Visualize words!
A visual thesaurus. Enter a word and see a tree of related terms based upon that word.
JAM – Welcome to just-a-minute
just-a-minute is all it takes to bring ourselves back to our natural state of inner peace and well-being. Learn to relax, refocus and re-energise in just one minute with ‘just-a-minute’ meditations. It is about becoming a powerful positive force in your own life. Give yourself just-a-minute to experience it now.
Tips for New Bloggers | Blogger Buzz
I had no idea that a blog about my clothing choices would grow and become such a fun hobby! And even though I’ve been blogging for a little while, I still feel like I have so much to learn, which is what keeps blogging interesting! So, while I’m definitely far from being an expert, here are a few things that have worked for me:
WhatWasThere – Put history in its place!
WhatWasThere ties historical photos to Google Maps, allowing you to tour familiar streets to see how they appeared in the past.
Train Set Typography
What an interesting activity. I wonder what else might be lying around waiting to do the same sort of thing.
Self-initiated typography experiment where I used an old train set, found in my grandmother’s basement as the basis for creating letters.
School 2 Go: So You Want to Teach in an Ontario Secondary School: The Interview
So You Want to Teach in an Ontario Secondary School: The Interview
I have had many requests from new teachers for help to prepare for an interview. Here is some of the advice I offer here in Ontario. Can you suggest more ideas?
Viadeo.com: Web 2.0 | Business Directory | Forums | Alumni | Jobs | Professional Network
Manage your network of professional contacts
Identify useful contacts through your extended network
Share information and knowledge
Instructional Design for Videos | eLearning Brothers
A lot of training is using video and it’s becoming very easy to create and distribute. As things become easier and cheaper we often see the quality decrease. For example, if you had to spend $10,000 to hire a camera crew to come out and do a video shoot then you’d probably have all of the scripts and talent well prepared. However, if you can quickly create a video on your handheld camera and upload it to YouTube then you might be tempted to just “wing-it”.
Log in and start drawing!
Music Tech Teacher, Music Quizzes, Games and Worksheets
Scroll down the page to play over 130 elementary quizzes, puzzles and games about music. Music Information and Theory pages below will help you learn the names of music notes, rhythms, terms and the names of famous musicians and composers. I have posted a list of the programs that I used to create the quizzes at the bottom of this page.
engVid · Free English Video Lessons
Free English Video Lessons
The 11 Types of Followers on Twitter
It’s often said that there are different types of Twittering personalities, and I think you can categorize how folks follow on Twitter, as well.
Here, then, is my list of the 11 types of Twitter followers (and thoughts about ones who matter most):
Teachers, students should be Facebook friends, officer says
Another interesting angle on this discussion. Are people listening or are they entrenched one way or the other?
Teachers, students should be Facebook friends, officer says – Parentcentral.ca
Facebook can — and should — be a teacher’s friend, the Toronto police social media officer told an educators’ conference.
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