OTR Links 04/09/2012

  • Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and XBox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills.

    tags: programming kodu game Microsoft gamemaker kids gaming fuse

  • Footee is an innovative educational website that leverages the combined appeal of football and gaming to motivate National Curriculum learning in 7-14-year olds – in the class room and at home.

    tags: teachers

  • The best way to get your parents to
    buy you expensive gadgets has always been to really sell the educational value.
    “But Mom, if you buy me a Nintendo, think about how much my spelling will
    improve playing Wheel of Fortune.”
    Of course, these days it’s all about the iPad. For every Angry Birds there’s an
    educational
    game out there to improve your child’s mind. Here are 40 of the best apps for
    your young Einstein. Most of them are paid apps, but if you’ve got $500 to drop
    on an iPad, we’re thinking you won’t mind.

    tags: ipad Twitfav apps elementary edtech ipadapps ipads app

  • This Google site is intended to provide a assistance for staff and students who are interested in using Google Sites for professional or classroom use.The links above will provide some instruction and short videos to help you on your digital journey.

    tags: google tutorials tutorial google sites googleapps

  • Portals is a free learning platform that allows you to launch your Evan-Moor interactive apps, access free trial apps, and receive automatic updates in one easy-to-use interface.

    tags: resources teaching teaching resources

  • Here’s an interesting and beautifully illustrated info-graphic on the power of social media and its influence on our lives, entitled ‘The Sharing Avalanche‘. This infographic, created by Plastick Media and Voltier Digital, explores the phenomenon of online sharing. Its no surprise that social networks are on the rise but some of the information is insane!

    tags: sharing avalanche

  • You’ve probably seen the apps used by The Washington Post and Yahoo! on Facebook that require you to install something before you can read an article shared by one of your friends from their sites. Not only is it annoying, it just means that these publications want access to your personal information so it can learn about your reading habits.

    tags: skip annoying social reader apps facebook

  • I have been using Google Docs for a couple of years now and each time I discover a new way to use it in education I would say that this is the last tip I did not know but always proved wrong. There are always more and more to learn and in fact the moment you think you have learned it all is the moment you start to loose it all.

    tags: secrets students know google google docs docs

  • The crowded building’s not on fire. After an exhaustive investigation of the top 100 Facebook apps, the Wall Street Journal didn’t find any serious privacy violations. While sensationalizing the dangers of online privacy sure drives page views and ad revenue, it also impedes innovation and harms the business of honest software developers.

    tags: selling techcrunch

  • In 1900, less than 10% of families owned a stove, or had access to electricity or phones, and the Model-T was still a full decade away

    tags: technology

  • Despite all the advancements in technology over the last decade or so, the traditional word-based resume is still as popular as ever.

    tags: resume

  • The recent outbreak of the Flashback trojan has brought a lot of attention to potential viruses and trojans hitting the Mac platform. Most of what you’ll read is overblown fear mongering hype, and practically all Mac malware has come through third party utilities and applications. What that means for the average user is that it’s very easy to completely prevent infections and attacks from occurring in the first place, especially when combined with some general security tips. Without further ado, here are eight simple ways to secure a Mac to help prevent viruses, trojans, and malware from effecting you:

    tags: simple tips mac malware viruses

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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