All the Web 2.0 Tools you’ll ever need in one blog post! | Digital Learning Environments
I am web geek, and not just because I own a Foursquare t-shirt that I bought at a discount after my 1000th check in. The real reason I know I am a web geek is because I LOVE discovering cool web 2.0 tools that can enhance my classroom! I am about to share with you my not so secret sources for teacher Web 2.0 excitment! …and that’s not all! Actually, it is, but I think you will enjoy discovering all of the new tools that these web sources will present. I guarantee that you will find something new that will amaze you as you explore. So get ready to dive into these web 2.0 treasure troves!
Kleinspiration: Sprout Labs: Fun Science Apps for Summer!
Plants HD delivers high-quality interactive content about plants and their lifecycle. The app provides an in-depth look into topics such as seeds, germination, pollination, flowers, trees, fruits, and dispersal. Scientific information about the various topics is combined with quiz and game to enhance the learning. This app was designed to make learning fun and interactive as it should be!
Educators speak out: the case against the “No Zeros” policy | Edmonton Journal
On Thursday morning, since I first wrote about Lynden Dorval getting suspended from Ross Sheppard high school for refusing to put in place the school’s No Zeros policy, I’ve had many thoughtful responses from educators. I’ve broken the responses into two posts, one with educators in favour of the policy, the other with educators against the policy.
Safari Fastest Growing Browser
By now you must be aware of the rising importance of browser technology. If that sounds platitudinous, hear me out. Browsers have been important for coming on two decades. However, their profile is only continuing to rise as applications migrate to the cloud. Thus, browsers are becoming increasingly critical as desktop apps fade.
Google Promises To Unveil The “Next Dimension Of Google Maps” Next Week | TechCrunch
The online mapping space is quickly heating up. What used to be a relatively straightforward competition between Google and Microsoft (with OpenStreetMap and a few other smaller players standing on the sidelines) will likely become a far more complex scenario now that Apple is likely to reveal its own solution at its WWDC later this month.
How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content | MindShift
Schools are moving from creamy to chunky — but not in relation to cafeteria peanut butter. The change in texture is happening with content.
google-blockly – A visual programming language – Google Project Hosting
Blockly is a web-based, graphical programming language. Users can drag blocks together to build an application. No typing required.
Google Blockly Lets Kids Hack With No Keyboard | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
Google has released a completely visual programming language that lets you build software without typing a single character.
Now available on Google Code — the company’s site for hosting open source software — the new language is called Google Blockly, and it’s reminiscent of Scratch, a platform developed at MIT that seeks to turn even young children into programmers.
Google in Education
The GTA is a FREE professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from innovative technologies. Produced by CUE , each Academy is an intensive, two-day event during which participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in a supportive community of educators making impact.
Educational Technology Guy: Google World Wonders Project – bring the wonders of the world to life
Google World Wonders Project takes images from Google Street View and make great places of the world, from Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, available to anyone. Users can explore and navigate the area, including places not easily accessible. There are also 3D models, YouTube videos and photos of these historic sites. You can browse by topic or by your location.
School opening surprise: No more homework | Inquirer Technology
More seatwork, shorter lectures, and best of all, no homework.
But instead of churning out flunkers and dropouts, this new teaching technique has actually produced high-scoring students.
BetaKit » DropNote Builds on Dropbox’s User Base With Educational App
“Imagine Dropbox and Evernote had a baby, and [it] was exclusive for iOS,” said David Adewumi, founder of DropLearn (formerly OneSchool), about his new educational app, which he calls “the Evernote killer.”
16 Ways Educators Can Use Pinterest [Infographic] – SocialTimes
It’s startling the way that children communicate with their teachers in today’s schools. They’re connecting over Twitter and Facebook groups, handing their assignments in by email and sharing links to research and information all over the place. But does Pinterest have a role to play? An infographic by OnlineUniversities.com takes a look at just that and comes up with a whole lot of ways that an educator can use Pinterest.
Going From One-Size-Fits-All Education, To One-Size-Fits-One | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation
We need to teach children individually, and in a way that doesn’t emphasize memorizing the right answer, but more realistically reflects how we learn and succeed in the real world.
Hits and misses in Windows 8 so far | Windows 8 – CNET Reviews
As Microsoft approaches the home stretch for finishing Windows 8, we take a look at what the OS does well, and what it must fix to be a success.
Microsoft’s new, more social Bing goes live in the U.S. | ZDNet
Last month, Microsoft outlined plans for a new three-column Bing search design that would make available social input from contacts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and even Google+. On June 1, Microsoft rolled out that new design for users in the U.S.