Happy Edudemic.com Saturday! Listed below are links to interesting things that I found on Edudemic.com. I encourage you to check them out for yourself.
Blog Post: 20 Free and Fun Ways To Curate Web Content – Do you suffer from info overload? Is your RSS reader bursting at the seams? Have your bookmarks gone bonkers? Like that alliteration? Me neither. Anyway, we are all slammed with information every time we go online. What’s the best way to organize it all into at least some reasonable manner? Teachers, students, and admins alike don’t have the time to properly visit every site (except Edudemic of course so they turn to curation tools. Below is a simple list of my favorites. Hope they help de-clutter your life at least a little bit…
Blog Post: 12 Ways To Use Google Search In School, By Degree Of Difficulty – I’ve been completely obsessed with Google’s new mini-site devoted to finding better ways to incorporate proper web searches into the classroom. Dubbed ‘Search Education,’Google’s new site has an array of lesson plans, videos (check a sample out below), concept maps, and other tools designed to help any educator properly integrate Google.
This is just the logical next step for the search (and basically everything else) behemoth as Google pushes its way into the classroom.
As part of Search Education, Google has shared a bunch of lesson plans that are organized by degree of difficulty.
So, if you consider yourself and / or your students Google experts, you should try out the more advanced plans. If you don’t know what ‘boolean’ means, then you probably should start with the more basic stuff.
The following are just some of the many lesson plans brought to you by Google.
Blog Post: How To Integrate Live Tweets Into Your Presentations – I’ve seen plenty of presentations that try to incorporate social media, polling, and other interactive tools. It’s all an effort to engage the audience and keep the conversation going. But usually these presentations don’t do it right. They say ‘mention my presentation with the XYZ hashtag’ or ‘like us on Facebook to see back-channel conversations’ and whatnot. But all of that is passive participation.
Lucky for you, we just stumbled across a new tool that’s designed to incorporate live tweets into your presentation. What could be better than that? While these tweets may not all be perfect and some may not be professional / appropriate, it’s a great tool to know about.
Tool: SAP Web 2.0 Powerpoint Twitter Tools– Ever wanted to make presentations a more interactive, Web 2.0 experience?
The PowerPoint Twitter Tools prototypes are now available. Created using SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius (but requiring only PowerPoint for Windows and Adobe Flash to run), the twitter tools allow presenters to see and react to tweets in real-time, embedded directly within their presentations, either as a ticker or refreshable comment page.
Have fun checking these out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.