Today while talking with teachers in the hallway, one shared how he has been looking at Web 2.0 sites and is amazed how many are free and useful in his classes. Way to go, Mr. M!
Here are some other goodies to consider looking at over the holidays and see what you can use in your classroom:
Edmodo (Social Networking)
Social Networking, while a scourge for some systems, is being promoted in Portsmouth. Collaboration is a necessary skill for students to have and possess as they enter the work place; imagine setting your room up to promote homework and cooperative learning activities virtually. Portsmouth has a group set up already. If you wish to know more, let me know so we can get activities started!
Edulicious (Visual Presentation Graphics)
From the Letâ€™s Get Visual post: Infographics (commonly also called data visualizations) are visual representations designed to quickly, and often beautifully, explain complex information and data in a manner that makes it easy to digest and understand. They are becoming increasingly common and are being used by journalists, designers, scientists, mathematicians, teachers, and others who need to communicate concepts clearly and succinctly. Infographics can feature combinations of pictures, charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, maps, lists, time lines, flowcharts, and more.
Tiny URL (shorten a URL into a manageable length)
I donâ€™t want to assume all have heard of this website! Imagine setting up a hyperlink that is this long: http://www.google.com/search?q=Tiny+url&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe. Unmanageable, isnâ€™t it? Take that, place in TinyURL, and you get this: http://tinyurl.com/2aupcuq (click and find out what you get). This is great for Web Quests, or any presentation/project where shortness is needed, such as a hyperlink in a Word document, etc..
Fur.ly (shorten multiple URLs into one)
Do you have a LOT of URLs? Itâ€™s kind of like TinyURL, but with multiple links.
Bingle (Search Engine)
What could happen if you could search two search engines side-by-side? Bingle does that. Note the disclaimer about phishing on their splash page.
Create Your Own Newspaper Heading This would be great for either a Social Studies Activity or creating graphics for reading tests where students have been studying about titles, headings, and the like.