Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
With the start of a new academic year (for many) comes the age old problem of remembering names. Before remembering comes pronouncing accurately
Our names are central to our unique identities, and saying them correctly is the first step in respecting, appreciating, and connecting with each other.
NameCoach aims to solve a common problem: name mispronunciation, especially in important life settings.
NameCoach provides a simple and effective solution: users voice-record their names online so others can easily learn and remember how to say them. Perfectly.
Using its free Student Name Directory, teachers share a unique link with their students that sends them to a dedicated page. Students record their names and teachers can, more easily, learn and remember.
NameCoach works on both desktops (with a microphone), and mobile devices, for learning pronunciations on the go.
Who needs a Delorean time machine when you can link to future news? Oil at $180 a barrel, Talking search engines, First Marathon Under Two Hours, and Euro Banknotes Invalid by Friday It raises some fascinating questions, like Can Paralyzed People Walk in the Future?
Even some of the advert banners are mock ups of future possibilities: “Beam Yourself Around the World with Telebeamer!” There are some serious sides to the site. An example: a section on AIDS offers some sobering thoughts.
The way the site looks back at “past events” from these days, offers a good insight into how reporting can present/misrepresent “facts” too. In the words of Marty McFly: “Well, history is gonna change”
Who knows what might happen, but “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything”.
Wiggio.com is a free, online, toolkit that makes it easy to work in groups.
The team developed Wiggio out of their own frustrations with working in groups.
They were tired of sending eleven emails back and forth to set a meeting time.
They were fed up with “that guy” who just never knows where and when to be for meetings. They were tired of multiple mailing lists, contact books, phone-chains and incompatibilities. They wanted everything to be in one place, and we wanted it simple.
The platform was designed to be easy and straightforward, even for the least tech-savvy members of your group. It provides everything you need to work productively in your groups, without bogging you down with complexities and unnecessary features.
Host Virtual Meetings and conference calls. Create to-do lists and assign tasks. Send email, text, and voice messages. Manage events with a shared calendar. Poll your group in real time. Upload and manage files in a shared folder
In our sessions on mind mapping how some of the many ideas might be applied back in the classroom, we often have a quick discussion on the power of recording ideas visually, and a discussion of how it can confuse some students who DON’T think or work in a visual way.
It is useful and reminds us of the “old style topic webs” we started using to plan at the beginning of our careers.
Bubbl.us lets you create thought bubbles and connect them together.
You also can easily move the bubbles around or change the links connecting them to each other.
Being an online application there are some collaborative feature, and if you can fit your thoughts into little connected bubbles, try it.
There are several “mind mapping” software products available, a favourite being 2Simple’s brilliant, and adaptable, 2Connect.
Bubbl.us isn’t in that class. But it’s free and it’s fun, and it might help you see connections in your own thoughts.
• Brainstorm online
• Create colorful mind
• Share work with others
• Embed your map in
your blog or website
• Email and print map
• Save map as an image
It could be so easy to overlook, or take for granted, Google for education, and a great collection of teaching and learning tools.
Classroom integrates Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail to enable teachers to create, collect, and organise assignments, and extend classroom communication. Google is offering Classroom to anyone with a Google Apps for Education account. Classroom is intended “ to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.”