Links You’ll Love – 9-21-12
I would never suggest that a student use SparkNotes instead of, well, actually READING the book, it might be useful for teachers to have a place with info on plot summaries, characters, themes, etc. LitCharts has a good selection of literature, and quite a few summaries available for the iPhone as well.
The folks at Google have thrown their Internet hats into the online education ring with a free course builder module. You can read about it here. It’s not for the faint-hearted: it does require some programming skills. Most importantly, it’s an indication of what’s to come…
Speaking of free online education, check out Open Culture. There are links to free movies, free lessons, free audio books, and free courses.
InfuseLearning is a new player in the free online student response system arena. This site allows you to create an online assessment which your students can take using any of a number of mobile devices. It’s an easy way to create a quiz or exit slip and have your students respond using an iPad. A similar, pared-down application is AnswerGarden. And yet another new kid on the response block is mural.ly – just create an online mural, and your users can add web content, photos, text, shapes, stickers and more. Murally is in beta, so it might be a little wonky, but it’s a great way to get a group collaborating. It’s called a cross between Prezi and mind maps.
Who says math doesn’t count (pun intended)? Get a load of Math in the News. They take a current events article and view it through a math lens. This issue looks at the Great Monarch Butterfly Migration. There are links to videos about the issue and websites that analyze the data. The site’s navigation is a little clumsy, but it can be worthwhile to spend a little time there.
And, finally, treat yourself to a 14-minute glimpse into the teenage brain courtesy of our friends at TED and cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore.
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