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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Link Post for Summer 2010

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     Quite often I have seen posts that seem to just have links to good stuff.  And there are times I tell myself, "I never make time to write a new post."  My wife's usual response to this is to tell me to create a link post.  She does that periodically to one or more of her 3 blogs to keep them fresh and updated.  So, here are 10 links to things I have put into my Delicious account this summer.  Thank you to all who provided me these links via twitter.

   1.   Wallwisher.com is a fun way of creating a discussion board.  You just create the wall and post a thought and then have others come to the wall to leave comments, thoughts, or ideas.  Go there now and tell me how you might use this.  In the Project Based world I live in I see this as a good way to get Knows and Need to Knows after introducing a project.

   2. Discovery Education is not a new thing for me.  However, with the change from math to engineering I found a new love of the video collections like the indoor ski area built in Dubai.  By the way I skied indoors in the Netherlands and loved it.  If you get a chance to try it don't miss it.

   3.  Teachers First is a list of sites related to specific content areas.  If I was just starting out in teaching, was just trying out using the web as a source of information, or if I just wanted something in my back pocket to be able to access this would be the place to go.

   4.  First in Education has its list of Top 100 Tech Blogs for Teachers.  If you don't see it here but you find a different one somewhere else then book mark it and share it with us.

   5.  Makezine's Top 10 Kid-Friendly Projects is just what it says it is.  These are good projects to get your creative juices flowing.

   6.  The American Association of School Librarians has a great post listing the Top 25 websites for teaching and learning.  You could easily end up bookmarking each and every one.

   7.  The Educational Blogs bundle created in Google Reader by George Couros is a quck glance of some 45 blogs.  When I went there today I looked at the number and between his list and my list there had been over 350 blog posts by educators about education since the last day of school in June.  That explains why my brain hurts.

   8.  Tom Barrett compiled this list of 10 Google Forms for the classroom.  If you don't see one there that you like it might get you comfortable enough to create your own form.

   9.  This was posted in the School Library Journal in December but I didn't see it on twitter until last week.  What I liked about it was how we got to see twitter being used and the thought process behind Kate Messner's decision to include twitter in her classroom.

  10.  For my last link I chose Kelly Tenkely's post on Redefining Cheating.  As we become a world of more and more open sources and with the use of social collaboration with a host of others from around the world, we need to think about what it means to "cheat."  Kelly does a great job getting us to think.