News: Teaching Google, Getting girls to code, Communication app for special education, Tech in blended learning

Teach your students the right way to Google
In the age of the split-second Google search, it’s more critical than ever to train students to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

How to get more girls to code: Use Frozen’s Elsa
If you want to lure young girls into computer coding, go straight to the heart — which these days is likely to inhabit the magical snowy landscape of Frozen. announced Wednesday that it had teamed up with Disney Interactive on a tutorial that lets young programmers help Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa make ice fractals and skating patterns using basic coding skills.

Special education communication apps
These apps are intended to help special-needs students build communication skills

Blended Learning: It’s Not the Tech, It’s How the Tech is Used
Since the 1970s we’ve known of Moore’s Law, which states the processing power of computers will double every two years. Forty years later, computers are presumably a million times more powerful. The education world is finally beginning to harness this power, taking us far beyond the origins of computer labs where students clicked away at the Oregon Trail and practiced word processing. Finally, we’re starting to reach a point where adaptive online programs engage students with rigorous academic content at their exact level while providing teachers with detailed data, allowing us to better group students and meet their unique needs.

pbs_mathPBS launches math series for kids in ‘Odd Squad’
Consider this math problem: PBS leaves the train station headed west under a full head of steam to find a new series to teach math to youngsters. Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman leave a train station at top speed headed east with an idea for a show…

Using twitter to transform the classroom!

[Via Stephen Downes]

If you need a fun article to introduce your colleagues to Twitter, this is a good one. Zaid links to some articles and resources, then looks at how Twitter can help with learning, with specific instructions on how to use Twitter alongside an online (or offline) class.


Learning in 3D

South African school teachers and their learners can now take virtual field trips to areas of historical and geographical importance, following the launch of the local Google Street View Teachers’ Guide. All that is needed is an internet connection and this concept entails using the Google Map’s Street View technology to visually explore and navigate a neighbourhood or city through panoramic street-level photographs. Examples of sites to visit include the Hector Pietersen Memorial in Soweto and Table Mountain in Cape Town.

Technology In The Classroom (Infographic)

From the Pajama Pundit:

Ah, I remember the “good” old days when there was only one classroom with computers in it in my high school. We played a lot of Oregon Trail, as I recall…

However, I think the scariest stats in this infographic are near the bottom. 64% of teenage students used emoticons and a full two-thirds of American teenagers use internet abbreviations (OMG, LOL, etc.) in their schoolwork.


See the whole infographic here =>

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 List

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 List

Jane Hart has compiled (on 17 October 2010) this list from 545 contributions from learning professionals worldwide. There are also

2010 Emerging Trends

Winners & Losers in 2010

Best in Breed 2010

Top 100 Tools 2007-2010

2011 Emerging List


Which learning technologies to use …

For many campuses [and schools], the question is which learning technologies to support locally to support deeper student engagement with learning.

The information in the Horizon Report, published annually by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and the New Media Consortium (NMC), can help.2 The report identifies and describes the key trends and critical challenges associated with those emerging technologies that are likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, creative inquiry, and student engagement in higher education over the next five years. It categorizes six areas of emerging technologies within three adoption horizons: a year or less, two to three years, and four to five years. A quick review of the report and its vast collection of examples and practices can serve as the preliminary research needed for an institution to proceed tactically.

Apps to use in teaching – search by year level or subject

I Education Apps Review

I Education Apps Review believes devices like ITouch / IPhone / IPod have a place in education. The apps may be browsed by year level e.g. kindergarten, early elementary, middle school etc. or by subject. The apps are reviewed by a team of educators.

Why Use Web 2.0 Tools when Teaching Science or Math?

The following is a common question heard around teacher workrooms, teacher lunchrooms, faculty meetings, and science or math conferences.

“Why use web 2.0 tools when teaching science or math?”

The answer is both simple and complex at the same time. The answer to this question is: