27 Jun

Learn It In 5

See on Scoop.itKB…Konnected’s Kaleidoscope of Wonderful Websites!

How-To videos that help you learn what is Web 2.0, and strategies for using Web 2.0 technology in the digital classroom – all in 5 minutes or less

KB…Konnected’s insight:

You can learn a lot in these 5 min. videos. Newest video is on feedly a nice replacement for Google Reader. In fact I like feedly much better.

See on learnitin5.com

25 Jun

Today I Found Out | Learn Interesting Facts Every Day

See on Scoop.itEducation Matters – (tech and non-tech)

Today I Found Out is a site based on the idea that you should try to learn something new every day.

KB…Konnected’s insight:

Daily fun interesting facts. I didn’t care for the ads though. I might use the content but not share the link with students. Unique facts to share when you have to fill a minute or two.

See on todayifoundout.com

23 Jun

IfItWereMyHome.com

See on Scoop.itKB…Konnected’s Kaleidoscope of Wonderful Websites!
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IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another. Start by selecting a region to compare on the map to the right, and begin your exploration.

You can also use our visualization tool to help understand the impact of a disaster. The Pakistan Flood and BP Oil Spill are currently featured. 

Screenshots below.

Comparison of U.S. and Japan.

Map compares the size of countries with overlay.

KB…Konnected’s insight:

Excellent resource!  Easy to use tool that lets you compare 2 countries of your choice. Results based on 10 key statistics are compared. Google maps are also used.

I’ve added it to Countries for Kids LiveBinder 

See on ifitweremyhome.com

06 Jun

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am participating in…

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am participating in Sunday’s TeacherspayTeachers Sale.

#2ndchat #1stchat #4thchat #5thchat

All of my products will be on sale.

If you’re looking for a nice resource for Black History Month I would like to suggest you check out my “Black History: Who Am I?” product. It’s been pretty popular and this is a chance to get it at a lower price. It includes a game, writing activity and art activity. Check out the comments on this product and you’ll see how other teachers are using it. (makes a nice bulletin board)

I also have a fine product for the upcoming President’s Day. Students create their own “Travelin’ Times” Newspaper. Everything is included.

Looking for some fun doodle frames or clip art. I have bunches.

 Hope you stop by.

05 Jun

GRRRRRRR! what a sucker punch!

Dear Google,

What a sucker punch! Yes, please know that it was quite a shock to read today that Google Reader will be shut down in July. This has been probably my MOST USED 2.0 tool.

From the Google Blog (one of my feeds in Google Reader, no less!)

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You just don’t realize how many teachers I was able to pull over to a 2.0 way of thinking by spending a little time showing off Google Reader and what it could do. This was true for friends, colleagues, and well yes, even students. Sigh. So okay, I’m now reading/exploring my options. My reader is full of suggestions, which is great–and okay, yes I have to thank you for letting Google Reader deliver that news to me today. This one tool truly transformed my teaching practice, impacting me in many ways.  When I ignored other aggregation tools, I stayed faithful to this one.

Google, I felt shattered by this announcement.

 

Funny because it wasn’t that long ago (back in July) that I was sharing about iGoogle going by the wayside, and offering alternatives too my readers then. I should have seen the writing on the wall, no?  Now I wonder how many other of the G-Apps I use are considered for an early demise? I think I could have handled this better had there been some rumors from my own PLN so I already had a heads up.  This just feels like a sucker punch.

 

Jury is still out on what I’ll use. Today I’m checking out Feedly at the recommendation of friends Diane Cordell and Vicki Davis. And Feedly connected with my existing Google Reader feeds and has assured me it has my back when GR goes away, I’ll still have my feeds.  Thanks Feedly. Right now you are the front -runner for my new feed service. I may never say GR again.  Grrrrrrrrr.

 

Please, Google if there are more plans like this, give a little indication and seek feedback from users. I think it will soften the blow if I have already heard it before the actual official announcement.

 

Related articles to check out:

C|Net discusses five worthy alternatives

Transitioning to Feedly (from Feedly)

C|Net G closes the book on GR

 

Picture attributions:

  • Shattered By Cayusa Licensed Creative Commons (with some rights reserved) on the date of use. 
  • Screenshot from The Google Blog today. 

 

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