Top 100 tools for learning 2014
The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 – the results of the 8th Annual Learning Tools Survey – has been compiled by Jane Hart from the votes of 1,038 learning professionals from 61 countries worldwide and published on 22 September 2014.
The slideset appears below. You can view some of the individual contributions here.
A learning tool is defined as any software or online tool or service that you use either for your own personal or professional learning, for teaching or training, or for creating e-learning
The annual lists have also become a useful longitudinal study into how the way we learn is changing. Take a look at this year’s analysis or if you are still surprised at the results, read The Web is 25 years old – so how has it changed the way we learn?
[Source: http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/, 20/11/2014.]
*** Check out BlendSpace, new in at 99! But given how CHS teachers have taken to it, it may appear higher in your personal list soon. :) ***
Learning how to attribute photos is a critical research skill. With Google Reverse Image Search, you can upload any photo to Google Images and hit "search" to find the name of it, and a whole lot more.
Bonus tip: In Google's Chrome browser, you can just right-click on any image and select "search Google for this image." There's a Firefox add-on, too.
Thanks Margaux (HVM) for the following article to complement the article posted recently on this blog:
Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say
And also the following from Margaux (thanks again!):
Lynda Barry: The 20 stages of reading
Saskia (and Margaux)
Comprehension results in screen versus print reading: how the internet is making it harder to read books
This is a snippet from a very fascinating article from an Australian newspaper last month. The whole article is well worth a read for 21st Century educators.
A 2012 Israeli study of engineering students – who grew up in the world of screens – looked at their comprehension while reading the same text on screen and in print when under time pressure to complete the task.
The students believed they did better on screen. They were wrong. Their comprehension and learning was better on paper.
Researchers say that the differences between text and screen reading should be studied more thoroughly and that the differences should be dealt with in education, particularly with school-aged children. There are advantages to both ways of reading. There is potential for a bi-literate brain.
"We can't turn back," Wolf said. "We should be simultaneously reading to children from books, giving them print, helping them learn this slower mode, and at the same time steadily increasing their immersion into the technological, digital age. It's both. We have to ask the question: What do we want to preserve?"
Best Google Drive add-ons
This from the CoolCatTeacher.com site:
Click here to go to a very cool blog post about the 15 best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education. It includes video tutorials to enable you to access and use these tools both for yourself and your students.
Happy playing ... :)
Ever wanted to know if a website you want is 'playing up' or 'blocked' for just you or for everyone?
Well, here is the answer!
The site obligingly tells you whether or not to take it personally. ;)
Google Image Search has (finally) moved the Usage Rights option up onto the main tool bar. This now allows us to EASILY search for copyright-free images that we are allowed to reuse.
This is Google's new improved search format. Firstly, perform a Google Image search as normal. You can see how easy it is to now specify your usage rights options in the screenshots on the right for my search on World War One images. On the search results page:
1. click the search tools menu
2. select usage rights
3. choose labeled for reuse or options as required
For some reason the Usage Rights option has been previously unhelpfully hidden away in a fairly remote scroll-down-to-the-bottom-of-the-page on the advanced search menu of Google Images. As digital citizens, we need to be aware of appropriate behaviour online and that includes responsible use of images. That is, sourcing copyright-free images.
Sourced with thanks from Julia Smith at Kerikeri High School, 02/2014.
Schools cross the digital divide
Very interesting article about the 'new' digital divide ...
Click here: Schools cross the digital divide
Clever Twitter citing tool
Further to a previous post on citing Twitter, here is a clever wee tool that does it for you! It even does it in APA formatting, which is what we use here at CHS.
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