Thursday, January 19, 2012

What do you love? by Google

What do you love? by Google is a neat search site.  Instead of just searching text, or just searching images it gives you an intersesting result that searches all of their available offerings, meaning you can see text results, blog results, youtube results, and even recent news results.  Not all of them will be relevant or needed, for example, there is a patent section, but overall you can get a large variety of information from one search.

Try it out with a nice search of your own, or look at my miniature schnauzers search.

Graphing with Stats Canada

Did a nice activity with Grade 6's and graphing today.  All because i could not find the change in moose population in NL for the last 20 years.

We used this site to do our graphing:

Excellent little site.  Just play around with it too see how it works.  Best thing about it is that you can preview everything before you print it.  Especially important for soemthing simple such as making sure your x and y access are labeled correctly.

As for data to graph, on stats Canada you can create your own population data sheet.

Stats Canada

You can select and mix province, gender, and even ages over a period of time.  Nice to show kids the population change in NL of 10-14 year olds over the last 20 years.

Once you "retrieve as Table" then ask for it to output format as  "HTML table, time as rows"  Then
click retireve now.

Population of 10-14 year olds, NL, 1990-2010

That is the 10-14 year olds in NL from 1990-2010.  Interesting looking data set?

Finally, if you just want some random interesting data about Canadian kids try this link:

Stats Canada Summary Results

Has everything from average wrist circumfernce, to travel time by bus to school, to average foot length.  35 different data sets that you can discuss and graph about kids in Canada.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Massive Collection of IWB (smartboard) activities

Large number of activities and games formated for IWB's.  They are ordered by what appears to be the British educatoional system, so it may take a little effort to determine exactly what you need, but it really isn't all that bad.  And the activities are good, full screen interactive activities.

Here is one for measuring capacity

There are dozens, if not hundreds, similar to that in quallity.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Learning about blogs for your students

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a huge fan of blogging with her students, and has done a lot of work showing how to to it the right way to be successful.  Her site, has lot of information on that, and other things she is working on, including digital storytelling with Ipads.  Right now she is writing a multi-part series on the most effective way to blog with students.  You can start with the first part, Learning About Blogs for your students - Reading here.  It continues on for at least 7 parts at the moment, although I am unsure if she plans to continue it further.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Google Green

Google Green Scrapbook seems like a nice idea.  It presents you with a series of questions you answer, and in the end you are given a nicely laid out scrapbook with all kinds of environmental information.  From the site:

2011 Green Scrapbook

Google Plus
The 2011 Green Scrapbook highlights the top environmental search trends in this year’sZeitgeist. Explore the trends, create your own scrapbook, and share it with others.
Here is the one that I created:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

EDUBlog Awards

The EduBlog awards are done in December, with readers voting on their favorite educational blogs.  Whether you agree with the the concept of voting on blogs, (it is somewhat like grading them) it is a great list of blogs to look at.  You might find something there to add to your reading list that interests you.

EduBlogs Awards

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Super List of Autism Apps for Ipad

Ipads have become very popular lately, due to their ease of use, large screens, and great interactivity.  Below is a link to a Google Spreadsheet that has a large list of apps that many have used with students who have autism.  They are sorted by topics such as advocacy, communication, and art.  Take a look and see what others have contributed.

iPad Apps & Resources for People With Autism : Reviews, Links, Prices