Infographics for Language Teachers and Learners and More

Why InfographicsInfographics (short for information graphics) are neat visual tools that can be used to convey several different topics. The use of colorful graphics and clear concise text makes organizing information a snap and allows teachers to present this information in a nice visual matter. Students benefit by the fact that they are not overwhelmed by lots of text and they don’t have to listen to the teacher lecture them on the stats and facts that can otherwise be shown by the infographic. There are also several sites that allow folks to create their own for FREE (see the resources below.) This post will share some of the resources I have collected on infographics.

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Speeding Through the World One Map at a Time

World mapI have always been amazed by time-lapse photography. Now there are even ways, using digital technology, to time-lapse world maps from as far back as history can go. This post will share some of these maps with you so that you may share them with your students.

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QR Coded For The Future

About Don Mace!Maybe you have seen some of the strange-looking images like the one at the right. These are QR Codes that first became popular in Japan a few years back and thanks to the earthquake and tsunami we learned about the in the US. If you are already familiar with them and have a scanner, go ahead and scan that one – don’t worry it is just going to some information about me. Most businesses have recognized the power of marketing using these neat little barcodes and have even designed codes that resemble their logos. This post will give you some resources and examples about using QR Codes in the classroom.

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Causing Your STEM To Grow

Stem Logo“Science is for nerds, math is too hard.” How many times have your heard students express this sentiment.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are all important disciplines in education. Guiding our students to learn more about and participate in these subjects is paramount to the success of our economy in the future. According to Acheive, Inc, students that complete Algebra II in high school more than double their chances of obtaining a four-year college degree. This post will give you some resources for using STEM in your school.

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Where Are My Sticky Notes When I Need Them?

Sticky-Notes on computerSince April 6, 1980, when Post-it-Notes debuted for public consumption, people have been awed by the usefulness of these paper, restickable and handy notes. In the web2.0 era several companies have created “Sticky Note” sites for folks to be able to use electronic versions of Post-it-Notes. Teachers in the classroom have started using them as well. This post will give you more information about one such site and its usefulness in the classroom.

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When Was the War of 1812 Fought?

Teaching History dot org logo“When Was the War of 1812 Fought?” Maybe you used to ask your buddies this question to make them think really hard or to make them look stupid. But how much do you know about the War of 1812? What is you are an American History teacher and you are looking for resources to help your students understand more about the War of 1812; where would you go? AS we celebrate 200 years since the War of 1812, this post will help you answer that question and give you a source of primary authentic documents and information that you can use to teach any topic in American History.

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Tweeting Can Be Fun Too!

twitter birdTweeting does not always have to be about reading 140 characters or searching for interesting tools or techniques to use in the classroom or trying to make connections to strengthen your PLN. Tweeting can also be fun – or at least the way we view the tweets and their impact around the world. Using some of the free tools that are available online, you can visualize tweets in different ways and this might even help to attract the tweeting interest of students and staff. This post will discuss some of those tools as well as provide links to other tools that you might want to explore yourself.

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What’s Coding Got To Do With It?

Computer ProgrammingI have always been intrigued by computers and computer programming. I remember my best friend and I would sit up hours creating text-based adventure games on an old Commodore 64 with a cassette tape. Then I took my first programming course in high school in Basic and Pascal on a TRS 80 Model III with amber colored text on a black screen. I was hooked! the exercises were tedious and at times I often asked myself “Why are we having to learn this?” During my teaching years I had the opportunity to teach computer programming in high school and some of my students would ask the same question. This post will strive to help answer that question for you.

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Remember the Titans …er I mean the Titanic!

The TitanticNo other ship in the history of shipdom has garnished as much attention as the RMS Titanic. Several movies, books, documentaries, etc. have been created since the “Unsinkable” ship first set sail in 1912. As we approach the 100th anniversary of her demise on April 15, 1912, this post will give you some great resources to use in your classes this week or next.

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Your Voice is Powerful – VoiceThread in Education

VoiceThread App iconWired recently published an article on the power of one’s voice about a new study published in the January issue of Evolution and Human Behavior which provides evidence that voice – its tones and intonations and rhythms, known formally as prosodics – trigger soothing affects that do not appear with plain text communication. “People still need to interact the way we evolved to interact,” says one of the studies authors, Leslie J. Seltzer. “It doesn’t matter how many smiley faces you put in your IM. It’s not going to have the same effect as talking in person.”

The human voice is a critical tool for connecting in a meaningful way with those around you. Making voice connections easily in a technologically complex and networked world is what VoiceThreading is all about.

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