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Let's Brainstorm!

Here are some Web tools you can use to help your group brainstorm, present, post, and reflect on topics and projects. These tools are helpful because they are visually and associatively based, and non-linear, which encourages people to look at and process information in new ways.

Wallwisher: http://www.wallwisher.com/

Post images, comments, notes, video, and more on "walls" grouped by idea.


Glogster: http://www.glogster.com/

Make a poster to illustrate ideas. Using Glogster, many different people can make their own poster on the same subject, or using the same pool of images to compare ideas.



Twiddla: http://twiddla.com/

Twiddle creates an online, real time "whiteboard" to make group drawings, edit documents and websites, create graphics.



And here's a listing of 100 online brainstorming tools:
http://www.forensicsciencetechnician.org/100-online-brainstorming-tools-to-help-you-think-outside-the-box/

Textbooks of Tomorrow

Best practices for doing a search using Google

There is an average of 91 million searches per day using Google (http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2067276/Searches-Per-Day).  But, how do you limit the search or get the best results for what you are looking for? Most times users will enable Google Instant.  Or, you can use the square brackets [ ] to signal a search query.  For examples, if I wanted to search for prune mui you could type [prune] and [mui], this would be two separate queries.  Or, you could do [prune mui] as one query.  Here are some other tips:
Phrase search (""): example ["King Kamehameha"]Search within a specific website (site:): example [start wars site: staradvertiser.com]Terms you want to exclude (-): example [jaguar - cars - football -os]Fill in the blanks (*): example [fried * with *]Search exactly as is (+): Google uses synonyms automatically, but can be used to match words precisley.The OR operator: example [Superbowl 2009 or 2010] A couple exceptions - sometimes the punctuations that …

Social Media - New Jersey now supports rather than refuse the use for education

This article shows how New Jersey goes from banning social media tools to embracing the power it has for communication and information for students.  They have been using twitter to communicate out to students for things such as assignments or class information.

Read more about Social media go from school ban to teacher tool.


The Flipped Classroom

Flipping the classrooms have transformed teaching practices.  Teachers no longer stand in front of the students and talk at them for thirty to sixty minutes at a time.  This radical change has allowed teachers to take on a different role with students.

The flipped classroom has not only changed classrooms, but many teachers from around the world have adopted the model and are using it to teach Spanish, Science, Math, elementary, middle, high school, and adults.  There have been presentations made all over North America demonstrating how flipping your classroom can change kids' lives.

Flipping has transformed classrooms in so many ways.  So, here is an infographic to explain what’s a flipped classroom — and why now?


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