Julia Set Generator Mandelbrot Movie Maker
Over the past few months I have been trying to totally emerge myself into the world of Instructional Technology. I have seen so many resources and as we all know, they eventually become repetitive. I hate reading a list of "The Top Best New 100 Resources for Teachers" and half of them I already know about, and the other half end up being useless because they are either ill-designed or expensive.
Here’s a recap of the links that I’ve posted on Twitter over the past week or so:
1. A friend told me that she used this Divisibility Rocks game from over at The Utah Education Network with her Developmental Math students and that it worked really well. It turns out that they have plenty of other great lesson plans as well.
3. Get the Math – This the link to ‘Get the Math, an initiative out of the PBS Station in NYC, which has challenges related to fields such as Fashion and Video Games. I know I posted this on twitter earlier, but that’s why you need to follow along (if you’re not already).
4. Bubbl.us – This is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online (essentially a stripped down version of Mindomo), so it would be ideal for those who are beginning into the world of Mind-Mapping.
5. CamStudio – Free streaming video software. I mean, does the name remind you of something? Personally, I’m doing just fine with Jing! for now, but some people may want to check into this.
6. Poll Everywhere – Allows you to create a poll that your audience can participate in using their cell phones, twitter, or the web. I’ve personally used this in a classroom before as a quick and simple alternative to using clickers. It doesn’t give you a person-by-person tally, but you can get an overall idea of if your students understand a concept.
7. Super Saas – An online scheduler, which I want to try out for future semesters to have students self-schedule for my office hours. I think that they may be more likely to come if they can schedule themselves. Has anyone tried this successfully? I would love to hear!
8. ToonDoo – The online cartoon, comic strip creator. Create your own cartoons, comic strips, publish, share, and discuss! In fact, I’ve mentioned something similar, called ‘Make Belief Comix’ in the past. The major difference upfront is that ToonDoo is in color.
9. Transfer Big Files – Transfer files up to 1 GB. This would have been especially helpful when I was having trouble with students sending me their homework assignments last semester. Another similar website is You Send It.
10. Motivational Posters – This actually could be turned into a great class project if the students created a mathematics-related image themselves, along with a descriptor to put along the bottom. Another similar website is The Parody Motivational Generator.
I always get frustrated when I see articles like the Top 25 Web 2.0 Sites for Education because
Sometimes a search for the weirdest things will bring you some of the the most useful things, like this, a link from Panola College of dozens of Free Web-based tools that can be used to spice up an on-line class. So, do you really want to know what I was searching for? It was a Google Image search of "Online Learning and Teaching in Comic," where the following, quite interesting image popped up: