Sometimes I wonder how many people actually find this more annoying than useful.
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.
If you're teaching using MathZone, you may want to share this short screencast about this little quirk about entering expressions involving exponents with your students:
This comment is more here for myself than for anyone else, as I keep on forgetting about them just because I don’t have them documented anywhere:
1. bit.ly – You would not believe (or maybe you would) how much this URL shortener has come in handy lately to quickly and easily customize URLs to give to my students. At one point I customized something with the student’s name because the student was afraid that he would forget by the time he got home. You can’t forget your name, now can you?
I've really been trying to avoid it, but at this point I don't think I can help it anymore. I think that the TED Talk that was featured over at The Edge of Learning sums it up well why I don't like to give away many of my New Year's Resolutions. But I want to tell someone, so since you're reading this, you're going to bear the brunt of it: