If you read things on the Internet, like The Next Web, you’ve probably seen an infographic. The art of the infographic depends on how what data is being presented, how cleanly, and how attractively. A well-done infographic is more interesting than a text-only post of data.
The only problem with this type of content is that it’s extremely difficult to do if you don’t have a staff of designers and statisticians. Managing the data, creating a layout, testing the design, and getting sign-off on an infographic before it goes live is a long and frustrating process.
One company, Infogr.am, wants to make the infographic creation process an easy one that anyone can do. I think they’ve done their job, as their application is absolutely awesome.
ClassConnect is a relatively new website for finding and sharing lesson resources. It supports multiple file types, including documents, website URLs, and videos. Users can either upload their own files or embed files from Google Docs or video sharing sites such as YouTube. Each account comes with 512 MB of storage, which includes files that you’ve linked to from other users.
Fluxtime is an interesting tool that allows the user to record actions as they move things around the screen, manually creating the animation. In addition to providing backgrounds and images Fluxtime has an upload option so you can include any images you create or find elsewhere.
StudyBlue is an online and mobile flashcard service that I’ve covered in the past. Today, they launched a new way for students to discover and create flashcard materials. Now when students create flashcards in StudyBlue they can also see 30 related flashcards from the community. For example, if I were to create a flashcard about photosynthesis, I would see 30 other flashcards on photosynthesis. I could then review my flashcard about photosynthesis as well as the 30 related flashcards on the topic. I could also add all or some of those community flashcards to my flashcard sets to review.
There’s a quick (27 second) video demonstrating the tool if you click through.
Whatever you have, the free, multi-platform student response system, Socrative.com will use any of these. Did you spend $3000 on Activotes or other student “clicker” systems? Well, you could have simply used those laptop carts, those iPads, a desktop computer, or asked your students to bring their own device and fired up Socrative.
This seems pretty compelling. Right now it’s invite-only, but I signed up. If I get through, I’ll take a look and report back. Click through for a preview in the meantime.
I haven’t tried Yacapaca yet but it looks pretty interesting. Amazed that it’s free.
Yacapaca for Students
Learn faster Enjoy it more
Yacapaca for Teachers
Create quizzes, surveys, tests, eportfolios and more Discover modify and share assessments Set work for the whole class with a few mouseclicks Mark automatically Analyse with tools that improve your teaching
Seems legit. I’ll have to check it out when my schedule clears a smidge.
The Me on the Web section lists links from your profile as well as various websites that make reference to it. These links are sites that are integrated into your Google profile. You’ve been able to see these before via your profile but the new section gives you the ability to see them all in once place.
2. Twapper Keeper: Archive Tweets Based on Hashtags
Twapper Keeper is an online tool which archives tweets based on a given hashtag. Once you set up a query, Twapper Keeper will periodically scan Twitter for that tag and then archive the tweets it finds on its own servers. Tweets are scanned approximately every 5 minutes but that can vary based on the velocity of the incoming tweets. Once archived, you can then organize the tweets into categories of your choosing which show up on the right-hand side of the archived page.
For those of you stuck with or forced to run your courses on Blackboard, here’s a great way to embed a Twitter widget into your course site. My presumption is that it would work for most other web-based pages (webpages, if you will).
A private demo of VoiceThread’s iOS application for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad will be shown at the ISTE convention in Philadelphia at the end of June, and the final version will be ready for the start of school this fall. Voicethread is extremely excited by this project as not only will it finally provide the VoiceThread application on a rapidly growing new platform, but the ability to create and participate in rich media discussions using mobile devices is going to fundamentally alter the way people use VoiceThread.
What it is: NASA has the COOLEST interactives, this Clickable Spacesuit is no exception. Before students explore the spacesuit itself, they can view a slideshow about spacesuits. The Clickable Spacesuit lets students click on individual parts of the suit to learn more information. Students learn all about the individual parts of the spacesuit and get up-close pictures of the part.
This is a great application of ed tech, in a way that makes sense to students.
Created by the people at ClassTools, Fakebook is similar to My Fake Wall. It’s a quick and easy way for you and your kids to generate historical Facebook profiles and walls. You start with a profile and add other Facebook elements step by step. Kids can complete their profiles and than send you the finished URL. ClassTools also has a nice portfolio of examples that you and your kids could use as inspiration or discussion starters.
ClassTools wants you to create a premium account so there are ads on the completed profile. If that bugs you, just have kids take a screenshot of their finished work and send it to you as an image or pdf file. They could also print it out and turn in as a hard copy.
Some nice stuff here. Give a try and let me know what works!