"Word clouds can help students analyze documents written by others as well as documents of their own creation. By copying the text of a document into a word cloud generator your students can quickly see the words that appear most frequently in that document. Word clouds can also be used to help students see which words that they have frequently used in their own works. Have your students create word clouds of their work during the revision process of writing a story or essay. The word cloud will quickly show students which words they have used the most. Then ask them to think about synonyms for the words that they have used most often in their writings. "
"Stories are a part of the bedrock of human evolution sharing wisdom, history and cultural values to citizens growing into their society. How storytelling has evolved, and is evolving, is the inspiration for this infograph, which explores the evolutionary process of this important aspect of human life. Share on visually, the inforgraph starts off with the origins of storytelling, all the way through to modern times, concluding with a ‘in the future’ section discussing how this evolution will continue. Certainly a great resource for discussion with colleagues and pupils alike."
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"Paper versions of graphic organizers can do a nice job of that. But by making them digital in Google Apps, they instantly become customizable. Multiple people can collaborate on them in real time. They can be shared with a link, embedded in a website or downloaded as an image file."
Great strategies, and a number of links to videos and other resources with examples of the various strategies.
These are three ways to hear from students what they think about the class and how things are going for them. Well worth consideration as alternative assessment procedures.
From Vicki Davis on Edutopia
Searching by file type and searching by domains is a great way for students to refine their Google searches. Searching for and within a DOC, a PPT, or XLS file can lead students to resources that they might not otherwise have seen.
"Speech Recognition is a free Google Docs Add-on that will allow to you speak to create a document. "
T/H to R Byrne.
R. Byrne explores 5 excellent tools for podcasting or recording speech for listening/speaking practice. One in particular, AudioBoom, offers users a way to synchronize sound recorded with images. Byrne includes short instructional videos, too.
R. Byrne's article on using MapFAST, a Google Maps app: find books about nearby places. A great way to get students interested in local -- or distant -- history and geography.
"You will find information and examples of each of the Excel Built-In Functions and information on how to combine these functions to produce a wide range of Excel Formulas. There is also a section explaining Excel Array Formulas, which will help you to make full use of some of the most useful Excel functions and formulas. "
R. Stannard teacher training video on Padlet (formerly WallWisher), which is useful for collaboration and group work, as well as mobile work from home.
R. Stannard shares an article from his presentation at the 120th ASEE Conference in Atlanta, June 2013.
R. Stannard's teacher training video on this screen capture tool. MP4 videos can then be sved to YouTube.a