One of my favorite tools, Edshelf, was slated to close down soon. But that was before the education community started to campaign to #saveedshelf. This encouragement spurred Mike Lee, the brains behind Edshelf, to start a kickstarter to help save it.
What is Edshelf? Find out via this quick video from Michael Britt.
Basically, it’s an awesome directory of education tools with reviews and ratings by educators. It’s easy to find resources, add them to your own curated boards and then embed them on your web pages. Know of tools not in the directory? Add them! Follow other educators and benefit from their knowledge and expertise. It’s an invaluable treasure trove.
I recently mentioned to a colleague that if we had to, we could walk into a workshop on a moment’s notice and get through the session by having participants explore the resources and tools in Edshelf. And it would be a great session!
I’ve written about how much I like Edshelf before and others have written & spoken more eloquently than me about it’s value.
Basically, Edshelf saves you time and makes you look even smarter than you already are! Isn’t that worth a donation to the kickstarter? And besides, cool t-shirt anyone??
This directory of education oriented apps and tools includes ratings and reviews from the members of the Edshelf community. Many reviews include great tips on how to use the tools in educational settings. Easy to search/browse for specific types of tools and filter by cost, age, subject area and more.
Create collections of your favorite tools to share with others. Collections can be shared as an embedded widget or printed out with QR codes to give easy access to the apps. Handy for a classroom setting. This looks like a great resource to add to your list of go-to sites for keeping up with useful tools and organizing your own favorites. Free to join.
Here’s my first collection. I think I’ll use this for organizing tools for some of my workshops. Looks much more appealing than a boring bulleted list!
Just saw a post about ThingLink on twitter and have to play! @AuntyTech has a whole bunch of ideas about using ThingLink in education.
Ok, I’ll be back in a minute or two after I play with it a bit.
And I’m back. Wow, that is so much fun! It reminds me a bit of doing a clickable imagemap in my early html days. But this is so much easier.
Here’s how it works:
Don’t miss this opportunity!
Google’s Global Online Science Fair is open to students aged 13-18 and is accepting submissions from Jan 11 to April 4.
Of coures, the project encourages the use of many different free Google tools : Google docs to create surveys, gather data and create presentations; YouTube to present a video of the project; Google Scholar and other search tools for research, and so on.
Google and partners (CERN, National Geographic, Lego, Scientific American) are offering some pretty great prizes like a trip to the Galapagos Islands, scholarships and more.
And students will need a Google account to submit their project via the template available in Google Sites. (Sample submission)
Want to know more? Check out the Resources for Teachers page.
Too much Google?
Say what I might about Google owning our lives (and I do!), this looks like a fabulous opportunity for your students. And a great chance for you to explore some tools that you may not have tried yet. I know what great things educators are doing with these tools from all the interesting ideas I’ve heard in the Google Tools workshops I’ve been teaching. Of course, there are are many other tools that students can use in their research projects as well. That’s the basis of another workshop I’ve been offering called Research 2.0 Hope to see some of you at the next session later this month in Saratoga.
If you haven’t considered using Netvibes as a tool to help student’s organize their research resources, take a look at these examples created by 10th grade students working on Veterans’ issues research projects. Alex’s page & Jovi’s page are both terrific examples of how Netvibes can help students bring together a wealth of research materials, help keep them on track during the project and allow them to share their progress with others. It’s equally an organizational tool and a presentation tool.
These students are part of the semester long Media 21 project designed and taught by Buffy Hamilton and her colleague, Ms. Lester at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia.
And be sure to read Buffy’s most recent post to hear more about this impressive project and hear Alex & Jovi explain how they put together their Netvibes pages.