Some good educational resources for your perusal this Monday morning.
1. Annotary – Do you bookmark lots and lots of websites and need to organize them more efficiently? Do you bookmark sites and then forget why? Annotary is a free website that allows you to organize your bookmarked websites as well as highlight and annotate those webpages for future reference. Because your bookmarks are stored on the site, you can access your bookmarks and notes from any computer, anywhere. In addition, you can share your annotated bookmarks with others by creating groups. This could be great for teacher and student collaboration. FREE.
2. Stanford History Education Group – This is a good website for teachers of U.S. history who want to incorporate more primary documents into their instruction. The site walks teachers and students through using primary documents in units of study that cover the whole of American history. They’ve also recently included a new assessment website that includes alternative assessment ideas. In addition, they have links to various projects that can be used in the teaching of U.S. history.
3. RealtimeBoard – RealtimeBoard is an online whiteboard that allows people to collaborate in realtime on a visual presentation. There’s a great 4-minute video on the site that explains everything RealtimeBoard can do, from using the site’s drawing and text tools to uploading images and documents from external sources to creating presentations and exporting them as a PDFs. Students and teachers can use it for brainstorming and collaborating on papers and projects. FREE.
4. TimeGlider – TimeGlider is an online timeline creator that allows users to “create and publish zooming and panning interactive timelines. It’s like Google Maps, but for time.” You can embed images, video, and audio to the timelines as well. This is a GREAT tool for teaching chronology and cause and effect in history. There is a free version that allows individual users to create up to 3 separate timelines.
5. Just Beam It – Ever have students complete projects in which the file – be it an iMovie, a podcast, or whatever – is too large to upload to Edmodo or send it through email? Well, Just Beam It allows teachers and students to quickly pass each other large files without the use of a flash drive. Simply upload the file you want to send and the website generates a link. Keep your browser open, send the link to the other person, and the person clicks on the link. In seconds, they have the file. They will need to save the file on their own computer because the link only works once, but it’s a quick and easy way to share large files when necessary.