Monday, December 12, 2011

At Home during the Holidays

At home activity during the Holiday break...
Watch TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson 
TED talks website states that Sir Ken Robinson is a "creativity expert...that challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence." His famous speech has been animated by RSA. You Tube notes that 6,240,593 people have viewed this version of his speech.

As you listen to this speech, think about how you learn new things best. 

Website of the Week:
Conversations in the Cloud
Kids today prefer to learn online. VoiceThread allows for group conversations. These conversations are collected (in the "cloud," which means on the internet) and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install. "A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too." Many teachers and students are using VoiceThread across the country. 

Create an account and click on MyVoice. Explore the site. Ask your campus instructional technology specialists for assistance! Here is a great wiki with VoiceThread resources:

iPhone Tip of the Week: Double Tap Shift for Caps Lock

I have had an iPhone since 2008 and did not know this trick until I was perusing a blog. 
In order to have Caps Lock, all you have to do is double tap shift. However, you must enable it. Go to "Settings > General; Keyboard; Enable Caps Lock." Then, double-tap the shift key to type in capitals. 

If you would like more iPhone tips, see the following site:

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