Visuwords™ allows students to look up words to find their meanings and associations as related to one another, focusing on how words are related to each other using a mind map visual. Visuwords uses Princeton University’s open source word database, WordNet, as the source for its connections, associations, and definitions. Best of all, Visuwords is free … Continue reading Visuwords – Visualize Your Dictionary and Thesaurus Online!
The Google Data Arts Team has developed an incredible, interactive visual of the galaxy. Called 100,000 Stars, it shows the real location of over 100,000 stars in a spatially realistic setting. Viewers can zoom in and out and access information for over 87 major named stars, including our own solar system. You can read more … Continue reading 100,000 Stars: A Google Chrome Experiment
Saw this awesome infographic on Educator's Technology today and had to share! Just a cool visualization of how technology has changed in our classrooms. Can you believe how much we've progressed as a society? Call me old, but I still remember the days when clapping out the chalkboard dusters was something worth fighting over. Now, … Continue reading The History of Classroom Technology: An Infographic
Let me introduce you to one of my new go-to tech tools: Padlet. It's free, it's easy-to-use, and it's awesome. Oh, and did I mention... no signup needed? Padlet is essentially a digital poster that can be individually or collaboratively created. Simply visit the website and click "Create" to get started building your "wall" today. Then, … Continue reading 12 Ways To Use Padlet In Your Classroom Tomorrow!
Holy moly, this website is intense. Overwhelming? Yes. Awesome? Definitely. Thanks to the people at Visual Literacy for coming up with this awesome web app that allows you to quickly and browse a variety of types of visualizations. This would be a great way to get students out of the venn-diagram poster rut, and show … Continue reading Overwhelmingly Awesome Periodic Table of Visualizations
A little something I whipped up, inspired by Alan November's conversation around redesigning the way we use technology in the classroom. Not necessarily a new idea, but a distinction that I think is often missing in classrooms: the difference between automating tasks and assignments with technology versus innovating the classroom practices.
Looking for a new classroom soundtrack? Try this awesome website: Durring Darren Kuropatwa's keynote session today at the Building Learning Communities conference, I learned about this awesome website that shares the sounds of Wikipedia. Here's how it works: The screen displays the recent changes to Wikipedia pages and posts. When a change occurs, a bell is … Continue reading Listen to the Sounds of Wikipedia