Listen to the Sounds of Wikipedia

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

Newswordy: Bring Buzzwords Into Your Classroom

Newswordy is a great website that's been around for a couple of years. It simply and elegantly presents popular vocabulary in the context of media and news. The site focuses on buzzwords, or words that are commonly presented in news media, but not often used in everyday language. Each day, Newswordy presents, defines and shows … Continue reading Newswordy: Bring Buzzwords Into Your Classroom

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

The fine folks at TwistedSifter recently put together a list of maps that I had to share, titled "40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World."These particular maps function more like infographics, displaying data and information in a visually easy to understand way. Some of them are eye-opening, like this map of … Continue reading 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

16 Useless Infographics: A Lesson On Discerning The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Guardian recently published a gallery of 16 useless infographics - essentially 16 graphics that don't actually convey information. The gallery itself provides some chuckles and amusement over design flaws and miscalculated attempts to jump on the infographic trend that is so popular right now. Beyond that, however, the gallery provides an opportunity to spend … Continue reading 16 Useless Infographics: A Lesson On Discerning The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Free Plagiarism Poster!

I know this is a little simplistic, but I thought this flowchart from the fine folks at EasyBib was a fantastic way to drive home to students that more often than not they need to cite their sources. Many of my students would benefit from a gentle reminder about avoiding plagiarism, and I would imagine … Continue reading Free Plagiarism Poster!

Information is Beautiful

Recently came across this website, and my inner artist was tickled! Check out Information is Beautiful's Visualizations, designed and created by David Candless: they are some of the most elegant info graphics I have seen. McCandless is an author and designer who has worked with publications like The Guardian and Wired. Here's an example of one of my … Continue reading Information is Beautiful