Search Google Effectively In The Classroom

Recently in one of my classes, I learned about Google search optimization, or how to search more effectively. It really opened my eyes to how ineffectively I was utilizing the search engine before, and how I could use tricks and tips to save valuable time when looking for information online. The main "must-know" tips are … Continue reading Search Google Effectively In The Classroom

Daily Writing Prompts: Foster Creativity With Writing

A while ago, when I was searching the web for creative ideas for writing prompts, I came Writing Prompts. This is Tumblr weblog run by educator Luke Neff, who posts a new, visually appealing writing prompt each day (or almost each day). These are fantastic and creative, and often encourage higher level thinking from students. All of … Continue reading Daily Writing Prompts: Foster Creativity With Writing

Xtranormal Text-To-Movie and 7 Classroom Uses

Xtranormal is a free, text-to-movie tool that takes the complex process of creating a movie and turns it into a 4 step process: Begin by choosing the set Then the actors Then the sounds and music And last, typing what you’d like your actors to say You can make changes as often as you like … Continue reading Xtranormal Text-To-Movie and 7 Classroom Uses

Word Clouds and 8 Ways to Use Them!

If you aren't already familiar with word clouds, they are a visual depictions of text, usually created on java platforms. A few great word cloud sites include Wordle, Tagxedo, and for younger audiences, ABCYa's version of word clouds. While there are some minor differences between platforms, essentially they all do the same thing: give you … Continue reading Word Clouds and 8 Ways to Use Them!

Diffen: Compare and Contrast Online Tool

Diffen is a free collection of comparisons that people all over the world help write and maintain, similar to how people write and maintain wikis. First, you enter two items or objects into the search bars: Based on information on Wikipedia, Diffen takes those two objects and pops out a comparison of the two in … Continue reading Diffen: Compare and Contrast Online Tool