Saturday, February 12, 2011

Horizons Reaport 2011

The 2011 Horizons Report is out. Each year, the Horizon Report introduces six emerging technologies or practices that are likely to enter mainstream use within the next five years.

It is 40 pages. Read and share the report -- or the 6-page summary-- with friends and discuss these technology trends.

  • Electronic books, mobiles:  Time-to-Adoption: <1 year
  • Augmented reality, game-based learningTime-to-Adoption: 2-3 years
  • Gesture-based computing, learning analyticsTime-to-Adoption: 4-5 years
The report is produced by the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE.

Slideshare presentation of Horizons Report:

Who to share with?  School leadership, library and technology teams, science teachers and students.  Share the link, but also print a few copies to hand to colleagues, students, board members, book and computer clubs. This report focuses on higher education trends, so consider developing your organization's own set of trends.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

QR resources

QR resources compiled by Erik Scherer

QR Code Readers – The following websites represent a number of places online where one can find and download applications that process QR codes.

Beetagg –
Kaywa Reader –
Neo Reader –
QuickMark –
ScanLife –

QR Code Generators – The following websites have generators the create QR codes with many types of functions (e.g., sending text messages, providing contact details, linking to websites). NOTE: Many of the sites above that offer readers also provide QR code generators.

Xzing Project –
Maestro –
Inigma –
QR Stuff –
Google’s Chart Wizard - - The application is not as user-friendly as other sites but it does allow the user to import QR codes easily into websites and email.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Words Around the World

Here are good K12 websites about word (and phrase) origins (especially the * ones):
(compiled by Lesley Farmer)

IPL guide to word and phrase origins
LibrarySpot Etymology Dictionaries
Language sites
Evolution of Human Languages (check out interactive maps)
* Evolution of languages
History of English
English-Word Info (includes quizzes)
World Wide Words (International English with a British viewpoint)
* Visual graphical dictionary
* Word Origins (Fun with Words)
Word Origins
* Etymologic (the toughest word game on the Web)
* Origin of Words and Names (by language and topic)
Indo-European Etymology Dictionary
French website on etymology (includes European languages)
Phrase Finder
Etymologically Speaking
Phrase Finder
Expressions and Sayings
Double-tongued English (fringe and new words)
Way with Words
Behind the Name
Name Meanings
Baby Name Wizard
Baby Name Worlds (has pregnancy info)
Behind the SurName
Last Name Meanings
Internet Surname Database
* Soda vs Pop
* Etymology’s View if the World
* Native Names map
* Atlas of True Names
Country Name Etymologies
Country name etymologies
* Spice Pages
* Periodic Table in different languages
Spanish etymology
Spanish idioms
Italian etymology
French etymology
Dutch etymology
Swedish etymology
German etymology
German website on etymology
Russian etymology
Indo-European Etymological Dictionary
Chinese Character Etymology
Kanji Network
* Chinese Etymology: Color
Several etymological dictionaries (unusual languages)
* Language Construction Kit

Friday, January 7, 2011

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Technology

In the December 29, 2010, edition of The New York Times, journalist Sam Grobart writes about getting the most out of "your gadgets and computers, your software and sites."

He claims that despite the tech industry's attempts to make adjusting such devices is difficult, it really isn't.

He goes on write about "10 things to do to improve your technological life" which "are easy and (mostly) free."
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday websites (do context analysis about number and types of holidays) – search holidays

compiled by Lesley Farmer

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

THE DIGITAL STORY OF NATIVITY - ( or Christmas 2.0 )

What a great way to show the power of today's web!

"How social media, web and mobile tell the story of the Nativity. Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon... Times change, the feeling remains the same."

Count the number of different tools used to tell the story of Christmas.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Web 2.0 tools

Web 2.0 tool resources collected by Joy Millam (posted with her permission) (also found at

Here’s is the compilation of current Web 2.0 Favorites: (I will post the document on my wiki later By far the most popular of those mentioned were Glogster, Animoto, wikis, Voicethread, and xtranormal.
Wordle- word cloud generator or
The following sites show how word clouds are used in teaching/learning.

Bookmarking- tracking it all: (keep and organize bookmarks online for access from any connected computer)
Delicious (social bookmarking)
evernote (save webpages)

Digital flashcards

Discussion board sites: ProBoards or other discussion board sites

File Storage and Sharing:
Dropbox – use anywhere in the world to access your files.
4Shared: for hosting videos that I’ve captured using Firefox Downloader

Flickr, Flickr Creative Commons and Flickr Toys like Pim Pam Pum:
Picture Trail: image tool that brings interest and engagement (also love

Powerpoint Alternatives:, Google Docs

Examples of schools/teachers using Web 2.0 tools to learn 21st Century learners glog
This article shows kindergartner’s using web 2.0 tools

Lesson Plan storage and sharing: LiveBinder

Suggestions for using various tools:
Use Voki to record students describing something they’ve learned, using just 60 seconds of recording time. These can be presented to class fulfilling technology standards and presentations.
Use a blog or wiki to post a student avatar or picture creation and have students post comments about the avatar or picture. (Voki)
Some of the teachers at my school used voicethread with K classes. Really cute although the teacher could be heard prompting them. I think younger kids could use it for info on famous people. In small groups they could find the important info and then record it one at a time on voicethread: one tells where and where born, another tells about education, another tells about family and another tells about what they did and why we remember them.
Go to to remove all visual distractions/ads from websites
Teachers at my school really like We’ve used their comic creator and acrostic poem maker (students create cartoons to tell a story, teach a skill, discuss a topic, and more!)
Big Huge Labs- great for a variety of uses. Motivational posters, trading cards, magazine covers, etc.
This has a great list of applications-
Recommended for staff-- Jog the Web, Jing, and Youblisher

Making Video or audio projects/digital storytelling: multi-dimensional learning! So fun and and easy tool to use. (interactive posters)
Animoto- Good for all ages.
Voicethread, GarageBand, or Audacity – use for story re-tellings, podcasts, book reports – so cool! Example using to show learning
Zooburst is my new fave for digital storytelling:

Using Wikis or Blogs:
Wikispaces- The students use wikis mainly to publish their work and peer review. blogging (good for monitored peer review) good blog site. – good for building community within a classroom. – safe (filtered), online learning tools.
Examples of blogs and wikis in practice- - this one is a great example of a class wiki/blog. - another great example of a wiki in use.
Deb Stanley’s blogsite address is-
And the main site for her middle schoolers is:
Example of using a wiki to communicate and engage students

Social networks for teachers using 2.0 tools

Web 2.0 and Related Bloom’s Taxonomy sites:'s