Monthly Archives: August 2007

Back on the Internet Safety Bandwagon

I’m back working on Internet safety stuff. Here are some ideas I’m playing with on searching and source validity. If you see anything I’m missing etc. let me hear it.

This is kind of a PR poster for classroom/hallway display. I’m aiming to get students creating them as part of art class or a contest of some sort.
People Lie
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This is more for teacher use (and a little less fun). We’re trying to create simple reference sheets for key computer activities so that Internet safety is covered throughout the year.
Internet Searching Teacher Guidance Sheet
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iQuiz and iQuiz Maker (Updated)

iTunes has released a new game for iPods called iQuiz (available through the iTunes store). Aspyr is now offering a new free quiz maker for Macs (PC to come). Could be an interesting review tool. You could have students produce questions and answers and create a review quiz from the best submissions.

via TUAW

UPDATE: Aspyr has now made iQuiz Maker available for PCs. (Thanks, Mike)

The Director’s Bureau Special Projects Idea Generator

levitating animal
So The Director’s Bureau Special Projects Idea Generator generates fairly random three word idea strings like the one above – Do-it-yourself levitating animal.

This is one of those things that I’d love to use in the classroom because it’s so simple and fun. It’s also flexible in terms of how big or small you’d like it to be. It could kill 10 minutes or be part of a whole unit. This particular generator isn’t really fit for student use because it’ll throw in “erotic” and some other iffy stuff but the teacher could spin the wheel a few times and come up with a great phrase for each week. I’d probably screen grab it or make something visual for the word results- as the packaging does matter.

It can then be use for a variety of things. It’d be pretty cool right off as a creative writing or journal prompt but where things would be neat would be in tweaking it to focus on what you’re covering at the time. For instance-

  • Describe the do-it-yourself levitating animal kit using every word from this week’s vocabulary list
  • Write an ad for the do-it-yourself levitating animal creation kit using the bandwagon technique
  • Write two responses to seeing an ad for the do-it-yourself levitating animal kit. In the first one respond in the voice of an excited kid (“I’ve never been satisfied with the levitating animals I got from the store.”) and in the second respond to the ad in the voice of an irritated parent. (“Just what I need around the house- more levitating animals!”)
  • It’d be fun for poetry as well. It could serve as the end of your poem or the first line etc.

You could have contests where the kids vote on the best one or have a whole series where they complete one of each style by the end of the semester. It’d be a great way to get kids thinking creatively and interacting with one another’s ideas.

I found this via Stumble Upon

Wiki Testimony

As part of our parent training we’re having teachers and ITRTs speak about powerful ways they’ve been able to use technology in support of 21st century skills. This is Ken Kellner’s comments on how using a wiki changed his classroom (6th grade history).

He does a good job and conveys a lot of excitement. If you see him jumping and twitching it’s because I edited like crazy to get the movie down to about a minute and a half. Deep breaths and dramatic pauses were not allowed.

It’s in TeacherTube as well.

Download Video: Posted by bionicteaching at