Behavior Modificaton Plan (with style!)
Looking for a way to refocus your students without having to stop class to speak to them? Want to maintain your street cred as a hip “techno teacher”? Well, check out the Warning Label Generator. You choose the label style, icon, and message, and the generator spits out a jpg. Save it, copy it, laminate it, drop it like it’s hot on the desk of that student who doesn’t seem to get the concept of an internal monologue.
I’m teaching my students how to post to a blog this week (so far they have only commented). Tom showed me OmniDazzle last spring, which makes guiding my students to specific links or pages unbelievably easy. OmniDazzle has plenty of plug-ins that create highlighted windows, flashlight focal points, and other fun attention-getters at the tip of your pointer. As I was thinking of my first day of working with The Outsiders Blog, I realized I would need to walk them through step by step. “But how will I make sure the kid who doesn’t know how copy and paste keeps up with the class?” I asked myself last night, and followed up with this thought: “If only I could display keystrokes on my screen.” Enter KeyCastr. A simple program that places a small translucent screen on your desktop that displays every key you hit. So, you want to teach someone how to take a screen shot? Start up KeyCastr, take a screenshot, and the keystroke combo is displayed for all to see. I used the OmniDazzle/KeyCastr combo today with amazing success. Both programs are for Mac. Sorry PCers, but if you use something comperable, please share!
When I was issued my Dell laptop for my new high school tech teacher position, the first thing I noticed (moving from a Mac) was the lack of media content creating/editing software. “Well, I’ll just have to work this year to collect a group of web-based programs that will do the job,” I resolved. Luckily, the folks at Mashable have done it for me. In fact, they have put together the most comprehensive annotated list of sites I have seen to date. Take a second and check it out. I’m convinced even the most knowledgeable media editor would find something new on this list. via Neatorama
This is a perfect tool for teachers. Upload your own data sets and correlate away. You can now analyze your data and the data uploaded by other site members (currently all data is public). Once you’ve got things set up, Swivel then creates the html to allow you to easily embed different flavors of the graph in your blog or web site (that’s one of their’s above- and it allows a lot of customization). It makes data look good and it’s really easy to embed in blogs or webpages. The possible uses in History, English, Science and Math are pretty obvious. But it’d also be a great way to communicate with parents at a school or district level. Testing data will be public anyway so you might as well make it look good and the ability to compare different data sets visually and to share them is simply amazing. Between this site and DabbleDB I see it becoming a lot easier for teachers to really integrate powerful data analyzation and manipulation into the day to day operation of their classrooms. via TechCrunch