Tuesday, April 5, 2011

GlogsterEDU Wins Den March Madness Mashup

Congratulations to Glogster EDU for being chosen as the winner of the Discovery Educator Network's March Madness Mashup!  Glogster EDU won the title of #1 education tool, beating 15 other sites.

I blogged about Glogster a while ago but this new distinction is worth sharing with you.  Glogster is a "keeping it simple" tool and the EDU version for teachers offers many free benefits. Glogster EDU offers a premium membership but I suggest you try and explore the free version first before you upgrade.
Here is a get to know Glogster EDU link.  http://edu.glogster.com/what-is-glogster-edu/
and a 5-minute video tutorial on using Glogster EDU.

Glogster edu from Jeff Haston on Vimeo.

Now that you know a bit more, perhaps you are already thinking about how you can use Glogster with your students/class.  Here is a list of 20 ideas but the most important thing to remember is that Glogster supports student creativity and engagement, is easy to learn, and can be used in any subject.
Since DEN members voted it #1 site, I hope you will check it out and register for a free membership.  Post a comment if you already use Glogster EDU to have your students create glogs.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Learning Math Via Video - Woo Hoo!

 I have two simple to use free tool to share today that can help math students of all ages and abilities.  There are a number of ways you can use these videos with your students and support their use of them at home.  These sites keep it simple  and provide quality content so kids can learn anytime, anywhere!

A free website offering free, high quality math videos, the Khan Academy, has been getting a lot of press lately.  Salman Kahn, the creator of the Khan Academy, has created over 2,000 YouTube videos that are helping students of all ages.  Check it out!
 Two-minute video.

This video on multiplying expressions has been viewed over 34,000 times on YouTube.  The Khan Academy features videos from the simplest math concepts to the most advanced. 

Basic math begins with 1+1.  Check it out.

Another instructional math video website, MathsMaster.Org has great videos found on  iTunes.
Their basic operations videos are well developed and they are working on adding more algebra, geometry and data videos.

Here is a video from Maths Master. You can see how this site "keeps it simple" for math students too.  If you are a math teacher or you have students who need additional support, these free video websites should be a part of your instructional and support repertoire.

I hope you find these websites helpful as you work to differentiate instruction, engage your students, and support learning options. Enjoy!