Fakebook is an awesome tool from classtools.net to use to have students create pages about just about any person in history, literature, or pop culture. Here’s the gallery of many of the current people to see how this works. The link is at the top to make your own.
The WAI from the W3C continues. If you wish to have input on web accessiblity guidelines, you have until December 16. This is very important and many educators are some of the best with these issues. I hope some of our proficient accessibility experts have already reviewed or will review and comment.
"For Review: User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 Last Call Working Draft
Calling all developers of browsers, media players, and web applications — and anyone interested in web accessibility: Now is the time for you to review UAAG 2.0 — we published the Last Call Working Draft today. UAAG defines how browsers and other “user agents” should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies. It is introduced in the UAAG Overview. Please send comments by 16 December 2013”
Margaret Powers won the #ifihadglass contest and is using Google Glass in her classroom with her PreK-2nd grade students and documenting what works and doesn’t. She shares what she’s learned in this practical article that gives a good state of this technology in the younger student classroom.
(via Seeing the Classroom through Google Glass | EdSurge News)
Nominations are open for 20 to Watch for technology until Wednesday, December 18th.
Code.org has released tutorials to teach students of all ages about computational thinking and coding. Perfect for the “hour of code” next week. They include unplugged lessons which you can do WITHOUT a computer.
With 90% of US schools teaching NO computer science it is time to change this. Every school should celebrate the Hour of Code. (By the way, remember that the UK will teach every child age 5 and up how to code every year starting next year.)
(via Learn | The Hour of Code 2013)
How can you improve motivation in Math? Here are some great ideas to share with the math teachers who just say kids “aren’t interested” and “don’t want to learn.” Change something, do something.
I was recording a session with Sue Waters tonight about the Edublog Awards and she mentioned this post from Joyce Seitzinger about why the edublog awards matter and I wanted to share it. While many pundits and critics arise and say negative things any time an awards program happens, I think that the Edublog Awards matters because it helps find new voices. Voting will open soon but realize that if anyone nominates you — it is an honor. Take the time to go through the finalists, add them to your RSS reader and your Twitter account. Take a read at this great post to know why the edublog awards do matter… thank you Joyce for a lovely, compelling post (and some great nominations.)