Sunday, April 29, 2007
There are a couple of basic different strategies for disposable e-mail,
1. the disposable e-mail account lasts for specific amount of time and you can use to complete a registration process or correspond with the site.
2. the disposable e-mail accounts forwards correspondence to your real email, and if spam starts getting forwarded you delete the disposable one (and you know who sells to spammers).
Many of them allow you to pick the address you provide, so you can do something like dalePalmGearRegistration@"Whatever the disposable email site uses"
Here is a pretty good list of sites that provide disposable e-mail accounts
Information like this will certainly be part of any Internet-safety unit I teach to students.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Similar to the freeware PalmOS application Boneman, Pivot is a downloaded program that allows the user to manipulate the bend points of a human stick figure. From what I've seen, you can also import background images.
Linerider is a web-based application. In Linerider the user creates a course that a character on a sled follows. You can make extremely dynamic course where the character does all sorts of flips and loops.
I really see all sorts of potential using these tools throughout a curriculum in the form of animated chains (food and life cycle), time-lines and sequences. Perhaps animate a Haiku or take a ride through some math facts.......
Here is a Pivot sample from a group of 3rd graders
and here is a very involved Linerider clip entitled "Jagged Peak Adventure"
There are quite a few tutorials on YouTube for creating really involved courses on YouTube. Just do a search for Linerider.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
my favorite free, easy-to-use web2.0 tools
In addition to PBwiki and Google Docs and Spreadsheets (I know other w2 office tools are better but everyone's familiar with google) I really like:
bubbl.us which is an excellent mindmapping tool
myPodcast which offers space for your audio file and a blogger style webpage template in a couple of clicks of the mouse (Sweet for on the fly).
Here's an example of a mindmap I did with bubbl.us
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
This application creates Templates for the KWL, KWL Plus, SQ3R, and 5W's on Palm OS-5 applications for students.
If anybody has any additional strategies they would like to see included, let me know in the comments section.
Friday, April 06, 2007
all web2.0 sites are cool
MindMeister is a collaborative online mind mapping tool that allows simultaneous and collaborative editing.
tteach School 2.0.