As always, when the school year comes to close, things tend to get busy. With the transition of the school district over to Google email (from MS Exchange), just finishing a Moodle for Administrators through Remote Learning and all the other shoes that I wear, the year continues on at light speed!
Looking for a ‘mind mapping’ tool that integrates nicely for Google Drive? Try out ‘Coggle’ (https://coggle.it/)! It’s free and every map you make, it will save to your Google Drive. If you’ve worked with any mind map tool before, Coggle will be very easy for you to use.
If you haven’t visited Khanacademy lately, you should. Like all the great tools out there, this site continues to evolve. The ‘coaching’ program has changed – for the better. Check out the following two links and have a look for yourself:
Being that we’re going fully Google, you should check out the following link which takes you to where one can get certification. If you want to take advantage of what the Google tools have to offer, this would be an avenue to put you on the right track:
In my work with Palliser’s ‘Academic Wrap Around’ iniative, we’re always looking for assistive technology to assist the students in their academic pursuits. One area that comes up often at the text-to-speech (TTS) programs. Besides taking advantage of the iPad ‘accessibility’ features and the chromebook’s ‘Natural Reader’ (which is also available for the iPad), the following sites offer alternatives for TTS:
- Ivona – check out the Ivona MiniReader (free) http://www.ivona.com/us/for-you/
- vozMe – http://vozme.com/index.php?lang=en
- iSpeech – http://www.ispeech.org/text.to.speech
- AT&T – http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php
- Source Forge – http://espeak.sourceforge.net/
- YakiToMe – https://www.yakitome.com/tts/text_to_speech?b=None
- Freeware – STT http://www.freewarefiles.com/category_9_105.html
- From Text to Speech – http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/
- Natural Voice Text to Speech Reade 11.0 http://www.tucows.com/preview/322007
- Paid TTS http://download.cnet.com/windows/text-to-speech-software/3150-33660_4-0.html
- Text 2 Speech – http://www.text2speech.org/
Digital citizenship is an ongoing area that I’m always looking for additional resources. See the following link – http://mediasmarts.ca/ycww. MediaSmarts has been around for a while and they just keep evolving. Check the site out!
The iPadagogy Wheel (that was created by Paul Hopkin’s education consultancy) offers teachers the visual to use for determining the apps used to fulfill the various levels of Bloom’s taxonomy – http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/03/a-new-fantastic-blooms-taxonomy-wheel.html,
In Palliser, we’ve been using the Lego Mindstorm Robotic kits for a number of years now. They are really great for providing students with ‘critical problem solving’ skills. At $350 per kit, they tend to be a little pricey. Orbotix has come out with the ‘Sphero’ (http://www.gosphero.com/) which has a much more manageable price. For a box of ten, they cost $60/ball. They are not as functional of the Mindstorm robotics but students can program/code the ball to navigate a course – thus leading them into the area of coding which has become a big player in the education area as of lately. If you want to look even further, check out the NAO Robots – http://advanced-education.com/educators/products/nao-robot/?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=April8&utm_content=NAO-Intro