Cool search site

We’ve all come to love and rely on Google, but I was alerted to a new site today, Clusty. This search engine takes your search query, and “clusters” the results into different search topics. For example, I did a search on “volcano”, and not only did it give me a list of websites for volcanoes, it gave me some categories to help me refine my search. These categories included:
⇨Hawaii (36)
⇨Volcano Observatory (20)
⇨Volcano information (16)
⇨Geological, Survey (12)
⇨Earth (16)
⇨Movie, Review (16)
⇨Kids (15)
⇨Flows (11)
⇨Mount St. Helens (9)
⇨Safety, Images

I could then click on any of those to see URLs in that category. Try it out at http://clusty.com/.

WILD Wednesday classes for November

We have following classes coming up for WILD Wednesday:

  • Using Blogs in your classroom – Nov. 9th
    This class will show you how to setup a blog for your classroom and allow your students to publish their work or comment on other published work. What you are looking at right now is a blog. A blog consists of posts, such as this one, or static pages, like the ESAL link at the top of the page. You can use a blog to facilitate communication and enhance reading and writing skills of your students. You can decide you can post to your blog, and what comments can be posted. You can also sponsor student blogs, allowing them a creative outlet.
  • How to use Atomic Learning – November 16
    Atomic Learning provides literally thousands of movie tutorials on using the software already on your machine, including Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. This course will show you how to access the tutorials and how you may use them in your classroom.
  • Using e-mail to communicate effectively – Nov. 30
    This class will demonstrate how you can use e-mail to more effectively communicate with your peers, students, and parents, and how to save you time!

For more information, visit the WILD Wednesday Moodle course by clicking here.

Are teenagers tech savvy?

Some adults are intimidated by the the technological knowledge of today’s youth, but it appears that kids today are not as good with technology as they appear.

The study found that, contrary to stereotype, teens as a group are not as adept as adults in navigating the Web.

When dealing with students and technology, one obstacle is the wide range of skills. This gap is getting wider with the advancements of technology, and will be something we’ll have to deal with.

Online phys ed takes hold in Minneapolis

In an article in USA Today, Online phys ed is taking hold in Minneapolis.

(Jacob Miller) …was finding it hard to complete his physical education requirement while balancing studies, sports and a social life. Then Miller discovered that through a new online class he could fulfill his phys-ed credit after school by playing on the Ultimate Frisbee team.

Students are able to fullfill their Physical Education requirement by documenting on line a physical activity that is done 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes each time. A parent or coach must confirm that the student did the activity and students are required to do a fitness test at the end of the semester.

iPods in education

According to an article in The Seattle Times, teachers are beginning to use the iPod in an educational setting:

…middle-schoolers podcast performances of student-composed musical works. From East Oakland, Calif., high-schoolers paint an audio portrait, in English and Spanish, of their troubled community: “It’s hard to see someone die in front of you.” Gunston Middle School, in Arlington, has a cheeky student-made podcast that includes poetic commentary on Virginia’s standardized testing: “SOLs are not your friends; they’ll bring your life to an end.”