Sunday, June 27

Smack-down:ISTE Conference, Denver. June 26th:1-2pm.




The ‘smack-down’ concept is a valuable strategy to facilitate short, sharp professional learning.
Basically a computer and a data projector were set up at the front of the room and anyone who wanted to share could do so. The time limit for any individual to share was 2minutes!
In the hour that followed rich, efficient sharing from educators all over the world took place.

I came away with the following 'tin of tricks'.
NB. For a comprehensive list of all that was shared please see Fiona Grant’s delicious bookmarks: http://delicious.com/f.grant/smackdown_ebc10


1. Storyboard is a free service that uses collaborative storytelling to connect people. Two (or more) people create a Storybird in a round robin fashion by writing their own text and inserting pictures. They then have the option of sharing their Storybird privately or publicly on the network. The final product can be watched on screen, interacted with or shared through a worldwide library.

2. A Trick for Wordle Users
Add a dash in between words if you want your sentences to stay together
i.e.
I –ran-quickly- to –the- motel.
The –dog-stared -with -furry.

3. Search Engines

Mashpedia a real-time, multi-media social encyclopaedia.
This powerful search engine integrates content from sources including: Wikipedia , youtube, twitter, flickr and news sources.

Sweet Search: Creates a list of credible resources, for students. Every Web site in Sweet Search has been evaluated by research experts. http://www.sweetsearch.com/
Soon to be released is Sweet Search for Me – this is recommended for even younger students

Goofram
Goofram is a mash-up of Google Search and Wolfram Alpha (Wolfram Alpha is described by many as a knowledge engine rather than a search engine)
Enter your search term(s) into Goofram and it will display relevant results drawn from both Google and Wolfram.

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