NCTIES update — Thursday morning

March 5, 2009

I’m at the NCTIES conference in Raleigh. The intro session featured Vicki Davis of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog. Renowned for using nifty tools in her teaching, she shared a great philosophy for integrating technology into your classroom: focus on … Continued

Inspiration in the cloud: MyWebspiration

February 27, 2009

Inspiration is the gold standard for mind-mapping and graphic organization, and until recently, has been a licensed program tied to a machine. The company has followed the crowd to the cloud, and recently released MyWebspiration, a web-based version of the … Continued

Those are some Lovely Charts you've got there

February 17, 2009

When making diagrams the old fashioned way, if you’re not careful you can ugly up what should be a simple process. White boards and paper easels fill up quickly, and the combination of bad handwriting and thick markers can obfuscate … Continued

Instructifeature: Getting grading done

February 3, 2009

Grading can be the bane of any teacher’s existence, especially when it’s not just a matter of comparing a bubble sheet to an answer key. A teacher can spend more mental energy grading a paper or a proof or a … Continued

Put on your 3D glasses for BumpTop

January 27, 2009

Last week, I really felt like I was truly connected, just surfing along on the web’s many superhighway tubes. I cruised over to TED and watched a video of Anand Agarawala presenting the BumpTop desktop. Just as my web surfing … Continued

Simplify by using templates for Google Docs

January 9, 2009

Many people are happily using Google Docs as a free alternative to costlier productivity suites, but did you know that there are templates for Google Docs, too? While not huge, the Google Docs Templates directory has some valuable tools to … Continued

Think "inside the box" with SimplyBox

January 8, 2009

With so much information available to them on the world wide web, students sometimes need a little guidance when doing research. The million dollar question for educators is how to guide students’ research easily and effectively. A teacher could create … Continued

ReminderCube: More than just another calendar

January 7, 2009

There are lots of desktop calendar programs out there, and they all boast similar, if not the same, features. You know, your basic shared calendar, maybe an e-mail client built in, a place for notes or a to-do list, a … Continued

Share diagrams and mind maps online with Gliffy

December 5, 2008

What’s your classroom layout? Do you have the desks in classic row setup? U-shaped? Circle? Whichever setup you’re currently rocking, maybe you should think of switching things up a little. A change of scenery is a great way to recharge … Continued

Students can manage their homework with Soshiku

November 24, 2008

I’ve got to be honest: one thing that bugs me (perhaps too much) about Soshiku, a brand-new web site that helps students keep track of their homework, is that it’s ad-supported. Must students constantly be marketed to while they’re trying … Continued