Conduct surveys in a snap with Poll Junkie

March 7, 2011

Poll Junkie allows you to get exactly the information you want via a series of survey options. You can ask responders to rate items on a number scale, rank items in order, or use classic multiple choice. A completed poll generates two links: one with the questions for responders, and one with the results for you. There’s also HTML code for embedding questions on a website.

Qwiki turns research into an experience

February 1, 2011

Like any web reference, Qwiki begins with a search box on its main page. But instead of an article on a topic, the topic is explained by an automated voice while pictures, maps, and statistics appear to complement the spoken facts.

Specialized Google searches find articles past and present

January 26, 2011

Gone are the days when teachers have to rely on the limited selection of paper-bound “readers” for supplementary material like primary documents or scholarly articles. There’s a plethora of sources on the web, and Google’s specialized searches make it easier than ever to find what you want.

Mark a web trail with fur.ly

October 15, 2010

Fur.ly is a link aggregator that will take as many links as you’d like to feed it and generate one short URL. Since students sometimes have a tendency to wander while online, this could be a great tool to keep them focused on the task at hand.

Classroom Earth helps you teach about the environment

February 22, 2010

BY DAVID BARGER Classroom Earth is a dynamic website that synthesizes materials from numerous sources into a virtual cornucopia of useful environmental information. Are you an environmental news junkie and not getting what you need from the mainstream news media? … Continued

Random roundup: Indiana Jones

September 23, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS As further proof that my pop-culture awareness stopped sometime in the mid-90s, this month’s random roundup features Indiana Jones, apparently Instructify’s go-to reference to convey that a history or archaeology tool is exciting or adventurous in some … Continued

Monday by the numbers

August 24, 2009

BY NICK YINGLING MBTN last week was a straight up embarrassment. Bill called in to Instructify headquarters and handed down two options: I should commit seppuku immediately OR I should make certain that MTBN for 8/24/09 is a slam dunk. … Continued

Top 5 citation applications

July 16, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Back in my day we had to figure out arcane citation formats by poring through dusty old style manuals. This was during that awkward window after people started putting good information on the internet, but before the … Continued