I viewed this clip the other day and got thinking that it would be a great way to introduce how to make an hypothesis. The technique appears to be sound and repeatable, and I was able to prove the concept at my desk. Other than it just being interesting, there is a seed of a good lesson here…
The URL: http://bit.ly/Ls1mjx
N-grams are graphs that are derived from collections of text, showing how the frequency of a word or phrase changes over time. Google’s N-Gram Viewer was implemented last fall. Or at least, that’s when I noticed it whenever I typed “Define:” into the omnisearch bar – there was a graph showing how the use of the word I looked up had changed over the years. Drawing on the more than 5 million books that Google has digitized, you can enter phrases, words, names, etc into the Google NGV and explore the results.
The URL: http://bit.ly/1fDZaPy
When is the last time you stopped by the TEACH Magazine website? TEACH has been around for over 20 years and offers a variety of free (and bilingual) resources for teachers. In addition to the resources, articles and features, digital editions of the magazine are freely available on the site, dating back to ~2001.
The URL: http://bit.ly/MAsiz2
Here’s one for the fashion studies teachers and students. This Kent State University Museum collection is presented in an interactive timeline. While looking through this, I realized that the timeline function itself is available for users to create their own, making it even better for students who want to create timelines of content.
The URL: http://bit.ly/1d7Nf9A
Gamestar Mechanic is a game and online community that teaches kids how to design their own games. I’m going to link to the teacher page so you can view the introductory video. From there, check out the Teaching Resources and Community. Note that there is a pay version of the teaching package but if you scroll down, you’ll see the information on the free edition.
The URL: http://bit.ly/1f6CWoV
My pal, Sid de Haan, showed me this tool last week as we prepared for a presentation. GradeCam is a tool that teachers can use to replace the purchased test-taking sheets that require students to fill in the bubble of their answer. (ie/ Scantron) There is a no-cost plan that teachers can make use of to provide 10-question assessments, which are perfect for exit pass activities. The basic premise is that the teacher prints the sheets with a pre-filled ID number, student complete the answers and the sheets are scanned with a doc-cam, web-cam or smartphone/tablet device.
The URL: http://bit.ly/1eKW0KU