Results tagged “widgets” from Tech Bytes
The new school year brings change and adjustment. But how is that different from EVERY year? As teachers we thrive on change. We relish the chance to renew what we teach, reestablishing the bonds between our students and ourselves, experiencing once again the â€œwhy we do what we doâ€ feeling.
Alvin Toffler said, â€œThe illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.â€ With all due respect to Mr. Toffler, Iâ€™ve always loved the title of Gilda Radnerâ€™s book, â€œItâ€™s Always Somethingâ€. This speaks directly to my experiences and it is especially true of technology. Moving forward means change will happen. But it is change built on all the incremental changes that have occurred in the past. Think of it as adaption in the best Darwinian sense. According to Wikipedia, adaptation enables living organisms to cope with environmental stresses and pressures. In technology, seeking out new ways to connect with students or becoming more self-reliant in using technology are examples of technological adaption.
Here are a few ideas to foster change this yearâ€¦or maybe just have fun.
Enter what you're reading or your whole libraryâ€”it's an easy, library-quality catalog. LibraryThing also connects you with people who read the same things. One of the best applications of this is that you can easily publish your list so that other peopleâ€¦i.e. studentsâ€¦can see it. Check out whoâ€™s using LibraryThing at MPA:
TheFreeDictionary.com allows you to create your own personal homepage by adding and removing, dragging and dropping, and "using or losing" existing content windows. In addition, you can add your own bookmarks, weather information, stock market tracker, and RSS feeds from anywhere on the web. You can publish â€œword of the dayâ€, â€œarticle of the dayâ€, â€œquote of the dayâ€ or other related news on a blog or webpage using RSS feeds.
The Tech is singularly focused on inspiring the innovator in everyone it reaches. Check out the online exhibits covering everything from gas mileage to an imagination playground.
TeacherPlanet features over 330 theme based resource pages including worksheets, and a free story DVD entitled â€œReal Kids, Real Stories.â€ Check out their calendar of events.
We canâ€™t all be Mozart but there is help for those of us who are musically inept. This site contains thousands of pages for you to peruse -- many with lyrics, sound clips, and teaching suggestions. Top educational pros offer practical suggestions based on the latest in brain-based learning. Innovative teachers share their classroom pointers and extension activities using children's music.
K-3 Reading resources from the Manatee County school district in Florida.
Word of the day, teaching resources, sample lessons games and puzzles. This site is a wealth of classroom and teacher resources.
Educator Reference Desk
This collection contains more than 2000 unique lesson plans written and submitted by teachers from all over the world. These lesson plans are also included in GEM, which links to over 40,000 online education resources.
Our Favorite Cheat Sheets
And what good teacher doesn't know about cheat sheets? Hmm? Well, this is a site FOR ANYONE who has forgotten how to do something...hence the name, cheat sheets. Check it out!
WHAT is a widget, anyway??? According to Wikipedia, typical widgets include news aggregators, clocks, calculators, calendars, desktop notes and weather forecasts. These little applications are designed to save time, provide information or are just plain fun to use.
You can get widgets at many sites, but Apple has an extensive FREE collection. Click here for more information. A couple of the coolest widgets include:
Easy Envelopes from Ambrosia Software. This free widget allows you to quickly print envelopes right from your desktop.
Free Text Messaging from CallWave. Text messaging just got easier with CallWaveâ€™s free SMS widget. With this innovative widget, you can send SMS messages to your friends worldwide from the convenience of your computer.
Other websites provide a WIDE variety and Yahoo Widgets has thousands of widgets for Macs and PCs...including:
Yoda Google Search...May the Force be with YOU!
Docx Converter that converts Office 2007 documents to earlier versions of Word.
Movie Showtimes in Singapore. This widget displays showtimes and links to movies in Singapore.