It’s a double bonus type of day.
First, today is one of the last days of our Century of Progress Teaching American History project. So I get to spend all day with 41 middle school teachers and we talk about nothing except history stuff.
Today’s history stuff?
Chinese immigration during the late 1800s. And we’re tying in history content conversations with Joel Breakstone of the Stanford History Education Group. He’s sharing with us how to create lesson plans designed to train kids to think historically. There’s been some very helpful theoretical sorts of stuff focusing on historical thinking but also very practical suggestions about what a great lesson should look like.
Second, yesterday the Kansas Board of Education voted 9-0 to approve the proposed social studies standards. Some of us have been working on these for the last 20 months and to have them accepted for full implementation is pretty sweet.
Such a cool day! It’s like the perfect storm. New standards that focus on high level historical thinking skills and content/strategies that can help us meet those standards.
So I figured . . . why not share some of the goodies we talked about?
Hi. My name is Glenn and I am a WordPress junkie.
It started about six years ago. A friend hooked me up and I’ve been using ever since. So should you.
If you don’t already know, WordPress is a CMS or content management system. In normal people language? WordPress is a free tool that helps you create quick and easy web sites. And not just quick and easy. Quick and easy with some very cool features.
I use free WordPress software to create the site you’re reading now. I used WordPress to create the Podstock 2013 web site. I use WordPress to host our iPad conference web site. I use it to connect with family and to discuss books. My wife uses it for her classroom and to occasionally maintain a site for posting food and restaurant reviews.
Yeah. So what?
Yes. It is a bit of overkill. Seriously. Who would ever need 1500 websites, apps, and web 2.0 tools? Or have time, for that matter.
But our SOE guy said numbers in blog titles increase site traffic so today . . . you get 1500 websites, apps, and web 2.0 tools. 1500. My site traffic will be through the roof today.
If nothing else, the lists below are testimony to the fact that there is always something out there, that we can always be learning more about how we can do our jobs better. But take this post in chunks. Bite off a little bit at a time. Come back to it next week. Share it with friends. Find a helpful tool once a week for . . . well, 1500 weeks. Enjoy!
1000 Education Apps Organized by Subject and Price
We’ll start with the biggie. You’ll find just a taste here with a link to a huge Google Doc. Huge.
The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen by You
Narrowed down from 900 teacher submissions, these are the best tools used by actual teachers.
The 200 Best Special Ed Apps
Eric Sailers has been working on this list since before the iPad came out. I’m talking the iPad 1. So you know it’s got some stuff.
The 100 Top Tools of 2011
What is a “learning tool”? Any tool you use to create or deliver learning content/solutions for others or that you use for your own personal learning.
Top 100 Sites of 2011
Tech & Learning’s version of the best sites.
Psst . . . it’s not really 1500.
You’re gonna find a lot of overlap between the different lists. But trust me, you’ll still need to set aside some time here. And don’t be afraid to share your own favorites in the comments.
I’m still recovering from the 2011 turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, pie and football four-day spectacular. Woozy. Just a little woozy.
So . . . while I recover, head over to Technology Tidbits for an awesome list of online tools and sites compiled by David Kapuler. One hundred sweet goodies just for teachers.
I can’t promise anything but check back tomorrow. Should be back to normal.