Yeah, I can definitely relate to this!
Yeah, I can definitely relate to this!
With all the shiny devices out there, most people do not think to use a small arsenal of tech tools. We want the biggest, fastest tools, without sometimes thinking of the learning that can take place. Take for instance a recent article and infographic that I posted here. Infographics can provide so many teaching moments in pretty much every curricular area. In this one I used think of how students can use this in math…looking at the populations of the countries in an outside the highlighted circle. Making a spreadsheet to total up the populations. Looking at percentages or using decimals. Going deeper into higher math functions. Social Studies is pretty obvious, but to go deeper looking at the style of government inside and outside to see if there are any similarities. Science -can the resources there sustain these large populations. So many things. So why, why do we try to make things so difficult by introducing all these confusing devices and applications? Sure, they can work some, and in this case, if you had a couple devices, you could definitely use them with these infographics, but we just tend to make things difficult in keeping up with the neighboring school district or county. Keep it simple, right?
Image source: http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682915/infographic-majority-of-earth-s-population-resides-in-this-one-relatively-small-circle?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fastcompany%2Fheadlines+(Fast+Company)
If you call yourself a geek, you probably like zombies. The Walking Dead is a favorite of ours…although this last season came across pretty lame. The new World War Z looks pretty promising too. I am not a Brad Pitt fan, but have wanted to read the book. Will take in the movie after reading it.
Ever struggle to find a file at school or home that you know you saved? With all the various storage these days, network drives at school, NAS and other home storage, we literally possess huge amounts of storage. Of course, then, we would lose some of our files. You can use your OS embedded search, Windows or Mac, but that sometimes does not search across all your network drives, or you have to go to that specific drive to search. Enter LAN Desk. With this free app, you can put in your IP range, and it will search across your network for files.
So I began trying it–you can see my range in my home network. After this, if it works like advertised, I am going to try it at work on a 10 network. If it does work as advertised, then this is definitely a pretty good find. With all the horsepower behind computers these days, searching still sucks. Will be nice if this really does go across the network.
Yes, I know, some of these great music apps may not have tons of educational value, but I always go back to my experience as a fourth grade teacher. I regularly needed access to various genres of music, bluegrass, jazz, etc when discussing North Carolina history and culture. While I could definitely queue up some music ahead of time, many times ‘teachable moments’ led to opportunities to drive home a point, but lacking time, I could not lay my fingers on the music. TuneCrawl (http://www.tunecrawl.com/) serves to fill that need. I need to first give the caveat that this may or may not be Copyright legal where you read this from. Since I do not even know if it’s legal in the US with our crazy RIAA, I am not even going to speculate it being legal elsewhere.
So, legality out of the way, what does this do? You go to the website and type in a song or artist. It will pop up results from searching Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud. For instance, I typed in the song ‘You Are Everything,’ which has had many recordings by different artists over the years. It gave me various results. I clicked on the first YouTube result, which was a live performance by the Stylistics. Pretty neat.
Again, I definitely think this has a place, albeit not immediately clear, in most classrooms. If for nothing else, for various projects, mood music, or when studying culture. I always liked to make sure I found authentic music and art when discussing various time periods and regions of North Carolina. Students love seeing the people from our State, especially those musicians. Throwing up a song from Theolonius Monk, priceless when talking about appreciation. We did this a lot in my classroom–even if they did not like something, we would talk about appreciating all the time involved in practicing/making music or art. TuneCrawl provides a decent resource to do this.