‘Practic-All’

Pragmatic tools and ideas for the classroom

Digital Magic #8

Welcome to Dave’s Digital Magic #8

Here are 5 links for you to explore.

1. THE FEATURE OF THE WEEK!

Wikimapia

A world map that you can add information on.

Our school is on there, but it could use an update… the local 7-11 is labeled too.

You can add pictures and information anywhere on the map.

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2. Fun with Blocks

CUBESPACE

Your own digital landscape

Ever wanted to create your own isometric pixel picture, but didn’t know what the word isometric meant? Well, now you can fulfil your wildest dreams with Cubescape!

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3. More Artistic fun…

Kaleidoscope

Not sure how you would use this with a class, but I had fun with it!

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4. Science Galore

James Linzel’s Science Links on U Tech Tips

Astronomy, Simple Machines, Chemestry, Biology… and more!

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5. THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMMM…

The Three E’s

That brings me to the third E, “Empowerment”.

In this approach students are part of the system itself. They participate in decisions about what is taught, what they would like to learn, and what strategies and tools they would like to use in the learning process. Some may decide to work more independently, some in groups; but they are part of the process of deciding what goes on in their own learning.

I attempted something like this with my ScienceAlive Wiki. I reflected on the project and how I would improve on it here: Wikis in the classroom: a reflection.

As we head into June, what can we do to help students leave our school feeling like they are empowered learners?

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Did you miss an edition of Digital Magic? Is there one you want to look back on again? Here are all the editions of Digital Magic in reverse order, (most recent first).

Have a great week!

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May 25, 2008 Posted by | Art, David Truss, digital magic, Pair-a-Dimes, Science, tools, web based | , , , , | Comments Off on Digital Magic #8

Digital Magic #7

Welcome to Dave’s Digital Magic #7

Here are 5 links for you to explore.

1. THE FEATURE OF THE WEEK!

A “Digital Arts” Menu for Multiple Intelligences

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2. Create online art

Mr. Picasso Head

I shared this with Trina, ask her how she used it with her class. I also wrote about it before on this blog.

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3. For your listening pleasure

Songza

Want to send someone a song without them having to download it? Tell them it is a Beautiful Day? Or just listen to songs from your favorite artists? Or create playlists? Songza has it all… and you don’t even need to sign up if you don’t want to.

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4. More fun…

I asked my Twitter network for ideas and Gabriel in Argentina suggested Mr. Picassohead as well as these fun sites:

Create Your own Kaleidoscope 

Get Muxicall

Paint like Jackson Pollock

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5. THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMMM…

The purpose of homework…

Is homework an effective practice?

What is it intended to accomplish for student learning?

How do you use it effectively?

How do you deal with homework that isn’t done? Is this the same as others on your team?

What feedback have you had from students? Parents?

What I’ve read recently to get me thinking about homework: 

Rethinking Homework by Alfie Kohn

Homework, the tip of the iceberg by Harold Jarche

What do you think?

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Did you miss an edition of Digital Magic? Is there one you want to look back on again? Here are all the editions of Digital Magic in reverse order, (most recent first).

Have a great week!

May 19, 2008 Posted by | Art, digital magic, education, learning, lesson idea, links, teaching, tools, web based | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Digital Magic #7

Using Flickr with a specific tag: Math, (Geometry or Fractions)

With the tag, all project photos can be seen in a single space.

A description of the project by Cool Cat Teacher is here.

The Trig. assignment/Ruberic developed by Darren Kuropatwa is here.

What a great assignment to do for Fractions or Geometry!

The use of Hotspots is what really ties the photo to the learning!
(‘Add Note’ on a Flickr photo).

This is “Tenny’s trig” photo from Darren’s class. (With Hotspots Here)

This can be used in Art and quite frankly, across the curriculum, but I really like the potential for using it in Math. Congrats to Darren – this is brilliant!

January 3, 2007 Posted by | across the curric., Art, lesson idea, Math, Numeracy, web based, web2.0 | Comments Off on Using Flickr with a specific tag: Math, (Geometry or Fractions)

Mr. PicassoHead: Art

Mr. PicassoHead

A great activity to do with students. I have used it for art, and primarily for faces,

But a short trip through the gallery can show other great possibilities. A caution that the gallery is not moderated and some contributors are quite rude. I would do a search and find specific examples to express what you would like conveyed. There is the option for colour too, but I like black and white… especially for printing.

*Remember internet safety, caution students about signing their names and/or inputing thier e-mail address to have their work put in the gallery.

[Artwork is mine from the site.]

January 3, 2007 Posted by | Art, David Truss, lesson idea, tools, web based | 3 Comments

Google Sketchup

http://sketchup.google.com/tutorials.html
By Google, found at: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/download?mid=7260955c15e5b481753ea31d732a49b0&rtyp=lt
What a great tool!
Imagine what a student can do with this for the Renaissance Fair… forget the cardboard Church in Architechture, or the lego castle in Warfare.

I can also use this in my on-line Da Vinci Project.

January 3, 2007 Posted by | Art, links, Math, Science, Social Studies, teaching, technology, tools, web based | 1 Comment