TED-Ed

I’m pretty sure everyone out there has watched a TED talk or two and really enjoyed them.. the beauty of TED-Ed is that you’re able to build a lesson around a TED talk, YouTube video or TED-Ed original.

What is TedEd?

http://ed.ted.com

When you make these TED-Ed lesson you’re able to search from various categories or even create you own lesson.

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You’re able to create any lesson based on your subject of choice. There are so many resources on how to create your own lesson that this site is a great tool to get students into a discussion on topics.Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 8.11.21 PM

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Exploring the Wiki World

After reviewing two different videos: Jimmy Wales: How a ragtag band created Wikipedia & Mercator Lecture – Jimmy Wales, I decided to start exploring the world of wikis. I loved learning how with a wiki you can have a network of people contributing to one source. Especially knowing that the information contributed can be monitored and regulated. While researching different educational wiki sites, I’ve found some great one that have some great technology resources for educators.

Educational Origami

http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/home

Educational Origami

Educational Origami was one of the favorite sites that I found for resources for educators. It had links ranging from Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy to Learning Styles, Digital Citizenship and various Web 2.0 tools.

21st Century Teacher

The 21st Century teacher breaks down what an educator needs to consider for educating our students.

http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/21st+Century+Teacher

Learning to Change Video

Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory

On this page they discussed Gardners’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and then break down the different categories as well as programs that can be used in the classroom to focus on that category.

http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Gardners+Multiple+Intelligences+and+ICT

Digital Citizenship

The Digital Citizenship even contains a page with a tool in it, which school can use to analyze their students knowledge.

Digital Citizenship Analysis Tool

http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Digital+citizen+Analysis+Tool

Web 2.0 Tools

http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/WEB+2.0+Tools

This page was great since it listed all the various tools and it easily able to be updated by contributors.

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The Other Wiki that I explored is called

Cool Tools for Schools

Cool Tools for Schools

http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com

This site was a great source for just education tools. I liked how it was very simple and had graphics to accompany the layout. There was a wide variety of tool categories such as:

  • Presentation
  • Collaborative
  • Video
  • Slide show
  • Image
  • Graphing
  • Creativity
  • Widgets.

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Creativity

The Creativity Page I found most interesting as then on the page they went into further categories such as:

  • Thinking
  • Games
  • Simulators
  • Classroom Activities
  • Animations
  • Creating your own games.

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Teacher Resources Page

The Teacher Resources Page was nice because they then broke down the links based on subjects such as:

  • Reading
  • Oral
  • Written Language
  • Mathematics
  • Professional Development, etc.

Professional Development

Under Professional Development they had a very cool link to http://learner.org

From here teachers can get various ideas of how to expand technology and creativity into their curriculum.

Teacher Resources - Learner.org

Both of these site are great resources for educators, with a slightly different feel to them. The Educational Origami site focuses on the classroom as a whole from a Learning Theories point of view all the way to technology tools. The Cool Tools for Schools is great for resources, plus it’s easy to navigate with the graphics and layout. The beauty of these wikis is that educators and technology gurus can consistently update and add new resources that are discovered and become available to people.

After viewing all of these, I’m going to start a wiki to use in my classes, where students can upload their projects when they are completed and then the final project can be available for the parents and other students to view. The students will enjoy having their work online as well as the ability to continually update where they are. The parents will get to visually see the work that their children have completely.