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December 20, 2014
Throughout this year Google Drive has been continuously releasing interesting updates to enhance the performance of its services namely Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms. Below is a run-down of some of these updates that you need to be aware of :
Here is a very good resource of apps specifically curated for autistic learners. This is a spreadsheet created by a parent, an autistic adult and an SLP and features a very big collection of iPad apps for autism. The apps are arranged into different categories that include : art, books, communication, earliest learning, file sharing, games, general development, geography, history, language, math and pre-math, multiple activities, music, reading and spelling, puzzles, science, social skills, speech, and many more. Every app is supplemented with a short description, a video if available, review if available, and iTunes link.
Click here to access the iPad Apps for Autism Spreadsheet.
December 19, 2014
After releasing TED in Ideas a few days ago, TED shared today its selection of the most popular talks of 2014. Some of the talks featured here were also part of an earlier list I created yesterday entitled "Best 5 TED Talks for Educators". TED's list of this year contains 20 talks covering a variety of topics from overcoming adversity to the latest in technology. Some of the talks I really enjoyed in this list are :
December 19, 2014
So what other online encyclopedias do you know besides the popular Wikipedia? Chances are some few titles are popping up in your mind right now. In fact there are dozens of very good free online encyclopedias you and your students can use to search and access information. As an educator, I use and recommend my students to use these resources as springboards to initiate a broadened research perspective. Also, before using any kind of open freeware platform that crowdsource knowledge from multiple sources, students need to know how to critically evaluate and question the veracity of information and to never take anything for granted. That being said, I am sharing with you this excellent list which features a variety of online encyclopedias. For every encyclopedia in this chart is annexed a short description, its language and whether it is free or not.
Check out the original chart from this link. Below is just a snapshot of a part of it.
December 18, 2014
Year in Ideas is a new release from TED that highlights some of the powerful ideas TED speakers covered in their talks during this year.The short 8-minutes video below contains clips from each of these talks. For each of the themes featured in this list is annexed a playlist of talks that best represent it. The themes included are : Space and Sea, Medicine, Power, Inequality, the power of big data, the right to privacy, empathy with those who suffer, creativity, and language evolution. You can access and watch these talks from this page. Enjoy
December 18, 2014
TED talks are invaluable resources for teachers professional development. They cover a wide variety of education related topics and provide a very good source of inspiration for teachers and students. Throughout the year we have been sharing with you some interesting talks from renowned speakers and educators and today we have had a look back at those talks and picked out 5 of the most popular talks within the education community.
1- Every Kid Needs A Champion by Rita Pierson