This is an overview of the features and tools available to teachers and students from these two rich resources.  I recorded this back in January. Google Cultural Institute and the Smithsonian Learning Lab Both sites include an incredible variety of millions of curated images from museums around the world (in GCI) and all of the Smithsonian’s member institutes (including the National Zoo!)  Read More →

Microsoft is admittedly playing catch-up to Google in K-12 education, but they are creating some dramatic offerings for leveling the playing field, particularly for students with reading difficulties and ELLs.  Microsoft Learning Tools, originally a part of MS One Note, and now largely available within MS Word (Office 365) as the “Immersive Reader” view, has some terrific features for readers.  As you can see in the video, you have choices for text and background colors, and can adjust not only font but also spacing between words.  The text-to-speech engine works well, and offers decent voices, and adjustable reading rates, all while highlighting each word asRead More →

I suppose I should give a little more thought to what will be my inaugural post, however, I just recorded this little video, Introduction to Padlet, this afternoon, and that’s what’s on my mind, so that’s what I’m sharing first.  Padlet, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, is a website that allows you to create a semi-disposable website in about 2 minutes, that your students (or colleagues) can post to.  It’s an interactive site, ideal for group brainstorming.  Or sharing ideas.  Or posting collections.  Or creating a backchannel.  (Click here for a great Edutopia article explaining Backchannels in the classroom).  One coolRead More →