Snippets from holiday browsing

The summer break is over!  Reality returns!  So what snippets, bits and pieces crossed my path over this glorious break?

Edsurge asks  “Has your School reached an edtech plateau?” suggesting several ways to “move the needle” for administrators, teachers, parents.  There is nothing new here, but common sense for those wanting to lift the game.

Here comes yet another Top 10 list. Edsurge publishes its Top 10 S’Cool tools of 2016.  (Love the S’Cool name!) Most of them have not previously been on my radar.

Education HQ caught my attention today with Lesson idea: get students cracking with codes.  The Caesar cypher, Morse code and the Enigma Machine are explained as reasons to start discussing and playing with codes (not necessarily coding).

An ABC Splash email reminded  me of the wonderful classroom resources available to both primary and secondary teachers.

For those interested in perspectives from countries other than Australia, NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research, UK) has posted a list of the hot topics from 2016.  Of interest to me are the blog posts Research in schools: experience and tips from the frontline and The rise of Edu-Twitter: chat, collaboration and CPD.

I’m sure there is more. What have I missed?

Khan Academy

This is an extraordinary collection of videos from Khan Academy. 

http://www.khanacademy.org/ 

“With a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 253 practice exercises, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace” states the website.  It’s worth exploring!

Top 100 Learning Tools

The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies is a resource site for the use of new technologies for working and learning set up by Jane Hart. Each year, Jane compiles contributions from hundreds of learning professionals across the globe to find out their top tools for learning. The 2010  list reflects the tools most likely to be used by the technically savvy education professionals as well as providing a faabulous starting point for many. As an added bonus 77% of the tools in this list are free! You can also view the top 100 in their various categories.
2011 is the 5th annual survey of learning tools, with 303 contributions so far (click here to see the list) and to be finalised on 13 November 2011. You can make your contribution for your Top 10 here.
Below is the Top 10 for 2011 so far. You may use many of these tools already so will be interested in the trending list, which shows the tool’s rank in each of these years:| 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
1 – Twitter – microsharing tool  155 votes   1 |  1 | 11 | 43=
2 – YouTube – video-sharing tool  137.5 votes  2 |  3 | 18 | 22=
3  – Google Docs – collaboration suite  104 votes 3 | 5 | 7 | 14
4 – Skype – instant messaging/VoIP tool  77 votes  6 |  11= | 4 | 3=
5 – Wikipedia – collaborative encyclopaedia 65 votes   16 | 17 | 13 | 26=
6 – WordPress – blogging tool  63.5 votes   8 | 6 | 5 | 6
7= Prezi – presentation software  59.5 votes  12 | 28 |  – |  –
Facebook – social network 59.5 votes   9 | 31= |  24 | 17=
9 – Dropbox – file synching software 56 votes   13 | 71= | – | –
10= (Edu)Glogster – interactive poster tool 55.5 votes   25 | 55= | – | –
diigo – social annotation tool  55.5 votes   15 | 22= | 35= | 72=
Moodle – course management system 54.5 votes   10 | 14= | 9 | 12=
The Top Tools for schools and education include Edmodo, Wordle, Voicethread, (Edu)Glogster, Wallwisher, animoto, Google Earth, Livebinders, Storybird, xtranormal, Aviary, Voki, TeacherTube and Toondoo. See our descriptions of these on our resource area or click on the links above to visit our relevant pages.