Category: Technology - KMS Coaches' Corner
KMS Coaches' Corner

 

Here are some Internet sites that allow you (and of course your students!) to create time lines.  What a great possibility for students to creatively exhibit their mastery of a sequence.  This can be an event or era in history, a biography, a plan, or something that I haven't thought of yet!  Most also allow embedded images or even videos.  Feel free to add other sites you know of.

Timetoast

Mnemograph  remember, plan, learn

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Post here any suggestions for, obstacles with, or questions about Qwizdom sets. 

 

You have almost certainly picked up some new logins, websites, organizational tools, and forms of communication over the past few months.  You have wikis to update, wikis to read, Google readers to read, RSS feeds, weebly to update, Diigo, facebook, blogs to read and blogs to post...  You have to remember which email you used to sign up for each of those, and how to get back to the site that sounded so cool in July. Feeling scattered?

You need to develop a system to deal with all of this, and create a routine that will keep it manageable.  I call that effort, that management of many tech pieces, your digital hygiene.  Like personal hygiene, it is something you will develop in a way that works for you.  Every task does not have to be done with identical frequency.  Some require daily attention.  Some can be allowed to slip to an "occasional" status.  Some tasks deserve a weekly look.  Some are more fun than others!  (C'mon, who really enjoys flossing?)

There are organizational strategies and tools to help us maintain our digital hygiene.

My favorite so far is Diigo.  Yes, it's part of the load of new things that we've learned, but it is a place to corral all the websites that keep coming our way.  I have gotten in the habit of adding sites by clicking on the "Bookmark" button on the Diigo toolbar.  Now I have to get better about routinely organizing and tagging the sites.

Do you have a trick or a tool to help manage your digital hygiene?  Or a frustration?  Please share it with us!

 

Thanks to an excellent question by Leslie Fitzpatrick, we have found some cool (and free) software you might like.  If you want to create an online quiz or practice sheet and have your students' results e-mailed to you, try one of these:
Question Writer: http://www.questionwriter.com/free-quiz-software.html
ClassMarker: http://www.classmarker.com/?g=teacher.net
QuizzlerPro: http://www.quizzlerpro.com/

We have only looked at the sites and haven't tried them yet, so if you check one of these out, put your comments here!!!  Your students won't need their own e-mail address...they just click on your link, respond, and click "submit" - sounds useful!

By the way, I just learned that every teacher has access to all student network folders! Did you know that, too?

 

Did you create a website with Weebly, the program that many of us learned about this summer?   It offers a basic and seemingly user-friendly format, but many of us are experiencing frustrations with it.  We're hearing about some tips and hard-won lessons, which we offer here.  Please add your own tips, or questions for your colleagues.

Weebly Tip #1:  Use a mouse.  It seems to go much more smoothly if you do your editing via mouse rather than the touchpad.

Weebly Tip #2:  Be patient.  The program does not respond to your input immediately, and it looks like nothing has happened.  Give it a few seconds.

Weebly Tip #3:  If you want to extend the page beyond the initial dimensions, do it by adding content to the middle rather than the bottom of your page.  (Thanks to Michele Pitts for this tip).