47 Visual Learning Options for your PBL

Here’s a wide variety of visual learning options for your students, from graphs to infographics,

Charts

  1. AmCharts
  2. Barchart
  3. ChartGizmo
  4. ChartGo
  5. Chartle
  6. Creately
  7. CSS Chart Generator
  8. Highcharts
  9. Hohli Online Chart Builder
  10. JS Charts
  11. LovelyCharts
  12. LucidCharts–for desktop and GAFE app
  13. Online Chart Generator
  14. OnlineChartTool
  15. Pie Color

Infographics

  1. Easel.ly–free
  2. Infogr.am (free)
  3. Infographics Archive–lots of options
  4. ManyEyes
  5. Piktochart

Mindmaps

Timelines

  1. Capzles
  2. Dipity
  3. Tiki-toki
  4. TimeToast

Visual Organizers

  1. Create A Graph–student-oriented
  2. DIY Chart
  3. Gliffy
  4. Graphic organizers
  5. Graphic organizers II
  6. Graphic Organizers III
  7. Graphic organizers—all topics
  8. Graphic organizers—Enchanted Learning
  9. Graphic Organizers—for reading
  10. Tableau Public

Word Clouds

  1. Many Eyes
  2. Wordle
  3. Tagul
  4. Tagxedo

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Gapminder
  2. Google Public Data Explorer
  3. GunnMap
  4. Map a List–use a list from Spreadsheets and map into Google Earth
  5. StatPlanet Map Maker

 


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and a wide variety of technology training books that integrate technology into education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a tech ed columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor toTeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out next summer.

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Halloween Projects for K-5

TagulThree holidays are fast-approaching–Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you’re a teacher, that means lots of tie-ins to make school festive and relevant to students.

Here are ideas for you for Halloween:

Projects

  1. ASCII Art–Computer Art for Everyone (a pumpkin–see inset)
  2. Lesson Plan: Halloween letter for grades 2-5
  3. Make a Holiday Card
  4. A Holiday Card  (with Publisher)
  5. A Holiday flier

Books

  1.  Book Review: 16 Holiday Projects

Websites

ascii art

  1. Ben & Jerry
  2. Billy Bear’s
  3. Carving Pumpkins
  4. Enchanted Learning
  5. Halloween games, puzzles–clean, easy to understand website and few ads!
  6. Halloween ghost stories
  7. Meddybemps Spooky
  8. Pumpkin Toss
  9. Signing Halloween–a video
  10. Skelton Park
  11. Tagul–see top inset
  12. The Kidz Page

Apps

  1. Ace Math Halloween Games Free Lite
  2. Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents magazine
  3. Halloween Card Creator – Free
  4. Halloween counting & words games-
  5. Halloween eBook
  6. Halloween Voice Transformer
  7. Halloween WordSearch
  8. Haunted Hangman
  9. It Is Halloween
  10. Landon’s Pumpkins
  11. Make A Zombie
  12. MASH: Halloween Edition
  13. ScrapPad – Halloween Costume Memory Book
  14. Talking Skeleton
  15. WordSearch Halloween

Can you add any that you love using for Halloween?

 


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and a wide variety of technology training books that integrate technology into education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a tech ed columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor toTeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out next summer.

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Book Review: Savvy Cyberkids at Home

The Savvy Cyber Kids At HomeThe Savvy Cyber Kids At Home

by Ben Halpert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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It’s not often I find a successful fiction book that explains complicated adult ideas to children. The last one was Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi: A Math Adventure, a creative story that introduces math concepts like Pi, circumference and radius to young children. I’m not a math teacher, but I can relate that to computer concepts I teach to kindergarten and younger. As with geometry, it’s difficult to explain the concept of ‘internet safety’ to the newest users. Unlike geometry, it must be done as soon as they pick up a mouse and lock their eyes onto the glowing, scintillating screen. Every month, more and more children, younger and younger, play on websites like Jumpstart, Clifford and NickJr. They–of course–trust the adults who love them to keep them safe. Now, we have a tool to do that. Read more »

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How to Create a Tagxedo

Tagxedos are an excitingly versatile tool that turn words into pictures. They’re word clouds–like Wordle, but more powerful. You can use them to share ideas, collect descriptive words and phrases about events, or evaluate the import of a website. Click here for a review of the webtool and over fifteen uses in your classroom.

We used Tagxedos this summer in Summer PD and I created this how-to video for students. Watch it–if you haven’t used Tagxedos before, you will fall in love with them.

Here are Sara’s thoughts over at Teachers and Technology, and Hardy Leung shares 101 ways to use it.

More video training:

How to Embed Student Work into Digital Portfolios

How to Teach a Tech Lesson–the Movie

How to Set up a Class Internet Start Page–the Movie


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and a wide variety of technology training books that integrate technology into education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a tech ed columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor toTeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out next summer.

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27 Halloween Sites for your Students

Here’s a short list of fun Halloween websites for your students. Enjoy!ascii art

Websites:

  1. Ben & Jerry
  2. Billy Bear’s
  3. Carving Pumpkins
  4. Enchanted Learning
  5. Funschool
  6. Halloween games, puzzles–clean, easy to understand website and few ads!
  7. Halloween ghost stories
  8. Meddybemps Spooky
  9. Pumpkin Toss
  10. Signing Halloween–a video
  11. Skelton Park
  12. The Kidz Page

Apps:

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How to Embed Student Work into Digital Portfolios

With the education spotlight on sharing and publishing, students need to be able to take a project they’ve created and place it in their blogs, websites, or another location that shares their work with others. Often, this starts with an embed code.

Here’s a video I created for my Summer PD students on how to embed a project:

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A Day in the Life of a Tech Teacher

teacher-359311_640I love summer. I sit at home, reading, researching, chatting with friends. I make my own schedule, own my own time, start and finish a project without interruptions.

That is a massive high to me.

Why? I’m a tech teacher. That is like a geek+. I teach–yes–but I’m also the first line of defense (sometimes offense) for colleagues as they struggle to use the digital devices populating their classrooms. From the moment I step foot on campus, life spins out of my control. Here’s a typical day–does it sound familiar:

6:45    arrive at school

6:47    a student enters to use lab

6:48   I greet student with a friendly hi and begin work on a lesson plan

6:49    Student asks for help

7:00   Student finishes and leaves; I return to my lesson plan

7:02   Frantic teacher calls–her computer won’t boot up. She came in early to work and now what’s she supposed to do can I come right away?

7:03   I arrive in teacher classroom to help

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Columbus Day

columbus dayColumbus Day, which is annually on the second Monday of October (this year, October 13th), remembers Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and a wide variety of technology training books that integrate technology into education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a tech ed columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out next summer.

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9 Field Trips Free to Students

Kids love field trips. They’re out of the classroom, get to travel by bus with lots of kids and not enough adults. What’s not to like?

A few items come to mind: Cost, staffing, potential for disaster. And that’s just off the top of my head. There’s a way to provide the field trip experience with few of the risks, no cost, and a fraction of the time away from what is likely an overstuffed education day:

Virtual Field Trips, via the internet.

There are so many options  for real-time webcams, conversations with experts (via Skype and Google Hangout), and the opportunity to visit locations that are otherwise inaccessible that classes have embraced this new approach to seeing the world. This enthusiasm has encouraged a cottage industry that often is far from the exciting, realistic experience teachers want for their students. When I search the internet, it seems any site with a camcorder and multimedia resources calls itself a ‘virtual field trip’. Truthfully, many of them are a waste of time. Sure, I like the pictures and the movies, but I don’t feel like I’m there, immersed in history or geography, with a life-changing experience that will live in my memory for decades to come.

Intellectually, I know there are good ones out there. Finally, after wearing through my favorite virtual shoes, I have a list to recommend. These next nine virtual field trips cover topics from geology to history to the human experience. See what you think:

360 Cities

What’s not to love about a website that starts:

Welcome to Earth! It’s a planet having an iron core, with two-thirds of its surface covered by water. Earth orbits a local star called the Sun, the light of which generates the food supply for all the millions of species of life on earth. The dominant species on Earth is the human being, and you’re one of the six billion of them! Humans have iron in their blood, and their bodies are composed of two-thirds water, just like the planet they live on.

Enjoy your stay, and try to stay calm.

360 Cities contains the Internet’s largest collection of uploaded panoramic images. Let’s pause here for a moment. Panos–those wide pictures that cover up to 180 degrees left and right. Right?

360 Cities does panos differently. Let me show you. Here’s one from my iPad:

Here’s one on 360 Cities:

http://www.360cities.net/image/tunis-coliseum-upper-level-tunisia
Coliseum. 1st floor in Tunisia

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How to Teach a Tech Lesson–the Movie

I get lots of questions on how to deliver a tech class. What’s included? How do teachers blend it with other learning? How do you answer all the student questions?

Here’s a video with the answers to those questions and more. I’d love to hear how your tech class runs–add a comment at the bottom:

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