Monday, October 31, 2011

New NASA Our World Videos - Grades K-5

Free NASA Videos for STEM classroom instruction! 

Link:  http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/videos/dnmovies/NASAeClips/NASAOurWorld/index.html

Title (Links to Video) Time Date Description
Our World: Mission Patches 5:22 10/25/11 See how NASA astronauts design their mission patches to tell the story of each shuttle mission. The astronauts must choose pictures, colors, and symbols that explain the importance of the mission and represent each of the astronauts on the team.
Our World: Meet the Orbiters 5:34 10/25/11 Join Orby, the Orbiter, as she shares some fun facts about NASA's space shuttles. Did you know the shuttles traveled more than 826 million kilometers? Or that each shuttle was named after an important sailing ship? Find out where the shuttles will find a

New NASA Launchpad Videos - Grades 9-12

NASA Launchpad Videos - Free STEM classroom instruction

http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/videos/dnmovies/NASAeClips/NASALaunchpad/index.html

Three new videos arrived last week!


Title (Links to Video) Time Date Description
Launchpad: NASA's Space Shuttle - A Workhorse in Action 4:40 10/24/11 People from across the country worked together to make sure NASA's Space Shuttles could complete their missions. Learn how this unique workhorse is responsible for amazing advances in astrophysics and planetary science, just because it flew.
Launchpad: The Shuttle Experience 3:47 10/24/11 Only 355 humans have ever flown on the shuttle. Join NASA Astronaut Al Drew as he shares some personal experiences about his flights and what made the trips so memorable. See why the shuttle experience has such historical significance.
Launchpad: Spinoffs - Technology Benefits For All 5:56 10/24/11 Learn how experiments on NASA's Space Shuttle missions brought tangible benefits to people on Earth. Listen to NASA Astronaut Al Drew as he explains how creative solutions to problems became NASA-aided technologies, better known as spinoffs.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Free Mac App - iFunia AudioConverter - Free until Oct. 31 in the App Store

Normally $25 - now free in the Macintosh App Store until Halloween!

http://www.ifunia.com/video-to-audio-converter-mac.html 

iFunia AudioConverter for Mac V 3.2.0

Convert all popular video&audio to common audio format on Mac OS X Lion.


Video to Audio Converter Mac boxshotiFunia AudioConverter for Mac is an easy to use Mac Audio Converter for user to convert audios between different formats, extract a song or episode from videos/HD videos.

With this powerful Mac audio conversion tool, you can convert between audios in a vast range of formats, including MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, extract excellent audio segments from popular videos and High Definition videos in format of AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, FLV, MKV, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AVCHD, etc.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Free series of webinars on STEM Schools

The University of Chicago's Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science
Education is hosting a series of webinars on STEM Schools. This free
webinar series provides participants with an opportunity to learn about a
range of STEM schools across the country and to share information and
engage with one another. For more information and to register go to:
http://www.researcherswithoutborders.org/media.

Note that this webinar series is designed to offer descriptions of a
range of STEM schools with the last in the series focusing on CEMSE's
research work measuring the presence of STEM School components. A series
of webinars on research on STEM schools is coming in 2012.

Thanks to Dr. Todd Campbell for submitting this.

ABC Tracer - Letters, Numbers, Words, Phonics - FREE - for ipad By App-Zoo

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abc-tracer-letters-numbers/id390334124?mt=8

ABC Tracer is a comprehensive ABC learning app.

Principles of learning:
1) Kids learn by observing
2) Kids learn better with appropriate feedback
3) Kids learn best if the material they have learn is reinforced using different fun activities

ABC Tracer:
1) Animates and shows how to write the letters with strokes in the right order on the traditional red-blue guidelines.
2) Provides fun feedback of right and wrong strokes.
3) Has a lot of re-inforcing fun activities
- Touching the image below the alphabet animates it
- Pop the 26 alphabets arranged randomly, in alphabetical order.
- ABC Song with animated alphabets
- Find the picture that starts with a given letter
- Also includes numbers and words

Features:
1) Capital Alphabets
2) Small Alphabets
3) Numbers
4) WORD Tracing!
5) ABC Song
6) Pop the balloons in alphabetical order
7) Find picture that starts with a given letter

Free App - Alphabet Tracing By Oncilla Technologies Inc

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alphabet-tracing/id374493089?mt=8

Description

Fun train, truck and worm animations come to life for children to follow, while showing the proper way to write alphabet letters and numbers.

Trace with your finger, try the color palette and textures. Use as a doodle pad.

Add-On Feature : Create colorful alphabet tracing worksheets in PDF format
1. letters, numbers and words, add your own words and pictures
2. Parental control screen built in to the buying process to prevent accidental purchase by children.
3. Email directly from your Application.

Universal App with support for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.


Free App - Free Graphing Calculator By William Jockusch

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-graphing-calculator/id378009553?mt=8

Description

A powerful, flexible graphing calculator . . . and it's free!

Does way more than most of the paid calculators out there . . . let alone the free ones.

Features:

1) Scientific Calculator. Simple to grasp and easy to use, but powerful features are available when you need them. Available functions include the following:

• the usual arithmetic functions and exponentiation.
• square root, cube root, nth root, natural log, log base 10, log of arbitrary base, absolute value, factorial, permutations (nPr), combinations (nCr), modulus, random integer, bell curve, cumulative normal distribution, decimal to fraction.

2) Graphing. Capabilities:

• Graph up to four equations at once.
• Graphs are labeled.
• You can drag the graph or pinch to zoom in or out.
• Calculator can find roots and intersections.

3) A unit converter. With a tap, you can enter the result of your conversion into the calculator. Currently converts different units of the following: acceleration, angle, area, density, distance, energy, force, mass, power, pressure, speed, temperature, time, and volume. Great for doing physics homework!

4) Constants for scientific calculations -- speed of light, strength of gravity at Earth's surface, etc. etc. etc. Tapping on a constant will insert it into your calculation -- i.e, you don't have to key in the value. Again, great for doing physics homework!

5) It can make a table of the values of any function you care to enter. You can choose the starting x value of the table, as well as how much x increases for each successive row.

6) Forgot the quadratic formula? Or the double-angle formulas for sine and cosine? The math/science reference hits the high points of various subjects. Currently includes algebra, differential and integral calculus, geometry, trigonometry, vectors, vector calculus, and classical mechanics. 


New! Encyclopædia Britannica By Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

Free to download ($1.99 monthly subscription for unlimited content) - read below...

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id447919187?mt=8

The complete Encyclopaedia Britannica - the world’s most trusted reference source, enhanced for your iPad.

“Especially for students, or anyone who values what Britannica has to offer, I found the new Britannica iPad app to be a pleasing, easy way to navigate through a large body of knowledge.”
- Walt Mossberg, All Things Digital

Features include:

*Search & Browse:
Over 80,000 articles – expertly written and thoroughly fact-checked – on everything from A-Rod to Zebras. Our contributors include over 100 Nobel Laureates plus subject gurus like Bill Clinton, Tony Hawk, and Desmond Tutu.

*View:
Photographs, diagrams, and charts help bring each topic to life.

*Make Connections:
“LinkMap” lets you explore each article with a dynamic view of related topics.

*Personalize:
“My Britannica” keeps track of your favorite articles and more.

Free to download. Unlimited content available for a $1.99 monthly subscription:

- Length of subscription: 1 Month
- Price of subscription: $1.99
- Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
- Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
- Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user s Account Settings after purchase
- No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period
- Privacy Policy and Terms of Use: http://corporate.britannica.com/privacy.html
- Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication."


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Free App - whereIsLt By agole

WhereIs, is designed to give you a high level information about any country you select from the List. Once a country is selected, relevant information such as Country’s Capital city is displayed. You may view the Map By pressing the “Map It” button to see where the country is.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/whereislt/id378923775?mt=8

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Free App - Jirbo Match

FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

There are countless hours of fun to be had playing Match, the memory game where you have to match all pairs of animals!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jirbo-match/id290666836?mt=8

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Free App - Kids Math Fun~Kindergarten By NSC Partners LLC

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kids-math-fun-kindergarten/id287877578?mt=8

"Our kids LOVE the iPhone and iPod Touch! So, we are developing fun applications that stimulate and inspire children to learn and practice math both at home and at school.

This application encourages Kindergarten children to practice the addition of two single digit (0-9) numbers, and the subtraction of two single digit (0-9) numbers (without negative answers).

Children can gain confidence by doing practice addition and subtraction problems with unlimited time, or they can build proficiency by selecting "Minute Math" to see how many problems they can answer with a time limit. The app defaults to 10 problems and 60 seconds, but these can be changed in the SETTINGS area of the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Teachers are using the Kids Math Fun applications in their classrooms to reinforce addition, subtraction, and basic math skills. Considering their comments, we added a “Double Dare” feature so children can expand their math skills by mastering the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction. A “Try Again” feature allows children to develop mastery by attempting a problem again if they get it wrong."

App was made free this morning for a limited time.   

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Free App - Best Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales (with search)

This app also was made free this morning at 4 AM.  As with any freed app, the price may change again at any time.  Typically, apps are made free to draw customers, then made a paid app once again.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/best-hans-christian-andersens/id369721207?mt=8

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Free App - Best Brothers Grimm's Fairy Tales (with search)

This app went free just at 4 AM this morning. 

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/best-brothers-grimms-fairy/id369691454?mt=8

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App now Free - 123 Learn by Eyad LLC

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/123-learn/id387574728?mt=8

Helps young children learn their numbers.  The English version was made a free app today.  10 ratings - all 5 stars.


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Electronic Professional Development Network Courses

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the electronic professional development network, or e-PDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

Applications are now open for the following courses:

Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning
Jan. 18-Feb. 28, 2012
Learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorms robots and use them to promote student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, science and engineering. Explore robotic manipulators and end effectors like the ones NASA uses on the International Space Station, and integrate multiple sensors into your robot to allow for systematic control. Join your colleagues in the Grand Challenge to design, build and program a robot to explore an environment and return with a sample for investigation.

Technology Integration -- Vodcasts

Feb. 8-March 13, 2012
Participants will use various audio and video editing software tools to create video podcasts, or vodcasts. Each participant will begin by creating an enhanced podcast and build up to a vodcast through the creation of video and audio files. During the course, you will examine and use many of the NASA public domain resources for infusing STEM concepts into your projects.

Don’t Just Show Me the Numbers; Make Sense of the Information

Feb. 29-April 3, 2012
Strengthen your understanding of the statistics content included in the Common Core Standards while deepening your understanding of data analysis, sampling and inference. Participants will use the four-step investigative approach for problem solving using statistics. Learn to use online interactive applications, NASA data sets and electronic collaborative tools for data collection.

Project-Based Inquiry Learning

March 14-April 17, 2012
Develop skills in designing and using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL, to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving in standards-based classrooms. Experience and analyze two NASA-oriented PBIL projects firsthand; learn PBIL curriculum design strategies and methods; and design a PBIL unit for use in your classroom.

Technology Integration -- 3-D Visualizations

March 21-April 24, 2012
Participants will learn how to use 3-D visualization tools to create models of complex objects. Introduction to systems engineering and the multidisciplinary engineering design processes such as product lifecycle management and integrated product and process development principles will be introduced.

Technology Integration -- Turn Your Classroom Digital

April 4-May 8, 2012
Attendees will learn how to create their own online course from start to finish. Participants will get an overview of online teaching models, learning management systems, instructional design models, Web 2.0 collaborative tools and online assessments. Participants will then combine the pieces and create an online course in a free learning management system.

To learn more about these free courses and to apply online, visit http://nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasa_certificates.php.

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers, visit www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Kristen Anderson at kristen.anderson@dlpe.gatech.edu.

2011-2012 Faculty Institutes for NASA Earth and Space Science Education

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 Faculty Institutes for NASA Earth and Space Science Education, also known as FINESSE. This two-day workshop will assist university and community college science and education faculty in preparing future teachers in science. The 2012 institute will incorporate the theme of Our Solar System in a New Light, in conjunction with the Year of the Solar System.

FINESSE workshops are free, and participants receive a $300 stipend and lunch. During the workshop, NASA Earth and space scientists and educators share inquiry activities, data and resources.

This year's FINESSE workshop will take place will take place Jan. 3-4, 2012, during the in Association for Science Teacher Education conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes/.

Inquiries about the FINESSE workshop should be directed to Christine Shupla at shupla@lpi.usra.edu.

To learn more about the Year of the Solar System, visit http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/yss/.

2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

NASA has opened registration for the 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest. Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader from the popular TRANSFORMERS brand, the contest highlights spinoffs from NASA technologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to help students understand the benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives. Last year’s contest was open to students in grades 3-8 and resulted in 76 video submissions from over 190 students in 31 states.

For 2011, the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest has been expanded to include students in grades 3-12. Each student, or group of students, will submit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technology listed in NASA’s 2010 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate an understanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission, as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with the spinoff technology.

Participants must register for the contest by Jan. 3, 2012. Video entries are due Jan. 17, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public will be responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions from each of the three grade groups (Elementary [3rd-5th], Middle [6th-8th] and High School [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. A NASA panel will select a winning entry from each group. Among other prizes, a crystal OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Trophy will be given to winners at a special awards ceremony being held in Florida in April 2012. The innovators associated with the NASA technology highlighted in the winning videos also will receive trophies, as will their commercial partners.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2011 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

For more information, visit the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest website at http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/optimus.

Questions about this contest should be directed to Darryl Mitchell at Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov.

Expedition 31 and 32 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunity

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually or working together, to host a live, in-flight education downlink during Expedition 31 and 32 (approximately from March 2012 to September 2012). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the downlink into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Dec. 21, 2011.

During Expeditions 31 and 32, crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in downlinks. Downlinks are approximately 20 minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question and answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain information related to expectations, format, audience, guidelines and forms by sending an email to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov or calling 281-244-7608.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Nov. 3, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Get background information about water recycling on the International Space Station, and then see how to incorporate the information into an exciting hands-on, inquiry-based challenge requiring students to solve a problem. Participants will watch a video showing students engaged in the challenge and discuss possible modifications to the challenge in order to adapt it for different students and classroom situations.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar19.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Year of the Solar System

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades 8-12 from across the U.S. and Departments of Defense and State schools to participate in a live video webchat with Jim Adams, NASA’s deputy director of planetary science. NASA spacecraft will be heading for key locations within the solar system during the “Year of the Solar System,” a Martian year covering almost two Earth years. Adams will answer students’ questions about recent planetary missions, discoveries and upcoming launches. Learn about his career path and some of the most rewarding moments in his 22-years working with NASA. The hourlong live webchat begins at 2 p.m. EDT on Nov 3, 2011.

Email questions to be answered during the live chat to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools, or NES, project to participate in the video chat.

To find out more about the Year of the Solar System, visit http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/yss/index.cfm.

Read about Jim Adams at http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/people/profile.cfm?Code=AdamsJ.

To learn more about NES, please visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information about this NES live video chat, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/adams-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

Expedition Earth and Beyond Webinars

Expedition Earth and Beyond is designed to motivate students to gain an interest in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Using stunning images, the program encourages students to not only want to learn about earth processes but to provide them with the opportunity to get involved with NASA in the process of exploration, discovery and science.

Check out the following webinar sessions to bring rigor and relevance to your classroom and transform your students into scientists as they explore Earth and other planetary bodies in our solar system. A telephone and a computer with Internet access are required to join these sessions.

Blue Marble Matches Activity Training Webinar

Nov. 1, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_11012011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will introduce participants to the Blue Marble Matches classroom activity. This activity is designed to spark interest and provide background information on geological processes on Earth and other planetary bodies in our solar system.

Training Webinar: Student Research in the Classroom -- Getting Started
Nov. 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_11082011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will focus on important aspects of student scientist research in the classroom. The session will include useful information to share with students about things to consider as they conduct a research investigation in the classroom.

Mars Rovers and Landers -- Past, Present and Future
Nov. 15, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_11152011.cfm
Join this interactive presentation to connect your students with a NASA scientist who will show images and share exciting stories about exploring Mars. The presentation will focus on Mars rovers and landers of the past, present and future. The session will include information on the upcoming launch of NASA's Mars Science Lab rover.

Training Webinar: Student Scientist Guidebook Training -- Modeling the Process of Science, Steps 1-3
Nov. 29, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_11292011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will focus on steps 1, 2 and 3 of the modeled process of science in the Expedition Earth and Beyond Student Scientist Guidebook. The session will provide tips to help students with preliminary questions, initial observations and background research.

Training Webinar: Student Scientist Guidebook Training -- Modeling the Process of Science, Steps 4-5
Dec. 6, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_12062011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will focus on steps 4 and 5 of the modeled process of science in the Expedition Earth and Beyond Student Scientist Guidebook. The session will provide tips to help students with experiment design and collecting and compiling data.

Training Webinar: Student Scientist Guidebook Training -- Modeling the Process of Science, Steps 6-9
Dec. 13, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_12132011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will focus on steps 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the modeled process of science in the Expedition Earth and Beyond Student Scientist Guidebook. The session will provide tips to help students with data displays, analyzing and interpreting data, drawing conclusions and ideas on sharing research.

Training Webinar: Follow-Up Session: Student Scientist Guidebook Training -- Modeling the Process of Science
Dec. 20, 2011 at 6 p.m. EST
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/event_12202011.cfm
This teacher training webinar session will focus on the previous sessions about the modeled process of science in the Expedition Earth and Beyond Student Scientist Guidebook. The follow-up session will be useful for those who have additional questions or want a quick overview of previous sessions.

For more information about the Expedition Earth and Beyond program, visit http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/eeab/index.cfm.

If you have questions about these webinars, please contact Paige Graff at paige.v.graff@nasa.gov.

Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work -- Lunar Surface Instrumentation Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on Nov. 1, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how students can apply their knowledge of vectors to a hypothetical lunar instrument-servicing mission. Information and tools will be provided to help engage students and relate the lesson to their background knowledge. Participants will collaborate about ways to adapt and modify the problem.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar18.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

NASA History Division Spring and Summer 2012 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for spring and summer 2012 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience with computers, especially HTML formatting, is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and creating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications for spring 2012 internships are due Oct. 30, 2011. Summer 2012 internship applications are due Feb. 4, 2012.

For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Steve Garber at stephen.j.garber@nasa.gov.

Screencast-O-Matic - Free Screen Recording Tool

Screencast-O-Matic is the original online screen recorder for one-click recording from your browser on Windows, Mac, or Linux with no install for FREE!

http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/

KerPoof!

http://kerpoof.com

About Kerpoof

Thanks for visiting Kerpoof and for visiting this page to learn more about Kerpoof. The information that follows won't tell you all about Kerpoof, but it will tell you what Kerpoof is all about.
The Kerpoof website is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company. What is Kerpoof? The answer to that is not so simple. Kerpoof is all about having fun, discovering things, and being creative. Here are just a few ways that you can use Kerpoof:
  • Make artwork (even if you aren't good at drawing!)
  • Make an animated movie (really! it's easy!)
  • Earn Koins which you can trade for fun things in the Kerpoof Store
  • Make a printed card, t-shirt, or mug
  • Tell a story
  • Make a drawing
  • Vote on the movies, stories, and drawings that other people have made
Check out our What's New and How-To pages to learn more about what you can do with Kerpoof. Kerpoof doesn't come with a manual or a directory or a map. If we've done our job right, then finding your way to the various nooks and crannies of Kerpoof will be half the fun.
In addition to being a lot of fun, Kerpoof has many educational uses. Visit our educator page (with ideas and lesson plans for how to use Kerpoof) or read our flyer for educators if you are in a hurry but want to learn more.
If you are a parent, you may also want to read our for parents page.

Kerpoof's free teacher accounts give you access to a range of classroom administration tools. You'll be able to register all your students, manage their accounts according to class, and control access to collaboration features (group galleries, message boards, chat and Buddy Draw). The collaboration features are generally members-only, but your students will enjoy free access if you register them with your teacher account.

Teacher accounts come with several practical benefits, such as the ability to reset forgotten passwords, monitor activity and delete inappropriate messages. Once your account has been created, you can access these tools at the following url: http://www.kerpoof.com/teacher_tools.

To apply for a teacher account, please fill out the form (you'll need a Kerpoof nickname). If possible, include an email address that is clearly associated with your school district. We will contact you via e-mail to further verify your identity.

http://wwww.kerpoof.com/teach?c=accounts

Read Write Think - Great Resource

http://www.readwritethink.org

Here at ReadWriteThink, our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

Free App - Comic Touch Lite

Link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comic-touch-lite/id306608970?mt=8

Make your photos come alive by giving them the Comic Touch. Add balloon to give your subjects thoughts and words. Add captions to describe the scene of give the photo a title.

Share your creations via email or save them back to the Photo Library for even more sharing options.

Visit our website: http://plasq.com/comictouch to watch a video demonstration of the application and learn how easy it is to position tails and add or remove balloons and captions.

Say goodbye to Marker Felt - Comic Touch uses a real comic lettering font to give the best effect.

Comic Touch Lite provides many of the features of Comic Touch. The main difference is the addition of a watermark on any shared output.


VoiceThread - Web 2.0 Tool that allows audio annotations

http://voicethread.com/

http://voicethread.com/products/k12/

With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.

Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.

VoiceThread is a subscription based service.

PhotoPeach.com - Student Slide Shows

http://photopeach.com/

PhotoPeach for Educators:  http://photopeach.com/education/premium


Our idea is to help you tell better stories online using photos.
With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family. We also support background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further.

ThinkQuest Competition 2012


Entry Deadline: April 25, 2012

The ThinkQuest Competition engages students to solve a problem using their technology, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Test your skills against those of your peers globally! Compete in one of the following events as an individual or a member of a team:

Event Age Divisions Required Steps
ThinkQuest Projects Develop a website in ThinkQuest Projects.
This event is open only to schools that are members of ThinkQuest Projects.
  • 19 & under
  • 16 & under
  • 12 & under
  1. Read Instructions.
  2. Register.
  3. Create a Team.
  4. Submit an Entry.
Digital Media Produce an online journal/blog, a stand-alone website, photo essay, animation, public service announcement, video or some combination of these items.
  • 19 & under
  • 16 & under
  • 12 & under
  1. Read Instructions.
  2. Register.
  3. Create a Team.
  4. Submit an Entry.
Application Development Develop an interactive application or game.
  • 18-22
  • 17 & under
  1. Read Instructions.
  2. Register.
  3. Create a Team.
  4. Submit an Entry.

Prizes

prizes
  • 1st and 2nd place team members receive a laptop computer and a trip to ThinkQuest Live, a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
  • 3rd place team members receive a laptop computer.
  • The 10 schools that engage the most teams receive $5,000 USD.
  • All teams that submit entries will be eligible to receive certificates of participation.
  • Teams that finish in the top 10% will be eligible to receive certificates of distinction.
  • Students who are 18 and over and whose teams finish in the top 10% are eligible to apply for an internship.

Schedule

schedule
  • Competition Opens: September 14, 2011
  • Entry Deadline: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
  • Winners Announcement: Scheduled for June 20, 2012

TEDx Youth Day - November 19-21, 2011

TEDxYouthDay is a series of TEDx events happening all around the world on November 20, Universal Children’s Day

These events are designed to empower and inspire young people. On November 20, 2011 — Universal Children’s Day — TEDx organizers across the globe will host events for (and by) young people. These events will vary widely in size, format and theme, but they will share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas, empowering young leaders.

TEDxYouthDay 2011 will be held on November 20th, with an option to host an event on either Saturday, November 19th, Sunday, November 20th or on Monday, November 21st.


TEDxYouthDay 2011

The theme for TEDxYouthDay 2011 is Play, Learn, Build & Share, chosen by the TEDx community. Individual TEDxYouthDay events will feature their own unique themes, but “Play, Learn, Build & Share” has the potential to bring to light creative ways to unite the 2011 TEDxYouthDay events around the world.

http://www.tedxyouthday.com/

Adobe TV

Lots of video resources about using and learning Adobe products...

Link:  http://tv.adobe.com

Links to Free (and Legal) Music

Today, I Stumbled Upon

Free Music for Your iPod or iPhone

Author's pic

By Jesse David Hollington

  1. Free on iTunes:  http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewRoom?fcId=188575542
  2. http://www.itsfreedownloads.com/
  3. http://3hive.com/
  4. http://www.epitonic.com/
  5. http://freekidsmusic.com/
  6. http://www.mfiles.co.uk/
  7. http://www.mp34u.com/
  8. http://music.download.com/
  9. http://www.purevolume.com/
  10. http://rcrdlbl.com/

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Free Apps from Lakeshore Learning - Limited time


I'd like to share the following letter I received from Lakeshore Learning.  My thanks for making these free until December 30.

Dear Nathan,
 

I’m contacting you on behalf of Lakeshore Learning Materials. Lakeshore has been providing hands-on educational materials to teachers and parents for over 55 years. 

After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to the educational software we unveiled earlier this year, we have recently expanded our product line to also include educational apps. Created by product developers who are all former teachers, these three new educational apps were designed to make learning fun and exciting for children. They are appropriate for kids ages 4-8 years.

We hope you might be interested in sharing these apps with your readers. Below, we have provided a brief description of each one. You can also find more information at http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/apps.

• Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe Interactive Game
 
Children build language skills in a fast-paced game of tic-tac-toe! This fun, interactive game explores vowel sounds, syllables and more. Designed for children ages 6-8 years. FREE for a limited time—until December 30, 2011!
 
Kids explore the whole alphabet—from every angle! Animated lessons cover letter formation, letter sounds and more. Designed for children ages 4-6 years. FREE for a limited time—until December 30, 2011!
 

• Beginning Sounds Interactive Game
 
Kids match words that share the same beginning sound! To play, children just “grab” fun picture balls and drop them into the correct spots on the board. Designed for children ages 4-7 years. FREE for a limited time—until December 30, 2011!
 
Thank you for your time and consideration.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Scott Burns
Regional Sales Manager
Lakeshore Learning Materials
303.242.2593 (Direct)
800.421.5354 x7857
sburns@lakeshorelearning.com

App Free for limited time! ClickySticky Superheroes

Link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clickysticky-superheroes/id453304182?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Free for limited time!

Thousands of kids have enjoyed ClickySticky, the #1 animated Stickerbook App, which was recently recognized as one of the 2010 Hot Trend Apps by Apple. "Apps in 2010 that reached new heights of productivity, creativity - and dare we say - magic."

Now there's ClickySticky Superheroes!

Your children will have fun using their imaginations with this exciting new interactive sticker-book.

Make your Superheroes save the day and watch your scene come to life by tapping the new Play button. ClickySticky Superheroes now supports 4 new great scenes:

1. Save the Day Scene
2. Create Super-car Scene
3. Super Power Scene
4. Superhero Dress-up

Directions:

1. Tap and hold a sticker.
2. Drag the sticker to the scene.

To remove a sticker:
Drag it to the top of the screen and let go. You can also double tap the sticker and tap the trashcan.

To change the direction of a sticker:
Double tap it and tap the arrow icon.

Hint: Shake your iPad to remove all stickers from the scene.

Follow us on twitter.com/MergeMobileInc for news and updates.


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Product Focus: The Complete Guide to Pico Projectors

From Campus Technology

Link:  http://campustechnology.com/directory/list/projectors/pico-projectors/pico-projectors-home.aspx?pc=e364em01&utm_source=webmktg&utm_medium=E-Mail&utm_campaign=e364em01

Pico projectors are poised to be the next must-have device. Talk about supporting informal, mobile education: These pocket-sized projectors have the potential to bring small group collaboration to the next level by allowing participants to stage impromptu presentations in almost any environment. But can a projector really be that portable? And what level of clarity and brightness do pico projectors offer, given their small size?

We recently surveyed the tech market in the hopes of answering those questions. The technical specs of the 29 models uncovered in our search definitely show promise. Here's a quick overview of what we found:
  • Each projector weighs less than 2 pounds; in fact, 23 of the models weigh in at less than 14 ounces.
  • At 1.8 pounds, LG Electronics' HS201 is the heaviest--but it's also the brightest, with an output measuring 200 lumens.
  • Conversely, the smallest projectors are the least bright, with some measuring in at 10 lumens and below, which should be acceptable in a dark room but problematic with ambient lighting.
  • Each of the projectors features a long-life LED lamp. The exception: two laser-based models--Microvision's SHOWWX+ and AAXA's L1 v.2--which are on par with the LED models for lamp life, but also offer the benefit of staying in focus even on curved or uneven surfaces.
  • Each model is compatible with a wide range of devices, from laptops and personal gaming systems to DVD players, digital cameras, and smartphones.
Click the link at the top to read the entire review of all the projectors...

Grant: $5,000 for child-focused programs

CVS Caremark Grants

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will give up to $5,000 to charitable organizations that are making a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. Programs should serve children with disabilities under the age of 21 and address accessibility to physical activity, early intervention, and health and rehabilitative services.
Contact Information
  • Contact URL: http://info.cvscaremark.com/co...
  • Eligibility: Public schools and nonprofits with a CVS in the community
  • Grant Deadline: Monday October 31st, 2011
  • Grant Value: $5,000

YouTube Lets Schools Opt for Educational Videos

Link: http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/10/youtube-launches-new-education-site-with-school-access/

KQED article By Tina Barseghian

Teachers who have been frustrated over blocked access to YouTube educational videos in school can take heart. YouTube is rolling out a pilot a program with schools that will redirect all YouTube links to educational content on YouTube.com/education. In addition, comments will be disabled and related videos will only be educational, both of which are a source of anxiety around exposing kids to inappropriate content.

Click link above for entire article.   Thanks to Alan Griffin for sharing this.

App now free! ABC Adventure HD Lite: Front Yard Defense – Let kids love learning letters

Link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abc-adventure-hd-lite-1.1/id463413909?mt=8

Help! Help! Robbers are attacking Tommy and his dog Rocket's house! Help him whack his way through 6 levels of letters to defend his house from the wicked robbers!

ABC Adventure HD features Rocket's ragin' combo bones, bombs, bonus chests, and double score blue jays all while teaching letters and words in an exciting and interactive way. This addictive, fast-paced, arcade-style basher is drawn in bright, colorful High Definition visuals and will keep you entertained for hours. Available in the game center, you can challenge friends to beat your high score, as well as get badges for hard earned achievements.

ABC Adventure HD Lite features:

★ 6 levels teaching A-E with 300+ words
★ Game Center Support
★ Leaderboards and achievements
★ Choose between upper and lower case letters
★ Teaches vocabulary and letter to word relationships
★ Kids-friendly game play: Quick finger tapping
★ Extremely challenging and educational
★ Hand drawn graphics keep children engaged
★ Easy to follow instructions quickly engages child in learning and fun
★ Hours of fun: Great replay ability for the whole family
★ Recommended age:4-7

DO YOU LIKE ABC ADVENTURE HD LITE?
★ Leave us a comment on iTunes, we'd love to hear your feedback!
★ Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/superjayapps)
★ Follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/superjayapps)
★ Follow us on Weibo (www.weibo.com/superjayapps)
★ Get full Version of ABC Adventure HD to get all 32 levels, 1300 more words, more bonus items, more achievements and much more fun!


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App now free! Powers of Minus Ten - Cells and Genetics

Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powers-minus-ten-cells-genetics/id429123553?mt=8

LIMITED TIME OFFER: In honor of the NSF Visualization Challenge, GEV is offering Powers of Minus Ten for FREE through Friday, October 28th.

Powers of Minus Ten lets you interactively zoom into a human hand and explore environments with scientifically-accurate 3D content. Discover some of the basic concepts in biology and learn about the structures of a few of the key cells, proteins, and molecules found in our bodies.

Want to zoom into something besides a hand? Do you want to zoom further 'down' into molecules and atoms? Zoom into a cookie? A diamond? Visit the GEV Education website to vote for what should be in the next version of POMT!

Produced with funding from the National Science Foundation, Powers of Minus Ten is a one-of-a-kind educational app that will blow your mind! Perfect for a general introduction to the structures of the cell and key molecular processes.

The iPad version includes full screen high resolution cell and molecular 3D animations and instructional mini-games.

Topics covered include: mitosis, transcription, translation, cell parts, and DNA replication.


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Finding the Lowest Prices on Apple Products

Link:  http://applesliced.com/

Find the lowest prices on both hardware and software -

App Price Drops

App Price Drops tracks limited time price changes for the most popular iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps. Find buying advice and save money with every download!

About App Price Drops

App prices are constantly in flux, so we track price changes for the top 81,757 apps from iTunes and the Mac App Store. Check back often to find out about app sales and discounts.

Periodically, we send special alerts via email and Twitter about price drops for the most popular apps. Subscribe now or risk missing out on great app deals!

App now free! Discover New Apps

Link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discovr-apps-discover-new/id440101665?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

It's an interactive map of the App Store and makes it easy to discover new apps for your iPhone & iPad.

"Discovr Launches Awesome Tool To Find New Apps On iOS" - Techcrunch

Simply search for an app that you like or choose from one of our featured apps. We’ll show you how the apps you choose are connected in a massive, never-ending map of the App Store, and we’ll give you great recommendations for other apps to download.

When you find an app you like you can read the app descriptions, check out the screenshots and ratings, or buy it directly from the App Store. You can also share your favorite apps and maps with your friends via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Start with one of your favorite apps and we'll help you discover more great apps. Just start with something you like. Maybe it's Flipboard, or Instagram, or Foursquare, or Angry Birds, or any other app. We'll recommend something good for you.

Discovr Apps was developed by Australian startup Filter Squad - the team that brought you Discovr Music. Discovr Music is a Number 1 app in 28 countries and has been featured multiple times in the App Store: App of the Week, New & Noteworthy, App Store Essentials, and What's Hot. More: http://discovr.info

As well as the Filter Squad team, there are people all over the world that are helping to make Discovr Apps better every day. You can be part of this team too. If you find an app or app connection that's missing from Discovr Apps just tell us what you'd like to see and we'll add it in. Your ideas will make the recommendations better for everyone.

Discovr Apps requires a net connection (wifi or 3G), as we pull all of our data live in realtime.

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App now free! World of Alphabet

Link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/world-of-alphabet/id396865236?mt=8

Do you have a kid? A child that is currently at the phase of learning letters?

This application is just what you need to help your children learn the letters and their pronunciation.

With our easy to use application your kids will learn their ABC fast and easy. They can tap on each letter to hear a spoken version of it, they will also be presented with written version of a letter.

Usage:
- Learn Alphabet
- Listen to some nice pronunciation
- Fun for kids and adults and whole family
- Tap a letter to hear a pronunciation of a letter

Additional information
- Professionally recorded speeches
- Clear and steady voice of a lecturer
- Great for kids and children if they want to learn their ABCs
- Great educational tool for all parents
- Easy to use even for the youngest kids


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App now free! Fractions Calculator HD

Link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fractions-calculator-hd/id369640694?mt=8

Our calculator does mixed fractions & decimal arithmetic with support for brackets. This covers most of the work you need to do with fractions but we also record the results to a "paper tape" which you can scroll to review and then email to yourself so you can see and record the sum of your labours.

For example you can enter
5 3/16 + (12.11 - 1/8)*2 =
to get the answer 29 63/400 which you can then show as
11663/400, or 29.1575

All this on a calculator tape that we remember between sessions so you don't have to remember how you arrived at the 29.1575 number the day after. Plus with sound feedback you can turn off or on means you get audible feedback when tapping our keyboard button images.

Or calculate 2^151 "2 to the power of 151" to get 2854495385411919762116571938898990272765493248

Check the rating and reviews, who makes the better fraction calculator in the store, we do!

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App now free! Best Charles Perrault's Tales (with search)

Link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/best-charles-perraults-tales/id368973011?mt=8

The Best Collection of Charles Perrault's Fairy Tales with full text search!!!

Now you can use the application on iPad in full screen!

The application has become a universal! You can use it on iPhone, iPod and iPad!

Charles Perrault was a French author who laid foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, and whose best known tales, offered as if they were pre-existing folk tales.

Perrault's most famous stories are still in print today and have been made into operas, ballets (e.g., Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty), plays, musicals, and films, both live-action and animation.

To simplify Charles Perrault's Fairy Tales the application supports full text search within all included texts. This is very useful when you need to find a quote or information on a particular subject but don't know where you should looking for.

THIS APPLICATION CONSISTS OF SUCH FAIRY TALES:
- Cinderella or the little glass slipper;
- The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods;
- Little Thumb;
- The Master Cat, or Puss in Boots;
- Riquet of the Tuft;
- Blue Beard;
- The Fairy.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How Do iPads Facilitate Social Interaction in the Classroom? Preliminary Research Report

Link to PDF article - LINK

Title: How Do iPads Facilitate Social Interaction in the Classroom?
Preliminary Research Report

Authors: Brian Fisher and Timothy Lucas, Pepperdine University

Abstract: Traditionally, research on technology in mathematics education focuses on interactions between the user and the technology, but little is known is about how technology can facilitate interaction among students. In this preliminary report we will explore how students use iPads while negotiating mathematical meaning in a community of learners. We are currently studying the use of iPads in an introductory business calculus course. We will report on classroom observations and a series of small-group interviews in which students explore the concepts of local and global extrema. Our preliminary results are that the portability of iPads and the intuitive applications have allowed students to easily incorporate the iPad into their collaborations.

50 Features for IOS 5

Recently Apple updated their Operating System to iOS 5.  This is a significant upgrade and one major change is that the devices can be activated, updated, and media stored all without ever connecting to a computer. iCloud enables some things that will make educators love the iOS devices even more.  Check out a great video from CNET UK about 50 great things you can do right away.

12 Cool-laborative Web 2.0 Tools

Campus Technology Article

 

1. Amplify
Application: Social blogging service
See an article, photo, blog, or video that piques your interest? Amplify lets you clip, share, and spark conversation about it. Amplify's web clipper quickly snips information, sucks it into your browser, and spits it out wherever you choose. To use Amplify as a one-stop shop for all your social media sharing, sync it with your social networks and blogs. Educators who place an emphasis on high-interest tools that are fun and simple are calling Amplify super-quick and more substantial than Twitter.

2. Audioboo
Application: Mobile/web platform for audio recording/uploading
Use the Audioboo website or the downloadable app to record, listen, or share five minutes of audio from your phone or computer. You can save recordings as podcasts or RSS feeds, too. Alexandra Pickett, associate director of the SUNY Learning Network, uses Audioboo to give oral feedback instead of written review, which she believes leads to increased learning and engagement. Being able to make audio comments is also a huge time-saver, she claims: "Boos make my feedback richer and more extensive, my teaching and social presence more meaningful."

3. Dropbox
Application: Web-based file hosting service
Download Dropbox and automatically sync your files with the cloud. Uploading from one computer updates your other devices, so working from multiple locations is effortless. Plus, files get unique URLs for easy sharing. Store 2 GB for free, and then use your .edu address to refer a friend for more.
"Cloud storage makes my files available anywhere, across multiple platforms," says Mark Frydenberg, technology educator at Bentley University (MA). He uses Dropbox to share large files and links to graded assignments without the usual clumsy e-mail exchanges.

4. Eventbrite
Application: Online event management and ticketing
Like many other campus organizers, Matt Brinton, interim assistant director of student activities at Metropolitan State College of Denver, uses Eventbrite to promote events of every size. Organizers establish registration pages listing event details, times, and ticket options. A ticket widget allows event organizers to sell tickets from their own website, with multiple payment options available. Public events go into the Eventbrite directory and on search engines. Brinton likes Eventbrite's extensive interactivity and analytical capabilities, which let organizers gain a better understanding of event attendees--a service not offered by Evite.

5. Factual
Application: Data as a service
Factual is an open data platform for web and mobile applications. It supplies live data on numerous topics mined from research submitted by users or provided by developers and partners. Data can be downloaded as a CSV file or manipulated online through a free server API. "Data as a service is one of the up-and-coming uses of the web," says Frydenberg, who recommends it for student projects because it's easy to access real-world data, make it your own, and embed mashups on a web page.

6. Glogster EDU
Application: Online collaborative learning platform
Glogster allows users to create interactive posters that demonstrate their understanding of specific topics. "Even the most resistant technology learners end up loving Glogster," says Kimberly LaPrairie, coordinator of the Master of Education in Instructional Technology program at Sam Houston State University (TX). "It takes them back to the poster presentation, but it's so much more interactive. Glogster motivates individuals to explore topics by allowing them to incorporate audio, video, links, text, and images." LaPrairie has presented entire programs using Glogster, including her department's student-intake review.

7. Join.me
Application: Screen sharing
Enter join.me in your browser, and you're on your way to sharing your screen with anyone with whom you share the access code. Join.me also allows you to transfer control to allow others to interact with applications running on your screen. A phone conference feature lets everyone looking at your screen dial in to a common call.
"Instead of canceling class during a snowstorm, I met my students virtually," recalls Frydenberg of one instance when he used the application. "They met me on join.me, where I shared my screen, and we all called in to listen to the conversation. I called on students in the chat room who had questions, and asked individual students to complete different steps of a software demonstration."

8. JumpScan
Application: QR code generator
Use JumpScan to generate a personal Quick Response code that's linked to your digital world. Anyone with a smartphone can take a picture of the code to access your contact information, social media feeds, websites, and pictures. SUNY's Pickett puts her JumpScan QR code on her course preview page, allowing prospective students to access her name, picture, blog link, and personal information. "By scanning my JumpScan QR code, students get to know me before taking my course," she says.

9. PBworks
Application: Real-time collaborative editing system
PBworks is a hosted collaboration site where individuals set up 2-GB workspaces with a front-page wiki and safekeeping for assignments that can be edited by others. PBworks keeps track of each editor who contributes to the project; any changes can be reversed with one click. Instructors maintain administrative control and student accountability, while students customize their workspaces and add multimedia content with PBworks plugins. LaPrairie's students use PBworks to organize work, showcase web 2.0 projects, and construct web pages.

10. Quora
Application: Social Q-and-A
Twitter-like in its ability to update and query followers, follow others, and link to other social media, Quora (currently in beta) stands out for tracking not only people but also topics and questions. "People flock to your topic, not necessarily to you," Pickett explains. To tap into the collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it, simply sign up for a free account. Once you're set up, find people you know or like, vote up or down responses, and collaboratively refine answers.

11. Voki
Application: Creator of speaking avatars
With Voki, you can create an avatar that can speak up to one minute of a recorded or typed message. The avatar can then be embedded in blogs, e-mails, social networks, and more. "My Voki avatar helps students get to know and trust me, which in turn creates community and enhances collaboration in my online course," explains Pickett.

In LaPrairie's online classroom management course, Voki helps her get to know students. "They don't have to show their real faces, but they can still be heard," says LaPrairie, who also finds Voki effective in delivering project critiques.

12. Zamzar
Application: Utility software
With so many files zinging around campus, it's unlikely that users will have every program needed to open them all. Web-based Zamzar improves access to information and assists collaboration by converting data, image, video, and music files up to 100 MB in size from one format to another. Type in a URL or upload a file, and Zamzar e-mails back with the URL of the converted file for download. "Sometimes you just need to convert a document to PDF, a video to MP4, a song to MP3, or an image to PNG," says Frydenberg. "Zamzar makes it easy."


Apps for Special Needs Students


iPhone and iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education


Lillie's Pad - Your Special Needs Resource for the iPad and iPhone


iPhone/iPad Apps for AAC



Grant: 'Best in Class' Grants To Award Teachers with Classroom Supplies

The 2011 Best in Class grant program will award teachers with $50,000 in funding for classroom equipment and materials. The grant is being offered by the non-profit Kids in Need Foundation and women's clothing retailer Loft. (Loft also provides additional benefits to teachers via its LoftLovesTeachers program, including discounts, in-store events, and sweepstakes.)

Grants will be awarded to about 100 teachers in amounts of $100 to $500, though in exceptional cases additional funding might be awarded, according to the organizers. Applicants will be required to describe a specific project to be funded, including the objectives and activities involved in the project, the ways in which students will be evaluated in the project, and the purpose to which any funds awarded will be put.

The grants are designed to provide funding for projects that "make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities," according to organizers. "Innovation and merit account for 40 percent of the evaluation." Objectives and feasibility will each account for another 20 percent; evaluation instrument and budget will each count for another 10 percent.

Proposals should not overlap with previously funded projects and should not request funding for items like packaged lesson plans, book collections, trips, stipends, admission fees, or "substantial" equipment like computers.

The program is open to certified teachers in K-12 public, private, charter, and parochial K-12 schools but is not open to preschools or home schools.

Applications for the grant program are being accepted now through Dec. 9. Notifications of winning proposals will be made Feb. 1, 2012. Online applications can be found on the Kids in Need Foundation application site.