For today's Tech Tuesday, I would like to share a cool new presentation tool called Brainy Box. Brainy Box gives users six slides in which students can embed images, links, video, google maps, sound recordings or text. The result is a movable presentation that can be displayed in the form of a cube. Brainy Box gives users a unique URL that can be shared with others. You can view Brainy Box on iPads or regular desktop comptuers! It can also be embedded into blogs and websites. Because Brainy Box only provides six slides per presentation, it forces users to be concise while at the same time, creating powerful presentations with their wide array of multimedia tools. Give Brainy Box a try.
Hi everyone. I hope you had a nice and restful four day weekend. About three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Learning Walks. It was a great experience seeing you all in action. At that time, students were getting ready for the On Demand Writing. Some of you have approached me for ideas when teaching about plagiarism and citation. I found the following resources that are completely free to help you catch plagiarsim. In my observations of students word processing at the library, most kids who plagiarize do it unintentionally because they don't know how to synthesize information. A few however, do it on purpose. Modern technology makes it all too easy to "copy and paste." Anyways, here are a few tools to help you.
1. Plagtracker: is web based so all you need to do is copy and paste text into Plagtracker and it will tell you which parts it finds online or thinks need revision due to plagiarism. The premium service lets you download pdf reports and even does grammar checks.
2. Duplichecker: is also a free tool that lets you or your student copy and paste parts of a paper (or upload a file) to their site and they will scan it for you against multiple web sources.
3. ScanMyEssay: is also free. It's not web based and requires a download but it is quickly becoming one of the most popular plagiarism checkers out there.
4. PaperRater: is also a free site maintained by lingustics professionals and graduate students. Its web based and it does grammar and spelling checks too.
5. DocsDetective: Do you use GoogleDocs with your students? Well, DocsDetective is a plagarism detection tool designed to work with Googledocs.
6. Plagium- is the last resource on this list and is also free. It lets you keep track of plagiarized works.
See you next Tuesday.
TweenTribune is an online newspaper that is written exclusively for "tweens," 8-14 years old. TweenTribune does a great job at hooking students on reading while introducing them to daily news. The information on the site is updated daily with stories from reliable sources such as Associated Press and CNN. The site is similar to a blog as it allows comments to be posted (which can be moderated). Teachers can register their classes. Once a class is registered, it is very easy for a student to sign-up. No email is required of students. Some of you may remember publications such as Scholastic News or even, What's Happening. Online services such as TweenTribune have changed the way learning takes place. With the online format, the discussion goes beyond the classroom walls! With the advent of the common core standards, focus will be on non-fiction reading. TweenTribune may just be the right choice and best of all, its entirely free.