Here’s the deal. Aside from grading stacks and stacks of papers, planning a few lit units, organizing my house that has, for the last two years, slid further and further into “crazy psycho collector read-all-about-it-in-the-Lifestyle-section” land, and catching up on leisure reading, I’m supposed to be putting together a presentation for my colleagues about all the neato things I learned at the TIES conference at the beginning of the month. (Reference this blog and this one for context.)
That wouldn’t be a problem–I like putting together presentations–except for two things:
1) I hate, loathe, detest, and am flattened by having to present to colleagues. I can only teach teenagers. That’s it. My repertoire is quite…small. I can do 8th grade, and I can do seniors, and I can do everything in between, but beyond that? I either come across like a total imbecile or, in trying to avoid that, I assume far too much and end up speaking babble in Greek.
2) In deciding what to include, I’ve been spending hours reading edtech blogs, following links, adding to my bookmarks, and exclaiming, “Oh, hey, another way to use Twitter!” and “Wow, that’s so freaking cool!” a lot.
Neither of these points are very helpful, you might notice.
Perhaps as an act of exorcism, I’ll lay out some of the cool things I’ve been finding for #2. (If any of you have ideas on fixing #1, please comment or e-mail!)
- Wordia. I’m having visions of some very fun and creative vocabulary lessons for kids.
- Search Cube. Cool for visual learners, I suspect. You can view an example here.
- Twitter Venn tools. Very cool. Visually interesting and fun. (Not to mention an awesome woman whose blog I need to watch closely so it’s already added to my RSS feed!)
- Speaking of new bloggers I’m following, here’s a great idea for Movie Trailers for Books with a very cool resource for keeping track of visual sources. Woot!
Where did most of these come from? Tweets on Twitter posted by other educators or edtechs.
So…back to that presentation. Maybe after following links to just a couple of more sites…and checking my tweets another time…oh, and yeah, that new Wiki I joined for educators, that might have something new…and…and…and…