I teach economics in Utica Community Schools at Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, MI. I have a passion for integrating technology into my teaching and helping my colleagues do the same.
Collect, Organize, Present:
Bunkr is a web application, which allows you to collect and organize everything (photos, videos, articles, notes, websites…) in your private library. Then, to insert them easily in a presentation (HTML5, PPT, PDF).
The best way to use your content:
Today, there are a lot of applications already accessible which allow you to collect different content from the Web (Evernote, Pinterest, Pocket,…) but none that can make use of this content both easily and quickly. With Bunkr, you select your content from your library and use it in your presentations with a simple drag and drop.
A new HTML5 presentation format:
We have created a HTML5 presentation format: lighter, faster, and no installation required. Say goodbye to heavy presentations that cannot be sent by email. Bunkr HTML5 presentation: simple to share and readable on all devices (pc, smartphone, tablet, tv…). And if you are PPT or PDF lover: no worries, we do that too.
With Common Core on the horizon, teachers need to engage their students without having to learn yet another piece of confusing software. Narrable engages students in guided storytelling to create interesting and creative narratives that fit with any lesson plan and give teachers a natural tool for formative assessment. When students create meaningful stories with Narrable, they invest in higher order thinking skills and leverage progressive insight to improve overall test scores.
Flip web content into video lessons. Create quick movies out of videos, pictures, text & sounds that are already on the web or just upload your own material.
Create, discover & share moment collections with Slidely’s creative suite for web and mobile. Share your photos & videos with your favorite music in beautiful and creative ways.
FREE classroom resources for K-16 educators to use to teach about money and banking, economics, personal finance and the Federal Reserve. Interactive packaged lessons with all resources are provided. My favorite part of this site are the online learning modules. It allows you to assign learning units to students, while allowing you to monitor their progress via an instructor management panel. Students can also participate in discussion boards and answer custom polls delivered by the instructor.
The World’s most popular education blogging service…
Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts.
Easily create your QR Codes in a few clicks and for free. Customize them!
Blubbr is a new, free, website that lets you create and play quiz games from YouTube videos. The site calls these “Trivs”. You can play trivs in different categories, from celebs and music to sport and education. These trivs can then be shared with anyone across the internet.
Once you’ve watched a short piece of video, the first question will appear. When you’ve answered that question, you are presented with another piece of video and then another question and so on.
There are many Trivs already on the site, but since anyone can create and share them, the quality and content is quite varied. There’s an “Education” category, but it would be useful to see that divided up into subject areas. You can use the search tool to find quizzes on a certain keyword. The site is in Beta, so hopefully that will change in the future.
You can also make your own Trivs using the Triv builder tool. First you search for a YouTube video (would be useful here to have been able to put in a link to a video I’ve already found) and then add your question and possible answers.
The site only uses YouTube videos, so if access is blocked in your school that will be an issue. A teacher could create them for access from home though. You could get students to create their own Trivs for each other as a homework task perhaps?
Online timeline maker. Free for students. Teachers must pay if they want to create student accounts on behalf of their students.
The heart and soul of Fotor is photo editing, and as always, we provide some of the best tools available online. Using Fotor photo editor, you can resize your photos, crop them, adjust the lighting curve, rotate them, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness, adjust the tone and colors, or just straighten a crooked shot! But wait! That’s just in the basic edits module. You can also add a photo effect, photo frame, clip art, text, or use our unique color splash, mosaic, and big aperture tools!
Storify users tell stories by collecting updates from social networks, amplifying the voices that matter to create a new story format that is interactive, dynamic and social. Discover meaningful social media from the best storytellers online, including journalists, bloggers, editors and people like you, too.
Storyboard That is a free to use web service that lets you create storyboards. The service offers you various scenes which you can use as the setting for the situation you want to portray. Characters can be dragged onto the background settings and dialog boxes can be added for explanation.
Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Our mission is to organize the web’s content by date and time. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.
Ubersense helps athletes and coaches get better at sports.
Record HD video and playback frame by frame.
Instant slow motion analysis, zoom and advanced drawing tools for any sport.
Compare videos side by side or overlay using slow motion controls.
Create video reviews with audio commentary and annotations.
The IMF News and Data lets you access the latest IMF news in 6 different languages and chart and view the latest World Economic Outlook data on global economic indicators.
The app gives iPad users access to a broad range of statistical datasets including a selection from the International Financial Statistics. In addition, it provides access to the latest editions of non-statistical IMF publications such as the World Economic Outlook, Global Financial Stability Report, Fiscal Monitor, and Regional Economic Outlooks.
An official app of the United States Federal Reserve System is now available for your iPad! It allows you access to a wide range of information from the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors and the 12 regional Reserve Banks. Easy-to-navigate and well-designed, the app opens with a map of the Federal Reserve System. Simply tap different areas of the map to get links to the latest news releases, research and data, speeches, videos, Congressional testimony and Tweets from each of the regional Reserve Banks or from Fed headquarters in Washington, D.C. This app is a must-have for anyone interested in the work of the nation’s central bank.
Scitable is a free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world’s leading publisher of science.
Scitable currently concentrates on genetics and cell biology, which include the topics of evolution, gene expression, and the rich complexity of cellular processes shared by living organisms. Scitable also offers resources for the budding scientist, with advice about effective science communication and career paths.
YTTM is like time machine for YouTube, where you can choose to watch videos from 1860 through 2010.
We started out as a small group of journalists and photographers. We wanted to use digital media and internet to create a new kind of stories, and we had to invent the tools as we went along. Then pioneers like Blogger, WordPress and Youtube changed the idea of what media is, and who the storytellers are. Our mission grew from helping ourselves to helping everyone who want to create beautiful stories from video, photos, audio, text and graphics. We believe that storytelling is the glue that holds the world together and helps us understand ourselves and others. The more people that are able to tell their stories the better.
Today our focus is to develop three things: A tool that will make it easy to turn almost any idea into a beautiful visual story, a community where storytellers can collaborate and follow each other, and finally a developer platform that will enable programmers to modify and extend our services.
iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials.
In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics to reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. Securing our democracy, she realized, requires teaching the next generation to understand and respect our system of governance. Today iCivics comprises not just our board and staff, but also a national leadership team of state supreme court justices, secretaries of state, and educational leaders and a network of committed volunteers. Together, we are committed to passing along our legacy of democracy to the next generation.
In just two years, iCivics has produced 16 educational video games as well as vibrant teaching materials that have been used in classrooms in all 50 states. Today we offer the nation’s most comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum that is available freely on the Web.
It’s a quick and easy way for you to compose video polls from YouTube URL’s.
Take the pulse of the U.S. Economy straight from your phone. The America’s Economy app provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators released from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Key economic measures on employment, manufacturing, international trade, retail sales, and residential construction and sales allow those who follow the U.S. economy to be the first to see whether the indicator has gone up or down since the previous report, and trends over time.
•Quick overview of indicators measuring the U.S. economy
•Detailed page for each indicator with trend data
•Share indicators on Facebook, Twitter and via email
•View release schedules for indicators
•Set up notifications and custom views
•Advance Monthly Retail Sales
•Advance Report Durable Goods
•New Residential Construction
•New Residential Sales
•QFR – Manufacturing
•QFR – Retail Trade
•Quarterly Services Survey
•Real Gross Domestic Product
1. Create your question
Enter your question at mentimeter.com and click on the create question button
2. Add choices and select a theme
Add different choices for the audience to vote on, pick a theme and voilá — your question is ready!
3. Instruct your audience
Instruct your audience to visit http://vot.rs on their phones. Provide them with the ID which you will find in your presentation view – easy as pie!
4. See the result emerge in real-time
The results are displayed instantly as the voting progresses. Within a second of casting a vote it is shown on the screen.
Present in sync.
Live broadcast your presentations to mobile devices, tablets and laptops of your audience – no matter whether you are in the same room or in different parts of the world.
Comments and notes
Left something out? Any questions during the presentation? Add comments to the slides as you go. These will also appear on everyone’s screens real-time. Enable the audience to comment as well. For additional remarks or information, both the presenter and the audience will be able to make individual and shared notes during and after the presentation.
Engage your audience
A national US survey shows tradional presentations make 30% fall asleep. Stand out and avoid mediocre presentations by making sure that everyone is on the same page.
Take a look at the St. Louis Fed’s Econ Ed Mobile Learning app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The app allows you to visualize and understand how inflation and the cost of credit can affect your spending and saving decisions. What you find may surprise you!
As you may have learned, economics is all about making wise choices as citizens, workers and consumers.
With the app, you can:
investigate the cost of goods and services purchased in one year compared with another year;
use interactive graphs to compare inflation rates at various points in our nation’s history;
examine how interest rates, monthly payments and time can affect the overall cost of using credit;
play two challenge games to see how well you can estimate the cost of credit and the price of goods and services over time; and
try to Beat the Expert, the newest budget challenge game pitting your financial prowess against a seasoned specialist.
Great for data.
Anmish is one of the first application-based websites that provides free digital home-made animations and online entertainment. Without any previous knowledge of animation creation, Anmish enables its users to create their own animated video parodies through Anmish’s various ready-made collection of caricatures of famous figures in the world. With only a few keyboard buttons and your voice you’ll be able to make your favorite character come to life in an animated video of your own in less than a minute! You can speak up your mind, choose your favorite caricature, record your voice, save your animated video and share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter without having to know anything about video making or animation.