Useful links Weekly


Useful links: Week 13/04 – 17/04

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Useful links

  • MonkeyLearn – Word Cloud MonkeyLearn is a new tool for creating word clouds from text that you supply and it allows you customize the display of your word clouds before you download them as PNG files. MonkeyLearn can also be used to extract a keyword from a document. You can also use it to analyze the sentiment of a document.

  • Wheel of Names | Random name picker Wheel of Names is a free random name picker website. There are many random name pickers available on the web but this one offer a bit more then most because it not only lets you enter names, it lets you upload images to be chosen at random. Wheel of Names also lets you create a free account that you can use to save a series of wheels. That option could be helpful if you have multiple classes and don’t want to enter names whenever you need to pick a name at random.
  • Keep Calm and Posters Generator, Maker For Free – Easy tool to use to create your own posters

10 Things Your Kids Can Learn Online Infographic

There is still a lot of discussion about the internet and how useful/wasteful/dangerous it is for our children. Like all things, it is how you use it and whether you have developed the skills to get the best from it.

 This infographic from the Pumpic team makes some suggestions. The team has selected 20 services that they believe will teach your kids 10 skills for life. Starting from essentials, like reading and improving grammar, to cool ones: playing the guitar and programming. All of these is easy to achieve with educational games available online and apps introduced on kids learning sites

10 Things Your Kids Can Learn Online Infographic
Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Students and technology in the classroom

Technology in Education – students simply don’t think of it as being anything but normal. It is just integrated into their lives. It is not separate or special rather just part of the way they work.

Recently a teacher asked their year 12 students how much value they placed on having their own laptops in the classroom and if it  was a great advantage to their learning in that classroom. They were a bit “ho-hum” about it. They have had their own personal computers all through secondary school and, looking at/listening to their answers, it was evident to me that they took so many things for grantedsimply because they cannot really imagine life without them. They don’t really know what they would have to do if they did not have the technology because so many little things are taken for granted. For instance none thought how easy it was simply write an essay and then edit it easily – rather than rewrite the whole piece. None realised how easy it was to take and organise notes, continually adding to them as new data was gathered and none wondered how hard they might find it if they had to do research without internet access whenever they felt the need. Many are very visual and they like the easy access Clickview and YouTube videos when they need to find out how to do something. These are just some of the little things.

The question was not a “fair question.” It was not really a test of how useful the students found computers because they don’t really know any different.  They don’t know what life is like without technology in their lives. They can list some of the bigger things like social media, blogs and vodcasts and using some of the digital tools to help them learn but too much is just part of their world and even the teacher who asked the question did not consider how much technology flies under the radar.

The question was probably due to frustration when the intranet was “down” or running slowly which only makes more evident that technology is an integral part of education and our students are lucky to have had 1:1 computers for such a long time. I don’t really think the teacher did not see the benefits but it did make for an interesting discussion.

This is a simple infographic tries to show how much impact the internet has had on education.
How Has The Internet Changed Education?