Happy Monday everyone!
Back in the day, I used to post some jokes, You Tube videos, etc...about teaching & technology on Fridays for some of my teachers called 'Funny Fridays'. At one point, a teacher recommended that I change it to Manic Mondays - as that's when people really needed a boost.
So, it works out perfectly that Vanessa posts stuff on Fridays, so that I can start to offer up a few things for a Manic Monday.
Also, like Vanessa, I tend to discover new and random wesbites on twitter, educational blogs etc...
A new one for me this week was popplet.com
It reminds me a lot of prezi.com - but this is like a super kid-friendly version.
I can imagine using it in the classroom for individual and group mind maps. There is a presentation mode, much like prezi, where the canvas sorts of flies around. Much more interesting & interactive than your average PowerPoint, in my opinion.
The other feature that I like, is that if kids have their own log in for the site (email is requried...) - then if a popplet is shared, kids can collaborate together, much like prezi meeting. You even see who has contributed to what, which is really useful for the teacher assessment side of things.
I know that I'm a visual learner, so I made a little video for how to make a popplet. You'll see how easy it would be for kids in the classroom to pick this one up.
Have a week full of awesomeness,