Wednesday, August 31, 2005

[TIPS] - visualfractions.com

Math teachers have long struggled with teaching the concept of fractions. Some kids pick it up right away while others seem to always have troubles.

Next time your favorite math teacher is about to begin the fractions unit, show him/her this site: http://visualfractions.com/ Look on the left of the home page for the Main Categories (Adding Fractions, Multiplying Fractions, etc) Once in that selected area you'll note that you have hyperlinks under the graphics area that will let you represent the fractions by either lines or circles. Very nice.
 
I was able to figure them out 3/4 of the time. Or, maybe it was more like 6/8? :-)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

[TIPS] - answers with one click

Imagine you and/or your students are browsing a web page and you come upon an unfamiliar word or phrase. What do you do to find its meaning? Copy and paste it somewhere? Probably. But, what if you could just click the word/phrase to find out about it? Enter answer.com.
 
This very small application (for MACS, too!) lets you simply alt-click on a word ANYWHERE and you'll be taken to a page that defines it. Very cool, eh? All you need is an internet connection for it to work.
 
And, according to its privacy policy it is NOT spyware, nor will you get spammed to death if you download and use it. Here it is: http://www.answers.com/

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Oh, and I run across this little article yesterday that I thought you'd enjoy. Thankfully this is in England, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it's around here, too. <sigh>

Monday, August 29, 2005

[TIPS] - Welcome back - and Celestia

I know what you're thinking -> "Where did that summer go?" If you find it, please see if mine is there, too, as it surely disappeared on me, as well.
 
Before I give today's tip I want to remind you of my tip blog where you can find past tips going back to May. Just go to: http://tipline.blogspot.com and you'll see them. Feel free to leave a comment, too, if you're inclined. More on blogs (and wikis and moodles and drupals) later. In fact, this year we have LOTS of new things in store. I have to fight to keep from spilling it all in one tip. :-)
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Today's tip is about a piece of free software called Celestia. It's a space simulation software for Windows AND MAC!! that lets kids explore our universe in 3D. Read about it on this page: http://celestia.sourceforge.net/   Sourceforge is the open source place.
 
Oh!... and if you know of a new employee who would like to be included on this list, please have them send me an email to that effect and I'll be sure to add him/her to the list right away.
 

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Direct from Word

This post is coming straight from Word.

A new tool from Blogger adds a toolbar to Word that allows you to write your blog post and publish it to your blog without the fuss of logging in anywhere. Very cool!

Get it here: http://buzz.blogger.com/bloggerforword.html

Monday, August 01, 2005

[TIPS] - turn off your computer week

 
You heard about the Turn Off Your TV Week, right? Well, August 1-7 is Turn Off Your Computer week.
 
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PC-Turnoff Organization was founded to make parents aware of the risks associated with excessive computer use by their children, and provide information to help guide them. While the computer is a wonderful tool, like many things in children's lives, limits must be set for their own safety and well being. PC-Turnoff established PC-Turnoff Week to encourage parents to turnoff their children's computer for one whole week during the summer. We also encourage parents to limit excessive use by their children throughout the year as well.
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So, turn off your computer and go outside! :-)