Think Different #49

Resources for the Week of Jan 29, 2018

Chatting with speakers of other languages just got a whole lot easier.

iTranslate Converse turns your iPhone into a real-time translation device

iTranslate has long been the best way to communicate with foreign speakers using a smartphone, and the company's newest app enables you to translate conversations in real time.

iTranslate Converse prompts you to hold your iPhone upside-down so you’re speaking directly into the microphone for more accurate results. After selecting a pair of languages from 38 available options, the first person taps and holds on the screen, speaks in their own language, then lifts their finger to view and listen to the results. The results aren’t always perfect – and can occasionally be comical – but this is the closest we’ve come to translating a bilingual conversation in real time.

EDpuzzle: Make any video your lesson

EDpuzzle is the remarkable learning tool that educators, you can assess student learning, differentiate instruction, grade, and more. Just add questions to a video and make it work for YOU.

Additionally, there are tons lessons and resources available for students & teachers. You can search through subjects and grade levels to see how best EDpuzzle can work for your classroom.

And a bonus feature, EDpuzzle is available as a browser plugin as well as free app for iOS.

Static Charged Dry-Erase Sticky Notes

OK, I know this isn't tech related, but holy moly, these are so cool. I just order some!!

Whether you’re making a to-do list or brainstorming with a team, ideas are bound to change and get moved around. These Made in the USA dry erase sticky notes know that. They use static energy, not glue, to stick to most clean, smooth surfaces. Plus, they’re double-sided. One side is a regular, permanent writing surface, the other is dry erase.

Get them here

Math Science Music: Thoughtful tools teach STEM skills through music and creativity

Math Science Music is a website that offers lesson plans, videos, games, apps, and other interactive learning materials designed to teach math and science through music. An initiative of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the site provides teachers with this free toolkit. Examples of topics and activities include combining jazz and coding with Scratch, deconstructing a song to its separate instruments to engage with fractions and algebra concepts, and creating tunes using shapes and angles. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is developing the overall curriculum, but most of the content is created by partnering universities. Math Science Music launched in 2016 with plans to continue rolling out curriculum and content as it's developed.

Tips and Tricks: Creating and Marking Up PDFs in iOS 11

Thanks to iPad Insight for this tip.

Apple FINALLY added a comprehensive set of tools to allow users to create and annotate PDF files in iOS 11. If you have never tried this feature out, this a great time to dig in and get familiar with it.

Learn how

QuakeAlert is one of the few ways Americans can get advance notice of an impending quake.

Lesson Ideas and Tools for Secret message with your Students

Thanks to Lucie Renard of Book Widgets for these ideas.

"Students are solving problems all day. They are true detectives. Wouldn't it be fun to encourage that even more?"

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Teaching Resources

Thanks to Glen Wiebe of HistoryTech for these great resources.

January 27th marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005, the United Nations established International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War.

And while you may not be teaching a class that specifically focuses on the events of 1941-1945 and earlier persecution under the Nazi government, it does provide a chance to connect those events to similar genocides both past and present. And to other acts of discrimination and persecution happening around the world and in the United States.

Check out the full story and all the resources: