Think Different #57

Resources for the Week of MARCH 25, 2018

10 Apps Teens are Using that Parents Need to Know

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  • Multi Translate Voice: Say It is a professional translator and interpreter app able to translate any language into 3 others at the same time. Just speak with your own voice, Multi Translate will convert it into text then translate/interpret, after which you can listen to the pronunciation for each language, even when your device is mute!
  • Pencil-In is going to change the way you use your calendar! Use your camera to photograph any date or multiple dates and scan them directly into your Apple Calendar! Use Pencil-In to create contact entries from business cards or other forms of contact cards.
  • Newton: A fun, simple, but challenging game for everyone to practice their multiplication skills. Newton learns what questions you answer incorrectly, and intelligently helps you get better at them. As you play, game features are unlocked to help you get better and track your progress over time, visualising how you’ve improved and highlighting your problem areas.
  • Xmart Calculator Pro is an intelligent salary/financial calculator and accounting/audit checker capable of solving complex math equations based on text expression, and saving information in the tracker for reference.
  • VisualX will help take your photos from average to outstanding in mere moments. Crop, splash, adjust, rotate, draw, add text, add filters and hordes of effects then export in full size or to the usual social media suspects.
  • Meditation Time is a simple and clean timer for your meditation session. It lets you set the duration of your meditation and offers a mindfulness bell that rings in an adjustable interval. Choose from a wide variety of Tibetan singing bowls for the gong.
  • Cubes: brain teaser is a simple and addictive puzzle game. The goal is to form or complete a pattern with moving cubes. The first levels of the game are basic so you can master the concept quickly. Then you will have challenging levels but yet accessible with nice and cute pixel art patterns.

Source: Apps Gone Free

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Thanks for Richard Byrne for this great resource.
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34+ Nonsense Apps, Web Tools and Resources to Wake Up the Brain Cells!

Thanks to Shelly S. Terrell for this wonderful list of resources.


"Students can get restless about this time of year. Summer vacation is near and so is April Fool’s Day and Easter. Many students also are testing or gearing up for graduation and this can be a stressful time for both teachers and students. Humor can help you and students avoid burn-out. Humor also engages students and keeps their minds open to the learning when implemented appropriately! Below are some free web tools, apps, and resources to add some humor to lessons.


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Learn about digital literacy with FAKE websites

We, and especially students tend to take the internet at face value. An internet search answers any question. How may times have you heard just Google it? Its a good place to start, for students, they seem to trust the first website result they find. As teachers, we must each ourt students digital literacy and critical thinking skills to survive in the digital world?


Heres an idea, share fake or hoax websites with them. Have them analyze a series of websites that you provide. How trustworthy do they find each one? Make sure there are a few authentic websitesin the mix. Keep them thinking! Make sure you discuss each of the fake site and discuss why!!


A few fake websites to checkout:

  • All About Explorers: Developed by a group of teachers as a means of teaching students about the Internet. All of the Explorer biographies are fictional. While many of the facts are true or based on truth, many inaccuracies, lies, and even downright absurdity are mixed in indiscriminately. A WebQuest activity has been included as a culminating activity for students to apply their research and critical thinking skills.
  • Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus: The Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis) can be found in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula on the west coast of North America. Their habitat lies on the Eastern side of the Olympic mountain range, adjacent to Hood Canal. Never heard of it? There’s a reason for that. A great-looking site that’s very convincing.
  • Dihydrogen Monoxide – The Facts: Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide. We know it better as Water. Will the students work this out?
  • The Jakalope Conspiracy: The Jackalope (Lepus-temperamentalus) is one of the rarest animals in the world. A cross between an extinct pygmy-deer and a species of killer-rabbit, they are extremely shy unless approached. None have ever been captured alive. It’s rubbish of course, but can the students work that out?
  • Save the Rennets: Did you know Rennets are small hamster like rodents which are intensively factory farmed and slaughtered for the production of cheese? No, me neither!
  • Aluminium Foil Deflector Beanie: Combat mind reading with this handy aluminium foil cap. You can’t be too careful.
  • Dog Island: Over 2,500 dogs are already enjoying a better life at Dog Island. Separated from the anxieties of urban life, dogs on Dog Island are healthy dogs who live a natural, healthy and happy life, free from the stress and hardship associated with daily life among humans.


Website Evaluation ideas: Students could also use the 5W’s of Website Evaluations as explained here by Kathy Shrock.

WHO

  • Who wrote the pages and are they an expert?
  • Is a biography of the author included?How
  • can I find out more about the author?

WHAT

  • What does the author say is the purpose of the site?
  • What else might the author have in mind for the site?
  • What makes the site easy to use?
  • What information is included and does thisinformation differ from other sites?

WHEN

  • When was the site created?
  • When was the site last updated?

WHERE

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Where can I look to find out more about the sponsor of the site?

WHY

  • Why is this information useful for my purpose?
  • Why should I use this information?
  • Why is this page better than another?