Infobytes for october

Looking for some handy tools for teaching?

We scoured the blogs and found a few from last month. Feel free to add more.

Economics and Current Events:
Reuters has created an interactive timeline of the 2008/09 financial crisis that can be a fascinating tool in the classroom. Another handy interactive timeline would be the one from the New York Times, chronicling government policies in response to past recessions.Common Craft has some great videos explaining banking, investing, saving money, and the stock market in plain English that you might want for your classroom as well. Social networking

Always wanted to tweet, but didn’t see how it’s useful in the classroom? Here’s a great blog about twittering in the classroom that will give you some ideas.

Do you have concerns about your privacy on facebook? Here are some tips for you.

Have you seen the fabulous screencast tutorials your librarian made about how to use the LION catalog more effectively for research and searching? Want to make your own? Screenr is a free easy to use online five minute screencasting tool that connects to your twitter account.

Here’s an article about how Boston College is using a wiki as a textbook for one of their information systems classes.

Looking for an online glossary of math vocabulary for students who need a little help? McGraw-Hill has a great website for you.

If you aren’t already watching David Bolinsky’s videos on TED, it’s time to start watching. His concept of the cell as a “huge, bustling city powered by micromachines” is stimulating and just gorgeous. (To go directly to the three-minute excerpt from the film, move forward to 6:55. )

Research and Information Literacy
How about those Common Craft Folks? A couple of my faves include Web Search Strategies in Plain English, The World Wide Web, and Zombies.

Along that same line, kids who need to know more can watch this helpful 1 minute video on Whatbrowser on what a web browser is.

Online Quiz Generators
This blog entry describes five favorite online quiz generators on the web.

Many Things is a great website for ESL learners and teachers. With crossword puzzles, songs, writing exercises, and more, this website has many helpful resources.


Copyright and the web

Those of you who include copyright in your library tutorials know how tricky this law can be For some great resources on teaching fair use and copyright, try these resources:

Teaching This website is straightforward and objective. It offers lesson plans for teaching copyright in the classroom. What I like about this site is that its goal is to cut through the misinformation out there.

Copyright Chart I took an entire semester of copyright in library school and I still get confused from time to time, so I find this chart to be a handy quick reference.

SCT Media overviews
This site has great sing along music videos, PowerPoint slide shows and more to help teach copyright and information literacy.

Copyright for educators
This is a fairly long video, but filled with helpful information about using copyrighted materials in the classroom.

The Center for Social Media
This is an amazing resource. With videos and handouts it covers fair use, satire, parody, Internet remixing, photocopying classroom materials, showing videos in the classroom, and many other relevant topics.

My favorite video has always been A fair(y) Use tale by Eric Faden of Bucknell. The video can be found on the TJ library web site.

And if you are looking for copyright-friendly files, Copyright Friendly  is a wiki with a plethora of links for you.