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101 Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers You Should Know About

Erik Schreefel spent a month looking at over 2000 tools and came up with this list of 101 tools that you might want to try as a teacher. 

When looking at the list you will notice that there are often more than one site listed for the same thing (eg YouTube, TeacherTube, Vimeo, or Flikr, Photobucket, Picasa etc). However, if there was one clear winner it was Google, which showed up with the most tools. 

Have fun finding new stuff to use.

Pinterest in the Classroom

It seems that the fastest growing social network site is Pinterest. To give you a sense of how fast, in September 2011, there was about 350,000 users. In December there was about 1.3 million and now just over 3 million. Sure, that's no Facebook but that is a 1000% increase in users in about a half a year. And by all accounts, the users are like junkies.

If you are not sure what Pinterest is, then you are in the same boat as me. It has been compared to a cross between Delicious and Facebook. Delicious is a social bookmarking site and Facebook is MySpace Ver 2.0 (You can Like that if you wish). Full disclosure: I joined Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and haven't done a thing with it. I have been a user of Delicious for about 3 years and have over 1000 links now (mostly about math - go figure) so moving to a new social bookmarking site might be a lot of work. I am not sure why I joined Pinterest but this video has actually inspired me to give it a closer look as a collaboration…

The Philosophy of Computer Programming

If you have ever done any computer programming, you should watch this seminar. For it shows how simple tweaks in our programming languages could make creativity flourish.If you have ever been interested in the history of computing, you should watch this seminar. For it shows that there have been visionaries in computer science that think of the computer as something that can transform us.If you have ever considered yourself a visual learner, you should watch this seminar. For it shows the power of how seeing immediate feedback can accelerate your knowledge.If you have ever been interested in science or math, you should watch this seminar. For it shows how the merging of analytic thinking and real time feedback can make solving equations and the scientific method so easy a 4th grader could do it.Bret Victor is a software pioneer and artist. He has worked for Apple and Al Gore (among others). He has also shown that math does not have to be abstract with his Kill Math project. In this se…