Wired on Wednesday, Issue 6

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Wired on Wednesday, Issue 6




Issue 6

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Volume 1

Facebook, Twitter, and now Pinterest are some of the most popular social networking tools available today. Recently listed as one of Time Magazines's 50 Most Popular Websites of 2011, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can organize everything you find on the web that interests you. Users can create a board for a variety of categories; recipes, decor, sports, travel, etc. You can explore categories developed by Pinterest or follow other users who have similar interests. The site is currently by invite only which can be done through their website or by another user. So why include it in this newsletter? Pinterest has a very popular and growing education category which allows users to share their classroom and educational technology ideas. Check out Pinterest by clicking on the link above. If you would like an invite just let me know. (Or contact Dot O'Hara Pinkham, Queen of Pinterest!)

Explania is home to "hundreds of animated explanations, interactive tutorials and instructional videos. Additionally, all of the resources found on Explania can be embedded in other websites free of charge. With videos on health, sports, business, and many more, Explania offers some great resources to embed on your teacher website. Health/anatomy teachers be sure to check out the interactive heart explanation.

American Experience Online provides a number of full length films for classroom use which "encourages in-depth exporation of each film beyond the television screen." The teacher's area provides over 110 sites with resources such as timelines, discussion guides, maps and much more. With the recent observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday and the upcoming recognization of February as African American History Month, teachers may be interested in the full length film, Freedom Riders, the story of the 1961 activists who challenged segration in the South. To access Freedom Riders resources, click on this article. To access the American Experience teacher resources, click on the title above.

The top 5 finalists have been named and you can vote for your favorite once daily through January 29th. The top two will air during this year's Super Bowl and compete for a $1 million prize. Take a look at this year's finalist by clicking above.

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