Friday, February 27, 2015

Triptico - newly resigned website makes the resources even better!

I just received the e-mail below from the creator of Triptico.

A New Triptico Website
New Website, New Blog, New Features and Lots of Brand New Interactive Resources

The new Triptico website has arrived:

This new website replaces the existing site and app and will hopefully have lots of benefits:
  • Nothing to install
  • Access the resources simply by visiting the site
  • Create anywhere and save to the cloud
  • Create groups and shared folders for easy sharing with colleagues
  • A new activity stream of ideas and updates
  • New and improved interactive learning resources
  • And much, much more.

There is also a new blog which I will fill with tutorials and ideas (such as a guide to the new version of the popular 'Word Magnet' resource).

If you have (or have ever had) a Triptico subscription then you can visit the site and sign in immediately.

If you are a free user, you can visit the site and sign up for a free account to access the many free resources and features.

I hope that you will enjoy visiting the new website.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Shelf Life - videos from AMNH

Shelf Life is a new monthly video series from the American Museum of Natural History.  The AMNH is sharing its vast resources with everyone, and you don't even have to go to New York to see them.  Most of the videos are on rarely-seen items from their collection.
"Dive deep inside the Museum's collection to discover the past, present, and future of its approximately 33 million artifacts and specimens in this new series with original monthly videos." - AMNH

Right now there are 3 episodes out, with a new one being posted each month.  Episode One is entitled 33 Million Things and gives you a glimpse at all AMNH has to offer.  Episode Two, Turtles and Taxonomy, talks about the science of classification.  Six Ways to Prepare a Coelacanth is the third episode.  This one focuses on prehistoric fish.  Episodes to come include: Skull of the Olinguito and How to Time Travel to a Star.

This post is cross posted on my science blog, Savvy Secondary Science.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Keeping your Google Account Safe

Do you use Google for almost everything like me?  I'm sure you want to protect all of your data.  Google has a great way to do this called Two Step Verification.  Basically this is a way to make sure that even if someone figures out your password they can't get into your account unless they also have the authentication device (such as your phone).

Basically the way it works, is that the first time you log into a new device you'll need your password and a code that you can get via text or phone call.  It sounds like an extra step, but you only need to do it once per device and it's an added layer or protection for your account.

Check out this link to learn more.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Top 10 Posts of January and What I've been up to

Happy February! I hope all of your are staying warm.  If you live in the Northeast you are probably trying to deal with all the snow that we just got and the snow that we are supposed to get.  I'm trying to think positively about it and think that this extra time off from school is not going to stress me out that I need to catch up on things, but give me a time to work on plans and get ahead.  My school is going Google this year and I'm piloting it with my students starting this month.  I'm so excited to utilize all that it can do!

Top 10 Posts of January 
  1. Flubaroo - automatically grade online assignments
  2. Instantly grade multiple choice tests and quizzes
  3. StudyBlue Pro - give it a try!
  4. PowToon - Animated Videos (free upgrade to premium...
  5. ITL Wearable Technology: What are you wearing in 2...
  6. how to use any phone (including "dumb" phones) to ...
  7. Online Planbooks
  8. Remind 101 gave me a Badge!
  9. BrainPop meets Primary Sources
  10. ChemThink