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Group 1: Applied Areas
The Arts, Business, Family Studies, Library, Physical Education

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Go to Today's Meet.
Share an example of how you use technology in your classroom.

Locate Quality Content


Google Ideas

Go to What Do You Love? from Google.

Go to Google Art Project or go to Google Body Browser.

Go to the standard Google search page. Search for a topic of interest.

Example: In Project Runway, the designers made fun of a model wearing a bouffant hairstyle. What does this mean? Is bouffant making a comeback or is it "out"?

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Do a Google Search and explore the menus across the top.
Search infographics for your classes. Add the word infographic to a web search.
Look for kits at KitZu for free visual ideas.


Search for particular types of resources such as audio, video, or graphics. For instance, incorporate infographics:

Example (The Arts): 10 Most Expensive Works of Art, Hybrid Dance, Rise and Fall of LilJon, Theatre Infographic, Broadway Facts, Importance of Being Earnst, Theatre Diagram, Firework Theatre, History Pop/Rock Music, Crayola Colors, Cubist/Abstract Art, Tattoo
Example (Business): One Hundred Years of Consumer Spending, Financial Habits of America's Youth, What is Inflation? What is a stock? What are dividends?, Working Week, ECORNomics, The Lottery Economy, Infographic Resume, Small Businesses, Women in Business, History of Computing, Evolution of Programming Languages
Example (Family Studies): How Much Americans Spend on Shopping, Soft Drinks, Pant Sizes, Energy Consumption, What America Spends on Gas, Pet Obsessed: The Cost of Cute?, How Much Our Pets Cost in a Lifetime,  A Plan for All Seasons, Travel and Tourism, An American VacationThe Return of the Vacation,  Vacation Daze,  What Are We Eating? Which Fish to Eat? What Are We Eating? Fork It Over, Summer of Food,  Food and It's ContextHow Far Your Produce Travels, Organic Brands, Who's Not Washing Their Hands?  Salmonella Outbreak, America's Poor, An Aging Population, What Does Meaningful Mean? Volunteer Portrait, Volunteers, Where We Volunteer, Top Models, Art of Smores
Example (Library): Books vs E-Books, Social Web Involvement, How the Digital Revolution Changed Our World, Conversations in Social Media, Movie Character Interaction, History of Audio, QR Codes, Is Print Dead?, Rise of e-books, E-books vs Real Books, Books to Read, Avenger's Family Tree, What's a Librarian Worth? If Social Media were Superheroes, Most Expensive Books
Example (PE/Health): Russian Football Team, Boxing, Chess, No Funds Left: The Rising Cost of Being an NFL Fan, Powerboats, Race in Sports, Santana's Change Up, The Tiger Woods Economy, Tour de France, New York Yankees, Soccer's Slim Salaries, The Tongue, Let's Move, The Rise of Biking and WalkingBiking in Minneapolis,  Clif Bar Challenge, Paraolympics, Diseasome, Olympic Drug Testing ProgramSports Doping, Who's Not Washing Their Hands? Commuting and Obesity, Driving is Why You're Fat, Sports and Rec Injury, Take Care Of Your TeethThe Health of Teeth, Road Traffic Accidents, Dead Man Walking

Weave these into activities. Find examples at Building Inquiry-based Environments.

Want to try making one? Soon you can use visual.ly. Or, try combining tools like Wordle and create-a-graph.

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Search infographics for your classes.
Use the resources above. Or use Google and add the word infographic to a web search.

Data Collection

Build your own data set for an assignment. Use a tool like Flisti.

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Try our Recycling Poll.
Build your own poll with Flisti.

Build Relevant Assignments

Explore the resources related to your subject area interest: The Arts, Business, Family Studies, Library, and Physical Education/Health.

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Select an online resource and develop an assignment. Rather than summarizing what they read or answering questions, ask them to compare, organize, create, or evaluate.
Compare one article, perspective, or approach with another.
Provide an example. Ask students to create identify or build another example.

Organize Assignments

What's the fastest and easiest way to share assignments, links, and resources with students? Design an effective, efficient, and appealing entry point for your course materials.

Messages: Today's Meet, Twitter, E-mail (pros: quick; cons: redo each semester)
School Website: (pros: already available; cons: cumbersome)
Documents: Word, PowerPoint (pros: quick, traditional; cons: software-based)
Shared Documents: Google Docs (pros: quick, traditional: cons: student gmail accts)
Social Bookmarks: Delicious, Diigo (pros: quick; cons: limited text)
E-Journal: Blogger, Word Press (pros: posting control/reply option; cons: redo each semester)
Wiki Pages: Wikispaces, PBworks (pros: flexibility, student involvement; cons: passwords, access)
Visual Pages: Glogster, SpicyNodes (pros: interesting, visual; cons: overstimulating)

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Think about how you will organize access to online resources so that students move seamlessly from reading to responding to creating to communicating.

Content - Context - Computing

Use the links on the left to move through this online workshop

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