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STEM: Tips & Tools

Digital Resources Exploration for the 2015 SDSL Boot Camp


Spread Your Knowledge (Tools to Bookmark, Aggregate, Curate)

Short-term goals - share resources you have collected about a topic with colleagues at school or online. Teach your students to use online bookmarking, curation, and aggregation tools to gather and organize their knowledge. Try one of the suggested resources below.

Long-term goals - develop a community for sharing resources in your teaching environment. You can do this by having a newsletter (try this one a collective blog, a wiki, Google site, Facebook group or other landing place for the information you gather. You can even create a hashtag on Twitter where you encourage your colleagues and/or students to use to share their knowledge. Establishing a community for learning helps support and encourage continuous learning.

Curation Tools:

  • Diigo - saves all your bookmarks in one location accessible anywhere with the Internet, allows you to highlight sections on websites and make notes, takes clippings, tag, search, and more! You can easily create weekly automated blog posts with these bookmarks and link to your Twitter account so that anything you favorite or tweet will automatically be included in your library of links. The hashtags you tweet with will be the tags associated with the resource. Has an app for i-devices and Android. Has a bookmarklet for web browsers. Joan's Diigo and her Diigo Outliner for STEM/STEAM/STREAM
  • Evernote - Create text, photo and audio notes that auto-synchronize your notes to your Mac or PC. Makes text within snapshots searchable. Add, sync, access, and share files (PDF, Word, Excel, PPT, and more) among the different versions of Evernote. Has an app for i-devices, Blackberry and Android. Has a bookmarklet for web browsers.
  • NetVibes - A dashboard of links and RSS feeds you enter in it. Gives you great layouts to choose from and has analytics.  Has an app for i-devices and Android. Has a bookmarklet for web browsers. 
  • ProtoPage - ProtoPage is worth consideration as it gives you the most manual control over relevant content. A benefit of this service is the bookmark-style dashboard at the top of the page which can search a dictionary, a thesaurus, and other search engines. You can even set up Twitter hashtag feeds to monitor multiple conversations relevant to you.
  • eduClipper  - A free educational social platform for educators and students. The most useful feature for educators is the ability to create class boards to share with students. Teachers can create classes in their eduClipper account. Students can join the class and make contributions to the class board. The teacher has complete control over the content that is shared and the comments written on each board.


The process of desigining an infographic:

1. A headline (a title)
2. An explainer paragraph (can be 1-3 full sentences)
3. Data
4. Source line (WHERE did you get this information?)
5. Credit line (this is where you put your byline/ your name)

Tips & More Tools

With technology, students can create mindmaps, comics, eportfolios, digital stories, podcasts, videos, movie trailers, radio shows, blogs, scavenger hunts, infographics, multimedia posters, infographics and more! A great place to find free tools for these projects is Free Tech for Teachers.
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