ACTE Techniques October 2011 : Page 60

yOU AND yOUR COLLEAGUES MAy HAVE GATHERED AT THE ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION’S STATE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCES this past summer to share best practices, ideas and tools for the classroom. From presentation software to social networking to the latest tablet computers, there was much conversation about how to improve the classroom experience using technology. Here are three tools that State Association conference-goers got excited about this summer. 1 Timeline generator The 411: This free Web tool allows users to create multimedia timelines using video, photos, music, blogs and documents. Students can tell their own life stories, document a field trip or share the chronology of a project. Capzles can be linked to, commented on, shared on social networks and rated. There is also a Capzles iPhone app to take Capzles on the go. For ideas for Capzles in your classroom, search for “careers,” “technology” or your specific area of career and technical education (CTE). 1 Capzles can create and output graphs and other visualizations. This free tool works not by searching the Web, but by carrying out dynamic computations based on an extensive compilation of built-in data, algorithms and methods. On the home page, simply enter what you want to know or calculate. 2 3 60 Techniques OCTOBER 2011 knowledge engine The 411: A computational knowledge engine, Wolfram|Alpha searches for answers to students’ questions ranging from the properties of construction materials to the characteristics of circuits to medical test data. In addition, students 2 Wolfram|Alpha Screen sharing tool The 411: Instant screen sharing is the order of the day with This tool allows users to share and review documents and designs, hold trainings, demonstrate products and conduct meetings on the fly. Used for professional development, staff meetings and online learning, the free version of includes all of the above plus chat and compatibility with iPhone and iPad. Upgrade to the pro version for $29/ month and get extras such as a meeting scheduler, a personalized link and international conference lines. 3

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