Sunday, March 22, 2009

Need to Choose a Student at Random? Try this!

I found this amazing web 2.0 tool called "The Hat".
Here's the information from the website:

"I'm first!"
"No I'm first!"
"No I called it!"
"Well I'm second!"
"OK then Dusty is last because he's youngest!"
"That's not fair, I'm always last!"
Sound familiar? If you are a parent of two or more children, the answer is most likely a resounding "Yes!". Never fear, help is here!

The Hat is a simple but handy little utility that offers a fun and easy way to automatically determine a random order from a list of any amount of names. You can even use it to pick individual names for raffle and sweepstakes winners, etc. or pick pairs of names for deciding random partnerships, complete with cool animation and sound effects.

Features at a Glance
Simple, easy-to-use interface.
Add any amount of names you wish.
Import names from a text file.
Export names to a text file for later use.
Optional special effects while shuffling names.
Pick individual names one at a time or pairs of names.
Cool animation. Actually shows names coming out of a hat when picking individual names or pairs.
Fairly settle arguments between kids about "who goes first", etc.
Print or save results to a file for future reference.
Optionally saves name list between sessions.
Absolutely free!

Let me know if you try this in class. I'd love to hear about it in use.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Good Idea for a Project

I was researching articles to read regarding the ideal arrangement of a classroom to promote collaboration and I stumbled across this little gem!

It's called "Design an Classroom!" and it allows you to have a go at rearranging your classroom space. What a fantastic idea for our students. Wouldn't it be great to see what they came up with by way of design? You can even place a budget restraint on them and use this as a maths exercise. Happy designing!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Eating The Elephant (that is ICT) and eating it one bite @ a time!

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

This presentationw as created by Twitter friend of mine. She is also a part of my Professional Learning Network through the PLP (Powerful Learning Project). Thanks Rachel.... I love reading your work!