“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.” ~ Stewart Brand
Just returned last night from the annual NCE (Nebraska Career Education) Conference. It was a busy three days in Kearney filled with lots of workshops and sessions and opportunities to connect with other teachers from around the state. This year, among other great sessions, I attended a session on new Internet sites led by Corinne Hoisington of Central Virginia Community College. I came home so excited about some of the cool sites that I learned about, I just had to share them. Maybe you already use some of these sites, but they were new to me. Here are a few of the most amazing:
- *polleverywhere.com – create your own multiple choice or short answer survey and post on the net.
- *googlelatitude – gives you a free download for newer cell phones that will install on your phone. It will track the phone to within 3 feet anywhere in the world. Some people are buying a cheap phone and putting it in luggage when traveling!
- *cuil.com – taking it’s name from the Gaelic word for knowledge, it’s a new search engine with lots of different features.
- *toondoo.com – allows you to create your very own cartoon strip and will save it on the net.
- *googletranslate – will translate an entire website into 45 different languages.
- *newseum.com – you can click on 756 different front pages from newspapers in 72 countries. Paired with googletranslate, you have the news of the world (from their point of view) at your fingertips.
- *wordle.net – type in a group of words and it will randomly arrange them into very cool pictorial layouts.
- *ustream.tv – Allows you to share live video online with the world.
- *yelp.com – type in any city in the U.S. and see what people recommend as the best places to eat, etc.
- *mediaconverter.org – will convert a YouTube video to a vmw format that can be stored on a USB drive.
- *catchvideo.com – free access to music and videos.
- *And, if you send a question as a text message to chacha (242242) a college student on the other end will check out the answer and send you a text message with the answer at no charge. This would be handy when you are away from the Internet and need information quickly.
I spent the first entire day of the conference attending a session by Jay Sutliffe from Chadron State College on Sports Nutrition. He shared some great information about nutrition and recommended Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook as an excellent resource.
Hope you will try some of these resources. Let me know if you like them!