Sites that Caught My Eye Today 08/27/2008

  • Flat World Knowledge LLC

    Interesting tidbit in their press release this week:

    “Flat World has announced 17 new author
    titles under contract. Flat World's in-classroom beta test gets underway this
    week, with 20 participating colleges and universities nationwide.”

    Open Textbooks may be closer — this model is a more hybridized version. If we had a “wiki to print” tool or technology, then we could literally have grassroots teachers writing and creating textbooks together. This is interesting to follow

    tags: education, opensource, textbook, edu_trends

  • Jott goes to trapster now

    I just thought this was funny – trapster lets you find where the speed traps, cameras, etc. are. Jott now has a link service to trapster to let you tell it where there are traps using your voice (that's handsfree for those of you who will use a ticket). Just think it is interesting to see the proliferation of tools.

    As for Jott charging – I forked over the $3.95 a month – I just can't live without Jott, and they've added new functionality to boot.

    tags: education, Jott

  • Intel – Inspire

    Intel's inspire website for teachers. You can submit a video or story about what inspires you. I want to go through this and take a look at some of the videos. How are you using this website?

    tags: education, edu_newapp

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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