CTRL-ALT-DELiver 18 looks at AfterShokz- bone induction headphones, Ozge Karaogulu- EdTech Resources, War Tweets from the Civil War, and Jen Robinson helps find things for kids to read.
This week’s website is Ozge Karaogulu. She is a 30+ year old English teacher, a freelance teacher trainer and educational consultant in teaching young/very young learners teaching with web based technologies from Istanbul, Turkey. Her resources are boundless and presented in a clean orderly fashion. Her favorite Web Tools of 2011 has introduced me to several places that I have never seen before, including Cueprompter.com that I am using while I record this episode. In her tag cloud on the left, do NOT miss clicking on her A-Z Tools, where she provides a collection of tools collected in alphabetical order. Follow her on Twitter at @ozge. She is awesome!
And bonus tech link this week is Alwyn Collinson’s RealTimeWWII on Twitter. 24 year old Alwyn Collinson has taken on a massive undertaking. He is going to Tweet, in real time, the events of WWII from 1940-1946. For example, today he posted Today is the 7th anniversary of the Nazis gaining power. To celebrate, Hitler now giving a speech in Berlin Sportpalast He has posted links to YouTube videos, as well as photos and images from World War II. It is an amazing project, just full of rich content for my 5th Graders. He has a Facebook page with translations here and a link to a BBC interview from last fall with Mr. Collinson about the project.
Just in case you were wondering, WWII is not the only one covered in Twitter. There are several Civil War projects, as well. One from the Washington Post can be found on Twitter @civilwarwp, with a great companion website. North Carolina has a great Twitter presence in @civilianwartime that presents the Civil War through the words of those that lived it.
In eight days, Coke and Pepsi McDonald are going to turn 13. Before then, they’ll jump off a cliff, get trapped in the locked basement of their burning school, be chased cross-country by murderous lunatics, be left for dead in the pit of a sand dune, be forced to decipher mysterious coded messages, be thrown into a giant vat of SPAM, and visit the world’s largest… ball of twine! There’s more, but if we told you here, we’d have to kill you. Megapopular author Dan Gutman brings on the excitement with an action-packed new series that’s nothing short of dynamite. Join Coke and Pep on their quest to uncover just what it means to be part of The Genius Files – if you [email protected] and check out his website at Dan Gutman. The second book in the series was just released in print.
Dan Gutman is the author of such great books as The Homework Machine, the Qwerty Stevens series, and the My Weird School Books. My students really enjoy the Weird School books series, but my personal favorites were the Qwerty Stevens (with a name like that, what tech person wouldn’t be drawn to it). The books went back in time with Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin. Gutman gives young readers a great entry way into science fiction and historical fiction with his light and easy reading style.
And now for our feature on KidLit
Jen Robinson @jensbook page Jen does an excellent job of reviewing children’s books. She also provides great ideas of enhancing your child’s reading experience with posts like Literacy Activities Beyond The Book. Her BlogRoll of Children’s and Young Adult Blogs is quite extensive. Her categories listed on the left hand side have a wide range of topics from identifying great books in different genres to finding children’s books that will appeal to adults.