Archive for March, 2009

music_bandThe following are two interesting articles from Science Daily:

Music Education Can Help Children Improve Reading Skills

Social Skills, Extracurricular Activities In High School Pay Off Later In Life

As educators we already know this, but it is always good to have research to help back it up!

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Check out this wonderful reading site for young children: Roy the Zebra.

Information from the site:

“The site is home to a package of interactive games, stories and resources that have been developed to help emerging readers learn to read. The site can be used at school or at home. It’s one of the most comprehensive interactive literacy resources on the net that is freely accessible… no area of the site is password protected.

RTZ also aims to make life easier for educators who teach reading skills. We hope you enjoy the site’s simplicity, fun characters and logical structure. You’ll never be more than 3 clicks (…if that!) away from what you need.

Recently over 360 educators assessed the effectiveness of the resources on http://www.roythezebra.com – 100% of the respondents agreed that RTZ had helped their pupils become better readers, 100% agreed that the site made reading fun and 100% said that they would use RTZ in the future.”

This looks like a useful list that I will check out over the coming days:  101 Undiscovered Freebies: The List.  Please share your thoughts on any of these resources.

skydriveAppears to be a nice size of free storage space:

“25 GB of free storage on Windows Live

With SkyDrive, it’s easy to store and share your files and photos with almost anyone.

Anywhere access

Get to your online files from home, work, or on the road.

Password-protected

Keep your files to yourself, or share them with anyone you want.

Easy to use

Drag files into your online folders, just like on your PC.”

Education Week article:  Reading, Math Software Found to Have Little Effect on Scores

Word 2007 Add-in: Microsoft Math

The Microsoft Math Add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007 makes it easy to create graphs, perform calculations, and solve for variables with equations created in Word.

The Microsoft Math Add-in adds computational and graphing capabilities to the Equation Tools Ribbon of Word 2007.

With the Microsoft Math Add-in for Word 2007, you can:

  • Plot a function, equation, or inequality in 2-D or 3-D
  • Solve an equation or inequality
  • Calculate a numerical result
  • Simplify an algebraic expression

Now that we are two years in on the KnowledgeWorks Foundation and Institute for the Future 2006-2016 Map of Future Forces Affecting Education where are we now?