The Game Changer for the Book Industry?

If this doesn’t engage those students who are disenchanted with the status quo – will anything?? It has everything a reluctant reader could wish for – interactivity, amazing graphics, the all important cool factor and even words! Learning is supposed to be a discovery, an exciting journey. It won’t be long before the students will be creating books like that on their own.

Bookmarking essentials

Diigo is a research tool that attaches to your web browser. You can then grab images, bookmark urls, highlight text, capture sections of the screen and organize this information in folders in a library. You can create a group for your class and share all the research that everyone does on the topic. You can also join an existing group relevant to your research. This is the Discovery Educator Network:

There are comprehensive tutorials HERE
More bookmarking tools:
Google bookmarks

Tableau – numbers made clear

TABLEAU  watch the over view at this link

Put together an Academy-Award winning professor from the nation’s most prestigious university, a savvy business leader with a passion for data, and a brilliant computer scientist. Add in one of the most challenging problems in software – making databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people. You have just recreated the fundamental ingredients for Tableau.

This is a PC based, sorry Mac users 😦 online software program where you can input your data and it comes out looking beautiful – and easier to understand. You can buy the software, but you can also use the community online version for free. There are thorough tutorials that explain how to use it and a discussion forum on the site.

My son Kyle is in the Cognitive Studies program at UBC and they are working with several big clients and their data to ensure that the data can be understood and therefore be useful. Our data streams are relatively smaller, but complex. Perhaps this software can help you make your numbers more manageable. is an online mapping tool that allows you to collaborate to create maps. This software can also be run on mobile phones and devices.
Mindmeister is used in education for organizing information, sharing information, interactive mind-mapping tools for brainstorming and presenting information. You can Tweet the results, share them on Facebook, copy the link or embed in a website.
is an online diagram software program that allows you to create flow charts, diagrams, floor plans, web site map software, Venn diagram template, business process modeling etc.

You can collaborate on these diagrams: as long as the people you invite have a current web browser and internet access, they can see and edit diagrams, regardless of their location or computing platform. All users work off the most current version of the document. Save time by not emailing the file back and forth.