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Teacher geek sites of the (mid) week (April 28, 2009)

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Happy Tuesday! I’m in considerably better shape this week than I was last week. Here are some sites to get you over the mid-week hump.

For the avid procrastinator and lover of beauty: Neave.com (via @lalianderson)

Interactive designer Paul Neave must have woken up one morning and asked himself “How do I make procrastination seem like art?”. From Anaglyph, an awesome 3D (think 3D glasses…) drawing tool to Planetarium, an easy to use tool to explore the night sky, Neave creates an addicting interactive experience.

For the information junkie: Aardvark (via @abijones)

Question and answer websites are not new to the web. Aardvark is the best-designed question and answer site I have ever used. Ask Aardvark questions via phone/text, your instant messenger, or email. Aardvark will quickly find a self-identified expert to answer your question and mediate dialogue between you and multiple experts until your question is answered. Yesterday, I used it to plan a lesson on quadrilateral angle measurement, start looking for a “reasonably-priced” apartment in Brooklyn, plan a running workout, and figure out the Mariner’s chances for winning the World Series (Aardvark is still working on that one….). Instant messenger is the easiest way to interact with the service. I try to answer as many questions as I post.

For the person who has heard of Remember the Milk but hasn’t taken a sip:

I tried to use RTM a few months ago and my usage petered out after a few days. Now, I can’t get by without it. RTM is an easy-to-use to-do list service. Think note on the refrigerator on steroids. With RTM, it is easy to add, categorize, and visualize tasks. Now, assignments and teaching events don’t take me by surprise (my students surprise me enough as it is….).

For the dreamer: Bank of Imagination (via @LarryFerlazzo)

Larry Ferlazzo describes this site as “strange but interesting”. I agree. It’s hard to explain – you’ll just have to visit for yourself.

Enjoy the rest of your week. Remember the milk the next time you’re at the store, lose yourself in 3D worlds, or figure out if your baseball team will make the World Series.

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Written by TeacherC

28 April 2009 at 9:29 pm

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  1. Thanks for the great mention of Aardvark! That’s extremely encouraging and much appreciated.
    As for the Mariner’s chances for winning the World Series… you’ve found Aardvark’s weakness 🙂

    If you have any feedback about Aardvark we’d love to hear it — just email any comments to feedback@vark.com

    best,
    Rob (on the Aardvark team)

    Rob Spiro

    30 April 2009 at 8:29 pm

  2. Did you once post the link to a site where the teacher could post a question online, project it on a screen, and kids could use their cell phones to send in answers? (Like clickers for the classroom that doesn’t have clickers?) I can’t find it ANYWHERE, and was hoping it was one of the other clever sites you’d found.

    anonymous1

    4 May 2009 at 4:02 pm


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