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DataMasher

DataMasher is a free technology available online that creates interactive comparisons of government data such as populations and political contributions. After inputting data, the mash-up is exported in a map and table form for students to view visually and in list form. This allows for teachers to tailor their lesson for students with different learning preferences. In addition to the mash-ups, the singular data sets are available, as well.

This technology enables students to use different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. However, I believe the most prominent level it features is analysis. Within a mathematics setting, I could use this technology during a statistics lecture. Students could find real life data from the DataMasher website and complete different calculations with the data sets. Then using this technology, students will be able to easily visualize their computations comparing the two data sets.

Here is a link to the DataMasher website: http://www.datamasher.org/

An example of a diagram available in DataMasher.

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Soshiku

Under the Affective  level of the Bloom’s Taxonomy lies Organizing. Organizational skills become increasingly important as students move from elementary to middle to high school and beyond.

Secondary teachers expect their students to take the responsibility their assignments’ due dates. No longer are educators constantly reminding their students of these dates. Soshiku is a free educational technology that works as a personal planner. This technology allows students to upload assignments, organize them by course, and request personal text messages reminding them of the due dates. After completing the free sign up procedure, students will find themselves interacting with an easy to use application for their computers or smart phones.

Once a student logs in to their account, they enter their home page that displays over-due and upcoming assignments in addition to a calendar with highlighting to indicate the dates different items are due. Sushiku allows for the compiling of assignments into their respective courses. Color coding each course enables extra organization capabilities. In addition to assignment reminders, Soshiku has other features such as saving notes, managing tasks, attaching files, and sharing messages with classmates. This technology also creates an avenue for easy communication for group assignments. After the students add the members of their group, they can then chat, delegate tasks, and share files with one another. Therefore, students who may be absent or unable to meet with the group outside of school are still up to date with the happenings within the group.

Soshiku would be a great free educational technology to use in the classroom and falls under the affective level of Bloom’s Taxonomy, specifically organizing. Here is a link to the website for more information: http://soshiku.com/

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Non-Linear Video Editing: UF Mission Statement

This is my video of the mission statement.