Six free audiobooks released by Apple, and narrated by celebrities

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Education, Internet Resources

End of Storify Archival Tool

Written by Cody Plumhof on . Posted in #EdCampUT, #ucet18, 2018 Conference, Internet Resources

On 12 December 2017, I received a very disheartening email from a great online tool. Storify was shutting down! Storify was a great tool that allowed you to archive social media posts via a hashtag and allow you to look back at the events of that hashtag or event. Below is the email in full, but be careful to not start weeping as I did. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Here at UCET, we have used Storify quite a bit for everything from archiving weekly #UTedChat chats to keeping track of social posts made during our annual UCET Conferences and #EdcampUT events. While this isn’t the end of the world for social media usage, it does make for a little sticky situation. How will we now archive our social posts during our events we as an organization put on and during the weekly #UTedChat events? But even more than that, is there actually a need for archiving of these events at all? Those are two questions I don’t know how to answer yet, especially that last one about the actual “need” for archiving the events anyways. As a bit of a digital packrat (and maybe even a little physical as well) I like to know we have an archive of these events because I find it useful to go back over the events afterward as a sort of “review your notes” kind of thing. But I know not everyone feels the same way. With that being said, if any of you come across a good replacement for Storify, please pass it along so I can continue to archive and then review the awesome things shared at UCET hosted and sponsored events going forward. 


For those of you haven’t heard this awful news yet here’s the email I received complete with the timeline for closure. 

 

Dear Storify Customer,

Thank you for contributing your stories to the Storify community. Unfortunately, Storify.com will no longer be available after May 16, 2018. While product end-of-life is a part of the overall product life cycle, we understand that this could impact you and are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible.

Here are important dates to be aware of. We will provide ongoing reminders of upcoming milestones over the coming months.

December 12, 2017
 •   No new accounts can be created on Storify.com
May 1, 2018
 •   No new stories can be created
May 16, 2018, 5pm PST
 •   Last opportunity to export content using the export functionality on Storify.com
 •   All site functionality will be removed
 •   Customer support will be discontinued

For more information, read the full FAQ: https://storify.com/faq-eol. Please contact support@storify.com with any questions.

We would like to thank you again for your loyal support of Storify and apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause.

Thank you,

The Storify Team

Free online math game – Fish Bowl Addition

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Internet Resources, STEM and STEAM

 
 
One fish, two fish, add up all the fish! In this interactive addition game, kids help Birdee and Cuz-Cuz total up all the fish they’ve won. Inspired by tactile addition activities, this game helps kids visualize addition without the use of manipulatives, to help early learners transition from solving problems in a concrete way to solving problems using mental addition strategies.

Amazon Inspire educational site opens to all schools. Just sign in with your Amazon account.

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Internet Resources

https://www.amazoninspire.com/home

 

Amazon Inspire is a service that provides educators a place to discover, manage, rate, review, and share educational resources. Teachers, schools, districts, and third-party publishers contribute to the Amazon Inspire library of instructional resources across the country. Amazon Inspire will help educators discover digital resources, benefit and learn from the work of their peers, and help improve the quality of education across the country.

What are the educational standards Amazon Inspire supports?

We currently support the Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA, the Next Generation Science Standards, the Virginia Standards of Learning, and Florida State Standards. We will continuously incorporate more state standards and update this list.

Who can publish resources on Amazon Inspire?

The ability to publish resources on Amazon Inspire will be coming soon. Once available, teachers, administrators (from schools, districts, or states), institutions, or anyone with high-quality, relevant K-12 resources will be able to publish to Amazon Inspire.

Can homeschool instructors and students use Amazon Inspire?

Yes. When signing up on Amazon Inspire, select "Homeschool" as your school.

How much does it cost?

It’s free to sign up for Amazon Inspire. To sign up, you can either use your existing Amazon.com account or create a new one.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up for Amazon Inspire with your existing Amazon.com account by going to www.amazoninspire.com.