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  1. Zoho Challenge
  2. I Like Twextra
  3. New Oil Spill Resources
  4. More Neat World Cup Resources
  5. My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control
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Zoho Challenge

I don’t know how new Zoho Challenge is, but it’s definitely new to me. It seems like a very good way to create online tests (and include multimedia in them).

I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Tests.

I Like Twextra

Twextra is a new web application that lets people create a simple webpage with an automatically shortened link for sharing in something like Twitter.

That purpose is fine, but it works great for another reason — and that’s why I like it.

Some lessons I do include having students create Picture Data Sets — putting photos into categories with them writing a short description about each one. Students can use something like Wallwisher for this activity, but for students new to technology I prefer to have them just copy and paste the actual image instead of doing the extra step of getting the url address (which is what you need with Wallwisher).

Twextra allows you to copy and paste photos directly onto it, and it’s very easy to write text under the image.

This capacity also makes Twextra a very attractive option for teachers who are new to technology — it requires minimal tech knowledge to use. Any teacher can have students copy and paste their work on Twextra, which requires no sign-up.

I’m not sure what the maximum space limit is on a Twextra message, or how long it is saved, but it’s certainly worth a look.

New Oil Spill Resources

Here are today’s additions to The Best Sites To Learn About The Gulf Oil Spill:

Spill Reaches Alabama Shore is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

‘If Exxon Valdez was a heart attack, Deepwater is a cancer’ is an audio slideshow from The Guardian.

Advance of the Oil Blobs is a TIME slideshow.

More Neat World Cup Resources

Here are some neat additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The World Cup:

What Soccer Means To South Africa is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

World Cup Posters is another TIME slideshow.

2010 World Cup Art Posters is a slideshow from PBS.

World Cup 2010 is a collection of resources for teachers from TES Connect.

My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control

Helping students developing a greater capacity for self-control is an on-going effort (and challenge) in some of my classes.

I’ve written quite a bit about how I have attempted to apply recent research on the subject to my classroom practice. I’ll be including a piece on this in my upcoming third book, which is on classroom management and instructional strategies.

I thought, though, that it might be useful for readers if I collected all of my related posts in a list. I was prompted by see a new video (about one of the studies I’ve written about) on the Fast Company website. Why Change Is So Hard: Self-Control Is Exhaustible with Dan Heath is a nice, short video that I’ll be using with my students next year in a new lesson (I’ll post the lesson plan over the summer).

You might also be interested in:

My Best Posts On “Motivating” Students

My Best Posts On Students Setting Goals

Here are My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control:

“I Like This Lesson Because It Make Me Have a Longer Temper” (Part One)

Giving Students “Reflection Cards”

“Self-Control As A Limited Energy Resource” In The Classroom

Here’s Yet Another Possible Self-Control Strategy — And I Really Like It…

Another Self-Control Strategy?

Better Self-Control = Better Grades

Another Way For Students To Strengthen Self-Control?

One Way To Help Students Who “Shut Down”?

Self-Control Can Be Contagious

More Research On Self-Control

Want To Know What’s Happened Since My “Marshmallow” & “Visualizing Success” Lessons?

Helping Students Develop Self-Control

This last one is not necessarily related to student self-control, but deserves a mention, anyway:

Would Arne Duncan Have Eaten The Marshmallow?

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