Archive for July, 2011

Getty Center Performing Arts Curriculum

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/classroom_resources/curricula/performing_arts/

“…This interdisciplinary curriculum engages students in diverse topics in the disciplines of visual art, performing arts, history, and language arts. A variety of visual, musical, kinesthetic, and linguistic activities address the multiple ways in which students learn and provide new lenses for exploring historical events, mythological stories, and artistic traditions.” …

GooglePlus

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

http://plus.google.com

Google Plus is the latest social networking to hit the mainstream. Oh, it is in beta and invite only, but there are are over 15 million users and growing everyday. It combines many of the same capabilities as current existing social networking tools, like Twitter and Facebook, but also provides for ease of management in terms of what you, and with whom you, share. Need an invite?

British Library 19th Century Historical Collection App

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

http://pressandpolicy.bl.uk/Press-Releases/BiblioLabs-and-the-British-Library-Announce-British-Library-19th-Century-Historical-Collection-App-for-iPad-4f6.aspx

This is a wonderful iPad app that provides access to hundreds of primary documents and books from the British historical collection during the 19th century.

Direct link to app on the AppStore: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/british-library-19th-century/id438196905?mt=8

Facebook For Educators

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

http://facebookforeducators.org/

This is a great resource for teachers interested in looking at how Facebook can be used in the classroom. It was created by teachers, for teachers.

Micro Community – Web Site Tool for Organizing Video

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

http://www.mirocommunity.org/

This site is useful for creating a web site to organize videos around a common theme. Videos can be located on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. etc.

The Secret Annex – Anne Frank’s Hiding Place in 3D

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

http://www.annefrank.org/en/Subsites/Home/

This is a wonderful complimentary resource to the story of Anne Frank.

Tiki-toki Time Line Tool

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

http://www.tiki-toki.com/

A web based tool for creating timelines. The free account allows for the creation of one timeline and the ability to see if an education account is useful for your classroom.

iPad Tutorials

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

A series of introuductory iPad tutorials can be found on the digmo web site:

http://www.digmo.co.uk/tip/four-ipad-screencasts-for-beginners/

Also, I have started to put together a few of my favorite iPad apps over at:

http://www.ipadschool.me

JotForm

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

http://jotform.com/dropbox/

Need a way for students to turn in their classwork electronically? Use JotForm to create a web page that will allow students deposit their work directly into your DropBox account.

Jotform Dropbox Video from Interlogy Internet Technologies on Vimeo.

PotterMore

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

http://www.pottermore.com/

Continuing the Harry Potter story beyond the movies and providing fans with opportunities to contribute to the narrative.

Google Fusion Tables

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

http://www.google.com/fusiontables/public/tour/index.html

Visualize and publish your data as maps, timelines and charts.

An example here: http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/new/index.php?id=real&sid=w__gmap&r=ca

$25 Computer

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

That thing above the coin in the picture above is a computer. It has USB connections on either side and could fit in your pocket. This is  a prototype being developed by David Braben, and computer software game developer,  and someone who would like to see more technology in schools and students with more skills in computer science than just word processing and presentation creation skills.

http://www.geek.com/articles/games/game-developer-david-braben-creates-a-usb-stick-pc-for-25-2011055/

Tumblr

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

http://www.tumblr.com

The ability to publish on the Internet has gotten very easy. The technical skills needed to share with the world require knowing how to hit the power button on your computer and start a web browser. Tumblr is one of the newer tools that makes blogging and publishing multimedia content on the web a breeze. If you are looking for an very easy to use blogging tool, Tumblr might just be what you need.

Save The Redwoods

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

http://www.savetheredwoods.org/

This site might be a fun one to use on a summer hike! Save the Redwoods League protects and restores redwood forests and connects people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural work flourish.

Check out their Educational Grant funding program too: http://www.savetheredwoods.org/education/edgrant_funding.shtml

PrintFriendly – Web App For Printing Complex Web Pages

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

http://www.printfriendly.com/

This is a web based tool for saving or printing web pages in a more readable format.