Friday, June 27, 2008
Ordinarily the Fifes & Drums wear beautiful red coats, but the director pointed out that these were on their way to the Basel Tattoo, Basel, Switzerland, July 15-19.
For more info about the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums go to: http://www.history.org/History/fife&drum/about.cfm
This list is nicely organized into the categories of Basics, Office Suites, Office Tools, Productivity, Graphic Programs, Web Editors, Publishing, Communications, Media, Utilities, Security, and Financial.
Lots of good stuff to explore!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Here's a modern day version using Google Maps. It would be very easy for a teacher to add a couple of clues and then a street view of the landmark to a classroom web page like this:
1. A famous Revolutionary War battle took place here on June 17, 1775.
2. The British Army was victorious, but lost over 800 men
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
AMAZING! How did they do that?
UPDATE: HERE'S HOW THEY DID THAT! http://www.screencast.com/users/mickmel/folders/Jing/media/3548ed78-3280-4414-be72-c35878b818cd
Monday, June 23, 2008
And I'm also reminded of Shift Happens: half of what college students learn in their 1st year will be outdated by their 3rd year...
...when I read this article in the USA Today about Pluto.
Here's the money quote: "Students who have just learned about the concept of dwarf planets must now be taught the new concept of plutoid," said Janis Milman, who teaches earth science at Thomas Stone High School in Maryland. "This will lead to confusion in the classroom and resistance to learning the new terms, because the students will question, why learn something that might change again in a year or so?"
But seriously, if you are thinking about purchasing a GPS unit Scott Martin's GPS Lodge is an incredible website with VERY thorough reviews of just about every GPS on the market. He also keeps track of the best prices.
Go there now, you'll thank me later.
"Until I get a proper blogroll running, here's a short list of some great photojournalism sites out there:-
Reuters Photographer Blogs some awesome stories behind the photos-
Getty Images News Blog some more stories behind the images-
World Press Photo Interviews video interviews with the photographers behind last year's award winners-
A Photo Editor blog by Rob Haggart, former Director of Photography for Men's Journal and Outside Magazine-
Best Seat in the House Photography, sports and life as seen through the lens of Seattle Times photographer Rod Mar
I can't believe I forgot to post this one as well - Another like-minded blog in the Boston.com family, Long Jaunt. LJ is a travelogue/blog documenting a trip around the world, put together by my friend and co-worker Thushan Amarasiriwardena, and his two partners Michael Kurtz and Brian Rogers. They started in Central America last December, and have now made it as far as Sri Lanka, give it a look."
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Take time to read through the comments. Here's a link to even more courses from UC Berkeley: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/courses.php
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Click on the arrow in the upper left corner of any photo to see the latitude and longitude of that location (along with the date the photo was taken) or to copy a link to that photo.
What a great way to take students on a virtual field trip, or to make learning about latitude and longitude more fun.
BTW, the photos of Yosemite are absolutely beautiful! Here's the view from Glacier Point.
There are articles, tips, tutorials, add-ons (some for free), links to books, and a community forum.
Have a look: http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/
Of the many comments to the post was one from Paul Henry Smith, the conductor of the "Fauxharmonic." Of course I had to visit his website where I discovered this astonishing video of Mr. Smith "conducting" with a wii controller. Amazing!
Lookybook was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 50 best websites of 2008.
"Our mission is to create a comfortable place where a curious and devoted audience can search, view, talk about, and buy from a diverse and rapidly expanding collection of picture books. We intend to create the greatest opportunity for authors, illustrators and publishers to reach interested consumers and dramatically extend the life of their books. Lookybook currently features over 300 titles and is growing daily."
I'm impressed by the ability to embed mini books, like the baseball book above. What a great way for teachers to share their favorite books, or books that were read in class with parents. The website creators acknowledge that this site is not meant to replace the actual experience of holding a real book and turning the pages, but it sure is a great way to preview books for later purchase or to check out at the library.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Lucky for me I found a FREE .mov to .avi converter that is small in size (a little over 1 MB) and works great!
It's on SourceForge here: http://mp4cam2avi.sourceforge.net/
And here's a sample clip I converted, then edited in Camtasia Studio.
Each year a story written by a student is turned into a book illustrated by other students. Although entries for this year's contest are no longer being accepted, I still think teachers would enjoy having their students create their own illustrations for Colin's story "Henry Saw Something." It's a great story about Henry the great blue heron's migration from Canada to Mexico. I mean it! It's a wonderful story that will be even better when your students draw their own pictures.
You'll find the story here: http://www.wetland.org/education_writeon_illustrators.htm
But also check out the many other educational materials and resources on the Environmental Concern website.
And congratulations Colin! You're even smarter than your dad!
Read more about the GE browser plug-in here: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2008/05/google-earth-meet-browser.html
Now teachers can embed placemarks to interesting places right on their class web page or blog.
"...there really is a new connectedness today where information flows in logical and directable ways, connecting us not only to the content we need, but to the people we need, not merely because of proximity — but through the content. We simply have to understand how to harness this new information landscape."
Thursday, June 12, 2008
The activities are organized in the categories of Algebra; Data handling; Number, Shape, space & measure; General maths; and Spelling
The TeacherLED website and all of the resources are owned and produced by Spencer Riley, a teacher since 2002 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Good stuff! Check it out, you won't be disappointed.
Here's a note from the author, Alan Taylor: "The Big Picture is still a very new blog, and even though the posting frequency is close to daily right now, that's mostly due to the backlog of ideas I've had sitting in my head. Expect the frequency of posts to slow down in a while - my goal is 2-3 posts per week eventually. Remember, we're trying for quality, not quantity."
Many of these stories won't make the evening news or your local paper. And in addition to the photo featured on the blog, there's a link to more images below each article.
What a great site to spark a discussion about important current events happening around the world.
Monday, June 09, 2008
They are reimbursing owners or lessees(??) of a variety of GM vehicles that may have suffered cooling system damage due to Dexcool within the first 7 years of ownership. BUT you must have your receipts-- one for proof of ownership, and one for the repair. Luckily, I still have mine even though I sold the vehicle last fall.
Unfortunately for me, I paid for the exact same repair (intake manifold) 4 years after the first one, but 2 years past GM's 7 year limitation.
You can submit your claim online if you can scan your receipts and submit them in PDF format, or you can print and mail the forms in, but you must complete the process by October of this year.
To see if you too may be a "lucky" winner (not really) or for more information go to: http://dexcoolsettlement.com/
I wonder how long this can possibly take to process all of these claims? Will I see the money before I retire in 6 years?
Monroe is hosting a fife and drum "muster" on June 20-21 featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and about 10 other corps. Here's an article from the Monroe Evening News about this event, and a link to the Fifes and Drums page of the Colonial Williamsburg website which includes audio, video, and slideshows: http://www.history.org/history/fife&drum/about.cfm
If you're in the area I hope you'll check it out! And bring a camera because the uniforms are historically accurate.
Today I found listed in the TechLEARNing blog a link to the Oregon Trail website. Here's a description from the site:
This web site is brought to you by teachers Mike Trinklein and Steve Boettcher, creators of The Oregon Trail, the award-winning documentary film which aired nationally on PBS. During the three years we spent researching the film, we found lots of great material we thought would be great for teachers and home schoolers--so we built this this web site to make it all available. Enjoy the adventure! (If you are a teacher, don't miss our free online teacher's guide)
There's plenty to explore here, including diary entries and letters from 9 people who traveled on the trail. Some really interesting, fascinating information!
Friday, June 06, 2008
Brilliant! Thanks Doug.
For more information visit the website: http://www.dosomething101.com/
There is a measurement tool in Google Earth (the pro version has more measurement tools than the standard version) that would allow your students to determine how far it is from one ride to another, or to be able to compare the size of an attraction relative to your school building for example. You could even have students try to estimate distances from one place to another in Disney World, and then measure them "as the crow flies" or by following the pathways in the park. Lots of possibilities for creative teachers.
A video game is being developed in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin's James Gee, and will be available for free on the internet next year. The first episode of the game will center around the First Amendment, specifically on a controversial T-shirt a student wears to school (sound familiar?). Players of the game will assume various roles in the court proceedings.
O'Connor was speaking at the Games for Change conference in New York. She is also involved in Arizona State University's Our Courts website.
I can't wait to see it!
If you've never had a blog before, why not get started with something fun for you and your friends, and maybe even your students too! I'm a big fan of Blogger because it's free and it's very easy to use. Who knows, you may even get enough experience that you'll start your own classroom blog next fall.
For video you can use your digital camera's video mode to take 30 seconds or 1 minute of video that will transfer via USB to your computer and upload to Google video or YouTube and look just fine on your blog.
You can enable comments so that visitors to your blog can keep in contact with you, or ask you questions.
I put weather underground "widgets" on my blog so that I can always keep tabs on the weather forecast. You can even find videos from your destination already on YouTube that you can easily "embed." It's also easy to embed Google Maps.
I don't have any plans for a "big" vacation this summer, but if you'd like to see my posts from previous trips to San Francisco and Vegas/Grand Canyon (along with some recent video of our puppy "Big Papi") go to http://dornbergvacation.blogspot.com
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Videos include general information, sound, lighting, directing/producing, and post-production.
Many, but not all, are from Videomaker. Also check out Videomaker's YouTube channel, and Videomaker's tips and techniques on their website: http://www.videomaker.com/youtube/
Here's a short video on using a wheelchair as a camera dolly (and believe it or not, I've actually seen this one done in person before!)
PolicyMap is produced by The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), a national leader in the financing of neighborhood revitalization.
A free (registration required) account allows the user access to most of the 4000 datasets, and the ability to save maps.
Here's a screenshot of a very basic map showing the amount of electricity consumed by residential users in 2004 (the last year data is available). You can zoom in for more detailed views, but in this instance the data is compiled at the state level.
A map legend is included, and the user can even determine the number of ranges to color the data in.
Also see the National Atlas, another site that allows the user to generate custom maps with a number of "layers" of data.
This isn't a place to let your students explore, as you can imagine there are some rather "colorful" and risque words and/or explanations, but it is a valuable resource for teachers.
Here is an explanation of the word "meme":
The idea, and the word, go back to Richard Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene, published in 1976. He argued that ideas are capable of being transmitted through a population, to the extent that they must be thought of as somehow independent of the human brains that host and spawn them. He coined the word meme for such concepts as skills, habits, stories, songs, inventions or ideas that are passed from person to person by imitation. Dr Blackmore enlarges on this: “Everything you have learned from somebody else is a meme”.
You'll also find explanations for "throw in the towel", "cock and bull story", "crocodile tears", "acid test" and a whole lot more!
It used to be that only professional photographers had the ability to "doctor" photos. But now, thanks to Photoshop and all the other image-editing software, ANYONE can fake a photo AND put that photo on a webpage, or attach it to an email.
Wouldn't this be a great way to talk about propaganda? Or political campaigns?
Our students, and, unfortunately, many adults, assume that everything they see on the internet is true, especially if it's a photograph. This article will be a real eye-opener for many!