Thursday, March 20, 2008

My wife shared this site with me. You can read hundreds of children's books online AND create your own! There are about 6000 clip art images including backgrounds to choose from. It looks good and I will definitely be checking it out in greater depth.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Legal rights of photographers

Let's say your students have an assignment that involves taking digital photos (or any kind of photo for that matter) of people or buildings. What can they do without permission and not get into legal trouble???

Here's a list provided by Photojojo that they call "The Ten Legal Commandments of Photography."

Take a few minutes and read this valuable information!

Even MORE free resources from Yenka

I just received an email from Yenka announcing an additional 180 free resources. These can be played full screen and work well on an interactive whiteboard. These additions are from Absorb Physics for A-Level, and they were designed by the experienced textbook author Adrian Watt. The one shown here is the motorcycle jump.

All of the 1200 free resources may be found at:

Friday, March 14, 2008

Get a USB headset mic FOR FREE!

If you need a headset mic for digital storytelling or podcasting, you can't beat this deal from Tiger Direct! FREE after rebate (plus shipping)! It's a Logitech.

Bird migration tracker

If you're a bird lover like me, you probably can't wait for Spring and the arrival of our colorful feathered friends. Not that we haven't had our share of Winter birds at our feeders (and even a red-tailed hawk!). has a great website with information, colorful maps, and pictures of the birds that will be migrating through your region of the country.

I think this would make a great activity for students to learn not only about birds, but about geography, and even math! You could calculate the distance birds traveled, and make predictions about when the birds would arrive in a particular location

Check it out at:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Iditarod in Google Earth!

Thanks (again) to Frank Taylor and his Google Earth Blog for pointing out this link: to a GE file that provides information about the Iditarod. Thanks to GPS technology, you can see live locations of the teams. And the terrain feature of Google Earth will give you and your students a real appreciation for the scope of this difficult race.

Google Earth: Extreme Series

An amazing collection (with pictures) of the tallest, the deepest, the largest, the smallest, the shortest... you get the idea. You can see the pictures and read the descriptions here: but click on the KMZ file at the top of the page to open up a Google Earth tour of these places around the world.