On the Wire – colours, GIS & GPS, laptops, video courses…

This week at school has been frantic, but here are some of the sites I have stumbled across this week

1. Colour Theoryhttp://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/28/color-theory-for-designers-part-1-the-meaning-of-color/ How we use colour in our publications, presentationand website can influence how readable, useful and attractive our work is. THis is a good resource that will assist. Smashing Magazine, mark this for follow up.

2. OKMaps - http://www.okmap.it/en_features.asp this is a free software tool that allows you to develop maps integrating your GPS, google earth images and google maps.  Also worth checking out is http://www.gpsbabel.org/ GPSBabel which converts between GPS data formats. Nice find Hayden.

3. Berkeley Education courses - http://education.jimmyr.com/ This is a useful portal to Berkeleys online video resources. The course cover:

  • chemistry
  • biology
  • mathematics
  • engineering
  • health
  • computer science

For current courses offered in spring 2010  – http://webcast.berkeley.edu/

4. Work Smart Productivity Guides http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb687781.aspx This is a free set of guides produced by Microsoft on some of their tools and available through technet. 8Mb download, 23 guides in docx format.

5. The End of Techno-Critique: The Naked Truth about 1:1 Laptop Initiatives and Educational Change - http://escholarship.bc.edu/jtla/vol9/6/ this publication from the Journal of technology, learning and assessment examines 1 to 1 laptop programs. PDF download and well worth reading.

6. Google Maps Virtual Field trip – Trans-siberian railway - http://www.google.ru/intl/ru/landing/transsib/en.html This is a great use of Google maps. Take a virtual field trip on the trans-siberian railway.

7. A Thin Line - http://www.athinline.org/ this is a digital citizenship & cybersafety resource. Available in 2 versions the “Guy” and “Girl” versions.

and finally – NEWSMAP this tool powered by google provides you with a visual tool for surfing the news. Colour coded for sections, sortable by time and country source, this is quite a cool way to stay up to date. http://newsmap.jp/ click here for background to the project. http://marumushi.com/projects/newsmap

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