Here are some more “on the wire” updates . This is a pretty general focus starting with some excellent professional learning materials
1. Seven things you should know – http://www.educause.edu/ELI7Things – This is an ongoing educationally focused series of reces that each month examine a different emerging technology or process. The latest two are 7 things you should know about…..
3. Mappingworlds – Show World -http://show.mappingworlds.com/world/ This is a great visualisation site that mapps the world by taking the aspects being examined and increasing the size of the country to match the proportion of spending, expendature, level of conflict etc. Very Powerful and exciting. Information from a very wide array of sources.
This is a GIS site that shows images, map etc immediately before and after the atomic bomb in Nagasaki and also layers in images from today. There are vignettes from people in Nagasaki at the time. A powerful and useful resource.
2. Touch typing - This is a number of sites that are focused on touch typing as a skill. Touch typing is a useful and increasingly essential skill for our students. Here are some of the sites:
4. Simple Diagrams – http://www.simplediagrams.com/free.html This is an adobe air application that draw simple but very useful diagrams. Its appeal is its clean and simple interface and fun chalk style clip art.
3. Atlas of the Biosphere – http://www.sage.wisc.edu/atlas/maps.php This site lets you examine the human impacts, land use, ecosystems and water resources of the biosphere. A useful site for biologist, science students and geography.
4. Virtual Tour of the Grand Canyon – http://grandcanyongigaview.tumblr.com/page/2 This is a google earth plugin required site that takes you on a private rafting trip down the Colorado River – Here is what they say about the trip
“This immersive experience is designed to take you on a private rafting trip down the Colorado River. 360° GigaPan images embedded in Google Earth allow you to explore America’s premier natural attraction like never before online.”
5. Crime mapper - http://maps.police.uk/ this is a UK police tool that mashes data from various sources with maps to produce interesting results – searchable by area. This is a great tool for Humanities and information technology.
6. Commoncraft show – Cloud computing in plain englishhttp://commoncraft.com/cloud-computing-video This is another BRILLIANT resource from Lee LeFever and the guys at Commoncraft. This is a very useful professional development resource and resource for teaching computing and computers.
8. Darwin, a naturalists voyage -http://www.cnrs.fr/cw/dossiers/dosdarwinE/darwin.html This science, biology and history themed site provides an interesting insight into the Journey of Charles Darwin. Click on the link and watch the animation and listen to the sound track.
9 And finally from a blog I subscribe to – Information is beautiful – http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2009/interesting-easy-beautiful-true/
5. US Government Data - http://www.data.gov/ this is a great source of accurate information and statistics. Applicable to mathematics, humanities and many other subject areas. This is a great resource.
North Head is an amazing Auckland Icon. A former military base guarding the entry to Auckland harbour, riddled with tunnels and if you believe the stories – secret bricked in storage areas waiting to be pillaged by any lucky enough to find there way into them.
However North Head for us was a great family trip, as the Kids, T and I donned head lamps and explored the tunnels, many carved out of the bedrock. Here are some of the pictures.
As we approach ANZAC day it is well worth considering the efforts our forefathers put in to protect us. This site, while never used in anger, was built without the advantages of our modern machinery, to protect us from a very real threat. The conditions that the servicemen lived and worked in here were better than many abroad but were not by any stretch of the imagination luxury.
We are here today because of there service and sacrifice. It is fitting that more and more of our youth are attending ANZAC day services. I know mine are.
Tool or technology:GIS or Geographical Information System. Google Earth – Downloaded and installed client, internet connection required
This starter sheet looks at the power of Google Earth. While it only looks at one aspect of the tool, the Global Awareness Layers, particularly the Crisis in Darfur, this tool has a range of other uses in a wide variety of subject areas especially science with the Google sky feature, the Global volcanism projects and alike.
I like google earth, its a great tool that suits visual learner well. This approach makes it a very good tool for our kinesthetic learners too. I suspect that a smartboard with google earth would also yield similar results too. Particularly since the smartboard is touch sensitive rather than requiring a pen.
Increasingly we are seeing the need for the tactile interface in many situations. I feel that this is the more natural of interfaces, it is certainly one of the primary method exploration we have all used since our earliest years. The use of gestures to manipulate objects is also very natural. Too enlarge an object grab it and stretch, to close it push it aside.
Developments like these will make integrating technologies much easier as the speed of uptake will be quicker and the move from being literate to fluent faster.