Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Make Websites in a Snap with Snap Pages

Snap Pages is a new website design and hosting service that is showing off their service at TechCrunch 50 this week. Snap Pages provides a free service as well as a premium upgrade service. The free service has more than enough features for a teacher to set up and maintain a class website. The editing and customizing options of Snap Pages allow users to create pages that are little more clean and professional looking than some of the other companies in this market. The image resizing tool reminds me of the one found in Apple's Keynote presentation software. The other feature that I really like is the integrated calendar tool that offers a few different privacy settings.

This video shot by Allen Stern of Center Networks shows Snap Pages being demonstrated at TechCrunch 50.

Click here for another video demonstration of Snap Pages.

Understanding the CERN Collider Through a Rap

The CERN Large Hadron Collider was put into use today. Stories about the CERN Collider were all over the news this morning so much so that my US History students asked me about it this morning. I didn't know much more than what they heard on the news so I went looking for some information. One of the best explanations for students of the CERN Large Hadron Collider is found in this rap video made by an American scientist working on the CERN project.

For more information about the creator of the video, check out this story from Reuters.

Applications for Education
I just showed this video to a couple of science teachers and they immediately said, "we'll have to show that in class." They were impressed by the video because it explains the CERN Large Hadron Collider in terms that the average person can understand. According to my science teacher colleagues,
The sequence of content provided in the video is accurate.