Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ask a Scientist - More Than 600 Questions Answered

Ask a Scientist is a free service for K-12 teachers and students to get answers to difficult environmental and Earth science questions. Currently, there are more than 600 questions, submitted by teachers and students, that have been answered by scientists. The service is not designed to answer routine questions, rather it is for difficult questions for which answers cannot be found through the typical library, textbook, or Internet avenues.

Applications for Education
Ask a Scientist could be a great resource for students in advanced Earth science or Environmental Science courses. Searching the archives of answered questions could provide users with the answers they need, but if not, Ask a Scientist.

Eight Ways to Use Google Docs from Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett, who has written some great guides for teachers concerning the use of Google Docs, has just released another great piece of advice.

Tom Barrett has published a slide show featuring Eight Interesting Ways to Use Google Doc in the Classroom. The slide show shares good ideas as well as some good advice that teachers using Google Docs in the classroom should consider before starting a project with students.

Applications for Education
Normally, this is where I would write a blurb about how Google Docs is awesome and the awesome ways that it can be used in the classroom, but Tom does a much better job of that than I do. Therefore, you should check out Tom's blog and slide show.

Not Free, but Relatively Cheap

I typically don't post stories or link to anything that is not 100% free for the end user. However, in this case I will make an exception.

The CNET Cheapskate posted a very good deal for a Linux - powered netbook from HP. The price is $299 marked down from the normal $499. If you're in the market for a cheap netbook, this might be the deal for you. You can find all of the details and a review of the netbook here.