Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fast Draw - Obama's Promises

Now that the election is behind us, it's time to look at the challenges facing President-Elect Barack Obama. In this video the CBS Fast Draw team takes a look at campaign promises made by Barack Obama and the challenges he faces in trying to keep those promises.

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Applications for Education
This video provides a short review of checks and balances as it reminds viewers of the things that a President can or cannot do without the consent of Congress.

Wipee List - A Simple To Do List Manager

Wipee List is a simple list making and to-do list management tool. I took Wipee List for a test drive this evening and found it to be one of the easiest to use websites of its kind. Here's how Wipee List functions: sign in, click add an item, then type your "to do" item. If an item has immediate priority you can drag it to a "quick reminders" sticky note. When you complete an item drag it to the trash bin. If you're working on a project with someone you can share your list with a specific url assigned to your list. (See my sample list here).

Applications for Education
Wipee List is a simple tool that could help students keep track of the assignments they need to complete. Wipee List doesn't have all of the "bell and whistles" of some other organization tools, but that might be a benefit in some situations. For a student that is easily distracted by too many options on website, Wipee List could be the organization tool he or she needs.

If Wipee List is too basic for you or your students, give Soshiku a look.

Online Science Fair at Test Toob

Test Toob is a free website where science teachers and science students can share videos of the experiments they conduct. The service is designed for use by middle schools and high schools. The difference between Test Toob and YouTube is that all videos uploaded to the site are reviewed before being posted publicly. In addition to being a video sharing service, Test Toob has suggestions for experiments that students can conduct.

Test Toob is currently running a contest for students. Students have until December 1st to create a video of themselves conducting a science experiment. There are five contest categories. The winners of each category will receive a $150 Visa cash card.

Science Tube, which was a part of my 20+ Educational Alternatives to YouTube list, is another great place to find videos of science experiments in action.

Applications for Education
For science teachers that don't have the time or the necessary materials to conduct an experiment in the classroom, Test Toob and Science Tube provide a free way to demonstrate a concept.
Test Toob's online contest could be just the thing that some students need in order to engage in learning science.

Climbing Kilimanjaro - Inspiring Participation in Phys Ed

Last month I posted a short list of lesson plans and activities based on exploring Mount Everest. Some of those lessons and activities are designed for physical education classes. As a follow-up to that post I thought I would share this audio slide show from the BBC. The slide show is about the first team of disabled and non-disabled climbers to reach the highest point in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Click on the image below to watch the slide show on the BBC's website.

Applications for Education
I frequently hear complaints, from my friends that are physical education teachers, that today's students "don't do anything." One of my hobbies is backpacking and climbing. It seems that every month I read in outdoor magazines, stories of people inspired to get fit by seeing a picture of a mountain, reading a book, or watching a movie. The point, is you never know what might inspire someone to get in shape. This short audio slide show might inspire a student to try an activity, like hiking, that they can do for life.