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Thursday, November 20, 2008

360 Cities Now Available as Google Earth Layer

360 Cities, a provider of high quality panoramic views of cities around the world, is now available as a Google Earth layer. This layer will enable Google Earth users to explore the high quality panoramic photography of 360 Cities inside Google Earth.

Read more about 360 Cities in my previous review here. To download the 360 Cities layer for Google Earth click here.

Applications for Education
The new 360 Cities layer for Google Earth provides another great resource for creating virtual fly-over tours in Google Earth. One way that I can see this new layer being used is to have students create stories about traveling somewhere far from home. Then have the students create a fly-over tour to match the story.

Time Search - Search History on a Timeline

Time Search is a good general resource for history teachers and students. Simply enter a year, press "go" and you're shown a list of significant events that happened in that year. Scroll up or down the list to see events that happened early or late in the year. Time Search lists events that happened world wide.

Applications for Education
Time Search could be a handy reference tool for history teachers and students. The events displayed by Time Search don't contain much detail so it is best used as a general resource to get ideas and get started on research activities. The "Search Sites" option provides links to other resources that contain information about the year entered into your search.

Tom Brady Goes Into His Pocket for OLPC

Usually, you hear about NFL quarterbacks stepping into "the" pocket. In this case we have a quarterback reaching into "his" pockets. Tom Brady, the injured star quarterback of the New England Patriots has announced on his blog that he has purchased 1,500 XO Laptops. Tom is sending the laptops to Uganda where his sister is doing humanitarian work.

If you or someone you know is interested in donating XO laptops please visit the Amazon XO website. Something that is different about this year's program is that you have the option of purchasing just one computer to donate for $199 rather than purchasing two at $399.

Six More Educational Alternatives to YouTube

Last Thursday, I posted a list of 20+ Educational Alternatives to YouTube. In just seven days that post became the most linked-to post I've ever written for Free Technology for Teachers. In the last seven days some of you have suggested some other educational video websites and I have found a couple of sites that should also be added to the list. Here are the additions in no particular order.

1. Nibipedia - Nibipedia takes the concepts of Wikipedia and YouTube and combines them. In other words if every Wikipedia entry had a YouTube or a Ted Talk video attached to it, you would have Nibipedia.

2. Untamed Science is a collection of videos and podcasts about biology and Earth science topics.

3. FORA.tv is similar to Big Think in that it presents videos relevant to topics in the news and in the public conscious today. The videos feature well known personalities and experts talking about the important issues of the day. You will also videos of debates, press conferences, and public meetings.

4. iCue, presented by NBC News, features videos about history and current events. There is a capability to connect with other students to discuss topics and learn together. There are also quizzes and learning activities associated with many of the videos.

5. School Tube is a website that is similar to Teacher Tube. School Tube's content is generated by teachers and students contributing videos about a wide variety of topics.

6. Current.tv is a website that I inadvertently left off the original list. Current.tv features user generated content about current news topics.

Now the list is up to 28 educational alternatives to YouTube. What is still missing from the list? Please leave a suggestion in the comments and I'll add it to the list.

Update!
Thanks to Jim Burke for reminding us of Edublogs.tv

Update #2
Here are a couple of newer additions to the lists.
Next Vista (blog review) (direct link)
Academic Earth (blog review) (direct link)

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