Tuesday, December 2, 2008

How To Say That Name - Pronunciation Guide

Thanks to Fred Delventhal for sharing How To Say That Name in his daily list of discoveries. How To Say That Name provides guides for pronouncing names. On How To Say That Name you will find recordings of native speakers pronouncing given names and surnames. You can search for pronunciations by language or through an alphabetical listing.

Applications for Education
How To Say That Name could be a helpful resource for ESL/ EFL students and teachers.

I'm sure we can all think of time or two when accessing How To Say That Name would have been helpful when calling home or meeting a parent or student for the first time.

Attention Art Teachers...

The Teaching Palette is a blog about teaching art. The Teaching Palette is written by art teachers for art teachers. The Teaching Palette features ideas for incorporating technology into art instruction. Visitors will also find ideas for lessons, tips on classroom management, and ideas for incorporating multiple subject areas into art instruction. If you're an art teacher, make sure you check out The Teaching Palette.

Stat Planet - Interactive Data Visualization

Stat Planet is a thematic mapping website. Stat Planet relies on data from UNESCO is a project of SACMEQ. Stat Planet can be used to create thematic maps based on a variety of development indicators from the fields of education, health care, and economics. Stat Planet can be used online in your browser or you can download Stat Planet. Downloading Stat Planet gives you the option to include your other data sets and create a custom map.

Thanks to Henri Willox for sharing this resource with us via a comment about the website Show World.

Applications for Education
Stat Planet is a good resource for students to use to create thematic maps. Stat Planet can also be used by students to make inferences as to the reason for inequities be
tween countries and regions of the world. After making those inferences students can conduct research to investigate whether or not they were correct.

Video Holiday Greetings Courtesy of Animoto

I am a big fan of Animoto because it allows students to make great looking videos very quickly. Another reason that I am an Animoto supporter is because they are very generous to teachers by allowing teachers and students to create education accounts which grants access to the premium services for free.

Last month Animoto added the option for users to insert text into their videos, prior to this pictures were the only option. Today, Animoto announced another use for their free service, video holiday greeting cards. Click here for a sample video holiday greeting.

Applications for Education
Animoto holiday greetings will allow students to create and share with family, friends, or the world how they are celebrating the holiday season. Students could make videos with images of representing the holidays that they celebrate and how how they celebrate those holidays.

For other ideas about using Animoto in the classroom click here, here, or here.

David Warlick's Presentation at Christa McAuliffee Conference

David Warlick was the keynote speaker at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference which was held about three hours away from me in New Hampshire. I wasn't able to attend in person, but I was able to watch almost all of it live on U Stream. If you haven't had an opportunity to see David Warlick speak in person, I haven't yet, this video is definitely a must-watch.

Live Broadcasting by Ustream

One of the highlights of David's keynote, for me, was his explanation and defense of Wikipedia. You can tell by watching the video that there were some Wikipedia nay-sayers in the crowd. David addresses their concerns and defends the use of Wikipedia by pointing out all of the disclaimers, messages, and editing power of the crowd on Wikipedia. David asks the question, "do text books have disclaimers?" The Wikipedia segment is about 45 minutes into the video.

Were you at David Warlick's keynote today? If so, please let us know how the feel in the room and the response to his keynote. What was the highlight of the keynote for you?

For those you that watch the video, which part or parts of David Warlick's keynote struck a chord with you?

Build a Search - Create Your Own Search Engine

Build a Search is a simple tool for creating your own small search engine. Using Build a Search you can create a search engine that will draw results from up to twenty websites of your choosing. After creating your search engine you can then embed it into your blog or website.

Build a Search is very similar to Google's Custom Search Engine Builder.

Applications for Education
Build a Search is an easy way to put a simple search engine on your class blog, website, or wiki. If you want to have a list of websites that you like and would like your students to gather information from, Build a Search offers an easy way for you to make sure that your students search that list.