Friday, July 17, 2009

Restored Videos of First Moon Landing

I found this news in the Reuters' most watched videos RSS feed. NASA is restoring all of the videos from the first moon landing on July 20, 1969. All of the videos will be available in September, but you can see a preview now on the NASA website. You can also watch the sample that is embedded below.

Applications for Education
The restored videos of the first moon landing could be good materials to use as part of lesson on the history of space exploration. The videos would also be good to use as part of a lesson on the Cold War and the Space Race.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
We Choose the Moon - Apollo 11 40th Anniversary
JFK's "We Choose the Moon" Speech

More Templates Coming to Google Docs

If you signed into your Google Docs account today, you may have noticed something new. In the upper, right hand corner of your page you should now see a link to "submit a template." Google announced today that you can now upload your own templates to the public gallery. What this means for everyone is that eventually there will be more templates available to use in your documents, spreadsheets, and slide shows.

Applications for Education
Some of the most useful Google Docs templates for students are the bibliography templates and the presentation templates.

Week in Review - Most Popular Items

The summer seems to be flying along here in Maine. I hope that all of you that are on a break from school are enjoying your vacations. Summer is a time that many of us use to further our professional learning. Earlier this week I Skyped into a class for teachers interested in technology integration. In two weeks I'll be presenting at the MLTI Summer Institute in Castine, ME. Chris Lehmann is the keynote speaker for the conference. I hope to meet many Maine educators there.

It seems that every week Free Technology for Teachers adds more readers and subscribers. That pattern is due to all of you that have helped to expand the reach of Free Technology for Teachers by sharing links and referring others to the blog. Thank you, I truly appreciate and value every reader and every comment.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last week:
1. 10 Things Teachers Should Know Before 1:1
2. More Wordle in the Classroom Ideas
3. Using Blogs and Wikis are Core Skills
4. Need Graph Paper? Get it Here
5. Turn Your Blog Into a Newsletter With RSS to PDF
6. Guess the Wordle and Summer Vacation Wordles
7. Friend Feed in Education

Moogo - Create a Free Website

Moogo is a service that provides you with a platform for developing your own website for free. Like other services in this free website builder market, Moogo offers a good selection of templates and designs for you to choose from. One of the features that makes Moogo different from some other free website services is that you can create static webpages and a blog within the Moogo content editor. One deterent for some users is that Moogo is free without advertising for an eight day trial period then the free plan starts to display advertising.

Applications for Education
Moogo could be a good choice for creating a website for your classroom. The combination of static webpages and a chronilogical blog is a nice way to have reference pages and a platform for sharing news with students and parents.

For eight other options for creating a free website please read 8 Ways to Create Websites (Not Blogs) for Free.