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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Connecting Social Studies and Art Through Video

Some of you may have read my post that appeared on Wesley Fryer's blog with the same title as this one a couple of weeks ago. Connecting Social Studies and Art Through Video Creation is the title of a workshop that I'm conducting on Thursday morning at the MLTI Summer Institute. This slideshow is a preview of the tools and resources we'll be using that day.

Interesting Things Not Featured On This Blog

I'm often asked, "where do you find all this stuff?" The simple answer is, every day I read more than two hundred blogs and websites in my RSS reader. I also use real-time search engines to find new and timely content. Throughout the course of a day I find a lot of things that are interesting, but don't quite fit with the purpose of this blog. Those items I post to the Free Tech 4 Teachers Friend Feed room. You can find that room here or in the widget embedded on the right hand side of this blog.

Blogging Isn't About the Number of Readers

Seth Godin is one of the leading authorities on social media, marketing, and organizational leadership. In this video he and Tom Peters are talking to an audience of business people about the benefits of blogging. Early in the video Godin notes that blogging is not about the number of readers, but about the other benefits gained by blogging. That is a great point for all bloggers, but especially new bloggers to remember. Focus on consistently (it doesn't have to be every day, some of my favorite bloggers write only twice a week) producing quality content that you find beneficial to yourself and a small group of peers or colleagues and eventually your audience will grow. I started this blog for the purpose of keeping a record of things that I found interesting and that my colleagues could use too. Nearly two years later I have thousands of colleagues (you) reading this blog. If you're just starting out in the Edublogging community, remember it's about writing for you.

Planet in Action - Games Using Google Earth

Planet In Action is a fun website that features three games based on Google Earth. All three games utilize Google Earth imagery and navigation. The three games are Ships, Places, and Moon Lander. In "Places" you navigate, from a helicopter view, five popular places including the Grand Canyon. In "Ships" you become the captain of a fleet of ships to navigate famous ports of call. And in "Moon Lander" you take control of the Apollo 11 moon lander and guide the "Eagle" to touch-down.

Applications for Education
The Planet in Action games could be a fun way to introduce students to Google Earth. The games could also be used by students to view places dynamically rather than statically.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
View the Moon in Google Earth
Google Maps for More than Social Studies
Google Earth Links You Might Have Missed

What Will it Take....

to meet the demands of a new age? To Meet the Demands of a New Age is the title of a video produced by Steven Hopper at Iowa State University. I saw the video on Collette Cassinelli's blog. It was also featured by Angela Maiers. The video makes some good points about the future and purpose of education in a highly connected world.

To Meet the Demands of a New Age from Steven H on Vimeo.



If you haven't seen A Vision of Students Today and Did You Know (Shift Happens), I highly recommend taking thirteen minutes to watch both.
A Vision of Students Today


Did You Know (Shift Happens)


What advice would you give to a teacher or administrator watching any of these videos for the first time? What is the first step a teacher or administrator should take toward preparing today's students to participate and compete in today's highly connected world?

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