Monday, January 18, 2010

Wild Music - Sounds and Songs of Life

Wild Music is a fun and educational website on which students can learn about sounds commonly heard in nature. On Wild Music students can listen to the sounds of nature and explore what creates those sounds. Some of the activities students will find include a game of animal audio memory in which students hear sounds and have to match them to each other. Students can find activities such as The Mosquito in which they compare their hearing to the hearing of various animals.

Applications for Education
Wild Music is a resource that could be used by both science teachers and music teachers. Science teachers can use Wild Music as an exploration of the sounds animals make and why they make those sounds. Music teachers can use Wild Music to explore how the sounds of nature influence musicians.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Arts Edge - Podcasts and Lesson Plans
Classics for Kids - Classical Music Lesson Plans
Herbie Hancock Performs at TED

Photosynth - Devastation in Haiti

Microsoft has created a Photosynth of images depicting the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti. The Photosynth allows you to zoom-in and rotate images for optimal viewing. Microsoft has also placed this Photosynth on a Bing map which provides geographic context of the images.
Explore the Photosynth below or on the Photosynth website.

Applications for Education
Last week I posted a link to a Google Earth layer that depicts before and after images of Haiti. This Photosynth from Microsoft provides much clearer imagery and is far easier to navigate than the Google Earth layer.

11 Video Clips on the Legacy of Martin Luther King

Hulu has assembled eleven news clips documenting the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. If you're looking for some quick resources for teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. watch these clips embedded in the widget below.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Videos and Speeches

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. On SchoolTube I found a nice video of elementary school students portraying famous figures in black history and reciting, in those characters, parts of Dr. King's famous I Have a Dream speech. You can view the video below.

American Rhetoric
is a large collection of famous speeches from the worlds of politics and entertainment. On American Rhetoric I found the text of Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech and I Have Been to the Mountaintop speech. On American Rhetoric they also have videos and audio files to accompany the speeches. Below I have embedded the video of Dr. King's I Have Been to the Mountaintop speech.