Monday, January 25, 2010

MOOM - Museum of Online Museums

MOOM, the Museum of Online Museums, is a list of museums that offer online exhibitions. In some cases the museums include virtual tours and in other cases the museums online exhibits are simple photo galleries. Some of the notable museums featured in the Museum of Online Museums include the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Applications for Education
Art teachers looking for examples of all manner of art work to share with their students would do well to start their searches at the Museum of Online Museums.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
ArtsEdge - Podcasts and Lesson Plans
Blogs for Art Teachers

Scribble Maps Adds More Map Editing Features

Scribble Maps, a great tool for editing maps, has recently added some excellent features that they're calling Scribble Maps Pro. Usually the "pro" label means a company is charging for the extra features but I was able to register and use the new features for free.

As I noted in my original review of Scribble Maps it is still very easy to draw on your Google Maps and add placemarks to your maps. The new Scribble Maps Pro allows you to import KML files, import spreadsheets, and import SHP files. Importing KML files allows you to add free hand drawing on top of files that you may have already created for Google Maps or Google Earth. Importing spreadsheets makes it easy to quickly add placemarks to a large number of places. SHP file importation allows you to add custom shapes to your maps. Watch the following video to see all of these new options in action.

Applications for Education
One advantage of using Scribble Maps over standard Google Maps in the classroom is the ease with which students can get started. Drawing on a Scribble Map is a very intuitive task. If you want to get students quickly marking-up maps, Scribble Maps is a good choice.
Using Scribble Maps students could create a map on which they highlight various sites and include short text descriptions of those places. Scribble Maps could also be used to quickly draw a simple timeline on a map.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
101 Ways to Teach Geography
Google Earth and Google Maps Help
QuikMaps - Quickly Customize a Google Map

Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments

IRIS, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, has compiled some good resources for teaching about the science of the earthquake in Haiti and earthquakes in general. Included in their list are videos, slideshows, and links to lesson plans. The videos are animated and narrated explanations of the science of earthquakes. All of the videos can be viewed on YouTube or downloaded as a Quicktime file. You can see a sample of these videos below.

Applications for Education
The visualizations found in this list are accessible for most middle school and high school students. For those of you that work with ESL/ ELL students, IRIS provides a list of resource that are accessible for Spanish speaking students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Five Resources for Teaching About Earthquakes
Earthquake in Haiti - CNN Student News and Other Resources
Photosynth - Devastation in Haiti

Pay Attention! - Teaching Digital Learners

I watched this video twice over the weekend and although, like most of you, I've seen many like it, this one still captivated my attention and inspired me to alter a project I had planned (more on that in another post). No matter how many times we've seen videos like this, I think it's important to take a few minutes every once in a while to remind ourselves of what today's students need from us. The video is a little long for watching during a busy Monday at school. Therefore, I encourage you bookmark it and watch it at home when you have some time to really absorb it.

For those that can't view YouTube at school, here's the direct video link.

A Great Wiki - How to Make a VoiceThread

Over the weekend I stumbled across a great wiki dedicated to the use of VoiceThread in education. The wiki is appropriately titled, How to Make a VoiceThread. On How to Make a VoiceThread you will not only find directions for using VoiceThread, but also examples of VoiceThread being used in education. The only thing I wish this wiki had was a link to the creator of the wiki so that I could give that person the recognition he or she deserves for creating such a useful resource.

Applications for Education
If you've been wanting to try VoiceThread but you weren't sure how to get started, How to Make a VoiceThread is a great resource. Similarly, if you're looking for ideas about implementing the use of VoiceThread, How to Make a VoiceThread has many great ideas for you.

Here's an idea that I've previously shared about using VoiceThread in a history classroom:
VoiceThread could be used as a great tool for students, parents, and teachers to collaborate on a local history project. Local historical societies are always looking for people willing to share information and knowledge. Creating a VoiceThread to share with a local historical society would be a great way for students to learn about their local history and perform a community service at the same time. Students and teachers could invite their parents and grandparents to share their knowledge of local history in the VoiceThread conversation.

Full disclosure to please the FTC: VoiceThread paid for part of my trip to the NECC 2009 conference.