Wednesday, February 24, 2010

UNEP Geo Data Posters

The United Nations Environment Program has developed a series of free posters based on data from the UNEP's Geo Data Portal. These posters visually and graphically display information about environmental data. Some of the topics covered in these posters include electricity production and consumption, CO2 emissions, ecosystems management, and hazardous materials. Each poster is available as a PDF that you can download and print.

Applications for Education
Teachers of environmental science may want to print these posters for display in their classrooms. You could have students study the environmental problems represented in the posters and then develop potential responses to those problems.

A related item that may be of interest to you is Earth Pulse 2010 - Vital Statistics Interactive Map.

The Map as History - Animated Historical Maps

The Map as History is a neat resource for history teachers. The Map as History provides teachers and students with animated, narrated historical maps. Most of the maps are only available through a subscription, but there are nine free maps you can view. The maps in the collections are narrated with animations synchronized to highlight the points made by the narrator. Each map also provides the option to view a transcript of the narration. Take a look at the History of Europe Since 1945 map.

Thanks to Shelly Terrell for posting the link to The Map as History on Twitter.

Applications for Education
Timelines are good for studying sequence. Maps are good for geolocating events. The Map as History combines the best of those concepts into a good study resource for students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:

A Win a Trip to ISTE 2010 Courtesy of netTrekker

If you've been considering going to ISTE 2010, but if money is tight and your school can't afford to send you, netTrekker has an opportunity you might want to investigate. netTrekker is hosting a video contest that will award $1500 ISTE 2010 scholarships to two winners. The contest asks teachers to create a short, 3-7 minutes, video demonstrating how they use netTrekker (and related resources) to deliver personalized learning experiences to students. If you don't have a netTrekker account, you can get a 30 day free subscription in order to enter the video contest. You can read all of the contest rules and requirements here.

For the record, I do not have any affiliation with netTrekker. I'm just passing along what I think is a good opportunity for someone to attend a great education conference.

YouTube 101 - Privacy Settings, Sharing, and More

As was mentioned on their blog today, YouTube recently added a bunch of new informational videos to the official YouTube channel. The new series of videos is called YouTube 101. These videos are designed to introduce people to some of features of YouTube beyond simply watching videos. Some of the things the videos teach are how to share videos privately, how to upload videos, and how to create your own YouTube channel.

The video below is "private sharing."

Applications for Education
In the struggle to get schools to open-up access to the web, particularly YouTube, a little knowledge can be a powerful thing. You might be surprised how many network administrators and school administrators aren't aware of the private sharing options on YouTube. Share this video with them to help them learn.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Edit the Size of Videos Embedded in Your Blog
Being Smart Online, A Video Series
SynchTube - Watch Videos and Chat in Real Time

The Awesome Highlighter is Awesome

The Awesome Highlighter is an easy-to-use tool for highlighting, clipping, saving, and sharing interesting things you find on the web. Using The Awesome Highlighter you can highlight chunks of text from a website and save just that text, along with the url, to your Awesome Highlighter account. If you want to add some notes of your own to the text you can do that as well. Should you decide to share your findings with others, The Awesome Highlighter provides a shortened url that you can email, Tweet, or post on the web. The shortened url provided by The Awesome Highlighter will lead others to what you highlighted and the notes you wrote.

Back in your Awesome Highlighter account you can sort your clippings into groups for text, images, or videos. You can also sort your clippings by date or domain. If you've added tags to your clippings you can use those tags to sort your collection of clippings.

The easiest way to use The Awesome Highlighter is to install a bookmarklet which you can click while viewing any page. Installing the bookmarklet is a simple drag and drop process in Firefox. If you don't want to install the bookmarklet you can simply enter a url on The Awesome Highlighter homepage to take advantage of all of the highlighting and sharing options. The screen capture below shows the basic functions of The Awesome Highlighter bookmarklet. (click to view full size)

Applications for Education
The Awesome Highlighter could be a useful tool for students to use as they conduct online research. By highlighting and adding notes to the resources they find, students will be able to quickly remember what it was about a website that they thought would be helpful.

You could also try using The Awesome Highlighter to pose questions to your students about something you found on the Internet. In the screen capture above I created the example of highlighting a part of Wikipedia and posting about the paragraph in the sticky note. I can then post the shortened url provided by The Awesome Highlighter on my course blog.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Seven Tools for Organizing Web Research
Diigo Teacher Accounts
A Quick Guide to Annotating Using Diigo