Saturday, February 27, 2010

Record-Setting Earthquakes: Interactive Map

By now you've probably heard that a massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake shook Chile this morning. CNN News has many stories and videos posted about it. One of the resources that they've also posted this morning is an interactive map depicting the world's biggest earthquakes and the world's deadliest earthquakes since 1900. Click on the map's placemarks to read the date and damage caused by each of the earthquakes.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Five Resources for Teaching About Earthquakes
Predicting Earthquakes
Forces of Nature - Earth Science Resources

Using Maps in an Elementary School Math Lesson

When it comes to creative uses of Google tools, Tom Barrett is certainly a leader that we can all learn from. A great example of this can be found in Tom's Math Maps. Math Maps are Google Maps on which Tom and others have created placemarks which when clicked reveal mathematics questions for students to answer based on the maps. There are questions available for every elementary school grade level. The placemarks are color-coded to indicate the level of the questions. Blue = Kindergarten, Red = 1st grade, Green = 2nd grade, Light Blue = 3rd grade, Yellow = 4th grade, Purple = 5th grade. Visit Tom Barrett's Math Maps page to view the existing Math Maps and read about how to contribute to the existing Math Maps.

Embedded below is 55 Shape Activities in Paris.

View 55 Shape Activities in Paris in a larger map

Applications for Education
Math Maps could be a great way for students to see examples of mathematics in the real world. Math Maps are also have a fun scavenger hunt feel. If you work with students slightly older than elementary school, you might want to consider having them create their own Math Maps as a way to demonstrate their knowledge of mathematics in the real world.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
More Real World Math
Google Maps for More than Social Studies

Week in Review - The Most Popular Items

It's Saturday morning and time to take a look back at the most popular items of the week. I write these week-in-review posts for two reasons. First, if you've had a busy week and missed a post or two this gives you an easy way to see some of the best resources I discovered during the week. Second, it provides me with an opportunity to reflect on the type of posts and resources you all find most valuable.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last week:
1. An Awesome Free Guide to Digital Storytelling
2. Ten Interactive Geography Games and Maps
3. Create Simple Animated Movies with Zimmer Twins
4. 32 Puzzles and Logic Games
5. Use's Upload Widget to Collect Student Work
6. Flixtime - Quickly Create Short Videos
7. NASA eClips - Educational Videos for K-12 Students

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