Monday, March 8, 2010

Headmagnet - Smarter Online Flashcards

Headmagnet is a free flashcard service that aims to improve the way people study with flashcards. As you study your flashcards Headmagnet tracks the flashcard items you know or don't know. Those statistics are then used to predict how long and how often you will remember an item from a flashcard.

Headmagnet provides three ways to study your flashcards; slideshow, self test, or normal test. In the slideshow you simply click through to see questions and answers on the same page. In self test you see one side of a flashcard then the other at your own pace. In the normal test the question side of your flashcards are shown and you have to type your answer.

Below is a video overview of Headmagnet.

Applications for Education
Headmagnet allows students to create their own flashcards and share flashcards with friends. Students can also browse public galleries of flashcards.

Headmagnet's progress tracking could help students focus their studying time for maximum information rentention.

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10 Places to Make and Find Flashcards Online
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How to Embed a Map into Blogs and Wikis

Over the last few weeks I've shown a couple of people at my school how to embed Google Maps into Blogger posts and Wikispaces pages. The process is almost the same as embedding a YouTube video. If you're comfortable embedding a video, you'll be able to embed a Google Map. The slideshow below contains instructions for embedding Google Maps into Blogger posts, Edublogs posts, and Wikispaces pages.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Embedding Blogs into Your Blogger Blog or Google Site
How to Publish a Quiz Using Google Docs
Edit the Size of Videos Embedded in Your Blog

How the Web Works - A Slideshow from the BBC

The BBC is currently offering two interesting resources about the Internet. Mapping the Growth of the Internet is an interactive map that provides a visualization of the growth of the Internet around the world since 1998. How the Web Works is a fourteen slide slideshow that explains how the information you see displayed on website on your computer gets there. How the Web Works provides clear visuals and helpful captions where necessary.

Hat tip to Mashable for the link to Mapping the Growth of the Internet.

Applications for Education
How the Web Works could be a good resource for computer science teachers and anyone else needing to provide an explanation of the web to students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
History of the Internet
Common Craft - Recognizing Secure Websites
Protecting Reputations Online

Visualize Data - Google Public Data Explorer

Earlier today Google announced the launch of a new tool for visually exploring public data sets. Google's Public Data Explorer draws on data sets from the World Bank, the US CDC, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other sources of public data. In all there are eighty data sets. The Public Data Explorer makes it possible to quickly create visual representations and visual comparisons of the data sets. Each visualization you create has a unique url that you can direct people to or you can embed the visualization in a blog or website.

The visualization below compares the size of the labor force of thirteen states between 1990 and 2009.

Applications for Education
My first thought when I saw Google's Public Data Explorer was that I could use it in my civics course. Each year in my civics course I ask students to analyze data and create a public policy proposal based on that analysis. The Public Data Explorer could help students compare data sets.

It's important to note that the Public Data Explorer is still in Labs. Labs is where Google tests new products and gathers feedback before deciding whether or not they want to make something a permanent product offering. In other words, the Public Data Explorer might not work perfectly in all situations at all times.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Living Stories
Google Maps Labs - Try the Newest Options
Automatic Translation in Google Chrome

CNN Students News - "The Last Great Race on Earth"

As always today's episode of CNN Student News covers a wide range of topics. Today's episode contains a short segment about the Iditarod sled dog race which is billed by the organizers as "the last great race on Earth." Other segments in today's episode cover International Women's Day and a new GM program to help car dealers stay in business.

Here are some more resources for teaching about the Iditarod.