Friday, March 26, 2010

Free Royalty Free Music for Education

When creating an audio podcast or a video that uses music tracks, the sure way to avoid any worries about copyright infringement is to use music you created. Unfortunately, often that is not a feasible option for a lot of folks. The next best thing to using music you created is to use Creative Commons licensed music or royalty free music. Royalty Free Music hosts music tracks that can be reused in numerous ways. Royalty Free Music charges the general public for their downloads, but students and teachers can download quite a bit of the music for free. To access the free music tracks students and teachers should visit the education page on Royalty Free Music.

Applications for Education
If you have students creating podcasts, videos, or other multimedia projects Royalty Free Music offers your students music that they can use for free.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Sound Bible - Free Sound Clips
PodSafe Audio - Sounds for Podcasts
Free Music Archive

Learn Internet Safety With Garfield

The Virginia Department of Education has produced an engaging and useful site for teaching students web safety lessons. Internet Safety With Professor Garfield currently offers an animated lesson on cyberbullying and an animated lesson about online safety. As you might guess from the site's title, the lessons feature Garfield. Both lessons use the same model in which students watch a cartoon, take an informal quiz, then try to apply their new knowledge to a few different scenarios.

Applications for Education

Before students are turned loose on the web to search for information or entertainment they should receive lessons about Internet safety. Internet Safety With Professor Garfield provides an engaging set of lessons that students should remember. Teachers will also find a teaching guide and printable certificates of completion for their students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Phishing Detection Education
A Thin Line - Digital Safety Education for Teens
Safe Computing Tools for Kids - Windows Based

Listhings - Your Sticky Notes on the Web

Listhings is a fairly new web-based sticky note service. Like other services in its market, Listhings provides user with an online space to write notes, store notes, and sort notes. Listhings also gives users the option to share their sticky noteboards with others via email invitation. The one thing that makes Listhings different from some of its competitors is that users can create more than one page of notes in the same account. Listhings users can choose to share one sticky noteboard while keeping another sticky noteboard private.

As you might expect from a service like this, Listhings allows users to edit the colors of their notes. Users can also arrange notes on their noteboards using the simple drag and drop functionality.
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Applications for Education
Listhings could be a good personal organization tool as well as a collaborative organization tool for students. A group of student working on a project could use Listhings to create a schedule of tasks. Similarly, students could use Listhings as a place to share ideas from a brainstorming session.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Organize and Collaborate with Stixy
Collaborative Sticky Notes
Sticky Screen - Your To-Do List Homepage

LEGO Education Lesson Plans

LEGOs were one of my favorite toys as a kid. In fact, I will still play with them if they're plopped down in front of me. Earlier this week I read about the LEGO Creativity Contest. That reading got me to explore the LEGO Education activities list. The LEGO Education activities list has hundreds of ideas for using LEGOs to teach and demonstrate math and science concepts.

Applications for Education
Most of the activities that I explored in the LEGO Education activities list are geared toward elementary school and middle school topics. Here are a few of the activities that you can find in the list; calculating perimeter, calculating bouancy, and demonstrating proper food serving sizes.