Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Kafafa - Free Website Builder and Host

There is no shortage of companies offering free website builders and hosting on the Internet. Kafafa is one such company that I recently came across. Kafafa offers a wide array of ad-free templates that you can use to build your free website. Once you've selected a template, editing the content of your website is easy to do. To edit the text appearing on your site's pages simply select the text box and start typing. To add or edit other elements of your site's pages just click edit and add images, videos, and hyperlinked text using the simple editor. If you can send an email, you can create a website with Kafafa.

Applications for Education
If you've been considering building a website to complement your classroom instruction, Kafafa is an option that you might want to consider. One advantage of Kafafa over some other free website building and hosting services is that Kafafa doesn't insert any advertising into your site.

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Tour Ocean "Hope Spots" in Google Earth

Earlier today Google announced a new default layer for oceans in Google Earth. The new oceans layer includes hundreds of sites generated from data, images, and videos from organizations like National Geographic, NOAA, and dozens of others.

In the same announcement today, Google featured a new tour called Hope Spots in the Ocean Showcase. Hope Spots is a narrated tour of eight places around the world considered to be indicative of the health of the world's oceans and marine life. View the tour here or download it to view in Google Earth.

Applications for Education
The new and updated oceans layers and tours could be useful for anyone teaching marine biology and or oceanography. One of the things that I really like about using Google Earth and Google Maps in the classroom is that it provides a geographic context for whatever topic your students are studying.

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Learn Your Tables - Math Practice

Learn Your Tables is a neat little site for students to use to learn and develop multiplication skills. The site offers two basic games on two different levels. The most basic game is a simple drag and drop activity in which students match equations to their correct answers. The more "advanced" game has students enter the correct answer to a multiplication question. The easier of the two levels only contains problems from one multiplication table while the more difficult level contains problems from multiple multiplication tables.

Thanks to Anne Marie at Talking SMARTBoards and Much More for the information about Learn Your Tables.

Applications for Education
Learn Your Tables could be a good little resource for students to use on their own to practice their multiplication skills. As Anne Marie also pointed out, Learn Your Tables could be a good site to use on an interactive whiteboard.

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America on the Move - Interactive Museum

America on the Move is a great online exhibit produced and hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. America on the Move showcases the evolution of transportation in the United States. America on the Move is divided into three main sections; Exhibition, Collection, and Themes.

The exhibition section is essentially a timeline tour through American history. The exhibition section begins with the construction of the first National Road and chronicles each phase of transportation development through the 21st Century.

The collection section of America on the Move features images of artifacts related to various forms of transportation used throughout US History. Visitors to the site can browse the collection or search by era, region, or form of transportation.

The themes section of America on the Move arranges artifacts and stories into eight different themes. Each theme contains narratives related to various eras in the transportation history of the United States.

Applications for Education
In addition to the great online exhibits America on the Move offers three well-designed educational games for students. Each of the games is requires students to analyze and process information about the history of transportation. In the first game, Where's Everyone Going? students match vehicles to their proper era to learn about transportation in that era. In the second game, Drive Through Time, students spin a clock to select a year. Then they select a scenario and mode of transportation appropriate for that scenario's era. In the third game, Be a Movie Director, students select a storyline and the modes of transportation necessary for the storyline. At the end the students will see the movie they created.

America on the Move also offers teachers some free classroom guides to use while students explore the exhibits.

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