Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Photos that Changed the World

Photos that Changed the World is a TED Talk that was mentioned by Larry Ferlazzo and Open Culture earlier today. In the short talk Jonathan Klein shows us some very familiar images, some not-as-familiar images, and explains how those images impacted the world. The talk is embedded below.

A word of caution, some of the images may be a bit too graphic for some audiences so please screen the video before showing it to students.

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Youth Noise - Find, Explore, and Network a Cause

Youth Noise is a nice web 2.0 resource for high school students to explore charitable causes and lend support to causes. Youth Noise allows users to create profiles, find information about current world events, and voice opinions on current issues. Some of the causes student can explore and support include animal rights, education, government, tolerance, and poverty.

Learn more about Youth Noise in the short video below.

Application for Education
Youth Noise uses elements of social networking to introduce students to social and political expression.
Youth Noise hosts discussion forums and debates through which students can participate in discussion with their peers. These forums could be a good way for students to share ideas about how to act locally to address the global issues that matter to them. For example, two years ago I had a student that was very passionate about animal rights issues. For her senior community service project she tried to raise money for a local animal shelter, she could have joined the Youth Noise forums to talk with other teens about ideas for raising moeny for animal shelters.

Animoto Adds New Elements

Dead-simple video creation service Animoto recently added four new elements to their offerings. For quite a while Animoto has offered backgrounds and "frames" for your videos. Now added to those options are the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. While not ground-breaking additions to the Animoto service the new elements may be of interest to students who are tired of the same old video backgrounds.

If you would like some ideas for using Animoto in the classroom, please visit the following posts:
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Using Animoto (and Glogster and Wordle) to Learn
Where I Live... Another Use for Animoto
A Student-Parent-Teacher Lesson Plan

Chrome Extension - Access Maps in One Click

Ever since I installed Google Chrome last fall, I've found myself progressively using it more and more. Not only do most pages load lightning-fast in Chrome, Chrome also has handy extensions that make your web browsing experience better. One such extension that I just learned about is called Select to Get Maps. Select to Get Maps allows you to highlight an address on any webpage and right click to launch a Google Map for that address. Learn more about it in the following episode of Tekzilla Daily.

To learn more about Google Chrome Extensions watch this short video.

Applications for Education
This little Google Chrome extension is representative of the many little tools that can help teachers and students improve their Internet browsing experience by saving time on small tasks.

Keeping Score - Study the Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony's website Keeping Score is up for a Webby Award this year. Keeping Score is a comprehensive website full of educational materials about composers, scores, musical techniques, and symphonies.

There are two elements of Keeping Score that should be of particular interest to educators. The most immediately accessible section of Keeping Score is the interactive education elements that contain videos, images, and texts that tell the stories of composers. The interactive section also features explanations of musical techniques, the history of notable events and themes in the symphonic world, and analysis of various scores.

The second section of Keeping Score that teachers will be drawn to is the lesson plan library. In the lesson plan library teachers will find lesson plans developed to incorporate elements of the Keeping Score website. There are lesson plans appropriate for every grade level.

Applications for Education
What I like about Keeping Score is that while the materials are obviously appropriate for music classes, there are also materials that could be used in a social studies classroom. The stories of composers and the history section provide teachers with opportunities to talk about what was going on in the world when the composers were creating their scores and how that may have affected what the composers created.

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A Brave New World-Wide-Web

A Brave New World-Wide-Web is a video that David Truss produced a couple of years ago. According to David the video is based on a presentation that he developed for Alan November's Building Learning Communities conference in 2008. I just saw it for the first time today after seeing Dianne Krause link to it in one of her daily bookmark posts.

Watch the video below.

Applications for Education
Karl Fisch's Did You Know? (in all of its various forms) is often played at school professional development sessions in an attempt to illustrate to teachers how different the world of today's students is compared to the world when we were students. David Truss's A Brave New World-Wide-Web could also be a great video to share with teachers at professional development sessions. In fact, I might be more inclined to show Truss's video because it shows what students can do with today's web and the advantages of education with the web versus education without the web. This point is driven home in the video with the statement, "can you teach without technology? Yes, but why would you want to?"

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