Monday, June 7, 2010

Illustrated and Narrated Explanation of Creative Commons

The nuances of Copyright and Creative Commons and the differences between them can be confusing. I recently came across this neat little video that does a good job of explaining Creative Commons and what Creative Commons licenses allow or do not allow people to do with your works. A PDF of the images in the video can be found here.

Applications for Education
If you find yourself trying to explain to students or colleagues the differences between copyright and Creative Commons licensed works this video and PDF could be helpful to you and to them.

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Hundreds of Reviewed Online Mathematics Resources

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Illuminations website is full of activities and lesson plans aligned to NCTM standards. I've previously reviewed some of those activities and lessons here. This evening I'd like to call your attention to NCTM's collection of 724 links to mathematics lessons and activities that are not hosted by NCTM. NCTM's weblinks collection is reviewed by an editorial board. The collection is divided into five categories; Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis & Probability.

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Google Docs Demo - Try Docs Without Signing Up

I've introduced a lot of people to Google Docs over the last few years. Some of those people almost instantly become devoted Google Docs users while others do not. Either way, one thing that remains the same is that getting everyone in a group signed-up for an account can be time-consuming. Last week Google introduced a solution to that problem in the form of Google Docs Demo. Google Docs Demo provides a way for anyone to try all of the features of Google Docs without having to create a Google account.

If you're in need of a good video explanation of Google Docs, I recommend the following from Common Craft.

Applications for Education
If you find yourself trying to introduce colleagues to Google Docs, the Google Docs Demo could be a great way to have them quickly try Google Docs.

Fast Draw - Putting the Oil Spill in Perspective

Yesterday, on the CBS Sunday Morning Show the Fast Draw team illustrated the size of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill relative to daily energy consumption in the United States. The video compares not only how much oil is used in the US everyday, but also the amount of coal and hydro power consumed in the US. Watch the video below.

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22 Frames - Captioned Videos & More for ESL

22 Frames is a new service that provides a central location for locating captioned videos for learning English and for Internet users who have hearing impairments. 22 Frames provides more than just captioned videos. For each video 22 Frames provides a list of idioms, slang words, and commonly mispronounced words in each video. 22 Frames tells viewers where each use of idioms, slang, and commonly mispronounced words appears in each video. Viewers can click on any of the words in the lists provided by 22 Frames to find a definition for each word and to find pronunciation tips.

Applications for Education
22 Frames could be a great resource for ESL/ EFL teachers and students. The videos found on 22 Frames range from current news stories to videos from popular culture. Using a current news video on 22 Frames could be a good way to combine an English lesson with a social studies lesson.

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