Saturday, July 17, 2010

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Compared to the same week last month, this week there was marked increase in traffic to Free Technology for Teachers. I'd like to think it is the fancy new blog header that is responsible for the traffic, but a more likely explanation is that more teachers are beginning to think about the fall and beginning of the new school year. And this informal poll also indicates that one month before school starts is when roughly one-third of us start to think about the new school year. So if you're one of those teachers just returning to Free Technology for Teachers after a summer break, welcome back.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last week:
1. 3 Web-based Tools for Creating Screencast Videos
2. Nook Study - Free Study Tool from Barnes & Noble
3. Two Good Free Guides to Digital Photography
4. Free Video Lectures
5. View Pure - View YouTube Without the Clutter
6. Moonbase Alpha - NASA's New Role Playing Game
7. Maps ETC - 5000+ Historical Maps

Thank you to everyone that helped spread the word about the great resources listed above. Together we can help spread the word to other teachers about the great free resources that can make our students' learning experiences better.

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The Reform Symposium - Innovative Practices

The 2010 Reform Symposium is a free online conference happening on July 30 and July 31. The conference will feature many leading figures in the educational technology community sharing their ideas and methods for innovative uses of technology in the classroom. George Couros will be kicking things off on the 30th with his presentation about revealing the passions of our students. On July 31 I will be presenting on the use of backchannel forums in the classroom. See the full schedule here. Check out to learn more and to register.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Reform Symposium.

Haiti Aid Map - Updates on Relief Projects

InterAction has created an interactive map that plots and tracks the spending and other actions of organizations providing aid to Haiti. The intent of InterAction in developing the Haiti Aid Map is to highlight the areas most affected by the January earthquake and where aid is most needed now.
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Applications for Education
The challenge of teaching current events is that a story that was huge six months ago is easily forgotten and replaced with another big news story. That doesn't mean that teachers and students should forget about the previous big story. The Haiti Aid Map could be a good resource for revisiting the story(ies) of the earthquake in Haiti.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Earth Layer About the Earthquake in Haiti
Photosynth - Devastation in Haiti
Scenes from a Ruined Boulevard - Interactive Photo Essay