Monday, January 17, 2011

Mathematics Blog Carnival Seeks Submissions

Guillermo Bautista at Mathematics and Multimedia is organizing and hosting the 34th Mathematics Teachers at Play Blog Carnival. Participating in a blog carnival is a good way to share a post from your own blog and reach new readers. Likewise, reading the submissions from a blog carnival is a good way to discover new bloggers who have good ideas to share. If you're interested in making a submission to the Mathematics Teachers at Play Blog Carnival you can click here for all of the details or email Guillermo at mathandmultimedia (at) The deadline for submissions is January 19. 

By the way, if you're a mathematics teacher interested in learning how to use Geogebra in your classroom, make sure you check out Guillermo's GeoGebra tutorials

Interactive Exhibits at the JFK Presidential Library

Yesterday, I shared with you some videos of John F. Kennedy's inauguration as President of the United States. This morning I spent some time on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website and found some things that will be of interest to teachers of US History.

The JFK Presidential Library and Museum website has four interactive exhibits for learning about John F. Kennedy and his presidency. We Choose the Moon (a resource I reviewed over a year ago) is an interactive exploration of the Apollo 11 mission. The site covers everything from Kennedy's first proclamation that the US would put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960's to the moon landing itself.

The White House Diary is an interactive flipbook of Kennedy's schedule while in office. You can flip through it page by page to see what he did on each day or pick a specific date from the calendar. Many of the pages include video clips and or images from that day.

The JFK Timeline is an interactive timeline Kennedy's presidency. The timeline features cultural and world events as well as US political events.

Finally, the Virtual JFK Museum Tour takes you to view exhibits and artifacts in the museum. The tour is narrated and in some cases you hear Kennedy's voice. The tour is divided into major themes and events of Kennedy's presidency including his campaign, the Peace Corps, and the Space Race. The tour also includes some information about Bobby Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Updated - What I Read First or RSS Recommendations

Last night I was a guest on Higher Ed Live (the archive is now up). During the show someone in the chat asked if I could write a blog post listing my favorite sources for discovering new things in educational technology and technology in general. I've written two of those lists in the past, but they change somewhat over time so here is my new list of the blogs and websites I go to first in my RSS reader.

The strictly tech blogs.
Read Write Web
Make Use Of
Mashable Not so much anymore as it has become cluttered with lots of posts about things like "the best cat videos of the week."

Blogs written by educators
(in no particular order).

iLearn Technology - Kelly Tenkely
Larry Ferlazzo
Welcome to NCS-Tech - Kevin Jarrett
David Warlick
Dangerously Irrelevant - Dr. Scott McLeod
AKA Riptide Furse - Fred Delventhal
Langwitches - Sylvia Tolisano
Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Wes Fryer
Teachers as Technology Trailblazers - Kristen Swanson
Teach Paperless - Shelly Blake-Plock, et al.
Kevin Hodgson
Miguel Ghulin
History Tech - Glenn Wiebe

My Twitter Lists
Classroom Teachers
K12 School Administrators
Ed Tech Coordinators
Companies Supporting Education
Ed Thought Leaders
Ed Tech Gurus

How to Use Twitter's Advanced Search Options

First, this is not one of those "Twitter will save education" posts. That said, Twitter can be useful for finding resources that can help you as a teacher. The first step in using Twitter is to develop a nice network of people that you interact with, commonly referred to as a personal learning network or PLN. Here are eight ways to develop a PLN. Once you develop a PLN you have a great place to ask questions and share resources. But even then sometimes you won't get quite what you're seeking. In those cases you can turn to Twitter Advanced Search to see what people outside of your PLN have to offer.

Mashable recently produced a video demonstrating how to use Twitter Advanced Search. This three minute video covers what you need to know in order to take advantage of all the information shared on Twitter.

Videos About Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day in the US and many schools are closed in observance of the day. If your school is open today or you're looking for some resources about Martin Luther King to use in the next couple of days, here are some video resources that you can use.

A Man of Peace in a Time of War is a 2007 film about the life of Dr. King. The one hour film includes interviews with people who knew Dr. King and with notable people, including Colin Powell, who were influenced by Dr. King. As always, Snag Learning has some discussion questions to accompany the film.

Watch more free documentaries

Below is a video of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

On Hulu there is an NBC News Time Capsule that includes one of the first in-depth television interviews given by Dr. King. The interview was first broadcast in 1957.

Here is Walter Cronkite broadcasting the news of Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968.

For more good resources for teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. see Larry Ferlazzo's excellent list.

LendInk - Borrow and Lend eBooks

LendInk is a free service that helps ebook owners lend and borrow copies of ebooks. LendInk matches ebook owners willing to lend with people looking to borrow a specific ebook. LendInk works with Kindle and Nook.

Here's how LendInk works; sign up for an account and you can immediately start browsing for ebooks that are available. When you find an ebook you want to borrow, you make a request to borrow it. You can borrow an ebook for up to 14 days. You can borrow up to three ebooks at a time. LendInk uses a three credit system to prevent you from borrowing too many books at once. Each borrowed book "costs" one credit (credits have no monetary cost). When you return a book you get that credit back. If you have ebooks you're willing to lend, LendInk allows you to list those books in your profile.

Applications for Education
You can only lend to one person at a time using LendInk so it probably isn't the best option if you're hoping to have an entire class borrow and read the same book together. Where it could be useful is in  independent reading programs in which each student reads a different book of his or her choosing.