Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Was There? - Mapped Historical Images

What Was There is a good example of using Google Maps to show the way places used to look. What Was There allows registered users to upload old images of buildings and landmarks and have them displayed in the place where they were taken. Anyone can explore the map and view the historical images on the map. Enter a city name in the search box or browse the map's placemarks to find images. Click on a placemark to open an image then choose "Google Street View" to see the image placed over current image of a place.

What Was There is similar to History Pin which I reviewed last summer.

Applications for Education
What Was There presents a good opportunity to contribute to a global project that shows off the history of their communities. Have students locate old images of their communities, scan the images, and add them to What Was There. Students could search online for those older images, but they could also visit their local libraries, historical societies, and or town halls to find older images of their communities.

Meet Me At Midnight - A Smithsonian Art Adventure

Meet Me At Midnight is an online art adventure produced by the Smithsonian. The purpose of Meet Me At Midnight is to introduce students in grades 3-5 to types of art, art concepts, and art vocabulary. In Meet Me At Midnight students go on three adventures within a museum to find artworks to put in a treasure chest. Along the way students will come across information about different types of artwork.

Applications for Education
Meet Me At Midnight could be a fun way for elementary school students to learn about art. Students have to read the captions in each scene which might pose a challenge for some younger students. If that is the case for your students make sure they know that they can replay most scenes before moving on to the next one.  The educators guide offers a lesson plan based on the Meet Me At Midnight adventures.

Surfboard - Display Any Website In a Flippable Style

Surfboard is a neat little service that displays any website in a flippable newspaper-like display. To use Surfboard all you have to do is enter the url of your favorite website and click "get surfing." That site will then be displayed in a manner that allows you to flip through the site's content without seeing the sidebar widgets and or advertisements. Below you will see an image of Free Technology for Teachers as it appears on Surfboard.

For proper flippable display Surfboard requires the use of the latest versions of Chrome or Safari.

Applications for Education
Surfboard was developed for use on tablet devices to make the content of websites easier to view on smaller screens. If your school is one that is starting to use tablet devices in your classrooms, Surfboard may be a service you'll want to check out.

Video - A Time Lapse Tour of Yosemite

Larry Ferlazzo's recent post about a Yosemite Park slideshow reminded me of some neat videos that I came across a couple of weeks ago. Henry Juh Wah Lee has produced a nice collection of videos of Yosemite and other national parks he has visited. Embedded below is a time lapse tour of Yosemite.

Time Lapse Tour of Yosemite National Park from Henry Jun Wah Lee on Vimeo.

Last year Ken Burns released a new series all about the US National Parks. While the full episodes aren't online, PBS Video does host a collection of ten clips from the series. The longest of those is an eleven minute segment about Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir camping in Yosemite. If you choose to use this clip or others from the series in your classroom, check out the National Parks Digital Story Telling Modules.

Another good place to find videos of the National Parks is The Travel Film Archive (my review of it here). 
You should also check out Larry Ferlazzo's entire list of resources for learning about the National Parks.