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Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Week in Review - Nebraska to Alaska

This week I had the great opportunity to work with teachers in Nebraska and Alaska. On Monday I was in Scottsbluff, Nebraska working with the staff of ESU 13 and on Friday I was in Anchorage, Alaska working with teachers in Alaska's Learning Network. I plan to write more about Alaska's Learning Network very soon. This week the posting would have been lighter if not for the help of my friends and guest bloggers Steven Anderson, Mary Beth Hertz, Kyle Pace, Beth Still, and Harold Shaw thank you all.

The picture you see is me with a "real Alaska bushman" that I met on the streets of Anchorage. He was collecting donations of the wounded veterans of Alaska association.

Here are the most popular posts of the week:
1. 10 Ways for Students and Teachers to Build Websites
2. Four Ways to Give Short Presentations Online
3. VuSafe - A Safe Way to View YouTube in Schools
4. My PD Resources Site - My Favorite Resources
5. The Awesome Library
6. The US Presidents in Google Earth
7. Think Tutorial Now Offers More Than 1000 Tutorials

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Graph Google Books Over Time

A couple of months ago Google launched a new application in Google Labs (the experimental section of Google products) called the Books Ngram Viewer. The Books Ngram Viewer provides users with a tool for graphing when and how frequently phrases, names, and words have appeared in the books archived by Google Books. Watch the short video below for a visual explanation of the Books Ngram Viewer.


Applications for Education
The Books Ngram Viewer could be a neat way to compare when and how frequently terms historically appeared in books. For example, in the graph below you can see when the names Rockefeller and Carnegie started appearing in books. After creating the graph, you can click through to find the books that were published in those years.

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