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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Visualizing Early Washington, DC

The Imaging Research Center at the University of Maryland Baltimore County has undertaken a project to visually and virtually recreate the way that Washington, DC looked like in 1814. One of the problems facing Visualizing Early Washington DC is a lack of reliable visual history resources. Slowly the project is taking shape. You can see one aspect of the project in the interactive panoramic image below. The image is a mash-up of a sketch of Notley Young's Plantation and current 2011 imagery.


Notley Young's Plantation Location 2, Test 1 in Washington DC in Washington, DC

I learned about this neat project from the following video that I saw posted on Open Culture. Watch the video below to learn more about how this project is being put together.

Visualizing Early Washington DC from ircumbc on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
This project is a great example of what can be done through combining historical documents, images, and maps with modern mapping and modeling technology. Your students could do something similar and virtually reconstruct a historical view of their communities. To do this students could do the research online or at a local historical society then construct a virtual recreation using Google SketchUp and Google Earth.

View Mark Twain's Sketches and More at The Morgan Library & Museum

This afternoon I went on a long session of link chasing that started at this article on Read Write Web and ended at The Morgan Library & Museum's online exhibitions. The Morgan Library & Museum's online exhibitions is comprised of twenty-six online museum displays. One of those displays is Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress.

Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress is a collection of Twain's handwritten letters, sketches, and story drafts. All twenty-two of those items are displayed in a viewer that will allow you to zoom in and see the detail on each piece of paper. The online exhibit also includes a collection of photographs of Twain at home.

Applications for Education
Want to provide students with a little more detail about Twain's ways of thinking and writing? If so, have them examine the documents in Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress. This could be done before, after, or while they are working their way through Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer.

Free eBook for Learning the Basics of xHTML

Make Use Of recently released another good free ebook for folks interested in learning all things techy. How to Speak "Internet" Your Guide to xHTML is a thirty-nine page introduction to creating and working with xHTML code.  The guide is designed for folks who have few or no coding skills to speak of. In other words, it's designed for folks like me who know just enough about xHTML to really screw things up. This book walks you through the basics from creating links to coding images to positioning elements in your webpages. The guide concludes with directions for using your new xHTML coding skills in WordPress and Joomla.
MakeUseOf.com - Learn To Speak "Internet": Your Guide to xHTML

If you find this guide useful, you'll want to check out some of Make Use Of's other free ebooks.

Applications for Education
Whether you're looking to learn a little more about webpage design to spruce up your class website or you have students that want to learn a bit about coding on their own, this guide from Make Use Of could be helpful.

Register Your Class for Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge

For the fifth year in a row Scholastic is holding a summer reading challenge for students. By joining the summer reading challenge students are entered into sweepstakes for book prizes. Students can also participate in weekly reading challenges.

To encourage participation in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge teachers can register their students in bulk. Scholastic provides teachers with tools to track students' progress over the summer and communicate the goals of the summer reading challenge to parents. Scholastic also provides teachers with summer reading lists to send out to parents. Teachers registering their classes will be entered into a drawing for a classroom library and a $250 gift certificate to the Scholastic Teacher Store.

Month in Review - May's Most Popular Posts

Greetings from Maine where the weather has finally turned for the better.  The picture to the left will attest to that. That's the head of the Free Technology for Teachers health and wellness program that you see in the picture. I hope the weather is just as nice wherever you're reading this from.

Here are the most popular posts from the month of May, 2011:
1. Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom
2. Edmodo - The Total Classroom Solution
3. Google Search Tips Posters
4. Five Free Scientific Calculators
5. How to Create a Movie Using JayCut
6. EasyBib Comes to the iPad and iPhone
7. Put the Directions to the Side, Make the Learning Central
8. Navigate the Moon on Your iPad or iPhone
9. Compare & Contrast Map - A Writing Template
10. Spider Scribe - Mind Mapping with Images, Maps, and More

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