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Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Map of US Military Bases World Wide and a Crash Course in Imperialism

Empire.is features a map of more than 700 United States military bases and postings around the world. The map uses satellite imagery from Google Maps and Bing to display these bases. The map alone could be an interesting resource for a U.S. History and or current events course. (It should be noted that some of the postings on the map are closed) I would combine the use of the map with a viewing of John Green's Crash Course in American Imperialism (embedded below).


On a related note, you may also be interested in this animation of Howard Zinn's A People's History of American Empire.


H/T to Google Maps Mania.

MIT App Inventor 2 - Design Android Apps in Your Browser

This morning I went to use the MIT App Inventor for the first time in a couple of weeks and discovered that MIT App Inventor 2 is now available to anyone who has a Google Account. MIT App Inventor 2 works just like the first version except version 2 runs entirely in your browser (Chrome or Firefox, IE is not supported). I immediately went to my Chromebook just to confirm that MIT App Inventor would run correctly on it, and it does.

The only download that is required for App Inventor 2 is the optional emulator. The emulator allows people who don't have Android devices to text their apps on their desktops. If you have an Android device then the emulator is not required and you don't need to worry about installing it.

Applications for Education
If you would like to introduce your students to programming real-world applications, the MIT App Inventor is a fantastic tool. App Inventor does not require you to have any prior coding or app development skill in order to create a working Android app. MIT provides excellent support documentation and curriculum for classroom use for new users of App Inventor.

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