Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Geographic Riddles - Place Spotting

Place Spotting is a website of geographic riddles. Place Spotting is based on the Google Earth platform. Place Spotting users can create their own geographic riddles or try to solve riddles created by others. The search feature on Place Spotting lets users search for riddles based on level of difficulty, language, region, or creation date.

Applications for Educators
Place Spotting is a fun way to teach or reinforce geography lessons. Riddle clues on Place Spotting can be given using relative or absolute locations. A teacher could write their own riddle giving clues based on information taught in class. While solving a riddle on Place Spotting students are learning how manipulate Google Earth which, everyday, is becoming more ubiquitous in mapping software and web applications.

Free Technology For Teachers: Foreign Language Resources

I found this video on the Open Culture website this morning. It is a video review of many different websites, podcasts, and online classes to help people learn a foreign language. Some of the resources on the video mention are programs that I have previously reviewed on FreeTech4Teachers. These are the programs I've previously reviewed, Don Quijote, Spanish Pod, Mango Languages, and Babel.

Here is a good video reviewing language learning resources.

Free Technology For Teachers: Visual Complexity

Visual Complexity is a website hosting hundreds of images that map complex concepts. The images on Visual Complexity are linked to the websites that developed the concept images. For example, the image to the left is linked to part of a concept map from the Blue Brain Project at IBM Research.

Applications for Educators
Visual Complexity covers numerous concepts related to high school content areas. Visual Complexity is a good research resource for students as it goes beyond simple images by linking to source of the concept image and providing significant background information. In addition to being a good research resource for students, Visual Complexity's concept images are useful teaching resources.