Monday, September 22, 2008

Bibliography Templates for Google Docs

Today, I learned that Google Docs has another great feature for students, a set of bibliography templates. Google Docs has templates for creating bibliographies in APA, MLA, AMA, and Chicago Style. This is a great addition to the list of bibliography tools I posted in August.

Applications for Education
The Google Docs bibliography templates could be very useful for any student that needs to create a bibliography. The templates can be embedded into a classroom blog as a model for students to follow even if they don't use Google Docs to create their bibliographies.

Google - Earth and Beyond

Google Earth has thousands of uses and overlays. Today, I learned about a bunch of overlays and layers that I had never even thought of before. Frank Taylor at the Google Earth Blog has a collection of overlays and files for representing planets and moons in Google Earth. The Google Earth Blog as files for Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and a collection of moons throughout the solar system.

Applications for Education
The planets and moons overlays for Google Earth could be useful tools for science teachers and students. These overlays would be a great complement to using a space simulator program like Celestia, Sky Server, or Microsoft's World Wide Telescope.

Judge Approves Suspending Creators of Fake MySpace Profiles

This blog post is a little off topic, but very relevant to all teachers and school administrators. A federal court judge recently ruled that students can be suspended from school for creating fake MySpace profiles of administrators and teachers. The judge was ruling in the case of a Pennsylvania middle school that suspended two students for creating a profile of their principal that contained "lewd and vulgar" language. To read more about the particulars of the case you can read this article from Ars Technica and this article from Techdirt.

Branching Out - Part II

Last week I released a podcast about expanding your professional learning network through social networking websites. In that podcast I mentioned why I follow and read content from people and websites outside of the educational blog-o-sphere. Reading and following stories in the fields of technology and business give me some ideas for blog stories, but more importantly it gives me a sense of the long term viability of web start-ups. Having a sense of the long term of new web 2.0 companies is important to me because there is nothing more frustrating than planning a lesson or adopting a new resource only to have it go out of business in a year or switch to a fee based model. Read the numerous stories about Jott for a good example of the backlash when teachers adopt a resource only to have it switch to a fee based service months later.

Here are a handful of the resources outside of the education blog-o-sphere that I follow. I check each one of these blogs multiple times each day.
Center Networks
Ars Technica
Tech Crunch
Seth Godin's Blog
Open Culture