Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Scavenger Hunt Through History

Scavenger Hunt Through History is a game designed to be played by students in junction with Freedom: A History of US produced by PBS. Freedom: A History of US contains is an overview of US history containing videos, documents, and pictures. In addition to the resources previously mentioned, their are quizzes for students to test their knowledge. True to form, PBS offers in-depth teaching guides for each episode in the Freedom series.

Applications for Education
Freedom: A History of US is designed as a sixteen part series of webisodes. You can use all of the webisodes in sequence or use just one episode as it fits your curriculum. The series and the games that accompany it could be good review resources or individualized learning experiences.

Alltop - All the Top Stories on Anything and Everything

Recently, Free Technology for Teachers was added to Alltop's list of education blogs. Alltop is an online "magazine rack" of blogs. Alltop has categories for just about any topic that you can think of. Each category on Alltop lists blog titles followed by the five most recent stories from that blog. Placing your mouse pointer reveals a preview large enough to give you a sense as to whether or not you want to click through to read the full story.

Featured in Alltop

The video below provides a short overview of Alltop.

Applications for Education
Alltop is a good place for teachers to find blogs about education, mathematics, and science. I recently used Alltop's math section to help a colleague find a blog that posts daily mathematics challenge problems.

Louis Armstrong on Snag Films

Snag Films is one of my favorite places to find high quality documentary movies for free. One of the films featured on the front page right now is Louis Armstrong: 100th Anniversary. You can watch the film on Snag Films or "snag" the embed code and place it in your blog as I have below.

Applications for Education
This documentary is appropriate for use in a high school music course or in a US History course.

To learn more about using Snag Films, please read Snag a Free Full Length Documentary.

Grammar Ninja - A Fun Grammar Game

Grammar Ninja is a fun game for students to play as they develop a working knowledge of the parts of speech. Grammar Ninja has three levels for students to work through. As long as you answer questions correctly, they continue through the game, but answer incorrectly and the words explode.

Grammar Ninja is a part of the portfolio of developer Greg Lieberman who has also developed a trigonometry game designed to help students learn the 16 most important angles in the sine, cosine, and tangent functions.

For more grammar games check out my post Five Great Grammar Resources.

American Rhetoric - Famous Speeches from Politics and Entertainment

American Rhetoric is a large collection of famous speeches from the worlds of politics and entertainment. On American Rhetoric you can find speeches like Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. You can also find memorable speech scenes like, Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) speaking to his team before the championship game in the movie Hoosiers. Some of the speeches can be viewed as videos and some can be listened to while others are just copies of the transcripts.

American Rhetoric is more than just a collection of notable speeches, it also provides visitors with resources for learning about the elements that contribute to a good speech. American Rhetoric also offers visitors a chance to test their knowledge of famous speeches through multiple choice quizzes.

Applications for Education
American Rhetoric is a good resource for teachers looking to use notable speeches as a part of their lesson plan on US History or US culture. An engaging activity using American Rhetoric might be to have students evaluate what makes various speeches memorable and or important in US history or US culture.

Wild Earth TV - Live from the African Bush

It took me a while to write about Wild Earth TV because I got hooked into watching the great wildlife videos on the site. Wild Earth TV provides live video feeds of animals in Africa. As I write this the feed is showing a giraffe eating. While watching the video feeds, registered users can chat with each other about what they're seeing. If the video feed is not live when you visit the website, you can choose from any number of recorded videos. I have embedded below, a video of water buffaloes.

Applications for Education
Wild Earth TV could be a great place for your students to see African wildlife. Students could watch Wild Earth TV as part of a lesson on wildlife habit and make observations about the habit and foods that various animals prefer.

Another live wildlife video feed you may want to consider is National Geographic's WildCam Africa.

Academic Earth - Videos of Top Scholars Teaching

Academic Earth is a video depot for individual lectures and entire courses from some of the top universities in the United States. Visitors to Academic Earth will find lectures and courses from Yale, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford. Many of the lectures and courses can be found at various websites on the Internet. What Academic Earth does is take all of those lectures and courses and put them in one, easy-to-search, place. You can search for lectures and courses by topic, popularity, professor, or by university. I've embedded the first video from the Yale course Introduction to the American Novel Since 1945.

Applications for Education
Academic Earth makes it easy to find high quality, academically appropriate videos. These videos and courses could make a nice supplement to an advanced placement high school course. The videos can be embedded in your course blog where you can then have students watch and comment. Or you can, after embedding a video into your blog, post a questions for your students to answer as they watch a video lecture.

Thanks to Open Culture for another great video resource.