Friday, February 6, 2009

Google Eye Tracking and Digital Project Design

Today, Google released the results of their eye-tracking study through a blog post on their official blog. In the blog entry Google explains how they used the eye-tracking study to tweak the user interface of its search pages. Google also posted a short video (embedded below) demonstrating how most peoples' eyes scan through search results.

Applications for Education
The short eye-tracking video produced by Google might be worth showing to your students before they begin to create their next digital presentation. Particularly, if your students are creating digital presentations that include large amounts of text, this video is worth showing and discussing for a few minutes.

Lit 2 Go - Audio Stories

Lit 2 Go is a part of Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse. Lit 2 Go offers a large selection of fiction stories and poems available as free downloads. I didn't count the number of selections, but the total appears be at least 200 titles. The collection can be searched by author or title.

Applications for Education
Lit 2 Go provides a nice collection of audio books and poems that teachers can use to accompany in-classroom reading.

For more audio book resources, please visit the following related resources:
Learn Out Loud
Open Culture - More Than 250 Audio Book Titles
Speakaboos - Fables, Nursery Rhymes, and More

Fun Educational Science Activities from AMNH

OLogy is a section of the American Museum of Natural History's website for kids. On the OLogy website students can explore a variety of science topics including genetics, biodiversity, and paleontology. Students can also learn about reptiles and watch a live lizard and snake cam. If you're looking for some hands-on student projects OLogy has ideas and directions for those too.

Applications for Education
OLogy provides teachers and parents with a number of fun educational activities for elementary school students. OLogy's has a nice mix of online and offline activity ideas and directions.