Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The World Images Kiosk - 75,000 Images

The World Images Kiosk hosted by San Jose State University offers more than 75,000 images that teachers and students can use in their academic projects. All of the images can be used under a Creative Commons license that requires you to give proper attribution when necessary. You can find images by using the search box or you can browse through more than 800 portfolios and groups organized by subject.

Applications for Education
Finding images that your students can use for their digital presentations can be difficult. A resource like the World Images Kiosk can be a valuable resource as you will know that they can use any image they find in the collection. The images could be used to start a VoiceThread conversation, used in an Animoto video, or used in slide presentation.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Photos 8 - Thousands of Public Domain Images
Creative Commons Animal Photos
Copyright for Educators

Smart Bean - Resources for Parents

Smart Bean is an online resource designed for parent use. Smart Bean is essentially an online magazine for parents interested in learning more about online resources for learning as well as general parenting information. There seems to be particular attention given to home-schooling parents. Some of the articles you're likely to find on Smart Bean are things like Internet safety, articles on childhood diet and fitness, and a slew of articles about the role of new technologies in education.

Applications for Education
Smart Bean could be a good resource for teachers to link to on their classroom or school website. Most of what Smart Bean offers is geared toward parents of elementary and middle school aged students, but there is some good information for the parents of high school students too.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Whyzz - Helps Parents Answer "Why" Questions
Figure This! Family Math Challenges

TED Talk: 3 Ways the Brain Creates Meaning

Today on the TED Blog there was a short talk posted about how the brain interprets words, images, feelings, and connections. The talk was given by Tom Wujec in February 2009. The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
As an educator I always take interest in research and discussion about how the brain absorbs and processes information. Knowing how the brain processes information should influence how we present information to our audience(s).

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
How Cellphones, Twitter, and Facebook Can Make History
Myth Buster Adam Savage's Colossal Failures
TED Talks in 40 Languages

SOS Classroom - A Collection of K-8 Resources

SOS Classroom is a project started and directed by the Writing Program at the University of Southern California. The project was started in response to the shut-down of summer school programs in Southern California and around the United States.

SOS Classroom is a compilation of K-8 resources that can be used in the classroom and or be used by students independently. The resources on SOS Classroom have been listed at the suggestion of teachers and parents. All resources are tagged and placed into one of seven categories sorted by subject and grade level. The categories are mathematics (K-2, 3-5, 6-8), language arts (K-2, 3-5, 6-8), and ESL.

Applications for Education
SOS Classroom could be a good place to start your search for elementary and middle school resources.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Learning Beyond the Classroom
Picturing the Century - Lesson Plans and Worksheets
A Great Collection of K-8 Math Resources

Skype Explained Visually

Say it Visually produces video explanations of concepts and products in a style that is fairly similar to that used by Common Craft. Recently, through Jeffery Hill's English Blog, I discovered Say it Visually's explanation of Skype. If you're trying to introduce Skype to your colleagues this two and a half minute video is a good starting place.

I've previously featured Say it Visually's video, Understanding the Financial Crisis. You can see that video and its related resources here.