Friday, July 10, 2009

Week in Review - Most Popular Items

I hope this week-in-review post finds everyone enjoying the weekend. My school, like a lot of schools, is on summer vacation until late August, but I will continue to post throughout the summer.

Free Technology for Teachers continues to gain subscribers. Welcome to all of the new subscribers, I hope you continue to find this blog useful. Thank you to all of the long-time subscribers who have shared links to this blog and otherwise told others about Free Technology for Teachers. I welcome all feedback on this blog, you can always leave a comment or send me an email at richardbyrne (at)

Here are the seven most popular items of the last week:
1. The World Images Kiosk
2. How to Enable Google Earth Flight Simulator
3. A Very Simple Way to Make Screen Captures
4. TED Talk: Three Ways the Brain Creates Meaning
5. Skype Explained Visually
6. Wiki Field Trip
7. One Last Video Interview from NECC 2009

View At - The World in Panoramic

Virtual tours and panoramic views can be a great way to move geography lessons beyond simple "studying a map" exercises. View At provides panoramic views of dozens of notable places from around the world. The panoramic views can be viewed on the View At website or viewed in Google Earth. Although they offer different views, in many ways View At is similar to the 360 Cities panoramic views.

Applications for Education
View At, like 360 Cities, could be a good tool for supplementing geography, history, and culture lessons. Students can individually explore the images in a way that is not possible with textbook photographs.

Here is a related resource that may be of interest to you:
360 Degree View from the Peak of Mt. Everest

The Math Worksheet Generator

The Math Worksheet Site offers a mix of free and paid worksheet generators. The free section of the site offers teachers twenty-three worksheet generators covering all aspects of elementary school level mathematics. There are a few options for customizing these worksheets to your liking. Most of the options regard the number of problems that are on each worksheet.

Applications for Education
Try as we might to create paperless classrooms, sometimes teachers still have the urge to reach for a worksheet (old habits die hard, I guess). One of those times when a mathematics teacher might need to quickly create a worksheet is when you have a substitute teacher coming in for the day.

Visual Math Learning - Lessons and Games

Visual Math Learning, as the name implies, is a collection of visual lessons about mathematics concepts. The lessons cover all of the basics including fractions, division, decimals, and integers. After working through a lesson, students can practice using their newly acquired knowledge on various follow-up exercises and games. In all there are eighteen practice exercises and one dozen games.

Applications for Education
Visual Math Learning could be a good resource for elementary and middle school mathematics teachers. You could link Visual Math Learning to your classroom website as a "recommended" practice place for students. You could also use the exercises and games in class as a supplement to your instruction.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Math A Tube - Video Math Help
Interactivate - Interactive Math Assessments