Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Quick Overview of Geothermal Energy

The New York Times has an audio slideshow that provides a brief overview of geothermal energy. The audio slideshow is the accompaniment to an article about the dangers of drilling deep into the Earth. The slideshow provides an explanation of why the western United States is one of the easier places to access geothermal energy. The slideshow offers good visual aids depicting how geothermal energy is harnessed.

Applications for Education
This audio slideshow could be useful for science teachers to use as an introduction to geothermal energy. The slideshow could also be the beginning of a student brainstorming session in which they list all of the forms of alternative energies with which they are familiar.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
A Crash Course in Wind Energy
Exploring Alternative Energy Sources
Coal Mining Practices Outlined in Google Earth

My Teacher, My Hero - Honoring Teachers

My Teacher, My Hero is a new website launching on Tuesday, September 8th. The purpose of My Teacher, My Hero is to provide a forum for people to publicly thank the teachers that have made a difference in their lives. Through the site you can upload a video thanking your favorite teacher and telling the world what made your favorite teacher an influence on your life. When the site goes live, I plan to add something about James Hilbie who was my middle school band teacher. If you visit the site now you can see some videos from accomplished people including Seth Godin and Dominique Moceanu.

Applications for Education
Most teachers have a moment or two in their careers when they wonder if what they're doing is working and or worthwhile. To counteract those moments, a quick visit to My Teacher, My Hero should remind us that we are making a difference in the lives of our students.

Here is a related item that may be of interest to you:
DL Hughley Reminds Us Why We Teach

Poe and Hemingway Animated

Here is an animated telling of Edgar Allen Poe's Tell Tale Heart.

Here is an animated telling of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea.

I posted these videos last year, but it's a new school year and there are roughly 8000 more subscribers now than there were when I originally posted these videos so I thought it would be worthwhile to post them again.