Sunday, December 27, 2009

Week in Review - Most Popular Items

I hope that all of the teachers reading this week-in-review are enjoying a relaxing holiday break from school. Judging by the traffic on the blog this week many of us are still very active online during our vacations.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last week:
1. 15 TED Talks for Teachers to Watch Before 2010
2. What Teachers Need to Know About Creative Commons
3. Google Apps Training Webinars
4. Connect Safely - Videos on Safe Social Network Use
5. Holiday Edition: Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration
6. My Seven Edublogging Secrets
7. Waving Goodbye to 2009

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Learn About Mount Everest

Tonight on Discovery the third season of Everest: Beyond the Limit begins. The series chronicles the efforts of amateur mountain climbers attempting to climb Mount Everest. The climbers are accompanied by professional guides and Sherpas. The entire climb is coordinated by Russell Brice.

To accompany Everest: Beyond the Limit, Discovery has developed a number of interesting and educational web resources. On the Everest: Beyond the Limit website you will find interactive Sherpa-cams, puzzles, games, and climbers' blogs. The Sherpa-cams give you perspective of what a climber sees has he or she ascends Mount Everest.

Applications for Education
Everest: Beyond the Limit could be a good way for students to learn about the effects of oxygen deprivation on the body. The videos and games could be useful for students to learn about survival in extreme environments. Finally, you never know when a series like Everest: Beyond the Limit might inspire a student who doesn't enjoy typical sporting activities to become physically active.

While Everest: Beyond the Limit shows what it is like to climb Mount Everest today, this book, Snow in the Kingdom: My Storm Years on Everestis one of the best about climbing Mount Everest before it became possible for amateurs to buy their way onto an expedition.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Farther Than the Eye Can See
360 Degree View From the Peak of Mount Everest
Climbing Kilimanjaro

Battle of Trenton Prisoners & Images of Revolution

On Thursday I ran a post about a great site called History Animated which features animations of Revolutionary War battles including the Battle of Trenton. On Friday, the National Archives daily feed served up a document that would make a good resource to use as a follow-up to viewing the Battle of Trenton animated. Return of Prisoners Taken at Trenton documents the transfer of prisoners captured at the Battle of Trenton.

Pictures of the Revolutionary War is a compilation of images about the Revolutionary War. The images in the collection chronicle the stirrings of rebellion in the pre-revolution years, the war from both American and British perspectives, and events following the Revolutionary War.

Applications for Education
The great thing about images is that they are accessible to most students regardless of their reading ability. Pictures of the Revolutionary War could be used in elementary school or middle school to have students develop ideas about the images say about the Revolutionary War. You could have students analyze images from the American and British perspectives and discuss what each artist was trying to say about the war.