Friday, March 12, 2010

Many Ways to Use Flip Cameras in the Classroom

Earlier today I Tweeted that I got a Flip video camera to record my presentations. Adam Truitt replied with this message "now waiting on your post - "100 classroom ideas for the flip camera" :-)" Adam's message reminded me of Tom Barrett's Interesting Ways series. I put the two ideas together and started a Google Docs presentation of ways that Flip video cameras can be used in the classroom. I've already invited Adam to add his thoughts and I'd like to open it up to as many people as possible. If you have something to add to this presentation just send me your email address in the form below and I'll send you an invite to collaborate.

Street View Arrives in Hong Kong, I See 7-11

Earlier this week the Google Maps team announced that they have add Street View imagery for Hong Kong , Macau, and UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan. Being a map enthusiast and a Street View enthusiast, I had to check it out for myself. And the first thing I saw when clicking on Street View for Hong Kong was this...

Don't be mislead by the image above. The Street View imagery of Hong Kong is actually quite good. Take a look for yourself in the map below.

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Applications for Education
At first when I saw the Seven Eleven store in the Street View imagery I didn't think much of it. However, after some thought I realized that showing students that Street View image could serve a couple of educational purposes. First, it's a good example of economic globalization. Second, you could show students the image as a way to challenge their ideas of what Hong Kong looks like. I can almost hear students saying, "I didn't think they had that over there."

Updated - Creating a Teacher's Online Hub

Earlier this week I posted the first draft (only up for about 30 minutes) and second draft of a slide that I developed for use in a presentation that I'm giving next week. The presentation is about using blogs, websites, and wikis to improve the learning experience for all parties involved (students, parents/guardians, and teachers). Using the feedback that I got on Twitter and in blog comments I made some alterations to the slide. Thank you to everyone that gave me feedback. Your feedback was a good example of why we should all have a PLN. I didn't use every suggestion, but I think you'll notice some changes.

Some people have asked if they can reuse the slide/image. The answer is yes, all I ask is that you give proper attribution. For those who wanted a PDF version, you can grab it here.

The Week in Rap

I've written a couple of posts about The Week in Rap in the past. There are roughly 4,000 more readers now than the last time I posted The Week in Rap so I thought it would be worth sharing again for those who haven't seen it before. Every Friday The Week In Rap posts a weekly news summary in the form of a rap music video. The videos cover stories from national and international politics as well as sports and entertainment news. I've embedded this week's video below.

Week in Rap 3.12.10 from Week in Rap on Vimeo.