Sunday, March 14, 2010

Smarthistory - A Multimedia Art History Book

Smarthistory is a free online alternative to expensive art history textbooks. Smarthistory was developed by art history professors Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker. Smarthistory features more than just images of notable works of art. Videos lessons, VoiceThread lessons, and audio lessons about eras and themes in art history are what make Smarthistory a valuable resource. Students can browse all of the resources of Smarthistory by artist name, style of work, theme, or time period.

Applications for Education
Smarthistory could be an excellent supplement to an art history textbook. Depending on what aspects of art history you do teach, Smarthistory could replace traditional textbooks.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
ArtsEdge - Podcasts and Lesson Plans
Blogs for Art Teachers
The Bayeux Tapestry Animated

Has Anyone Seen a Missing Hour of Sleep?

Last night most of us in the US moved our clocks forward by one hour thereby foregoing an hour of sleep. Why did we do this? Watch the following video from the CBS News Fast Draw team to find out.

Applications for Education
I've posted this video a couple of times over the last two and a half years. No matter how many times I watch it I still think is provides a succinct explanation of the rationale for Daylight Saving Time.

Lifeyo - Quick and Easy Website Creation

Lifeyo is a free service for creating great-looking websites and blogs. It takes less than a minute to create your new website with Lifeyo. To get started just enter a title for your site, pick a design template, and create an account by entering your email address. All of Lifeyo's clean, simple, and good-looking templates allow you to include a blog element within your website. Integrating a blog within the site is a great option for those people who are just getting started online and aren't yet sure how they're going to use their blogs or websites.

I learned about Lifeyo from Allen Stern at Center Networks. Allen recorded a video demonstration of Lifeyo with one of Lifeyo's founders at SXSW. Watch the video below.

Applications for Education
One of the hurdles to getting teachers to build their own classroom website or blog is getting them to believe that they can create their own websites. The ease with which a Lifeyo website can be created makes it a good option for teachers who lack confidence in their "technology skills." Likewise, Lifeyo's ease of use makes it easy to get students creating websites to serve as online portfolios of their work.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
8 Ways to Create Websites (Not Blogs) for Free
Moogo - Create a Free Website