Wednesday, May 5, 2010

InSlices - Bookmark and Share Sections of Websites

InSlices is an online bookmarking service that allows users to bookmark an entire website or bookmark and save just a section of a website. In many ways InSlices is similar to iCyte and Memonic which I wrote about here. InSlices makes it easy to save and share sections of a website through their Firefox add-on or with their browser bookmarklet. Once you have InSlices installed in your browser, click the InSlices icon anytime to bookmark a website and cut a section of it to save and share. You can cut and bookmark as little as a sentence or as much as an entire page. Cutting and bookmarking isn't limited to text, you can also cut and bookmark an image or video from a webpage. Watch the video below to learn more.

Inslices - Save & Share What Matters! from Slice Factory on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
InSlices could be a very good tool for students to use while conducting research on the Internet. Sometimes students bookmark sites while conducting research but when they go back to those sites they forget what it was they needed on those sites. InSlices solves that problem by letting users cut out just the part of the site they want to use later.

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Tracking the Oil Spill - Interactive Maps

Since the Deep Water Horizon oil spill started on April 20, as many as 210,000 gallons of oil per day has polluted the Gulf of Mexico. The New York Times has an interactive map tracking the spread of the oil by day. Click play on the map to watch the oil spread.

Google has also added imagery to Google Earth with which you can view the expanse of the oil on the water. You can access that Google Earth file here. Turn on the "explore the oceans" layer built into Google Earth to learn about the environmental features potentially affected by the oil spill.

Larry Ferlazzo has created an extensive list of links about the Gulf Oil Spill. Check out Larry's list for more resources accessible to students.

Applications for Education
These maps could be a good complement to news articles your students read or new videos your students watch about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The maps provide nice visual aids that will help students realize how massive this oil spill is.

Six Free Word Games from is the default online dictionary for millions of people. But did you know that also has word games for your edutaining pleasure? This morning through Jeffrey Hill's English Blog I learned about one of six free word games offered by Miss Spell's Class is the game that Jeffrey Hill featured on his blog. In Miss Spell's Class students are presented with twenty commonly misspelled words and quickly decide if the spelling they're looking at is correct or incorrect.

The featured free word game on is Word Kingdom. Word Kingdom could be described as Zelda meets word search. In Word Kingdom players have to construct words in order to earn objects like wood and gold. Once enough objects are earned players can move on to the next level until they have built their Word Kingdoms.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for some word games that your students can play independently,'s games are a good starting place. Linking these games to your classroom blog would make it easy for students and their parents to locate the games quickly and give them another good reason to check in on your blog.

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TED Talks on Television

Over the last few years I've written about and shared TED Talks on numerous occasions. Since the first day I learned about TED Talks I've been captivated by the entertaining, informative, and intellectually stimulating speakers that appear at TED. As announced by TED yesterday, TED Talks are now available on television. In the US TED Talks will be broadcast on the cable television network Link TV and on some smaller regional networks (people outside the US can find broadcast options here). Click here to learn more about watching TED on television.

Just for your viewing pleasure, here is one of my favorite entertaining TED Talks.

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