Thursday, May 20, 2010

Infographic - Which Age Groups Use Social Media

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has an interesting infographic depicting the types of online activities done by members of seven different age groups. There are six user actions labeled in the infographic; creators, critics, collectors, joiners, spectators, and inactives. Age groups represented are Young Teens, Youth, Gen Y, Gen X, Young Boomers, Older Boomers, and Seniors. The data in the chart came from Forrester Research.

Click here for a larger version of the infographic.

Thanks to Paul Maglione for sharing the infographic on Twitter.

Applications for Education
This infographic confirms what many of us already know, kids are creating and consuming content online at a higher rate than their teachers and parents. The question then is why aren't more schools allowing students to produce and consume online content?

SpringPad - Organizing Bookmarks and Notes

SpringPad is a free online bookmarking and note taking service. SpringPad can be used on your computer and synced to your iPhone or Android-powered phone through the free SpringPad apps. You can also access your SpringPad account on other mobile devices by visiting the mobile version of SpringPad. I tested the mobile version earlier today and it worked well.

To use SpringPad on your computer, register for an account, install the SpringPad bookmarklet then start adding content to your account. You can add just a simple bookmark of a web address or you can add a web address with notes for yourself and anyone with whom you choose to share you content. You can also just add notes to your SpringPad account. If you're on a computer that is not your's you can email notes and links to your SpringPad account.

Learn more about SpringPad in the video below.

Applications for Education
This year it my the student body in my school seems to have reached the point where the majority of students are carrying a mobile device that can be considered a smartphone. That has prompted me to really being to investigate services that can be used on mobile devices for educational purposes. SpringPad is one service that I might recommend to my students to try.

Zoodles - A Free Kid-Friendly Web Browser

Zoodles is a web browser designed for use by children eight years old and younger. Zoodles provides a safe environment of screened and preselected web-based activities for education and entertainment. When you register to download Zoodles you're given the option to enter your child's age. Zoodles uses that information to provide your child with age appropriate activities. You can also specify if your child has a vision or hearing impairment and Zoodles will use that information to provide your child with appropriate activities accessible to him or her. Installing and using Zoodles is 100% free. Zoodles also offers some premium add-ons such as activity reports and custom settings for a fee.

Watch the video below to learn more about Zoodles.

Applications for Education
If you work in a preschool setting or in an early elementary school setting, Zoodles could be a great alternative to Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer. Even children who cannot read yet can use Zoodles because of the clear layout and spoken directions provided by Zoodles.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Safe Computing Tools for Kids - Windows Based
KidRex - Kid Safe Search
Welcome to the Web

National Snow and Ice Data Center

The National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder offers some good educational resources related to snow, ice, and environmental science. NSIDC's education center offers sections dedicated to educating students about glaciers, sea ice, snow, and arctic climatology. Most of the resources in the education center are text-based sequences of articles.

Outside of the education center NSIDC offers a large gallery of Google Earth files that you can use to learn about snow, ice, and climate change around the world. NSIDC offers an image gallery containing images captured from research expeditions around the world as well as satellite imagery. Some of the images from the expeditions are simply amazing.

Applications for Education
The National Snow and Ice Data Center could be a good resource for students of environmental science. The education center is a good primer on snow, ice, and glaciers, but the real value for me lies in the Google Earth files gallery. Contained in the Google Earth files gallery are tours and time lapse imagery that puts the information found on NSIDC into a visual and geographic context that is easy to understand.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Video - Two Cases of Global Warming
Climate Change, Wildlife, Wildlands Lesson Plans
Endangered Places Multimedia Map

Snag Films Offers a New Movie Theater Widget

I've been a fan of Snag Films since it launched in the summer of 2008. I was disappointed earlier this year when they disabled the embedding options that they previously offered. Late last week Snag Films released a new widget which is a compromise between embedding full films on your blog or not embedding them at all.

Snag Films now offers the option to build your own movie theater widget. The movie theater widget allows you to select the films that appear in your widget. Snag Films offers three sizes for your movie theater. Films in your widget play for two minutes before asking you to jump to Snag Films to watch the rest of the film.
Watch more free documentaries

Applications for Education
If you use documentary films in the course you teach, Snag Films movie theater widget provides a convenient way to create a playlist of those films. Place the widget on your course blog or website for students to refer to if they miss a classroom viewing or if they want to go back and watch a clip again. You could also place your Snag Films widget on your blog or website to provide your students with supplementary materials to view on their own.