Friday, May 28, 2010

Sciyo - Hundreds of Free Science Books and Journals

Sciyo is a free service that allows scientists to publish their works and connect with other authors. Works published on Sciyo are made available for free to visitors. Visitors can download works as PDFs. There are currently 211 free books on Sciyo. The category of books that is probably of most interest to readers of this blog is Technology and Education. In the future videos will also be available on Sciyo.

Applications for Education
As the costs of textbooks and scholarly journals continue to rise, sites like Sciyo become more valuable to cash-strapped schools and students.

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Seven Places to Find Free eBooks
Audio Owl - Hundreds of Free Audio Books
Flat World Knowledge Provides Free Textbooks

FedFlix - Movies from the US Government Archives

FedFlix, hosted by the Internet Archive, is a collection of nearly 2000 films produced by the US government during the 20th Century. The topics of these films range from presidential speeches to agricultural practices to public health and safety. Some films are instructional in nature, for example there is a film for police officers on how to arrest someone. Other films are more informative in nature and some films are flat-out propaganda films.

All of the FedFlix films are in the public domain so feel free to reuse and remix them as you and your students desire. The films can be downloaded or viewed online. Films can also be embedded into your blog or website. Below I've embedded a 1970 film on etiquette and grooming for women in the military.

Thanks to Instructify for the info about FedFlix.

Applications for Education
FedFlix could be a good resource for anyone teaching lessons on the
20th Century political, military, or cultural history of the United States. It might be interesting to show some of these videos to students and have them compare social norms now to those of the past. These videos are in the public domain so you could have students download a series of them and remix portions of the videos to create their own documentaries of topics in 20th Century US History.

Video - Space Shuttle from Hangar to Launch

The Air & Space Magazine website has a neat time-lapse video documenting the process of preparing NASA's Discovery space shuttle for launch, the launch itself, and finally its return to Earth. The time-lapse was composed from photos taken over a six week period. Watch the video below.

Thanks to Open Culture for sharing the video.

Applications for Education
This video could be used as a nice little introduction to a lesson on space exploration and NASA.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
NASA Space Place - Where Science is Fun!
NASA Images - Embed Galleries of Images and Videos
NASA Quests and Challenges

Implement YouTube's Unlisted Video Option

A couple of weeks ago I shared that YouTube had added a new video privacy option called "unlisted" videos. Tekzilla has a video that shows you how to implement the unlisted option for your videos. Check it out in the short video below.