Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Schoology - LMS Meets Social Networking

I wrote a post on this service early last fall, at that time it was still in development. The service now appears to offer more than it did then.

Schoology is a learning management system designed to look and act like a social network. Schoology allows teachers to perform routine tasks like recording attendance and grades. Schoology also provides a platform for giving tests and other assignments online. The social networking aspect of Schoology lies in the interface for posting messages to a large community (whole school), to a smaller community (an individual class), or to individual students. The Schoology interface will look very familiar to anyone that has used Facebook. Watch the video below to learn more.

Applications for Education
My school uses a very expensive LMS, but it's not an intuitive system for students or most staff to navigate. If the same applies to your school's LMS and you're looking for an intuitive alternative, Schoology might be what you're looking for.

Veezzle - Find Free Stock Photos

Finding images that you and your students can reuse for digital presentations can sometimes be a tricky process. Veezzle is an image search engine that should bring some clarity to that process. An image search on Veezzle will yield results that contain only royalty-free, free stock images.

Applications for Education
Your students could use the advanced image search tools of Google and Yahoo, but those options aren't always easy for students (or teachers in some cases) to understand. Veezzle provides students with a simple way to find images that they can use in their digital presentations.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
NachoFoto - Realtime Image Search Engine
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
How to Publish a Quiz Using Google Forms

Google Streetview Inside World Cup Soccer Stadiums

Just in time for the start of the World Cup later this week, Google has released new Google Maps Streetview imagery for South Africa. The imagery includes views of the interior of the stadiums in which the World Cup games will be played. As a complement to the Streetview imagery, Google has also released 3D models of the stadiums. The 3D models can be viewed in Google Earth. Watch the video below to learn more about the 3D models.

Explore the inside of FNB Soccer City Stadium below.

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If you're looking for some more World Cup resources, Larry Ferlazzo has created a good list.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Earth Across the Curriculum
Google Maps Labs - Try the Newest Options
Place Spotting - Challenging Geographic Riddles