Monday, June 14, 2010

Free DVD - Journey to the Stars

NASA in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History is giving away copies of Journey to the Stars. Journey to the Stars is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg takes viewers on a virtual journey through time and space. Teachers can request a free copy of the DVD here. The DVD comes with suggested lesson plans.

Thanks to Instructify for the information about this DVD giveaway.

Update: It appears that they've run out of DVDs. You can however sign-up to be notified when the next batch of freebies is available.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Interactive Tour of the Hubble Telescope
Star Child - Learning for Young Astronomers
NASA Quests and Challenges

HTML Helper - 20 HTML Tutorials

Have you ever wanted to learn how to write and edit HTML? If so, HTML Helper has twenty lessons to help you get started on your way to becoming a code monkey. HTML Helper's lessons will walk you through the basics of working with texts and fonts through working with images.

Thanks to Rich Kiker for sharing this on Twitter.

Applications for Education
Whether you're looking to improve your own skills or you're looking for some simple lessons to share with students, HTML Helper's lessons could help you out. One word of caution, HTML Helper does link to some other pages about making money online which you may want to review before sending students to HTML Helper on their own.

Free eBook - 20 WEBTOOLS Applied to Teaching

Ana Maria Menezes has just published a 53 page free ebook titled 20 WEBTOOLS Applied to Teaching. In addition to some well-known services like Animoto, Ana Maria has included some lesser-known tools that could be particulary useful for ESL/ELL instruction. You can download the ebook from Issuu. I also recommend browsing through Ana Maria's blog, Life Feast, if you've never visited it.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
Beyond Google - Improve Your Search Results
Free Guide - Making Videos on the Web

Aviary Roc Rocks! Make Your Own Music Loops

Last week Aviary introduced a new service designed to complement their Myna sound mixing service. The new service is called Roc and it does rock. Using Roc you can create your own music loops or samples. After you've created your music samples you can download them, reuse them in Myna, or embed them into your blog. Below you will find a brief tutorial on how to create sound loops using Aviary Roc.

Google Apps for Education users, remember that Aviary's services can be incorporated into your account through the Google Apps Marketplace. This means that teachers and students can save their Aviary creations in their Google Accounts. Below is a tutorial on how to add Aviary to your Google Apps for Education services (note: you have to be the administrator of your organization's Google Apps for Education account to make this happen).

Applications for Education
The combination of Aviary's Myna and Roc services could be a great way for your students to create their own audio tracks for podcasts, videos, and other multimedia projects. Because your students will be creating original works neither you nor they have to worry about violating anyone's copyright rights.

TED Debate - Does the World Need Nuclear Energy?

At TED 2010 Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson debated the question, "does the world need nuclear energy?" This video may be of interest to teachers of science and teachers of contemporary global studies. For all teachers the video presents good examples of two people using statistics and other evidence in support of their respective positions.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
15 TED Talks to Watch Before 2010
Sir Ken Robinson - Bring on the Learning Revolution
TED Talk - Creativity and Play