Wednesday, June 30, 2010

ArcGIS Explorer Online - Explore GIS Layers

ArcGIS recently launched a new free web application called ArcGIS Explorer Online. ArcGIS Explorer Online allows users to create mash-ups of geographic data on a map. Users can add data layers to the whole map or to a section of the map. There are one dozen map baselayers that users can build upon. To add data users can select the ArcGIS data base or upload their own data files. Below you will find instructions for three basic steps to get you started using ArcGIS.

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Applications for Education
ArcGIS Explorer Online could be a good tool for geography teachers whose students cannot access Google Earth. For some students ArcGIS Explorer Online might be easier to use initially than Google Earth. In either case ArcGIS Explorer Online provides a good tool that will get students analyzing data in a geographic context quickly.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Earth Across the Curriculum
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
Using Maps in an Elementary School Math Lesson

Lots of Great Links from ISTE 2010

The ISTE 2010 conference just wrapped-up a couple of hours ago. I had a great time reconnecting with folks that I met last year, meeting new people, and learning lots of great stuff about technology and education. If you weren't able to attend, but want to discover some of the great websites that were shared throughout the conference, head on over to the ISTE 2010 Diigo group. Currently, there are 115 links on the list that were shared during the conference. I went through the list and found about one dozen sites that were new to me.

Applications for Education
Diigo is a great social bookmarking service for educators. Educators (or anyone else) can create private and or public groups for sharing the links they find with their colleagues. What's really nice about Diigo is that not only can you share links with your group, you can also comment on the links and explain why you bookmarked it and how it might be helpful to educators.

Here's a nice Diigo video tutorial created by Google Certified Teacher Lisa Thumann.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Seven Tools for Organizing Web Research
Diigo Teacher Accounts
A Quick Guide to Annotating Using Diigo

Put YoLink In Your Blog

Yesterday, I published a post about YoLink. Today, I had the opportunity to meet with Brian Cheek from YoLink. Brian told me that they have just launched a new search widgets that you can in place in your blog or website. The widgets search the web as well as the content within your blog or website. Currently, the only ready-made widget is for Blogger. Putting YoLink on other platforms requires a small bit of coding.

Here's another video highlighting the features of YoLink.

Applications for Education
Putting a YoLink widget on your classroom blog could be a handy tool for searching the content that you or your students have created. YoLink also has some free PDFs about using YoLink in the classroom. The PDFs include ideas for activities that have been done by real classroom teachers using YoLink.

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