Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Virtual Cell Animations

The Molecular & Cell Biology department at North Dakota State University hosts a nice collection of virtual cell animations. The collection of virtual cell animations introduces students to seventeen molecular and cellular processes. For each process there is a series of annotated images, a text explanation, and a video explaining the process.

Applications for Education
The virtual cell animations collection could be a great resource for high school biology students. The annotated images provide a resource that students can explore at their own pace before or after watching the videos provided by North Dakota State University.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
10 Sources of Educational Science Games
A Large Collection of Cell Biology Videos
The Interactive Periodic Table

Interactive Lessons on the American Revolution

Teaching American History has a series of interactive lessons about the American Revolution that are suitable for middle school and elementary school use. The lessons are divided into three chronological sections; 1775-1778, 1778-1781, and Treaty of Paris 1783. All of the lessons in the first two sections ask students to locate a place on a map. Students then answer a question about that place. After answering the question students are given a short text lesson. The lessons appear in chronological order. In the section on the Treaty of Paris students move through a series of placemarks on a map to learn about the terms of the Treaty of Paris.

H/T to Donna Murray for the link.

Applications for Education
Teaching American History's interactive lessons about the American Revolution could be useful as an introductory or review resource.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:American President - An Online Reference
From Washington to Obama in 4 Minutes With Dates

10 US History Google Earth Tours

Target Map - Create Mapped Displays of Data

Target Map is a new service that allows anyone to create mapped displays of data sets. Users of Target Map can importa and map their own data sets, use data sets from other users, use data sets found online, or manually input data onto a map. When I created my sample map, I choose to manually input data.

Target Map allows you to map data for a country, a region, or for the whole world. You can customize the display to make borders appear faint or bold and alter the look of data points. Although at first glance Target Map's user interface might not appear to be terribly intuitive, it is actually quite easy to use if you follow the directions.

Target Map is free to use if you agree to publish your maps to the public gallery. If you want to keep your maps private you can do so for a small fee. The first time you create a map on Target Map it is reviewed for quality before it is added to the public gallery. Below you will see a map from the Target Map gallery. (Click image to launch map with data key).

Applications for Education
Data sets on their own can be difficult for some students to analyze. Target Map could be an excellent way for students to visualize and analyze data sets that they create or find online. Target Map makes it possible for students to visually compare economic, demographic, scientific, and other statistics. I can see myself using Target Map in my World Studies course to have students create maps comparing economic growth data from different countries around the world.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Fusion Tables - Data Visualization Made Easy
New Visualization Charts in Google Docs
12 Resources All Social Studies Teachers Should Try

Twenty Google Tools Tutorials for Teachers

Eight months ago I added a page to Free Technology for Teachers dedicated to sharing Google tools tutorials for teachers. I've gradually increased the number of tutorials found on that page. There are now twenty tutorials on that page in document, slide, and video formats. (There are actually more than twenty if you open the Google for Teachers ebooks posted on the page).

Some of the tutorials you will find on the Google tools tutorials page are:
Creating Self-graded Quizzes.
Embedding Videos Into Google Maps.
Embedding Google Maps Into Wiki and Blog pages.
Creating Data Visualizations in Google Fusion Tables
Removing the Navigation Bar from Blogger Blogs

If you have tutorials that you think should be on the page or you have a request for a tutorial, please let me know.