Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Global Education Conference Kicks-off Next Week

Last month I featured the K12 Online Conference as a great opportunity to learn from other educators around the world. Hopefully, all of you got a chance to watch a couple of those presentations. If you haven't done it yet, I highly recommend watching Dean Shareski's opening keynote. Next week on November 15 another free online education conference will kick-off.

The Global Education Conference is a 100% online conference featuring  36 keynotes and more than 300 total presentations. All keynotes and presentations are listed on their respective pages in the order in which they will be available. All keynotes and presentations will be broadcast using Elluminate. To make sure you're ready to participate in Elluminate, run the configuration test here.

Time Search - Search the Web Through Timelines

Time Search is a good general resource for history teachers and students. Simply enter a year, press "go" and you're shown a list of significant events that happened in that year. Scroll up or down the list to see events that happened early or late in the year. Time Search lists events that happened worldwide. You can select historical themes to narrow your list of events. You can also narrow results by selecting a region of the world. Next to each item in your events list you will see icons indicating availability of related images, quick text references, and map references. Not all icons appear for all events.

Applications for Education 
Time Search looks like it could be a handy reference tool for history teachers and students. The events displayed by Time Search don't contain much detail so it is best used as a general resource to get ideas and get started on research activities. The "Search Sites" option provides links to other resources that contain information about the year entered into your search.

LIFE Photo Timelines and Timeline Builder

LIFE has long been known for capturing and hosting some of the most iconic images of the 20th Century. Today, LIFE continues to capture and share outstanding imagery. LIFE Photo Timelines hosts timelines featuring images from the LIFE collections. Visitors to LIFE Photo Timelines can view existing timelines or create their own timelines using images from the LIFE collections.

To create a timeline using LIFE's Timeline Builder you first have to create a LIFE account. You can create an account by logging-in with your Twitter, Facebook, or Google credentials. Once logged-in name your timeline and give it a description. Then search for images by entering terms in the search box. If your results are too large, LIFE will present you with options for refining search results. When you find images that you like, just drag them to the blank timeline that appears below image search results. You can rearrange the sequence by simply dragging and dropping them. When you're done adding content you can save it and publish it to the web or just save it in your account for private viewing.

Applications for Education
LIFE's Photo Timeline Builder could be a good way for students to assemble timelines about people, events, or themes in 20th Century history.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
TimeRime Multimedia Timeline Builder
Great Timeline Builders
AP Timeline Reader

Repeat After Us - Online Language Lab

Repeat After Us is an online library of copyright-free English texts and audio recordings. The purpose of Repeat After Us is to provide ESL students with a place to read and hear proper pronunciations of English words. The texts on Repeat After Us are arranged into eight genre categories including children's stories, prose fiction, and prose non-fiction. Recordings can be listened to online and or downloaded from Repeat After Us. All of the recordings match the texts. Texts range in length from one paragraph to multiple pages.

Thanks to Kyle Pace for Tweeting the link to Repeat After Us.

Applications for Education
Repeat After Us could be helpful for students learning to read and pronounce English words and phrases. Students could read the texts to themselves before listening to the recordings to check their pronunciations.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
10 Resources for ESL & Foreign Language Students
Voxy - Learn a Language from Life

National Humanities Center Toolbox Library

The Avalon Project is a great resource for primary source documents from US History that has previously been featured on Free Technology for Teachers. Recently I started exploring another good source of primary source documents hosted by the National Humanities Center. The National Humanities Center Toolbox Library host eight collections of primary source documents and images. The collections are categorized by eras in US History. Each document and image in the collections is accompanied by discussion questions and or a reading guide.

Applications for Education
There are many primary source document books that can be purchased. Most of those are simply filled with documents that are in the public domain. Online resources like the National Humanities Center Toolbox Library and The Avalon Project contain much of the same material is available at no cost to schools (other than perhaps the cost of printing copies for a classroom).

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
National Archives Our Documents Source Book
Documenting the American South