Thursday, December 2, 2010

Animate Text with Wondersay

Wondersay is a simple tool for creating animated text displays. The animated text displays you create with Wondersay can be embedded into a blog post or wiki page. To create an animated text display just type a few words then click the Wondersay This icon. If you don't like the display that is automatically generated you can customize the colors, fonts, and animation effects until you're satisfied with the display. See my animated text below.

made on Wondersay - Animate text with style

Applications for Education
Wondersay could be a fun way to enhance the display on a multimedia project constructed on Glogster, Wikispaces, or other similar sites.

The Google Science Fair is Coming Soon

Through an announcement in the Google Certified Teachers discussion group I've learned that on January 11, 2011 Google will kick-off a global science fair. There weren't that many details included in the announcement, but I'll pass along what I do know.

The focus of the Google Science Fair is on STEM projects. The Google Science Fair will be open to 13-18 year old students. Students can enter individually or in small teams. The focus of the Google Science Fair is on STEM projects. Google's partners in this project include National Geographic, CERN, NASA, Scientific American, and LEGO. Teachers can register now to receive free resource kits, bookmarks, stickers, posters, and notification when registration for the Google Science Fair opens.

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Google Earth Engine - Satellite Imagery Database

Today, Google launched the Google Earth Engine in Labs. (Labs is where Google releases experimental features). According to Google the purpose of the Earth Engine is to provide an online environment monitoring platform in the form of a dynamic digital model of the planet. In practice this means that the Google Earth Engine provides access to satellite data that can be used for creating visual displays of information related to environmental science. Learn more about the Earth Engine in the video below.

Applications for Education
In my initial testing I didn't find Earth Engine to be the most intuitive map or data mash-up tool I've tried. That said, its potential for being a useful tool for high school and college environmental science students is high.

More GeoGebra Tutorials for Beginners

On Monday I highlighted some tutorials for beginning GeoGebra users. Since that time I've learned about a few more good sources of GeoGebra tutorials.

Becky Ranks commented on Monday's post with the reminder that the Maine Department of Education has twenty-three GeoGebra video tutorials available in iTunes U. You can find those tutorials here.

Colleen Young also commented on Monday's post with a link to some of her tutorial resources including this Live Binder of resources.

I've mentioned Guillermo Bautista's work before, but it's worth sharing again as he has a good collection of tutorials that he's created on his Mathematics and Multimedia blog.

If you have other good GeoGebra resources to share, please leave a comment and I'll update this post with your suggestions.

Titanic Videos

The story of the sinking of the Titanic is one that has intrigued students for nearly a century. Finding images of the Titanic isn't hard, but finding original film footage of it is. Yesterday, the Open Culture blog posted a video of what may be the only existing film footage of the Titanic. The footage was shot in a shipyard while the Titanic was under construction.

Here is a video containing interviews with survivors of the Titanic's sinking. The video mixes in some clips from the Hollywood production Titanic.

Part two is here.

Here is some underwater footage from a 2004 NOAA expedition to explore the sunken wreckage of the Titanic.

From Snag Films and National Geographic, Secrets of the Titanic.
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Laugh, Think, Cry = A Full Day

This week is Jimmy V week at ESPN. Last night ESPN replayed Jim Valvano's now famous (amongst basketball fans) 1993 ESPY speech given just eight weeks before he died of cancer. You don't need to know anymore about Jimmy V in order to appreciate his speech in which he encourages everyone to laugh, think, and cry every day. The video has nothing to do with technology in education, but the speech is encouraging and inspiring so I thought I'd pass it along.

Should you desire, you can make a contribution to The V Foundation for Cancer Research here.