Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Music Video History of Industrial Development

Allan Sherman was a comedic/ parody song writer (he was Weird Al before Weird Al) who in the 60's released Good Advice. This morning my Uncle Bob posted a Good Advice music video on his Facebook page. The video and song provide a fun history of American industrial development. Enjoy.

Applications for Education
While not deep in content, this video could be a fun way to introduce or review a lesson on American industrial development in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. 

Week in Review - Edublog Awards Edition

Good morning (day, evening) from Maine. I have to start this week's Week in Review by saying thank you once again for all of your support in the Edublog Awards. Because of you Free Technology for Teachers received three Edublog Awards on Wednesday evening.

On Monday, ten fantastic educators/bloggers and I released The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators. Just counting the views on this blog, it has already been viewed nearly 30,000 times. If you like the book and think it can help the teachers you work with, please pass it along to them in print or digital form.

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1. The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators
2. Video - Project Based Learning Explained
3. How to Prepare for the Delicious Shut Down
4. Skype in the Classroom
5. Sort Google Search Results by Reading Level
6. Twurdy - A Web Search with a Readability Index
7. Quiz Snack - Create Simple Polls and Surveys

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Google Body Browser = Google Earth for Anatomy

I saw Google's Body Browser earlier this week, but because I didn't have the time to test drive it until this morning. After installing the latest version of Google Chrome (Body Browser won't work without it) I was able to see what all the talk was about. Body Browser gives you a 360 degree view of the human body. You can turn on layers to see bones, muscles, organs, and the nervous system. You can turn on all the layers at the same time and alter the transparency of each layer. Turn on labels to have labels appear each time you click on a part of the body. For example, if I have the bones layer turned on along with the labels, when I click on a bone a label will appear. Watch the video below to see Google Body Browser in use.

Body Browser is a Google Labs product which means it's still in the experimental stage. You should expect to find some quirks occasionally. You will also need to have the latest version of Google Chrome installed.

Applications for Education
Body Browser could be a fantastic resource for teachers and students of anatomy. By spinning the body 360 degrees students can learn to recognize parts of the anatomy from many views instead of just 2D photographic views.