Monday, February 14, 2011

Nikon This Day - Images from This Day in History

Nikon's This Day is a neat little "this day in history" resource. Everyday This Day posts one new image with a short story about something that happened on that day of the month in years past. You can scroll along the timeline at the bottom of the screen to see what was posted on previous days of the year.

Minus - Simple Drag and Drap File Sharing

Minus ( provides a simple way to share files with anyone. To use Minus just drag a file onto the blank Minus canvas. Once your file is on the canvas Minus will provide you with links to share your file with others. Minus will also generate a HTML code that you can use to embed your file into a blog or website. Those people with whom you share the url for your file can also download your file.

Applications for Education
Minus could be useful for students working on collaborative projects to quickly swap files that they need to share with each other. Minus also makes it easy for teachers to post documents online that they would like their students to read and discuss.

Learn About Mount Everest in 3D

As some readers of this blog know, one of my long-term dreams is to visit the Himalayas. In the past I've shared some resources for teaching and learning about Mount Everest. Today, I'm excited to share with you a new video podcast series for learning about the Mount Everest region. For their fifth season The Rest of Everest is releasing all of their episodes in 3D video. According to their site, this is the first 3D footage recorded in Tibet.  And unlike a lot of documentaries about Mount Everest, this season of 3D footage was recorded on the infrequently visited east or Kangshung face of Mount Everest. You need nothing more than a cheap pair of red and green 3D glasses, Amazon Snow in the Kingdom: My Storm Years on Everest.

If you're truly interested in learning about the Kangshung face of Mount Everest, I highly recommend reading Snow in the Kingdom: My Storm Years on Everest which was written by a fellow Mainer, Ed Webster.

Kindle Lending Club Changes Name and URL

Ten days ago I wrote about the Kindle Lending Club. That post is one of the most popular so far this month. Today, through Read Write Web, I learned that Amazon forced the Kindle Lending Club to change its name and url. The Kindle Lending Club is now known as simply Book Lending and the url is The club functions just the same as before.

Plagiarisma - A Plagiarism Checker

Plagiarism, as teachers we see it a lot. Sometimes it's done intentionally, sometimes it's done accidentally. Either way we can't allow our students to plagiarize other people's works. Plagiarisma is a free tool that teachers and students can use to detect possible cases of plagiarism.

There are a few ways that you can use Plagiarisma. The easiest way to use Plagiarisma is to copy and paste a chunk of text into the Plagiarisma search box. You can also upload documents (RTF, Doc, PDF, HTML, ODT) to be scanned by Plagiarisma. The third option is to type a url into the search box to have Plagiarisma scan for possible cases of plagiarism. Whichever option you use, Plagiarisma will return a list of urls containing possible plagiarism matches.

Applications for Education
Plagiarism isn't always intentional on the part of students. Sometimes they honestly don't realize that they're doing it. Having students use Plagiarisma to scan their documents before submitting them for a grade, could help them identify flaws in their works and change them before it's too late.

Here are seven other tools for detecting and preventing plagiarism.

What Lies Ahead for Egypt?

Now that Hosni Mubarak has left office in Egypt, the wonders what will happen next in Egypt. Who will run the country until the fall elections? CNN Student News has some answers in this morning's episode.