Monday, June 6, 2011

Explore and Learn at The Met

I recently spent some time exploring the website of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and found that there are some great resources for teachers and students on it. The first place that teachers will want to check out is the Publications for Educators page. In the Publications for Educators you will find a series of PDFs to accompany online features about the art of Egypt, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Beyond the online features in the educators' section, there are some great activities that students can learn from on their own. Students might enjoy and learn from How Van Gogh Made His Mark. How Van Gogh Made His Mark is part biography, part art lesson, and part hands-on drawing activity. After reading about Van Gogh and seeing his art students can try their hands at creating their own Van Gogh-like drawings.

Students will also like Marduk, King of the Gods which is a narrated thirty slide presentation about ancient Mesopotamia.

Scriffon - A Simple Way to Publish Your Writing Online

Scriffon is a simple service for writing and publishing online. Scriffon isn't a blogging platform, it's a writing platform. That means that you cannot edit the layout or navigation on the page on which your writing is published. Each writing that you publish is given it's own url. You can go back and edit your writing even after it has been published. If you want to you can use multiple pen names under your Scriffon account name too.

Applications for Education
Scriffon could be a good way for students to anonymously post their writings online and get feedback from others. For teachers or students who are reluctant to put their names on the web, using a pen name is a good way to publish without putting your real name online.

3 Ways to View Historical Images on Google Maps

Using the time slider on Google Earth can provide you with some images of the way a city looked in the past. Using Google Maps there are more ways to virtually explore the way a city or town looked in the past. Here are three ways to explore historical images on Google Maps.

Historypin is a service that allows anyone with a Google account to place images within the setting of current Google Maps Streetview imagery. If you don't have images to add, you can simply explore the imagery added by others. To explore the imagery on Historypin, zoom in on a location then select a range of dates on the Historypin timeline. Learn more about Historypin in the video below.

What Was There is a good example of using Google Maps to show the way places used to look. What Was There allows registered users to upload old images of buildings and landmarks and have them displayed in the place where they were taken. Anyone can explore the map and view the historical images on the map. Enter a city name in the search box or browse the map's placemarks to find images. Click on a placemark to open an image then choose "Google Street View" to see the image placed over current image of a place. Learn more about What Was There in the Tekzilla video below.

Historvius is a site that is part search engine, part map, and part reference source. The purpose of Historvius is to help people locate historically important sites associated with people and events from 4000BCE through today. Visitors to Historvius can search for places by selecting range of dates, choosing a historic period, selecting a person, or by entering a combination of search terms. Search results are displayed on a Google Map. You can then click on a placemark on the map to find more information about that historic site.