Friday, June 24, 2011

Experience Some of ISTE Without Being There

If, like me, you're not attending the annual ISTE Conference this year you can still experience and participate in some of it through ISTE Unplugged. Organized by Steve Hargadon, ISTE Unplugged is a series of presentations that happen at ISTE and are streamed live through Elluminate. You can watch and participate through the Elluminate stream for free. In 2009 and 2010 Sue Waters and I hosted half hour discussions about blogging and had a great time answering questions from participants all over the world. If you would like to experience ISTE Unplugged, the schedule of events and directions for participating are available at

Video - Man as Industrial Palace

In Man as Industrial Palace Henning Lederer brings this famous drawing to life. In the two minute video viewers will see how the human body's internal systems work together to process food and produce life. The video is embedded below.

Der Mensch als Industriepalast [Man as Industrial Palace] from Henning Lederer on Vimeo.

See the image Man as Industrial Palace below. (If you're viewing this in RSS you might need to click through to see the image).

Applications for Education
While the depth of explanation isn't great in this video, it could be a nice little introduction or overview video for biology teachers. To kick-off an assignment have students watch the video then research and explain each part of the processes shown in the video.

H/T to Open Culture for the video.

Anatomy of a Computer Virus

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus is a narrated and illustrated explanation of the Stuxnet virus. The does a good job of explaining how the virus was created, spread, and the problems it could potentially cause. The video is embedded below.

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.

If you're considering using Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus in your classroom, you might also want to take a look at some of Common Craft's videos that can help viewers understand how computer viruses can spread. Computer Viruses and Threats is the obvious choice from Common Craft to complement the video above.

The World Wide Web in Plain English explains how the web works. This video could aid students' understanding of Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus. (If you're reading this in RSS you might need to click through to see the video).

H/T to Cool Infographics for the Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus video. 

From the Tallest Mountains to the Deepest Ocean Trenches

Our Amazing Planet recently published a large infographic featuring the highest and lowest places on Earth. The infographic shows the heights at which airliners fly to depths of the Mariana Trench. I learned about this infographic on the Google Earth Blog where they linked to the Google Earth locations for all of the places in the infographic.

Applications for Education
Reading the Google Earth Blog's post about this infographic with the links to the Google Earth locations gave me the idea for a geography scavenger hunt on Google Earth. Distribute the infographic to students then have them try to location each of the places on Google Earth. To take it a step further ask students to find some interesting facts about each of the locations. For example, ask them to find out how many people have climbed Mount Everest or who is Mount McKinley named after and why.