Thursday, June 30, 2011

Month in Review - June's Most Popular Posts

It's hard to believe that it will be July in a few hours (is already July for my friends in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia). I hope that those of you who are on a break from school are getting the rest and relaxation that all educators need.

Here are the ten most popular posts in June, 2011:
1. 77 Web Resources for Teachers to Try This Summer
2. Interactive Textbooks via iPad
3. Using Google Earth in Mathematics Lessons
4. Top 5 Apps for Administrators to Learn and Use
5. Show Me App Now Available
6. How to Use Google Bookmarks
7. Experience Some of ISTE Without Being There
8. 9 Places to Find Creative Commons & Public Domain Images
9. Image Embellisher - Easily Add Special Effects to Images
10. Mapfaire - A Simple Way to Make Simple Maps

Many Books - 29,000 Free eBooks

Many Books is a service that has indexed more than 29,000 free ebooks that are available in a variety of formats for a variety of devices. The books that you will find through Many Books are works that are either in the public domain or have been licensed for free distribution. You can search Many Books by title, author, genre, or language.

Animaps - Create Animated Google Maps

Animaps is a new service that was built for the purpose of allowing users to create animated Google Maps. The basics of creating maps in Animaps is very similar the process for creating maps in Google Maps. The main benefit of using Animaps over Google Maps is that you can create a tour of your placemarks that plays through according to the timing that you specify. Another benefit is that you can build in colored shapes to expand and contract to demonstrate patterns. You can also import images to your map from Flickr, Picassa, and Facebook. Click here to watch a demonstration of Animaps in action.

Applications for Education
Watch this Animap to see an overview of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. As you can see, Animaps could be a great tool for having students create tours of historic events. You could also have students create fictional stories that they illustrate on Animaps.

H/T to Google Maps Mania

Create Choose Your Own Adventure Videos

Earlier this week I was one of the instructors at the Ed Tech Teacher Teaching History With Technology workshop. Through one of the other instructors, Greg Kulowiec, I learned how to make videos that you upload to YouTube interactive. By using the spotlight annotation tool in the YouTube video editor you can insert into your videos a hyperlink to other videos or websites. By inserting multiple links into your videos you can create "choose your own adventure" series of videos. Click here to see one of the videos that Greg's students created using the spotlight annotation tool.

Here are the basic directions for getting started linking together a series of YouTube videos that you and your students have created. These directions assume you already know how to upload videos to YouTube, watch this video if you don't know how to upload videos to YouTube.

Step 1:
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Steps 3-5:
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