Monday, July 11, 2011

Google Maps for Educators - A How-to Guide

So you may have used Google Maps to look at your house and find directions to a new restaurant in the city, but have you ever considered developing your own maps in Google Maps? Or have you had students create a map based on a book they read? Have you had students calculate distances and areas using Google Maps? Have you considered having students record local history in an interactive map? If you have ever wondered how to do these things, this guide to Google Maps is for.

Last week I published a couple of other Google guides that may be of interest to you.
Google Books for Educators
An Introduction to Advanced Google Search

You can find nearly thirty text and video tutorials for using Google products on my Google Tutorials page.

Virus Hunters - Snag Learning Film of the Week

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is The Virus Hunters. The Virus Hunters is a forty-seven minute film that explains how viruses are spread and how they can be contained and or eradicated. The film includes a lengthy segment about the WHO's work to eradicate Small Pox. The film then moves on to address the efforts of scientists to confront modern viruses. The film also explains the role of veterinarians in the prevention of spreading viruses. The video is embedded below. You can find discussion questions for the film here.
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135 Shuttle Launches in 135 Seconds

Last week I posted a bunch of resources (here, here, and here) about the final launch of NASA's Atlantis Shuttle. This morning I found one more video that I want to share. 135 Shuttle Launches in 135 Seconds is a CNN video that strings together all of the shuttle launches from the first to the last. The video is embedded below.

(If you're reading this in RSS you might need to click through to see the video).

Free Companion Book to America the Story of Us

In the past I've pointed out some of the free teaching resources available with History's America the Story of Us series. Today, I would like to share with you another free resource that was recently shared with me by Jeff Naslund. History is giving away copies of the America the Story of Us companion book to teachers. To get your free copy (retail price $29.99), you do have to pay $3.95 for shipping, call History's customer service at 1-800-344-6336.

Thanks again to Jeff Naslund for emailing me about this offer from