Monday, July 25, 2011

Snag Learning Film of the Week - Home Base

This past weekend the National Baseball Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony. Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to make Home Base this week's Snag Learning Film of the Week. Home Base is an hour-long documentary about the Baseball Hall of Fame. The film takes viewers on a tour from the creation of the Hall of Fame through its current work to preserve a slice of Americana in the form of baseball history.

Watch the film and grab the discussion questions here.
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Thinglink - Make Your Blog Images Interactive

Thinglink is a neat service that allows you to make any image on your blog an interactive image. To do this you have to install the Thinglink plug-in (available for Blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr). Once you have Thinglink installed (it took less than 30 seconds on Blogger) you can tag and label anything in the images on your blog. Your tags appear as simple dots on your images. Whenever someone places her cursor over a dot in the image, the information in the label appears. You can include descriptions and or links to more information in each tag. Watch the video below to learn more about Thinglink.

Applications for Education
Thinglink could be a good way to have students take group blogging to a new level. Students working on a group blog could upload images then work together to add more information to the blog post in the form of image tags. One way that I'm thinking that this could be done in my US History classroom is to have students upload pictures representative of  concepts from the Industrial Revolution then tag different parts of the images to link out to further explanations and examples.

Easy Notecards - Easy Flashcards

Easy Notecards is a new online flashcard service that I recently learned about through Vicki Davis's blog. Easy Notecards allows you to create flashcards that are text-based and create flashcards that utilize images.

Like many other online flashcard services, Easy Notecards provides a gallery of public sets of flashcards. Some of the flashcard sets in the public gallery are connected to textbooks. This is accomplished when users creating flashcards opt to enter information about the textbook from which they are working to create flashcards. For example, if I was creating a set of flashcards about the American Civil War and using the textbook The Americans, I could enter the book title and chapter that matches the flashcards I am creating. Then when others search the gallery of flashcards they could search by topic or search by textbook title.

Applications for Education
Easy Notecards is quite new so the selection of public flashcard sets and textbooks is somewhat limited right now. That said, I think the option to associate textbooks with flashcard sets could be a great feature as more content is added to Easy Notecards.