Sunday, August 14, 2011

News 360 - A Personalized News Aggregator for Phones, Tablets, and Desktops

News 360 is a free news aggregation service that you can customize for your interests. You can read your personalized news feed on your phone, tablet, or desktop. The mobile app is available for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry Playbook, Android phones and tablets, and Windows phones. You can also read your News 360 feed on your computer.

To get started using News 360 you do have to register with your Twitter or Facebook credentials. Then select the types of stories that you're interested in reading. News 360 will use that information to serve up the stories that are most likely to appeal to you. You can create multiple interest channels. For example, I created a channel for sports stories and one for education stories.

Watch the video below for a short overview of News 360.

To learn more about the technology behind News 360, watch this video of Robert Scoble interviewing New 360's founder.

Applications for Education
For teachers who use current events as a part of their regular instruction News 360 could be a handy app to keep up with stories that are relevant to their students. If you have students give short presentations on current events (many social studies teachers I know do that), have students create News 360 accounts to discover news stories that they can share with their peers.

Print Your Own Blank Sheet Music

Blank Sheet allows you to create your own blank sheet music. Before printing you can select the key signature, time signature, number of staves per set, sets per sheet, and the cleff.

Applications for Education
Blank Sheet Music could be a handy resource for music teachers, particularly music theory and music composition teachers. I remember my high school band teacher (Mr. Berry) complaining about the inflated cost of sheet music. Blank Sheet Music could be a cost saving resource for music educators. 

Who Wants to be a Science Millionaire? And Other Games

Jefferson Lab is a good place to find educational online games and puzzles. I initially discovered this resource a couple of years ago when one of my students played "Who Wants to Win $1,000,000?" during a study hall period, she had learned about it from one of her other teachers. The games and puzzles on the Jefferson Lab site are math and science games with one word game thrown in for good measure.

Applications for Education
The games from Jefferson Lab could be good practice for applying science and math knowledge to problem solving. Jefferson Lab also has a Teacher Resources page full of lesson plans for hands-on activities, study pages, and reference materials. 

Nearly 200 Medical Animation Videos

The University of Pennsylvania Health System provides nearly 200 video animations and explanations of injuries, diseases, and body systems. The animations, like this one of a balloon angioplasty, are concise which makes them good for general reference purposes.

Applications for Education
The medical animation library could be a good resource for biology teachers, health teachers, and teachers of anatomy and physiology.