Friday, August 26, 2011

Made in the Cloud Video Contest Winners Selected

On Monday the finalists for the Next Vista/ Free Technology for Teachers Made in the Cloud video contest were announced. Yesterday, the winners were selected by a crowd vote at the 21st Century Learning Symposium in Port Huron, Michigan. 

In the student strand, the winner was:
Mathboarding (Billings Middle School, Seattle, WA)

In the teacher strand, the winner was:
Water Around Us: Water in the Air, by Stacey Holder (Fairlands Elementary School, Pleasanton, CA)

Congratulations to both winners. And congratulations to all participants for their very fine submissions. 

Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive

Over the last week or so I've shared a handful of resources related to September 11, 2001. Today, I think I've found the most extensive resource yet. The Internet Archive has assembled more than 3,000 hours of news footage from September 11, 2001 and the six days immediately following. You can explore the footage in a timeline grid format. I just spent fifteen or more minutes watching some of the news footage and it took me right back to many of the same feelings that I had almost ten years ago watching it live from a FedEx sales office in Tempe, Arizona.

Applications for Education
Understanding 9/11: A Television Archive could be a powerful resource to help students understand the feelings of confusion and disbelief that many people experienced watching the news ten years ago.

Free Stuff Friday - Tee Shirts from Edublogs

It's Friday morning and as I have done for every Friday this month, I've lined up some free stuff to give away. This week I have five Edublogs tee shirts to give away. As you probably know, Edublogs is a blog hosting platform designed for academic use. Recently Edublogs removed all ads from their free blogs so now anyone can create a blog for free without advertising.

To get a free Edublogs tee shirt sent to you, leave a short comment on this post explaining how you use blogs (regardless of who hosts it) in your school. At 8pm ET I will randomly select five winners. Good luck.

Update: The winners have been selected and notified via email.

Hurricane Irene and Hurricanes Past

Hurricane Irene is heading up the east coast of the US with more force than we've seen in quite a while. Today's episode of CNN Student News covers the track of Irene. The segment also compares Irene to past hurricanes that have hit the coast of the US. The episode is embedded below.

For more resources about Hurricane Irene I recommend checking out the list of mapping resources that Google Maps Mania and the Google Earth Blog have assembled.

And of course, I wish safety and good thoughts to all of my friends and readers in the areas affected by Hurricane Irene.

All Kinds of Minds - A Nice TED Talks Playlist

I have my first day of school today (yes, on a Friday) and my students return next Tuesday. Just as I was scanning my RSS reader for the last time before bed last night, I came across a TED Talks playlist titled All Kinds of Minds. I had watched three of the four in the playlist before, but it was a great reminder for me that the world really is made up of all kinds of unique minds that have great things to offer. These TED Talks provide powerful reminders of that. And that is something that I will strive to remember the next time I'm working with a "difficult" mind.

Temple Grandin's TED Talk is embedded below.