Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Social Media Revolution 2011

Inspired by the popular Did You Know? / Shift Happens series of videos created by Scott McLeod and Karl Fisch Erik Qualman created Social Media Revolution 2011. Social Media Revolution 2011 is a three minute video highlighting some updated statistics about current levels of social media and mobile technologies in 2011. If  you've seen the Did You Know? videos, most of Social Media Revolution 2011 won't be anything new to you. One part that stands out in Social Media Revolution 2011 is, "we don't have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it?"

If you're interested in learning more about digital technologies and social media for schools, please see my post Resources to Help Schools Understand Social Media.

H/T to Kevin Jarrett for sharing this video on Twitter.

Where in the World? A Google Earth Puzzle

Where in the World? is a geography puzzle constructed by The Atlantic. The puzzle is based on Google Earth satellite imagery. There are two puzzles in the series. The easier, though still difficult, of the two is this one that presents an image and three answer choices. The more difficult of the two is this one that does not offer multiple answer choices but does offer some very obscure clues.

Applications for Education
I would start students out on the easier of the two puzzles. Using the multiple choice options as clues, students can navigate Google Earth to discover the correct answer. This could be an excellent way to introduce students and or your colleagues to navigating within Google Earth. To extend the activity, once students have found the correct answers have them do a little research about each location. Turning on the National Geographic layers within Google Earth could be a good starting place for their research.

H/T to the Google Earth Blog.

A Great Collection of Science Videos

Last month I wrote three posts (here, here, and here) featuring good collections of science videos, podcasts, and interactive images for students. Each of those posts proved to be very popular. Here's another collection to add to your bookmarks. Open Culture has curated a list of 125 science videos. Their list is divided into subcategories. Each video has a brief description and a link to the video with a more detailed description. I found this video, How Large is the Universe? to be fascinating because it addresses one of those concepts that I've always had a hard time wrapping my head around.

Applications for Education
From what I saw in the descriptions, and from reading Open Culture for years I have a sense of their target audience, most of the videos deal with concepts and topics that beyond the elementary and middle school crowd. The Open Culture Science Video collection is geared toward a high school and higher audience. You're probably not going to find short and sweet explanations of concepts in the collection. Rather, what you'll find are some good videos to promote thinking about science. You could find some videos in the collection to correspond with topics you're teaching. If you're developing a wiki or website for your science course, The Open Culture collection could be a good place to start your search for videos for your wiki or website.