Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mapping Wikipedia

Mapping Wikipedia is an interesting attempt to organize Wikipedia articles and images by location. Mapping Wikipedia allows you to search for articles according to language, location (by continent, region, or country), and the number of articles and images associated with the language and location you have specified in your search. It's a good way to discover information about a place. My only complaint is that they color scheme used on Mapping Wikipedia makes it difficult to see some elements of the map.

Applications for Education
Mapping Wikipedia could be a helpful resource when students want to research a country, but don't quite know how to get started. Selecting a language and country in the Mapping Wikipedia search engine will lead them to many articles related to that country. Those articles could get students started on a path toward further research.

Spreaker - Create and Broadcast Live Podcasts

Spreaker is a service for creating podcasts and broadcasting them to the world as live or recorded productions. If you want to simultaneously broadcast live and record your podcast for re-release later, you can do that too. The Spreaker virtual mixing board provides tools for mixing in buffer music and editing voices. The video below provides a brief introduction to Spreaker.

Applications for Education
Spreaker could be a useful service if you want students to record podcasts, but you don't have quality recording software installed on your school's computers. Spreaker has free Android and iOS apps that your students can use to record too.

iNudge - Experiment with Sound Patterns

iNudge is a neat little web-based application that allows users to experiment with sounds and rhythms. iNudge features a grid of boxes. When a box is checked in iNudge it plays a sound in a repeating rhythm that you can adjust. The more boxes you check in the iNudge grid, the more sounds and rhythms you can make. When you're happy with the sound pattern you've created you can share your iNudge grid by emailing it or embedding it into your blog. I've embedded my creation below.

Applications for Education
iNudge could be a good little application that students can use to experiment with and share sound patterns they create. If you have students creating videos or podcasts that need buffer music, iNudge could be the perfect tool for creating that buffer music. 

Study Egg Offers Video-based Quizzes

Last week I received an email from the creators of a service called Zendo that I had reviewed last winter. They wrote to inform me that they have rebranded and changed their product into a new service called Study Egg.

Study Egg is a service that is offering quizzes based on video lessons from Khan Academy, MIT Open Courseware, and TED Ed. The premise is quite simple. Pick a topic that you want to learn about in the library of videos. Each video has a a series of questions attached to it. When you answer a question Study Egg will immediately indicate if you answered correctly or not.

Applications for Education
Study Egg isn't a revolutionary idea by any means, but it could be useful for some students to use as review activities before an assessment.

Icon Bug - Free Icons and Clip Art

Icon Bug is a collection of more than 10,000 icons and pieces of clip art that can be downloaded and re-used for free. The Icon Bug search engine allows you to search by keyword, browse popular icon categories, and refine searches according to icon size. Registered users can upload their own icons to contribute to the gallery.

Applications for Education
If your students need some clip art icons to use in presentations, in blog posts, or in another medium Icon Bug could be a good place to find the icons they need. Just remind students that even though the icons are free to use, most of the icon contributors do request attribution.

H/T to Steven Anderson for sharing this on Twitter.