Tuesday, July 17, 2012

MarQueed - Share and Discuss Images

MarQueed is a new tool for organizing collections of images, sharing those collections, and discussing the images in those collections. The basic idea of MarQueed is to provide tools for highlighting elements of pictures and drawings for others to see. You can upload an image to MarQueed then draw on it or attach a text box to it. For example, if I had an image of a cell I could upload it to MarQueed then label parts of it for my students to see.

You can share MarQueed images or keep your images private. Likewise you can create private and public collections of images. You can add images to your collections by uploading them or by clipping them from webpages by using the MarQueed bookmarklet.

Applications for Education
One way that a teacher might use MarQueed is to upload an image of a cell then label parts of it for students to see. Or upload the image, share it with students then ask them to label it. 

Animated Science Lessons for Children

The Children's University of Manchester has great collections of animated lessons covering seven science subjects for students of early elementary/ primary school age. The lessons cover The Body and Medicine, Energy and Environment, Earth and Beyond, Teeth and Eating, Micro-organisms, The Brain, and Exercise.

For each science subject covered by The Children's University of Manchester there is an introduction followed by seven to ten interactive animations. For example, in The Earth and Beyond students can see how the position of the sun affects the length of shadows. Students can advance the sun through the sky. As they advance the sun they can use a ruler to measure the lengths of the shadows that they create.

Applications for Education
The Children's University of Manchester science lessons could be good place to find supplementary interactive materials for your elementary school science lessons. You could extend The Earth and Beyond shadows activity by having your students measure shadows in your school yard throughout the day at different times of the year.

Explore Antarctica in Google Maps Street View

Earlier today Google released some fantastic new Google Street View imagery of Antarctica. This imagery has also been included in Google's World Wonders Project too. Obviously the imagery it isn't actually "street view" rather it is ground-level 3D imagery of notable landmarks in Antarctica. You can view places like Shackelton's hut and the ceremonial south pole.

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Applications for Education
Have your students take a look inside Shackleton's hut to see a glimpse of how he and his crew lived.

Please see these resources related to Frozen Planet for more information and materials for teaching about Antarctica

Inkflow - An iPad App for Visual Thinkers

Inkflow is an iPad app for visual thinkers who like to sketch to process what they're hearing, seeing, and learning. Inkflow can be used to sketch mind maps, draw pictures, write free hand, and just about anything else you might do with a pencil and paper. You can organize your Inkflow pages into books.

There is a free version and a paid version of Inkflow. The free version allows you to use black ink only and your books are limited to twenty pages. But you can have as many books as you want in the free version. The paid version gives you more drawing tools and colors as well as more pages per book. The paid version is now available for volume pricing.

Applications for Education
Two summers ago I read Dan Roam's book The Back of the Napkin. That book turned me on to having students create simple sketches to demonstrate how they understand or interpret a topic. Inkflow could be a great iPad app for students to use to draw sketches and outlines of their understanding of topics that they're studying. Of course, Inkflow could also be used for its intended purpose as a note-taking app.