Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Week In Review - Camp Week!

Good morning from Maine where it's almost starting to feel like fall. This week I held the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp at Sunday River resort. A huge thank you to everyone who came, you made the event a success. Hopefully, I can host another Practical Ed Tech Camp again.

Of course, I continued to blog throughout the week even when camp was in session.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Picture Manhattan Inside the Grand Canyon
2. 5 Services for Creating and Sharing Audio Recordings
3. You Shouldn't Be an Instructional Technology Coordinator If You Don't Understand This...
4. Three Ways to Make Useful QR Codes for Your Students
5. How To Create Your Own Custom Search Engine
6. RADCAB - A Website Evaluation Framework for Students
7. 5 Handy Google Drive Shortcuts

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Geology Hikes - A Model for Blogging and Mapping

John Haley is one of my former colleagues that I keep in touch with through Facebook. John is a fantastic, enthusiastic Earth Science teacher. One of the projects that he's been working on this summer is Maine Geology Hikes. On Maine Geology Hikes John has been sharing more than just stories about hiking. He's been sharing lessons worthy of inclusion in books on the topic of Maine geology.

I'm pointing out John's work not because I think everyone should visit Maine and explore the places John's featured (although if you're for a vacation, Maine is beautiful this time of year), but because he blog provides a nice model to follow.

Here's what makes John's blog a good model to follow:
1. The purpose of the blog is clear. I know what to expect when I go there.
2. When it is appropriate John is using links to other resources. When links aren't available he's including citations to print media.
3. He's not writing every day (roughly one post per week), but the posts are longer than what you would find on a blog that is publishing new content on a daily basis.
4. The pictures are used as instructional aids.

To complement Maine Geology Hikes John has create a Maine Geology Hikes Google Map. The map uses placemarks to provide a bit of information about the geological features discovered on each of the hikes. And because it is a Google Map you can quickly click to find directions to the hike.

Wildfires and Climate Change - Video

Earlier this week while exploring Climate Central I found a good video about wildfires in the western United States. The video (available through Vimeo) explains why rising temperatures are not the only contributor to an increasing rate of wildfires in the west. Watch the video (embedded below) and you might be surprised by some of the factors that Climate Central believes are contributing to the increased rate of wildfires.

Wildfires Out West from Climate Central on Vimeo.