Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Langscape - An Interactive Map of Languages

Langscape is an interactive map created at the Maryland Language Science Center. The Langscape interactive map displays more than 6,000 markers representing more than 6,000 languages. Each marker represents the native language of that location. Zoom-in and click on a marker to learn more about the language. When you click on the marker you will be able to find more information about that marker through links to pages on Ethnologue, Language Archives, and Wikipedia. Those pages will provide information about whether or not the language is extinct and its origins.

Applications for Education
Langscape could be a good resource for students to consult when researching the history and culture of a place or region in the world. Students may be able to use the information available through Langscape to learn how the native language in an area contributed to the dialect and or accents present in that area today.

H/T to Maps Mania

Check Out the Periodic Table of iOS 12 Apps for Education

Mark Anderson, known as ICT Evangelist on Twitter, recently published a handy guide to educational iPad apps that are updated for iOS 12. The guide is arranged in periodic table format. Rather than featuring elements, the table features iPad apps. The guide is further arranged into eight categories. The categories of apps on Mark's Periodic Table of iPad Apps are literacy, numeracy, learning, teaching, creativity, demonstrating,  collaboration, and workflow. Not every app is free, but many of them are free. Take a look at the chart right here.

Earlier this year Mark Anderson published, in collaboration with Steve Bambury, The Periodic Table of iOS Apps for AR and VR. This table is a great resource for teachers who have wondered if augmented reality or virtual reality has a place in their classrooms. The table includes AR and VR apps for use in science, literacy, geography, history, math, and art. Take a look at the chart right here. And if you're wondering about the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality, take a look at the following slide from my introduction to AR & VR webinar.

Webinar Recording - Best of the Web 2019

This afternoon I hosted a free webinar in which I highlighted some of my favorite new and updated ed tech tools. During the webinar I gave brief demonstrations of Google's VR Tour Creator, Synth for podcasting, Bouncy Balls for monitoring noise, and programming augmented reality experiences through Metaverse. The webinar also included short demonstrations of Mozilla's Goggles tool, a Chrome extension to keep you from visiting Facebook too often, a tool for making animated GIFs, and how to virtually place yourself in front of any landmark.

If you missed today's Best of the Web webinar, you can now watch the recording on my YouTube channel or as embedded below.

The slides used in the webinar are embedded below.

Many of the tools featured in today's webinar will be featured in greater detail in the series of Practical Ed Tech webinars that I'm hosting in April

5 Tuesday Webinars in April

This year there are five Tuesdays in April. I'm hosting a Practical Ed Tech professional development webinar on each of those Tuesdays. You can register for them individually or register for all five at once through the special offer at the bottom of this page. Read on to learn more about each webinar and how to register for them.

5 Ways to Blend Technology Into Outdoor Lessons
As the winter fades and spring begins to bloom here in New England, kids and adults are itching to get outside more often. This is a great time to take your students outside for some lessons. In this live webinar you’ll learn five ways that you can incorporate technology into outdoor lessons. These strategies can be used in elementary school, middle school, or high school settings.

This webinar will be at 4pm ET on April 2nd. Learn more or register here.

Intro to Using AR & VR in Your Classroom
Take a look at any ed tech blog or magazine today and you’re bound to see an article about virtual reality or augmented reality. You might think that these are new technologies but they’ve actually been used in education for more than two decades. But today it is easier and cheaper than ever to bring virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) into your classroom. In this webinar you will learn how you can use these powerful technologies in your classroom.

This webinar will be at 4pm ET on April 9th. Learn more or register here.

5 Ways to Use Google Earth & Maps in Your Classroom
Google Earth and Google Maps can be powerful tools in many subject areas, if you know how to use them. In this webinar you will learn how to use Google Earth and Google Maps in social studies, language arts, science, physical education, and mathematics (elementary level) lessons.

This webinar will be at 7pm ET on April 16th. Learn more or register here.

Search Strategies Students Need to Know
In this webinar you will learn why informational searches are the hardest types of Internet searches for students to conduct. You will learn how to help students break-down complex search topics into manageable pieces and then put the whole picture together. You’ll learn how to help your students save students tons of time by thinking before searching. And you’ll learn how to develop instructional search challenge activities to use with students of any age.

This webinar will be at 7pm ET on April 23rd. Learn more or register here.

5 Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom
In this one hour live webinar you will learn how to create and complete five video projects that can be done in almost any classroom. You’ll learn how your students can make animated videos, make documentary-style videos, and instructional videos. Whether your students use Chromebooks, iPads, Android, Windows, or Mac, you can do these projects.

This webinar will be at 4pm ET on April 30th. Learn more or register here.

Five Webinars for the Price of Three!
You can register for each webinar individually or register for all five at once for the price of three.

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