Showing posts with label Washington Post. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Washington Post. Show all posts

Thursday, November 30, 2017

View the Evolution of Digital Technology

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's recent Ed Tech Digest post I just took a little trip down memory lane. In his post Larry mentioned the Washington Post's What Tech World Did You Grow Up In? timeline. Enter your birth year at the top of the timeline and it will display to you how digital technology has changed over the course of your life.

What Tech World Did You Grow Up In? uses graphs to show viewers when things like cassettes were replaced by CDs, when cell phones started to appear in the hands of American consumers, and when Internet access became prevalent in homes.

Applications for Education
What Tech World Did You Grow Up In? has a few neat interactive displays that will show students how much digital technology has improved in the last 20 years. There is a side-by-side animation that shows how long it takes an image to download on dial-up and an broadband. There's a running animation in which students can see how long they could run if they had to use a Walkman or Discman. And there is an animation that replicates rewinding a VHS tape of the movie Say Anything (persona note, my high school girlfriend and I watched that about 100 times on VHS).

As a follow-up to showing this timeline to your students, have them think about the technology that they currently use and how it might become obsolete in twenty years. Then ask them to predict what will replace the digital technologies that they currently enjoy.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 in 11 Graphs

The Washington Post recently published a set of eleven graphs related to issues in politics and economics. The graphs provide an interesting look at 2011 in comparison to the past in terms of economics and politics.

Applications for Education
I've previously featured seven 2011 year-in-review videos and image collections (read the list at the bottom of this post). Those are good visual ways for students to be reminded of the important events of 2011. But they don't ask students to think and analyze the events of the year. If you want to do that, show students the Washington Post's graphs without the sidebar commentary then ask the students to make their own statements about 2011 based on the data in the graphs.

Here are some other 2011 year-in-review resources.

Remember 2011 - A Map of 2011's Biggest Stories
CNN Rewinds 2011
YouTube Rewinds 2011
CNN Student News 2011 News Quiz
The Year in Google Searches
2011 In 120 Images
The Year in 60 Seconds - A Video Project Idea

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Washington Post's Best Education Blogs for 2010

I mentioned this in the week in review post but at the urging of a few people whose opinions I greatly respect, I'm posting it again. On Friday, Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews posted his list of the best education blogs to read in 2010. Free Technology for Teachers was mentioned in the list along with a number of other excellent blogs many of which are written by a team of writers which probably explains why Mr. Mathews thinks I'm multiple people. :-) Here's what he wrote, "Many readers mentioned these guys, and they seem smart and vivid." Thank you to everyone who nominated this blog for the list.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Washington Post's Education Blog Contest

The Washington Post is looking for your suggestions for the best education blogs of 2009. They're calling it a contest, but I think the reward for those nominated is just recognition. Readers can nominate up to three blogs. Submissions can be made via email or comment on this article on The Washington Post.

I learned about this on Twitter from Larry Ferlazzo whose blog is one of three that I'm nominating.