Showing posts with label environmental graffiti. Show all posts
Showing posts with label environmental graffiti. Show all posts

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Story of Bottled Water

A recent post on the Environmental Graffiti blog, Where Does Drinking Water Get Its Taste? reminded me of the Story of Bottled Water video produced by Annie Leonard and her team at The Story of Stuff. The Story of Bottled Water takes a look at the environmental and economic impacts of bottled water.

Applications for Education
The Story of Stuff and The Story of Bottled Water do have critics that accuse them of being "too liberal" and or not tell the whole story and or being too critical of industry. I've had high school (18 years old) students watch the Story of Stuff and have those criticisms of the video. That said, the videos are thought-provoking and became the basis of a great classroom discussion about the role of media in shaping citizens' thoughts about economics, the environment, and politics.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Photo Essay - Earliest Gunpowder Weapons in History

As anyone that has taught a history class knows, one of the questions that a lot students (mostly male) ask is "when are we going to talk about wars?" Wars and weapons seem to get adolescent students excited about history. Environmental Graffiti has an interesting photo essay that may be of interest to that group of students that is intrigued by wars and weapons. The Earliest Gunpowder Weapons in History contains thirteen images (most in the public domain or Creative Commons licensed) with captions about the earliest gunpowder weapons.

Image credit Gary Lee Todd.

Applications for Education
The Earliest Gunpowder Weapons in History contains images that could spark the imagination of some of your history students and become the center of a conversation. As most of the images are in the public domain or Creative Commons licensed you could use them in a VoiceThread project with your students.

If you've never tried VoiceThread, you can find some tutorials here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Most Incredible Geysers on Earth

The Most Incredible Geysers On Earth is the title of a great photo essay on Environmental Graffiti. If you're a teacher of Earth Science or Environmental Science this could be a great resource for introducing a lesson on geothermal energy. If you are looking for more resources for teaching about geothermal energy you may want to check out these resources from the Google Earth Blog.

In case you're not familiar with it, Environmental Graffiti regularly features photo essays of some of most interesting and unique natural occurrences on Earth.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chernobyl Then and Now - Photo Essay

Environmental Graffiti posts interesting photo essays every day. Most of the photo essays are images of unique and stunning photography, but sometimes they venture into other topics. Today, Environmental Graffiti posted a collection of before and after images from Chernobyl. Each image is accompanied by an informative caption.

Applications for Education
This photo essay from Environmental Graffiti could be a good supplement to a lesson on nuclear energy and or a lesson on 20th century history.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Remarkable Images of Protest

As I've mentioned in the past, Environmental Graffiti is an excellent place to find photo essays to share in an Environmental Science classroom. Today, Environmental Graffiti posted a photo essay that could be a great discussion starter in a social studies classroom. Remarkable Images of Activism from the Last Fifty Years features photographs, with captions, of protests from Tienanmen Square, protests of the 1999 WTO Conference in Seattle, and Anti Iraq War protests.

Applications for Education
This collection of images could be used as conversation starters when introducing the events pictured. The collection could also be used to start discussions about protests in general.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Fibonacci Sequence Illustrated by Nature
The First 100 Days in Pictures
The Inauguration in 60 Seconds

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Fibonacci Sequence Illustrated by Nature

I wrote about Environmental Graffiti a couple of months ago. In that post I mentioned that it could be a good resource for environmental science teachers because it features great collections of images from nature. Now I've found a use for mathematics teachers for Environmental Graffiti. Today, on Environmental Graffiti I found a collection of images in which each image demonstrates the Fibonacci Sequence.

Applications for Education
At first I thought this was a cool collection of images in that way that geeks find coolness in these sorts of things. Then I thought about how the idea could be adapted for classroom use. After viewing the collection from Environmental Graffiti you could have students search for other pictures that demonstrate the Fibonacci Sequence. With younger students you could have them search for images of numbers in nature. You may also have them search for images containing numbers. Once they've found a series of images the students could then construct short equations with the images.