Showing posts with label world cultures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world cultures. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Explore 5,400 New Artifacts In the Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute is one of my favorite sites for students in history, geography, and art courses. The online exhibitions in the Google Cultural Institute feature images, videos, audio, and text about significant historical and cultural people, places, and events. Some of the exhibitions like the Eiffel Tower Exhibition incorporate the use of Google Maps Street View imagery too.

Last week Google announced the addition of 5,400 new artifacts to the Cultural Institute. There is a strong emphasis on art and fashion in the new content added to the Cultural Institute. Some of the new content includes quilts from the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, kimonos from Japan, children's art from Norway, and interior tours of art museums in China.

Applications for Education
The Google Cultural Institute is a great site to have students explore to view artwork, find answers to questions, and have new questions and curiosities sparked in their minds.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Harnu - Connect and Learn With the World

Harnu is an interesting new site that my friend Beth Still shared with me yesterday. The purpose of Harnu is to enable you to discover news, videos, music and connect with people all over the world.

To discover news, videos, and music sign-in to Harnu, select a media type, then select a country. Harnu will then give you a list of news stories, videos, or music from your chosen country.

To connect with people all over the world sign-in to Harnu, select "send message," select the location to which you want to send a message, then write and send your message. People from that location can see you message and reply to you. And you can use Harnu to select location, find people sending messages from those countries then reply to them.


Applications for Education
Harnu has the potential to be a good way to find teachers in other parts of the world and connect with them for globally collaborative classroom projects. Or you could just use Harnu to find news stories coming out of the countries that your students are studying.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Snag Learning Film of the Week - The Kartal

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is The Kartal. The Kartal, produced by Explore.org, is a short video featuring the traditional Indian instrument of the same name. The kartal (or khartal) is a small instrument created from two blocks of wood with small metal jingles attached and played with a clapping motion. Watch the video below and learn more about it here.

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To learn more about traditional Indian music watch Explore.org's video India's Song.