Monday, April 2, 2012

9 Resources for Teaching & Learning About the Titanic

I was asked if I could share some resources for teaching and learning about the Titanic. I had a few things already in my archives. Then I did some searching and came up with handful of additional resources to add to the list.

On Board the Titanic is a virtual field trip produced by Discovery. To take the field trip students select one of five characters to be as they set sail on the Titanic. When selecting a character the students do not know who they are or if they will survive until the night of the sinking. Students will spend four or five virtual days learning about the ship and their character. Only on the night of April 15, 1912 do they learn who they are and if they will survive.

From Snag Films and National Geographic, Secrets of the Titanic.



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National Geographic is featuring the Titanic this month. One of the neat resources that they've put online is Unseen Titanic. Unseen Titanic has two galleries of interactive images of where the Titanic now rests under the Atlantic Ocean. The Crash Scene interactive gallery is a collection of artifacts found on the seafloor. Zoomified is the other gallery that National Geographic is featuring this month. The Zoomified gallery has four views of the submerged wreckage of the Titanic.

WatchKnowLearn has a collection of fifteen short videos about the Titanic. Included in that collection is this interactive timeline from History.com. The timeline starts with the construction of the Titanic and ends in 1913 with stories from survivors.

The Library of Congress offers an excellent lesson plan for middle school and high school students. The lesson plan requires students to analyze primary documents to construct the real story of the sinking of the Titanic. Students need to be able to identify bias and gaps in the stories of the sinking of the Titanic.

The BBC's Survivors of the Titanic Series contains 13 audio recordings of survivors relaying their experiences. The collection also includes six primary source documents. Titanic: Sinking the Myths is another BBC feature about the Titanic. Sinking the Myths analyzes five causes commonly blamed for the sinking of the Titanic.

National Geographic XPeditions has a Titanic lesson plan designed for middle school use. The lesson plan includes the use of 3D animations of the Titanic as well as a study of ocean currents.

On Open Culture I found a video of what may be the only existing film footage of the Titanic. The footage was shot in a shipyard while the Titanic was under construction.



Estate of Hans Jensen v. The White Star Line is a mock trial in which the plaintiffs bring suit against the Titanic's operators for negligence. You can read through each part of the trial or you could use the framework to recreate the trial in your classroom.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Month in Review - 19,000 Miles Later

March was a very busy month for me and Free Technology for Teachers. According to US Airways I was on sixteen flights for a total of 19,000 miles in March. Thanks to all of you, in March Free Technology for Teachers surpassed the 45,000 subscriber mark and 20,000 Facebook likes.  Somehow I still managed to publish 143 blog posts on Free Technology for Teachers and another 20 on Android 4 Schools.

The ten most popular posts in March, 2012:
1. 3 Places to Find Online Talking Children's Storybooks
2. Great Free Summer PD from C-SPAN Classroom
3. Khan Academy Videos Mapped to Common Core Standards
4. Digitize Student Work With the Three Ring App
5. 5 Ways You Can Use Wikis
6. Google Maps for Educators - How to Get Started
7. This is Cool! Albert Einstein's Library Online
8. Is Khan Inherently Crap?
9. iPad Apps to Meet 14 Learning Objectives
10. 10 Awesome Android Uses and Apps for Education


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Two Short Videos on the Origins of April Fools' Day

This morning I was able to trick a couple of my Facebook friends into thinking that I was selling Free Technology for Teachers. I am not selling it (unless someone wants to make me obscenely wealthy), I was just having a little April Fools' Day fun. So how did this tradition of playing tricks on people on April 1 start? Here are two short video explanations of the origins of April Fools' Day.



Saturday, March 31, 2012

Speech to Text in Evernote

Over the last six months Evernote has become my favorite tool for bookmarking my online discoveries, saving pictures that I take on my phone, and jotting down random notes. This week Evernote rolled-out a super-useful speech to text feature in their Android app. Now you can dictate notes on your phone or your Android tablet.

Applications for Education
Speech to text could be a great utility for students to use at the end of a class to quickly record their assignments for the next class. For journalism students the Evernote speech to text capacity could be a great way to record short snippets of sound to play back and work from later.

Week in Review - The Swiss Chocolate Edition

Good morning from Maine where Morrison is happy to have me home after a week spent traveling to Lugano, Switzerland and back. I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with teachers at The American School in Switzerland. Thank you all for helping to make that happen by reading and sharing posts you find on Free Technology for Teachers. Without you the reach of this blog would be very limited.

Before I head out to EdCamp Maine this morning, here's the list of this week's most popular posts.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 3 Places to Find Online Talking Children's Storybooks
2. Great Free Summer PD from C-SPAN
3. Google Maps for Educators - How To Get Started
4. Poll Everywhere Introduces Voting on Images
5. Best of the Web - Again
6. Digitize Student Work with the Three Ring App
7. Podcast and Reflections on Beyond the Textbook


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ABCya.com is a provider of free educational games for K-5.
Lesley University offers quality online graduate programs for teachers.
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