Saturday, November 17, 2012

Week in Review - The Connections We Make

Quite possibly the worst picture of me.

Good morning from Maine where I've just returned from spending a week in Nebraska at the home of my friends Beth and Kris Still. Beth and I "met" on Twitter four years ago. She was responsible for the NECC Newbie project that got me to NECC/ ISTE in 2009. A year later I had the pleasure of meeting her husband Kris when I spoke at her school. Since then we've stayed in touch and visited whenever we can. The next time someone asks if online connections are real, the answer is yes.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. School Boards and Technology
2. The Periodic Table of Comic Books
3. Handy New Ways to Organize Files in Google Drive
4. 26 iBooks Author How-to Videos
5. Google+ Added to Google Apps for Education
6. 5 Dice - An Order of Operations Activity on iPads
7. The Global Closet Calculator - A Lesson in Interdependence

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Extreme Environments - A Geography iBook

Extreme Environments is a free iBook that I found earlier this week on the Digital Geography blog. The book has four chapters about challenging environments, the characteristics of extreme environments, the opportunities and challenges of extreme environments, and the potential impact of climate change on extreme environments. Within each chapter students can take notes and create flashcards. Each chapter has clearly outlined objectives. Throughout the book there are interactive graphics and quizzes in which students can test their understanding the topics covered in the book.

Applications for Education
Extreme Environments could be a great resource for students studying glaciers, deserts, and the unique physical geographic characteristics that they contain.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Google+ Added to Google Apps for Education

When Google+ first came out I was excited about the prospect of using the Google+ Hangouts as a way to host online tutoring sessions. Unfortunately, at that time Google+ could only be used with personal Google (@gmail.com) accounts. Today, that changed as Google announced that Google+ can now be activated for Google Apps for Education users.

Applications for Education
Enabling Google+ in your Google Apps for Education domain will allow teachers and students in your school to take advantage of all of the Google+ features like screen sharing and Hangouts to host online tutoring sessions. You can also activate third party apps like Concept Board to host online collaborative brainstorming sessions.

Vaccines in the U.S.

Today on Facebook my friend Walter Perry posted this infographic about vaccine effectiveness in the United States. The infographic didn't have a link to the source so I did a little research and I think that it was created by Leon Farrant. The infographic compares morbidity prior to "vaccine era" in the U.S. to current reports of cases of diseases that we commonly vaccinate against.

Applications for Education
As you can see above "vaccine era" is not defined in the infographic. The lack of detail in the infographic opens it up to being a source of potential research questions for your students. Ask your students to define "vaccine era" or have them research when the various vaccines became commonly available.

How Solar Eclipses Happen - An Infographic

Solar Eclipses - How They Happen is a nice infographic from Turu. The infographic provides short explanations of three types of solar eclipses, how they happen, and how often they happen on average. The infographic also presents some information specific to the recent solar eclipse over Australia. I've put the infographic in a Zoom.it frame to make it fit below.
Applications for Education
Solar Eclipses - How They Happen could make a nice supplementary resource to support a lesson on eclipses and orbits. The infographic could be printed and posted in your classroom or just posted on your class blog.

H/T to Cool Infographics