Friday, February 8, 2013

More Than 100 New Topics in Go Social Studies Go

Go Social Studies Go is a great resource that I initially reviewed about eighteen months ago. This afternoon I received an update about it from its developer Kenneth Udhe. Go Social Studies Go has added more than 100 new topics since I first tried it out.

Go Social Studies Go is essentially a series of multimedia books about common social studies topics. The site is divided into four main sections; World Geography, World Religions, World History, and U.S. History. Within each section is a series of booklets containing text, pictures, videos, and links to additional resources.

Applications for Education
Go Social Studies Go could be an excellent resource for middle school social studies teachers. For the topics covered, the multimedia booklets provide as much content area information as you'll see in a typical textbook. For high school students, the multimedia booklets could be a good primer or refresher on many topics.

The Periodic Table of iPhones

The Periodic Table of iPhones is an interesting infographic from Scientific American. The infographic is part of a larger piece about the rare-Earth minerals that are used in the construction of iPhones. You can download the infographic here.

Applications for Education
When I saw the infographic it made me wonder about what the rare-Earth minerals found in other electronics and common household items. Investigating the answer to that could be a challenging assignment for high school chemistry students.

H/T to Cool Infographics.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

How to Create CK-12 Flexbooks

This morning Gladys Scott shared a Google+ message with me about a presentation that she is giving this weekend. The presentation she is running is about CK-12 Flexbooks. In advance of that presentation she has released a short video tutorial on how to create CK-12 Flexbooks for mathematics. The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
Tools like CK-12 Flexbooks can be very useful for producing reference materials that are tailored specifically to your curriculum and your students' needs.

Wallwisher Is Now Padlet

This afternoon I introduced Wallwisher to a group of teachers at Paradise Valley Christian Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona. This evening when I got back to my hotel room I had an email from Wallwisher announcing that they are changing names to Padlet. Fortunately, the name change means almost nothing from a functionality standpoint.

Padlet will operate just like Wallwisher does. The only difference is that the name of the service and URL will Any walls that you currently have in your Wallwisher account will continue to operate just as they always have.

Applications for Education
I have always used Wallwisher as an online KWL chart and as a backchannel tool. You can learn how to use Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) in my free document A Teacher's Guide to Backchannels and Informal Assessment Tools.

Have a Yellowstone Park Ranger Skype With Your Students

Skype in the Classroom offers some neat opportunities to bring expert speakers into your classroom. One of the opportunities that I just learned about from Kevin Honeycutt allows you to have a Yellowstone Park ranger Skype with your students. The Skype session can help students learn more about the geology, ecology, and cultural history of Yellowstone. Embedded below is a video of a classroom in Maine Skyping with a Yellowstone ranger.

Do you have Moose? Skype Conversation with Yellowstone Parkranger Beth Tyler from Anna Leijon-Guth on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
One of the things that you may have noticed in the video above is that the ranger was helping students compare the ecology of their home area with that of the Yellowstone.

Another neat opportunity for Skyping an expert is this opportunity to Skype with Mark Wood on an Everest expedition.