Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Spacewalk - A Multiplayer Game for Exploring the Space Station

Spacewalk is a new multiplayer game in which players explore the International Space Station. The game is a free-form game. Spacewalk players take on the roles of astronauts in the International Space Station. You can download the game to use on Windows, Mac, or Linux computers. If you're a Windows user you can control your player with an Xbox 360 controller. Other players will have to use the their keyboards to control their players.

Applications for Education
I'm not a gamer, but I think that playing Spacewalk could be an engaging way for students to discover how the International Space Station and space in general.

Thanks to Jen Deyenberg for sharing this on Twitter.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Create Quizzes in Edcanvas

Edcanvas is a free service for creating and sharing with your students collections of educational materials. Edcanvas makes it easy for teachers to organize and share educational materials in a visually pleasing format. The "canvas" part of Edcanvas is where you arrange videos, links, images, and files around any topic of your choosing. Edcanvas has built-in search tools so that you do not have to leave your Edcanvas account in order to locate resources. The service has impressed me since its launch earlier this year and throughout its continuous updates. The latest update to Edcanvas includes the option to create and share quizzes.

You can now create multiple choice quizzes for your students to take while viewing the materials you have shared with them. Watch the videos below to learn how to create quizzes in Edcanvas.

Applications for Education 
Edcanvas is an excellent tool for creating digital packets of information for your students to read, watch, and listen to. Now you can have students check their understanding of the materials in those digital packets by having them take a short quiz. 

New Response Types Added to Google Forms

If you tried to create a form in Google Drive today you might have noticed a couple of new response types. The new question types are date and time. As you probably guessed, the date question type allows you to ask respondents to enter a date and the time question type allows respondents to enter a time. You can combine the two response formats into one question.

Applications for Education
The new time and date response could be useful for asking colleagues to pick the best date and time for a meeting. The time and date responses could also be used to ask students to identify the dates of important historical events.

H/T to the Google Operating System blog.

Is This the Future of Field Trips?

Everyday I see a new story about Google Glass. I think that it's neat, but I'm not ready to shell out $1,500 for it nor do I think we'll see it in classrooms anytime soon. That said, I couldn't help but be intrigued by this video from Google about a teacher using Google Glass to take his students on a virtual field trip to CERN. Watch the video below.

What do you think? Is this the future of field trips? Can you see Google Glass being used in your lessons?

A Quick Time-saving Google Drive Trick

Here's a handy trick that I picked up from the Google Drive Google+ page today. If you are using Google Drive on your PC or Mac desktop you can now just right-click on a file in your Google Drive folder to share it. This isn't a major change to Google Drive, but if you use the desktop client frequently you might find this method useful.