Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dive Into the Dangers of Fracking On This Site

Dangers of Fracking is a beautifully designed site that tells the story of the dangers of fracking. As you scroll down the page, you learn more about the fracking process. The story starts out with a definition of fracking before moving to explaining the raw materials that have to be trucked to the fracking site. After the raw materials arrive the story takes us underground to frack and the dangers associated with the process.

Applications for Education
Dangers of Fracking is obviously designed with an anti-fracking agenda (see the call for supporting the FRAC Act at the end). I can see the site being used as part of an environmental science lesson. I can also see the site being used as part of a lesson on recognizing bias in media.

Explore Historical Imagery of San Francisco and New York

For the next couple of days I will be working with teachers at Carondelet High School in Concord, California. We'll be making movies on our iPads tomorrow. This is my first time in the San Francisco area since I was a teenager. In addition to working with the teachers I'm hoping to see some of San Francisco before my flight home. Time Shutter is a website and iOS app that features geo-located historical imagery of San Francisco and New York City. Click on one of the placemarks on the maps to open an image. Then click on the image to read an article about the picture and location.

Applications for Education
At first Time Shutter reminded me of History Pin. The difference between Time Shutter and History Pin is that Time Shutter's imagery is not user-generated and it goes a bit deeper into explanations than you find on History Pin. The drawback to Time Shutter is that imagery is only available for San Francisco and New York. If your students are studying either of these cities in their history lessons, Time Shutter could be a good site to add to your list of resources.

Monday, June 3, 2013

DNA Explained Visually

BBC Knowledge Explainer: DNA is a short video that uses animation to visually explain DNA. The video explains the form and function of DNA. A short explanation of how DNA is a part of so many things around us. The short video is embedded below.

BBC Knowledge Explainer DNA from Territory on Vimeo.

H/T to Cool Infographics.

ULearniversity - Online Math Lessons and Practice Activities

ULearniversity is a free site featuring arithmetic and algebra lessons. On ULearniversity you can watch tutorial videos and practice the concepts taught in the videos. ULearniversity provides instant feedback on your practice problems. As a registered ULearniversity user you can track your progress.

Applications for Education
There is certainly no shortage of websites featuring flipped lessons and instructional math videos. Some are better than others. One might suit a student's preferences better than others. Therefore, it's worth trying out a few to find the one that best meets your needs.

Why Retail Businesses Open Next to Their Competitors

Have you ever wondered why coffee shops, car dealers, and fast food restaurants tend to be clustered together? Sometimes it is due to local zoning ordinances, but there are other reasons why retail businesses tend to be clustered together. The TED-Ed lesson Why do competitors open their stores next to one another? students learn why retail stores are found next to each other.