Sunday, June 16, 2013

25,000 Images of Art That You Can Re-use for Free

The U.S. National Gallery of Art hosts more than 25,000 images of famous and not-so-famous works of art. Nearly all of the images can be downloaded and re-used for free. NGA Images also allows you to register and create online collections of images. The collections are called lightboxes.

When you find an image in NGA Images click on the magnifying glass icon to enlarge it and learn more about it. Clicking the magnifying glass icon launches a pop-up box that contains an enlargement of the image, information about the artist who created the artwork, and an option to search for related images.

Applications for Education
Using the related images search option in NGA Images could be a good way for students to discover lesser-known artists who produced art similar to that of their more famous contemporaries. Of course, being able to download the images means that your students could use them in slide presentations and videos about artists and styles of art.

H/T to Open Culture.

My Study Life - A Student Planner On the Web and Windows 8

There are plenty of online, Android, and iOS planners for students. So far there aren't many that have been built with Windows 8 in mind. My Study Life is an exception to that pattern. My Study Life is a free student planner available online and as a Windows 8 app.

My Study Life allows students to organize tasks according to their course schedules. When students start using the app they have to enter their courses. After entering their courses into My Study Life students can start to enter tasks into each course. Each task is assigned a due date. Students' My Study Life homepage shows them the tasks that have due dates approaching.

Applications for Education
Whether or not a planner helps a student is usually determined by whether or not the student gets in the habit of using it. My Study Life could be an excellent service for students to get into the habit of using to keep track of their assignments.

180 Years of The Spectator Viewable Online

The U.K. publication The Spectator recently announced that you can now browse through 180 years of their archives online. The Spectator Archives can be searched by date, topic, location, and keyword. The archives homepage has a few featured issues, but beyond those it's up to you to search and browse the archives.

Applications for Education
As a history geek, when I saw the news about these archives coming online, I immediately thought about how The Spectator archives could be a good place for students to research opinions of world events as they were written at the time.

H/T to The Next Web.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mapping Dinosaurs

The Natural History Museum hosts a directory of names, facts, and figures for more than 300 dinosaurs. One of the ways that you can search through the database is by country. Select the "in your country" option to find the dinosaurs that may have roamed the land in what is now your country. The search results will display a grid of drawings the types of dinosaurs in your country. Click on the images to learn more the dinosaurs.

Applications for Education
When I browsed through the dinosaurs by country I got the idea to have students create Google Maps about the distribution of dinosaurs. To do this students will have to research where within each country the dinosaurs may have lived. Then on their Google Maps students can add placemarks in the proper locations. Each of their placemarks could include drawings of the dinosaurs as well as some written information about the dinosaurs.

WatchDoc - A Chrome Extension for Monitoring Google Docs Changes

Update 12/12/2013: It appears that this extension was removed from the Chrome store. I'm looking for an alternative option. 

I love Google Drive and use it to create every document that I plan to share with others. The only complaint that I have is that the only ways I can find out if my collaborators have editing the document is to either open and look at the document or turn on email notifications. I have enough email as it is so I'm not inclined to use email notifications. I'm now trying a new way to monitor changes to my shared Google Documents.

WatchDoc is a Chrome extension that displays a small pop-up notification in the corner of your browser whenever someone edits one the Google Documents that you have shared with him or her.

Applications for Education
WatchDoc could be a fantastic extension for students to use to quickly see when one of their peers has edited a group project. And for students who can't wait to find out if you have graded the assignments they shared with you, WatchDoc could be a good alert system too.