Thursday, June 20, 2013

Two Fun Ways to Learn About Cows

I like to end my Best of the Web presentations with fun sites. Lately, I've been ending my Best of the Web presentations with Who Pooped? Who Pooped? is an interactive site in which students learn about various animals by guessing which animal created which pile of poop. Believe it or not, there is actually some good information about the animals that follows each round of guessing who created which poop. Cows are one of the that animals you can learn about on Who Pooped?

This week Larry Ferlazzo shared a neat video about the digestive tract of cows. In the video below a Rube Goldberg machine is used to show how a cow's digestive tract works.



Cow from Nova Jiang on Vimeo.

18 Google Earth & Maps Lessons for K-12

This afternoon in Kettering, Ohio I gave a short presentation on using Google Maps and Google Earth across multiple grades and content areas. One of the things that I shared during that presentation is the following collection of resources.

Science
- Climate Change, Flooding, Volcanoes
- Google Earth Outreach
- Projects by Subject
- Shark Tracking
- Wildlife Tracking
- KQED Science Maps
- U.S. Watersheds (complete directions for working with watersheds)

English/ Language Arts
- Google Lit Trips
- Projects by subject

Math
- Maths Maps
- Real World Math
- Google Earth Walks

Social Studies
- Social Studies Central
- Projects by subject
- Great Explorers and more
- 10 US History Tours
- Culture and History
- GE Teach

Places We Can Connect

Over the last two weeks I've given four presentations about building personal learning networks online. In all of those presentations I've encouraged people to give Google+ a try. I have come to believe that Google+ has a number of advantages over Twitter. Perhaps most important to folks just starting to develop online PLNs is that it is easier to follow conversations in Google+ than it is in Twitter. If you want to connect with me on Google+, you can do so right here.

While I'm putting more time into Google+ than anywhere else, I am still active on other networks and we can connect on those too.
You can find me here on Twitter at @rmbyrne
You can find me on Facebook here.
You can find me on Pinterest here.

65+ Ways to Use ThingLink In Your Classroom

Last year Donna Baumbach created a Google Slides presentation titled 26+ Ways to Use ThingLink In the Classroom. Yesterday, I received an email from Donna in which she shared the updated version of that presentation. The presentation now contains more than 65 tips and ideas for using ThingLink in the classroom. The presentation is open to contributions from others. If you have ideas to add to the presentation, you can do so here. Big thanks to Donna for creating and sharing this excellent resource about one of my favorite web tools. By the way, ThingLink is now available as an iPad app too.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

372 Free Art History Books

Over the weekend I shared 25,000 free images of art that anyone can download. In that post I suggested that the images may be useful in art history lessons. This afternoon I discovered that The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts 372 art history books online. All of the books can be read online or downloaded as PDFs (warning, some of them are massive files). You can search through the catalog of books by thematic category, format, and publication type. And, of course, you can search through the books by title, author, and keyword.

Applications for Education
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of art history books could be a great resource for art teachers and their students. Students who are researching artists and or art movements could consult the collection to find reference materials.