Saturday, October 5, 2013

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Max loves to swim.
Good morning from Maine where we're still enjoying beautiful autumn weather. In fact, it has been so nice that one of my dogs is still insisting on going swimming whenever we get near water.

I am grateful to so many of you who have invited me to your events and or recommended me to others. Because of you October is shaping up to be a busy month. This morning I'm giving a virtual keynote for the Douglas County (Colorado) School District. Next week I'll be in North Dakota for a Title I and Special Education Conference. The 16th-18th I'll be in Washington for the Washington Library Media Association's annual conference. And I'll wrap-up the month in Grande Prairie, Alberta where I'll be running a Google Apps workshop.

This month I am also running a webinar series on using Google Drive in school. Due to a last-minute cancellation two spots are available in the webinar.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Word Sense - See the Connections Between Words
2. Seven Alternatives to iGoogle
3. The Shape of Life - Dozens of Biology Videos and Other Lesson Materials
4. Explain 3D - 3D Animations of Simple Machines
5. The Sights and Sounds of Autumn
6. Myths vs. Facts About Copyright Infringement
7. Collaboratively Create Multimedia Documents With Lucidpress

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Money 101 - A Crash Course in Personal Finance

Money 101 is a free resource from Practical Money Skills for Life. Money 101 is available as a PPT file with an accompanying workbook (PDF download). The presentation and workbook is designed for young people who are just beginning to take responsibility for paying bills and managing their finances. In Money 101 students learn about things like how to manage a checkbook and how to wisely use credit.

Applications for Education
Money 101 is available on the Practical Money Skills for Life free materials page. While the presentation and workbook are good on their own and may be fine as stand-alone resources, I would encourage using them as part of a larger lesson on personal finance.

It is probably worth pointing out to your students that Practical Money Skills for Life is funded by Visa so their may be some sections and materials that skew in favor of using credit extended by Visa.

Art Babble - Videos and Lessons In Art History

Art Babble is an excellent resource for art history students and teachers. I initially reviewed the site almost four years ago. Since then it has expanded and had an interface makeover that makes it better than ever.

Art Babble is a video website designed and maintained by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The purpose of Art Babble is to provide a place for people to learn about the creation of art, artists, and collections through quality video productions. Visitors to Art Babble will find videos related to many forms of and formats for art. Browse the video channels and you'll find videos covering a wide array of topics including abstract art, European Art and Design, African Art, graphic design, glass, sculpture, surrealism, and much more.

Applications for Education
Art Babble has a section devoted to videos to help kids understand the significance of a select of famous paintings. Art Babble also has a section devoted to lessons that teachers can use in their classrooms and or on field trips to art galleries.

A Seven Minute Overview of WWII In Europe

Last month I shared History Animated which is one of my favorite resources for helping students understand the course of military actions during World War II. This morning through Open Culture I learned about a nice video that pairs well with History Animated.

WWII in Europe: Every Day is a seven minute video that depicts the changing front lines of the European Theater of World War II every day from the German invasion of Poland to the surrender of Germany. The video includes audio samples of the voices of Hilter, Mussolini, and Roosevelt.

Applications for Education
This video could be a good model for your students to follow to create their own timelapse videos about WWII's Pacific theater.

Take a Sneak Peek at Socrative 2.0

Since it was launched a couple of years ago Socrative has been one of my favorite classroom tools for teachers and students. Three good ways to use it in your classroom are outlined here. Next week, Socrative 2.0 will go live. Watch a preview of the new Socrative features in the video below. (Note, Socrative will be down for maintenance over the weekend).