Thursday, October 23, 2014

PicMonkey + Thinglink = Interactive Collages

A couple of nights ago my friend Joe, a middle school social studies teacher, sent me a Facebook message about creating multimedia collages. My suggestion to Joe was to use PicMonkey and Thinglink. In the video below I demonstrate how to do that.

The Sounds of Silence Around the World - And How to Make Your Own Sound Maps

MoMA's Share Your Silence map is an interactive display of recordings of silence around the world. We often think of silence as being devoid of all sound, but that is often not the case. The hum of a lightbulb or the rustling of leaves often appears in the background of silence. MoMA's Share Your Silence captures those hidden noises in silence at places all over the world. You can contribute to the map here.

If the silence of MoMA's Share Your Silence is too much, listen to the sounds of nature on the Nature Sound Map. Nature Sound Map provides a wonderful way to explore the soundscape of the natural world. On the Nature Sound Map you will find placemarks containing recordings of nature. The recordings have been added to the project by professional sound recordists. Some of the recordings you will find feature the sounds of just one animal, the sounds of a jungle, sounds of a marsh, sounds of a storm, or sounds of oceans and rivers.

Applications for Education
You and your students could create your own sound maps by using a combination of Sound Cloud and Thinglink. To do this have your students record sounds using SoundCloud. SoundCloud can be used to record through a laptop, on an Android device, and on an iPad. After capturing sounds through SoundCloud have students place them on an ThingLink image of a map. The ThingLink remix option allows you to upload one image to start the project then have students make their own copies to edit. People viewing the completed project will be able to click the SoundCloud icons on the map to listen to the recordings.

H/T to Maps Mania for the info about Share Your Silence. 

Updated Flickr CC Attribution Tool

Alan Levine created a great tool for formatting Creative Commons attributions for Flickr images. That tool is called the Flickr CC Attribution Helper. In August I published a short tutorial on how to use it. This week Alan published a small update to the Flickr CC Attribution Helper. The update added a link to the CC license type along with the link to the image source.

This update doesn't change the way that the Flickr CC Attribution Helper works. If you already have it installed in your browser, you won't have to change a thing. Alan explains it all here.

For more information about Creative Commons licensing, check out this visual guide.

New Google Maps Imagery Lets You Walk In Jane Goodall's Footsteps

The latest addition to Google's Street View imagery takes us far the off road to walk in the footsteps of Jane Goodall. Gombe National Park in Tanzania is where the latest Street View imagery was captured. In the imagery you will find chimpanzees, baboons, snakes, and plenty of beautiful landscapes. Click here to start exploring the imagery.

Applications for Education
Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots offers some activities designed for students to complete while viewing the Street View imagery of Gombe National Park. The activities are focused on making observations like matching the faces of chimpanzees.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PhotoMath Could Change the Way We Think About Teaching Math

PhotoMath is a new iPhone and Windows phone app that will provide users with the solution to math problems. PhotoMath users can take a picture of a math problem in a book and have the problem completed for them. The "steps" button on the app will show users the steps needed to successfully solve the math problem.

PhotoMath from MicroBLINK on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Obviously, PhotoMath is an app that students can use to check answers to math problems that have been assigned to them from a math textbook. What I am curious about is how this app could encourage teachers to change the way they think about math assignments. David Wees and Scott McLeod have already started this conversation. I encourage math teachers to join the conversations that David and Scott have started.