Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Small Collection of Resources About Pearl Harbor

Today is the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which brought the U.S. into WWII. While this list is definitely last-minute for this year, you might bookmark a few of these resources for next year or later in the year when you get to WWII in your curriculum (I typically covered WWII in April in my curriculum).

National Geographic has a good resource students can explore to learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Interactive Pearl Harbor Attack Map is a map and timeline accompanied by voice narration. Each stop along the timeline of the attack is accompanied by a short narrated passage. At each stop students can click on the map to read more information about that place and moment in the chronology of the attack.

My Story: Pearl Harbor is an hour-by-hour account of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The account is told from the perspective of Dale and Johnie Gano who were stationed at Pearl Harbor.

The National Parks Service offers lesson plans about Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.

Here is a video clip of President Roosevelt giving his "Day of Infamy" speech.


SnagFilms hosts Pearl Harbor: Day of Infamy. This documentary includes interviews with 25 people who witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Teach Parents Tech - A Good Way to Send Tech Help

Almost all of us have people in our lives that need help navigating their computers and or the Internet. Teach Parents Tech is a free service from Google that can help you help those people in your life that need some tech guidance.

To send tech support through Teach Parents Tech simply specify a recipient, choose the type of help that your recipient needs, and enter your recipient's email address. Your recipient will receive a set of videos designed to help them with the tasks that are troubling them. As the sender, you can preview the videos before they are sent.

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Teach Parents Tech is obviously designed for children to help their parents, but it could be used to help your colleagues down the hall too. You can customize your message so that it isn't addressed to mom or dad and is instead addressed to a first name. Even if you don't use the email template provided by Teach Parents Tech, you may find the site to be helpful in finding tutorial videos to embed in your blog or website.

5 Web-based Audio Recording and Editing Tools Compared - Chart

Over the last few weeks I've published charts comparing student response systems, timeline creation tools, and mind mapping tools. This chart comparing my five favorite web-based audio recording and editing tools is the next chart in the series. Eventually, all of these charts will be combined into one file.

The chart of my five favorite audio recording and editing tools is embedded below. You can also grab the Google Drive version here.


As always, there are certainly other tools on the market that will perform the same functions that the tools in the chart above perform. I chose these tools because they are the ones that I recommend and feature in my workshops.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Week In Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where we welcome the snow that is currently falling from the sky. Last night I barbecued in the snow and today, after some shoveling, I'll be snowshoeing with my dogs. Wherever you are and whatever the weather is, I hope that you have some fun things planned for the weekend too. Readers in a snowy climate might be interested in these fun things to do with kids.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 11 Free Mind Mapping Tools Compared In One Chart
2. Three Google Drive Updates to Note This Week
3. 50 Interactive Activities to Embed Into Elementary School Blogs
4. 5 Activities to Kick-start Brainstorming Sessions
5. Autodesk's Design Software is Now Free for Students and Teachers
6. Try EDpuzzle's Chrome Extension to Save Videos for Flipped Lessons
7. 5 Timeline Creation Tools Compared - Chart

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Two Free iPad Apps for Creating Visual Representations of Data

This afternoon I received an email from a reader who was looking for a recommendation for iPad-friendly tools for creating visual representations of data. I had two recommendations for her. My recommendations were Canva and iVisual Info Touch.

The Canva iPad app allows you to create infographics, slides, and photo collages in much the same way as the web version of the service. To create a graphic on Canva s tart by selecting a template then dragging and dropping into place background designs, pictures, clip art, and text boxes. Canva offers a huge library of clip art and photographs to use in your designs (some of the clip art is free, some is not). You can also import your own images to use in your graphics. Your completed Canva projects can be saved as PDF and PNG files. You can also simply link to your online graphic.

iVisual Info Touch is an iPad app that you can use to create relatively simple infographics. The app makes it easy to create your infographics. It is not necessary to create an account in order to use iVisual Info Touch. To get started just open the app and select a background for your infographic. After choosing your background you can add clip art and text. When you are finished designing your infographic, you can save it directly to your iPad’s camera roll. iVisual Info Touch is available in a free version and in a paid version ($2.99). The paid version includes more clip art, more backgrounds, and allows you to import and insert your own images.