Sunday, December 27, 2015

Most Popular of 2015 - Read and Download 250+ Art Books from the Getty Museum

As I do every year, I am taking this week to relax, recharge, and ski with friends. While I'm away I will be re-running the most popular posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in January, 2015.

Six months ago I shared with you the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of nearly 400 free art history books. Now the Getty Museum has put more than 250 art books online for anyone to read online and or download. You can find all of these books in the Getty Publications Virtual Library. You can search through the collection by author, keyword, or title. Alternatively, you can simply browse the collections. All of the free books are also available on Google Books. In fact, I've used Google Books to embed one of the books below.


Applications for Education 
The Getty Publications Virtual Library 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.

Best of 2015 - Build and Launch Virtual Rockets on Rocket Science 101

As I do every year, I am taking this week to relax, recharge, and ski with friends. While I'm away I will be re-running the most popular posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in January, 2015.

Rocket Science 101 is a free iPad app offered by NASA designed to help students understand how rockets work. The app also helps students understand the differences between the four types of rockets most frequently used by NASA. In Rocket Science 101 students can build all four rockets in a jigsaw-like activity then virtually launch their rockets. When the rockets are launched students see the timing of each stage of the launch from surface to orbit.

After playing with the four types of rockets students can try their hands at matching rockets to real NASA missions. In the challenges students read about a NASA mission then have to select the rocket that can carry the payload and travel the distance required to complete the mission.

Applications for Education
Rocket Science 101 could be a good app for students in grades five through eight to use to begin to understand some basic physics concepts associated with space exploration.

Best of the Year - How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets

As I do every year, I am taking this week to relax, recharge, and ski with friends. While I'm away I will be re-running the most popular posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in January, 2015.

Around this time last year I shared a neat Google Spreadsheets script called Flippity. Flippity was originally designed to help you create flashcards through Google Spreadsheets. This morning Steve Fortna informed me that you can now use Flippity to create Jeopardy-style gameboards through Google Spreadsheets. In the video embedded I demonstrate how to use Flippity to create a Jeopardy-style gameboard.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Apply Now for a National Geographic Teaching Adventure

Every year National Geographic Education seeks applicants for the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program. This program, open to teachers in the U.S. and Canada takes teachers on field work expeditions to interesting places all over the world. Some of the places teachers could go through the program include Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and Norway.

Applications are due by January 3rd. You can get read a set of program FAQs here and see a sample application here. The program is limited to 3,000 applicants so click here to apply today.

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Growth mindset is a term that pops-up a lot in current writing about education. My friend Vicki Davis has written some good blog posts on the topic in the last year. But what does that term really mean? Rita Kitchen and the PERTS research center at Stanford offer a great, short introduction to the term "growth mindset." That introduction is available in the form of a TED-Ed lesson titled Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset. I appreciated the lesson for the comparison chart that appears at the one minute mark in the video.

If you've been wondering what "growth mindset" means, spend a few minutes watching the short video embedded below.