Worth a Flag

Here is a list of recently read blog items that I have not had a chance to investigate in greater depth. I flagged them in my news reader with the intention of going deeper later.

You’ve Got the Whole World… In Your Hands: ”

Every decade or so a software resource emerges that forever changes the way people interact with the world. Google Earth is such a resource. Today I am presenting a short demo of this phenomenal program at the GaETC Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Participants will see how Google Earth lets you manipulate a 3D globe using hi-res satellite images, measure distance, get directions, record tours, and

(Via SEGA Tech.)

Tune Into This: Free-Scores Free Sheet Music: ”

A few music teachers I know asked me where they could get their hands on some free sheet music via the internet. I told them about Free-Scores. After they’ve had an opportunity to check out the resources they can get together and compare notes.

(Via SEGA Tech.)

Glypho: “A collaborative way to participate in novel writing. Modelled after a novel writer’s thought process, users can add stories, plot and character ideas.”

(Via eHub.)

Flash Card Machine: “

I’m really excited about this tool, as I’ve been looking for a way to help my students keep their vocabulary definitions organized. Before I get ahead of myself, I have to thank Todd for originally posting this site back in the summer and then reintroducing us to it this week in the forum. Why was the tool worth mentioning twice, you ask? Because it allows students to create their own digital flashcards, store them online, and share them with others.

Far superior to the paper version, the Flash Card Machine lets users organize their cards by subject, title, and description. More importantly, students don’t have to save the cards to their computers, disks, or other devices. Since the cards are stored online they have access to the cards at any Internet ready computer. The real power of the Flash Card Machine comes from the ability to share your cards with other users as well as browse other cards. Don’t have a good definition of ‘domestication?’ Search through the Social Studies subject area. You may just find a definition that a peer has created which makes more sense than the textbook. Better yet, you can even insert images on each flash card, promoting visual/spatial learning.

(Via Tech Savvy Educator.)

The Debtbook: “

The Public Interest Research Group is asking students to post information about their expected educational debts in an online yearbook that it launched on Monday. The Web site is part of a campaign to call attention to the rising cost of higher education. (The Chronicle, subscription required)

(Via The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog.)

Blummy and Information Literacy: “If you want a nifty little tool for teaching basic information literacy in these days of the Read/Write Web, go to Blummy, create a bookmarklet with the links outlined below, and put it on every computer in your school. Why? Because not only can you replicate much of Alan’s multi-post bookmarklet (which I’m still keeping, btw,) but you can also add links that will (using my homepage as an example):

  • automatically look up who owns any website you’re on (pick the ‘Whois’ bookmarklet.)
  • show who is linked to a particlular site (pick the ‘who’s linking’ bookmarklet with the Google logo.)
  • and shows (literally) the page that every link on the site, well, links to, creating a page of active mini-browser windows. (Pick the ‘linked sites’ bookmarklet) This takes a while, but it’s worth the wait, and you can even set the size of the screenshot that comes up. Amazing.

    As Alan November likes to point out, those are three basic pieces of information that every teacher and student needs to begin to evaluate the authority and accuracy of a particular site. Knowing who owns the site tells you something. If every outgoing link is a link back to the originating site, that tells you something. If every incoming link is a link from some spam blog, that tells you something too.

    (Via Weblogg-ed.)

    Project Inkwell drafts specs for school tech: “As an increasing number of school systems weigh the benefits and potential drawbacks of one-to-one computing initiatives, a fledgling consortium of educators and private-sector executives is working to create a list of m…”

    (Via eSchoolNews.)

    Ariadne on Portals, Creative Commons and Web 2.0: “

    Ariadne 45 is out, with articles such as ‘Web 2.0: Building the New Library,’ ‘Putting the Library into the Institution: Using JSR 168 and WSRP to Enable Search within Portal Frameworks‘ and ‘Repositories, Copyright and Creative Commons for Scholarly Communication

    (Via Stuart Yeates.)

    AJAX-Powered Periodic Table: ”

    Andrew Sutherland’s spiffy AJAX-powered Periodic Table ought to make lots of high school chemistry students happy. His links to ChemiCool and Wikipedia make learning about the elements fun and easy.

    (Via SEGA Tech.)

    I’m Finally On The Map: “Frapper is a new-to-me site that allows anyone to create a theme for a Google map and overlay pins to represent just about anything you can put on a map. I could see this being used for some pretty neat class projects, like creating a map of historic sites or keeping track of current […]”

    (Via AssortedStuff.)

    Steve Spangler Science: ”

    My colleague Jeff Giddens shared a wonderful video with me today about an experiment with Mentos and regular soda. Apparently, when you add numerous Mentos (about 13) all at once to a 2-liter of soda, you get explosive results. See the exploding soda Mentos video.
    Well, the video was definitely amazing but so was the idea that this guy has a website…
    I visited his site, and OH WOW! He details

    (Via SEGA Tech.)

    MyPhysics Lab or Yours?: ”

    I like dropping by Digg. It’s a nifty place for finding all manner of useful sites. While I was there this morning, I spotted a new post by TribalSun called MyPhysics Lab- 21 Online Physics Simulations. It rocks! If your pupils visit MyPhysics Lab they’ll find that the simulations there (such as Roller Coaster in Flight or Pendulum) are animated in real time. Students can tinker with them by

    (Via SEGA Tech.)

    Microsoft Office Training: ”

    If you haven’t been to Microsoft’s training web page recently, it is much improved. Check it out!

    (Via SEGA Tech.)

    PC Magazine: “Free Software: Good, For Nothing”: “The cover story of the October 18 issue of PC Magazine reviews several free apps for windows, including security, office suites, image editors and managers, and graphics applications. If you use Windows, you’ll find much to download here.”

    (Via DV For Teachers News.)

    Thoughtful Library Design: “

    As they renovate old libraries and plan new ones, colleges consider the purpose of the buildings — and how to make them popular. The Internet brought predictions of the demise of the library and, on some campuses, the marginalization of librarians themselves. But now librarians increasingly find that administrators, professors, and students see the library building as essential, a romanticized heart of the campus. At the same time, though, libraries have changed radically from the stodgy and stuffy repositories of years past. Some people wonder whether libraries have loosened up too much, and what libraries will look like in the future. (The Chronicle, free link)

    (Via The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog.)

    Graphic Demographics: ”

    I saw this spiffy

    Google-powered demographic map

    last night but fell asleep before I could blog it. It’s a map that displays very interesting data. First, choose the type of demographic report you want from the drop-down menu on the page. Next drag the map to the location you want, zoom in, and click. Geographically relevant demographic data will appear. I think students could use this resource to generate and answer some probing questions about metropolitan, urban, suburban, and rural areas during Science and Social Studies. If nothing else, this resource makes you a little more aware of your community.

    (Via SEGA Tech.)

    Wayne County High School: A Whole New World Of Learning: ”

    [snip] I wonder what’s going to happen when the stumble onto other nifty tech-enhanced resources, stuff like the geographic coolness exhibited at Google Earth Hacks. I mean, the file downloads at the site could keep you busy for days. Things like Hurricane Katrina overlays, real-time weather conditions, and meteor craters are like attention-magnets for the curious.

    (Via SEGA Tech.)

    Art Teachers: Loose In The Louvre With Virtual Panoramic Resources: ”

    Technology, if used properly, should augment an educational experience. For example, if you want your students to experience

    the Louvre

    but can’t afford to take them on a fieldtrip to this famous museum, you could use technology to access the

    Louvre 360

    . It’s a virtual excursion into one of the world’s most celebrated art destinations. Just make sure you remember to press your SHIFT key to zoom in and your CTRL key to zoom out. I wish I could claim bragging rights but I found this spiffy resource in a post made by




    . This particular application of technology is an excellent means of make learning more meaningful for students. With a little luck and determination you might find

    a directory or archive of virtual panorama resources

    and visit places as distant as



    (Via SEGA Tech.)

    A Flood Of Resources For Science Teachers: Check Out The Arkive And More: ”

    My wife, enthusiastic environmentalist and veritable internet seach queen, put me wise to a wonderful science resource known as

    the ARKive

    . I was marveling at this

    list of globally endangered species

    when my spouse suggested that I might also want to examine the

    Red List

    . I drilled down to number of

    excellent databases

    (such as the Integrated Taxonomic Information System), and realized that I needed to dust off my taxonomy skills. As usual, my better half had the answer:

    Species 2000

    and the equally useful

    Catalogue of Life, 2005 Checklist

    . I could spend the whole weekend here.

    (Via SEGA Tech.)

    Call for Submissions: Fall 2005 Issue of Computers and Composition Online: “

    The Fall 2005 issue of Computers and Composition Online still has room for submissions that examine digital rhetoric, writing, and literacy, using the following focus areas:

    • Theory into Practice Theory, thoughts, and speculation.
    • The Virtual Classroom Pedagogy and classroom experience.
    • From Print to Screen Online features that connect with current print journal themes
    • Professional Development Our past, present and future. Send your interviews and profiles as well as conference updates and calls for submissions.
    • Reviews Not only books, but sites, events, and other blended media.

    The current issue has an especially rich mixture of themes, theories, and pedagogies. Theory into Practice has ‘First Phase Information Literacy on a Fourth Generation Website: An Argument for a New Approach to Website Evaluation Criteria’ by Shawn Apostel and Moe Folk (Michigan Technological University) and ‘Self-Analysis: A Call for Multimodality in Personal Narrative Composition’ by Sonya Borton (University of Louisville). The Virtual Classroom continues its examination of current and future pedagogies with ‘Media Literacy Project and Community Projects / Media Literacy and Education’ by Michelle Comstock and Sarah Shirazi (University of Colorado at Denver), with Alan Davis, Nancy Linh Karls, José Mercado, Scott Randolph & Scott Slack and Daniel Weinshenker, as well as in ‘Designing in the dark: Toward Informed Technical Design for the Visually Impaired’ by Joe Wilferth and Charles Hart (The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga). Our Professional Development section has an exceptional interview entitled ‘ Digital Portfolio Sensibility: An Interview with Kathleen Blake Yancey’ contributed by Design Editor Richard Colby. Barclay Barrios (Rutgers University) reexamines his earlier CCO webarticle,’The Year of the Blog: Weblogs in the Writing Classroom’ and gives us ‘Blogs: A Primer’ in the Print to Screen section. Finally, the Reviews section has Robin Roots’ (Michigan State University) review of Image, Inquiry, and Transformative Practice: Engaging Learners in Creative and Critical Inquiry through Visual Representation, edited by Lynn Sanders-Bustle. Also in this issue, Elizabeth A. Monske (Louisiana Tech University) reviews Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition by Anne Wysocki, Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Cynthia L. Selfe, and Geoffrey Sirc.

    (Via Kairosnews.)

    Shrek, Visualization and Computer Modeling: “I come to supercomputing because of friends. I never knew much about it . I remember being in a conference in Yokohama, the Internet Society Conference when everyone was going to look at a CAVE. Well, I taught in Washington DC, and had been in that environment. I wish I had a scholarship to go study CAVE environments. That says a lot for someone who never heard of this kind of technology. Imagine standing inside a learning environment. Awesome.. This girl, woman will do and learn lots of math to be able to create environments like that.

    Computer modeling is not the easiest of subjects, but there are places to go where we can learn to create wonderful models. But the models that are in our faces are Shrek and other animations that use computational science to be a part of our media experience.

    You probably have never heard of Bugscope, or Chickscope, or Chemviz, Biology Workbench, or many of the projects at http://www.eot.org, but look at resources and projects. There are stories of the use of Bugscope , both nationally and internationally on the George Lucas Educational Foundation web site. Just put ‘bugscope’ in the search engine.

    Visualization and Modeling…www.cilt.org

    From a 19th century scatter plot used to isolate the source of a cholera epidemic to supercomputer-based weather models, visualization tools have revolutionized problem solving, research, and communication in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.


    In visualization and modeling researchers can explore and combine images of complex weather events like hurricanes, molecular structures such as pockets on the surface of proteins, or the environmental impact of factors such as deforestation.

    Bonnie Bracey”

    (Via Chalk and Technology Talk..Creating Learning Landscapes.)


    1. Ben says:

      I’m not too amazed at how quickly the information from my blog has been disseminated across the Internet, especially since I listed it on several sites. What amazes me is that recognition for work via blogging is quickly going downhill. Not to say that I’m writing for recognition; I’m much more interested in others getting good information. When I saw that my post about the Flash Card Machine had been picked up by you via the Blog Juice for Education site I was amazed at how quickly that a site which I gave recognition to another blogger for finding, quickly became the "findings" of someone who simple set up a huge RSS aggregator blog.

    2. rkassissieh says:

      Thank you, Ben. This is an error on my part due to working too quickly. The attribution function I used in NetNewsWire only copied the first attribution, which was to Blog Juice. I should have attributed it to your blog instead, http://www.techsavvyed.net/.

      Blog Juice for Educational Technology (http://www.schwoebel.net/wp…) has served as a useful introduction to good ed tech blogs for me, but perhaps I am starting to outgrow it.

    3. rkassissieh says:

      And now I have restored the first paragraph in which you thank Todd for the rec. Thanks again for bringing this to my attention!

    4. Ben says:

      Thanks Richard,

      Like I said, I wasn’t really concerned with getting recognition for posting it, especially since it was someone else that I got the site from. I was just surprised at how quickly blogs have been adopted by educators, but also how quickly we’ve skirted some of the niceties and ettiquette of old school bloggers. I admit, I’ve been guilty of doing the same thing, especially as the source of information on the web becomes increasingly obfuscated.