Woo-hoo! We’re ba–aa-ck! It’s been a hectic start of school for both of us, but we think we might be ready to get back on track. Here’s our latest episode notes–at the same time as our episode is posted no less!
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=gczp2n (for the definition)
An EarthCache is an educational form of a virtual cache. The reward for these caches is learning more about the planet on which we live – its landscapes, its geology or the minerals and fossils that are found there. Very cool for authentic earth science topics. This would have been great in our supplemental podcast, but we missed it. Also check out our friend Silvia’s blog for more on travel bugs and some great ideas to geocache with elementary students.
The latest version of Google Earth 4.2 now features Google Sky which shows the celestial bodies that we see in the sky–think constellations, planets, galaxies, etc., including images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Mahalo is a human-powered search engine that creates organized, comprehensive, and spam free search results for the most popular search terms. Our search results only include great links. Pre-done searches, but you can get Google results. Can do a side-by-side with Google using Mahalo Follow (free download).
The Internet Archive is a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Provide free access to text, audio, video, and more, including university lectures, famous speeches, and public domain books. Probably more of a teacher resource, as there are lots of resources, some of which may not be appropriate for kids.
An Ajax web application that gives you the power to create and share professional quality presentations over the web without software or plugins. Simple, but lots of potential.
All new updates, extended features, and major changes. We’ll be featuring more in the coming months as we play more with the new software.
- Using photos of kids for job charts, pictographs, pre-readers, etc.
- Disposable cameras for students
- Keeping parents updated via podcasts
- Classroom image gallery/wiki/moodle/blog, etc
- False sense of security from school filters
- Original post by Steve Dembo and then comment by high school student– http://www.techlearning.com/blog/2007/08/false_sense_of_security_from_s.php
- Internet Safety
- Cyber Smart–http://www.cybersmartcurriculum.org/lesson_plans/
- NetSmartz Kids–http://www.netsmartzkids.org/ (online safety and more)
- Internet Safety Activity Cards–http://www.netsmartz.org/resources/activitycards.htm
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