The "Top 25" Web sites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
One of the teachers in my district, Kacie Evans, developed this terrific rubric for Assessing Effectiveness of Student Participation in Online Discussions. For the purposes of posting to the blog, the rubric is in .jpg format, but if you want it in Word or as a pdf, access this site. The links are in the third paragraph.
Google on Monday unveiled a new experimental product called Google News Timeline that displays news and related search results on an interactive timeline. It offers interesting possibilities for exploring stories, especially older ones, that are largely hidden in newspaper and magazine archives. It is also a powerful way to view trends in culture and society or the careers of famous people.
The main page of Google News Timeline displays the top stories divided by columns, with each column representing a day. Users can drag the results left, right, up or down, much as they can with Google Maps, to see different days or to scroll deeper within a day. They can also change the time intervals to weekly, monthly or yearly. One of the interesting features of the main news page is that it includes Time magazine covers, so users can easily scan world events over the years through that prism.
Screen shot of Google News Timeline.
But when it is used for searching, Google News Timeline becomes more interesting. The service includes current stories gathered by Google News, as well as archival news; scanned newspapers, magazines and books; blog posts; sports scores; and media like music and movies. Users can search specific categories, including all news, but also news quotes or news photos, blogs, TV shows and even prizes, like the Nobel. On its a blog post describing the product, Google suggests various interesting searches like “Jack Nicholson movies,” which returns an easily viewable arc of the actor’s career, “Barack Obama quotes,” and “baseball news photos.”
Is anybody else overwhelmed by this? I think I'll just paper my computer in real-life sticky notes and call it good.
And another thing! While earning college degrees online may be how people learn in the future, I do not think there is any substitute for intelligent discussion with real life people occupying the same physical space. I've taken my share of both online classes and the old-fashioned kind. The online classroom wins hands down for convenience, while a real classroom wins in the Quality Education category. I love technology. However, even I am beginning to wonder how much human beings are willing to sacrifice in quality for the sake of convenience.
Find a new thing to do with Google You can do a lot more than search the Web with Google nowadays, from reading newspapers in languages you don’t speak to seeing the natural habitat of Komodo dragons. Discover something new to do with Google by clicking on one of these 52 titles to watch a how-to video and try it for yourself.... Google Things To Do
Eleven things to do when YouTube is blocked Joyce Valenza writes: “The fact is, YouTube is blocked in many of our schools. Every single day, many of us spend a good deal of time trying to figure out how to get the videos we need to use in our classrooms and libraries. I myself am a long-time sufferer of YouTube-block (despite my understanding of my district’s motivations) and I have developed a variety of strategies for treating the condition.”... NeverEndingSearch, Dec. 19
"The glory that was Rome is to rise again. Visitors will once more be able to visit the Colosseum and the Forum of Rome as they were in 320 AD, this time on a computer screen in 3D.
The realisation of the ancient city in Google Earth lets viewers stand in the centre of the Colosseum, trace the footsteps of the gladiators in the Ludus Magnus and fly under the Arch of Constantine.
The computer model, a collection of more than 6,700 buildings, depicts Rome in the year 320 AD. Then, under the emperor Constantine I, the city boasted more than a million inhabitants –- making it the largest metropolis in the world. It was not until Victorian London that another city surpassed it."
See an interactive map to explore Kansas museums with exhibits that relate to the Kansas Distance Learning Week theme.
Sessions were available for viewing as they were happening via web stream at http://tv.greenbush.us/. Click on "IDL Live video stream" at the top right of the page. Test the site to make sure you have the right software prior to the session.