2007 EduBlog Award Nominee
Just a quick note that our blog has been nominated for best group edublog 2007. We appreciate the recognition and your support of our project. A year ago, we set out to create a place where instructional technology theory met practical, creative ideas. Your frequent visits and thought-provoking comments are evidence that we have achieved some measure of success. Thanks for stopping by.
I don’t like what plain Google Map or Google Earth windows look like when you enter text. They always end up too wide for me and I just want a little bit more style and formatting. It just looks better and that is part of why we use computers- to produce a professional looking product. So the question is how do you get students/profs/teachers creating better looking information w/o having a bunch of time sucked away by teaching them HTML? (Yes, I realize Google does a form of this here but it’s not set up for Google Maps and involves more hassle for many by introducing the idea of networked kmz links etc.) My solution is Excel. Excel can do all sorts of neat tricks with text. So I just built what is essentially a form with a few inputs (the ones selected for this project) and then used a bunch of formulas to wrap the HTML around the information that’s entered. This is a fairly simple example but it’s smart enough to cite the picture source and know if certain information has been entered so it doesn’t botch the html if the field is left blank. You can see what it does if you unhide the columns and view the formulas then tweak it to your heart’s content. Before […]
Photo credit Joel Bedford I’m in a weird place right now. I’m in Central Office- cue ominous music. Central Office is not a place people normally speak of fondly. It’s often referred to as one of those places where people go to get out of touch and become bossy. I don’t like being out of a school. To be honest, I don’t like being out of the classroomLots of things make this happen but it all comes down to my choice- so no violins.. I’ve essentially moved into a role where I’m one more step removed from where I feel I have some skills- that is, figuring out interesting and useful ways to use technology to help students learn. So one of the things I’d like to do is work on at least one lesson each monthI know, not a very ambitious number but I want to make sure I don’t over promise and then drop things. I do have a second job and 3 kids under 5. How’s that for an excuse?. If anyone out there wants to submit something to discuss and make more engaging then I’m game. I’m hoping there’ll be some of that going on because the collaboration and discussion will definitely make the end product better. Failing any submissions, something I that’s pretty likely, I’ll […]
EDIT- What I should have said was check out the SIMILE Time Line project and their Exhibit project on US Presidents. They both show some interesting interactive ways to check out data. If you’re interested in my at least semi-geeky pursuit of an easy way to generate the XML for the timeline read on at your own risk. Real geeks will probably just be annoyed at my ignornace. ______________________________________________________________ My interest in the SIMILE time line project was peaked by this post on TuttleSVC. It is by far the best time line option I’ve seen.Â I encourage you to check it out even if you have no intention of trying to create your own versions.Â The Presidential Exhibit example is also awesome and well worth checking out.Â It works in google maps and the Time Line feature as well as a variety of optional searches based on lots of data. Positives interactive lower level overview view (I know that sounds awkward) is a good idea you can embed images and links in the pop up windows (like google earth/maps) so the time line can become a pretty effective index for a historical website that helps teach concepts while you navigate Negatives difficulty for teachers/students to create their own content css knowledge is needed for more advanced formatting I played around […]