Google Lit Trips
Google Earth Lit Trips
Novels plotted out in Google Earth with supplementary information and photos. Unbelievably cool. They’ve got a few to choose from with preview screenshots of what you’ll be getting. They have Grapes of Wrath, Candide and Night as well as a number of others.
It looks like it’ll be growing too as it’s part of the Google Certified Teacher Program (which I’d kill to do, well at least maim). Kevin Jarnett was lucky and skilled enough to be chosen and has some good posts about his experience.
Now I just want to see kids making these.
link via Will Richardson
More random work. Much of this week was Protein Viewer for WordPress It has been interesting to look back over how this has evolved and the span of technologies involved. I’m still looking at the sheer number of options for molecule viewing. The plugin is on github but is still a first-draft. It does use the free version of ACF and it is included in the plugin automatically. And then I expanded to take URLs in addition to file uploads. There’s some weird stuff with mime types going on that I don’t quite understand. I can download a PDB file from the Protein Data Bank site but can’t upload it to WordPress. If I open the PDB file in Blender and export it as a PDB file it works fine. Checking on the mime type via terminal (file –mime-type -b yourFileName) seems to indicate they’re both the same. There are some slight differences in the text file itself but I don’t know what the problem is. In any case, the URL option gets around that problem and save storage space. I revisit Tweets and keep adding over time. This is not sensible behavior. So many options for viewing molecules of which I was totally unaware. https://t.co/GL0bkKcuJf — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) May 12, 2020 Extensions I added the Zoom for GSuite […]
I did this a while back but don’t think I ever posted about it It’s possible I did and am bad at searching and worse at remembering. So vocabulary work often is one the most boring things an English teacher (or anyone else) ever does. The beauty of an English class is that you have a fair degree more flexibility when dealing with vocabulary than a lot of subjects. Here are two ways I wanted to attack words in a way that’d make them stick. the album Students pick a word/root/suffix/prefix and then build an album around it complete with cover art and song choices that reflect that theme. You see my Puffy Ego album above with songs like “Your You’reI’d thank the commenter for catching the typo if he/she hadn’t been such a jerk about it So Vain” and “I Love Me.” It’s simple and pretty engaging for students. The association with music (and likely with music they like) should really help internalize the information. the t-shirt Once again, a pretty simple idea. Students take a word/root/prefix/suffix and make a t-shirtHere’s a blank template for the t-shirt if you’re interested. with it. This could be fun and you could also make posters, hats etc and get the best ones made or maybe just put on cafepress The point is […]
Yesterday, I decided I’d look for four leaf clovers getting in and out of my car. Not hanging out searching, just opening my eyes and paying a bit more attention. Wikipedia tells me there’s one four leaf clover per 10,000 three leaf clovers. What surprises me is despite their relative rarity just how many four leaf clovers seem to be out there. It’s like interesting things. If you just start looking around, you end up amazed at how many interesting things surround you daily that you never noticed. One interesting thing leads to another. It gets to be harder to pay attention to more mundane things like crossing the road because there are so many interesting things to see and think about. Generating Questions I tried to take pictures representing each question I had walking to work the other day. I only decided to do it about halfway in but it was interesting to see it snowball because I made it intentional. The results are embedded below as a set. Additional questions are sometimes in the descriptions and won’t be visible in the embedded view. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Literally Literal Dodge Caravan takes on a very odd feel if you read it literally. I decided to start capturing all the car/bike names I came across that were also actual […]