A few odd educational goodies from today’s RSS soup. I lay them out here for your dining pleasure. Mental Floss serves up Monte Python clips referencing all sorts of classic literature. References include- Proust, Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Dickens and others. A great way to start of a class or provide a little levity when things are rough reading. They’re linked through on YouTube for your use but if that’s blocked don’t forget about Vixy.net to download them. Boston.com’s “How to Nap” infographic would be a great way to re-think a project or report. Check out just how much information is crammed in there. You want some deep processing? Get your students creating something this dense in a way that’s visually pleasing and doesn’t feel oppressive. The Pi Crop Circle via the Uri’s Eso Garden Blog makes for some really interesting math related conversations and possible activities. Give them the image and tell them it is a code for pi and see who can figure it out. You could make one about pi or any other significant number or date. There would be lots of hands on measurement (angles, lines etc.) and thought involved (use chalk on the parking lot if you’re fresh out of local barley fields or maybe you’ve got a local field of tall grass).
These were all focused on historical “selfies” right before disasters but you could do the opposite. I was inspired by the horrible and fascinating Selfies at Funerals Tumblr. You might also be appalled/inspired by Rich Kids of Instagram. I really don’t know quite enough about the selfie/hashtag culture to do this really well. The details with hashtags are what make it interesting and you need to do some research to make it work properly. There is work in humor. Get the Photoshop template here.
Welcome! Hope some of these resource prove useful to you while pursuing different ways to communicate. Update——-Download the creative communication presentation in Keynote 3, Powerpoint or PDF format. Useful presentation links Presentation Zen– a blog dedicated to better presentations Beyond Bullets– another blog dedicated to better presentations Dy/Dan– a blog about teaching that often covers great design as it applies to all things educational Flickr Storm– find great Creative Commons licensed images Stock Exchange– free stock photos (does require a registration) Mashup Sites (their odd delivery, your content – use sparingly) Bombay TV– your own subtitles on Baliwood movie clips Hairy Mail– shave your email message on a hair back Monkey Mail– a monkey in various costumes and with various voices speaks your words Txt2Pic– just about anything you might want to put your words on (billboards, church signs, ransom notes, badges etc.) Jib Jab– a number of ways to add your face to bizarre videos TeacherTube– why reinvent the wheel? Vixy.net– download YouTube videos to use at school (where you know they’re blocked)