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
So there’s been good conversation lately recently about the lack of good lesson plans on the Internet. I think that’s true. I’m not sure this game will bring us much closer to the end game but it has the potential to produce some good contentIf nothing else it’ll give me a chance to get back into what I really like to do and do it in a way that might actually help some people.. Hopefully it’ll be fun and catch onProbably not, given what teachers have to do but you never know.. Here’s the idea Milobo and I came up with a few days ago. It’s Michelle’s better twist on the Pimp My Lesson Plan idea that’s been nagging at me for a whileApparently someone’s already used the title although, this looks so hideous I can still claim the idea in good conscience.. Instead of Pimp My Ride, the inspiration is a lesson plan contest based on Iron Chef. Basic Rules Two teams of educators (more if others are game) will battleGood, fun competition, not bloodsport. to develop a unit or lesson plan to meet the requirements of a selected teacher. Each team will share their lesson along with the process they used to brainstorm and develop the idea. A panel of judges, including the teacher who issued the challenge, […]
by Blacklisted, on Flickr This series of thoughts (maybe just one messy thought) was inspired by No Good Reason’s post, although no one should blame Martin for what I have written here. I’ll speak in specifics regarding the #ds106 course but I think the concept can easily apply to any course where participants are creating productsYou could even do this with something as mundane as notes. Imagine being able to play a card where student X has to summarize the day’s notes in the style of Dr. Seuss. . You would simply tweak the “cards” to reflect the content. So the basic concept is that all students are given X number of cards. These cards are something like the Draw Four Cards in Uno mixed with the Community Chest cards from Monopoly– only hopefully without the negative connotation. The students would get a variety of cards at the beginning of the course and to use them they’d tag the origin post and link to the person they want to be the recipient of the action. So, maybe I want to take CogDog’s #ds106 aura photography challenge and assign it to someone else to remix as a drawing project. I’d play my “Change FormatThis could be more specific – like “make it a drawing” or something like that. ” card in […]
I’ve been working with Bernard Means who runs VCU’s Virtual Curation LaboratoryI do need to see if we might offer some attractive reasons to come over from wordpress.com.. We spoke briefly a while back about building a site to allow for interactive views and downloads of 3D STL files his team has made of passenger pigeon bones. One of the goals was to allow mobile devices to interact with the site in an “app-like” fashion. This is more than a desire for the PR boost that seems to come with creating an “app”The media is an enemy of the people. What we’re working toward is the ability to cache this stuff and enable archaeologists in the field to interact with the virtual shapes on mobile devices or download the shapefiles, print them out, and carry the replicas into the field (next up is a consideration of points). We wanted to get the passenger pigeon bones out in time for the anniversary of the extinction of the species which was 100 years ago today. Due to the excitement and drama that is the new school year, I didn’t end up getting the bones or focusing on this until Thursday. This was the first website I’ve made by hand (non-cms) in a while. I figured it’d be good for me and I […]