Category Archive: Ed. Tech. Applications

Feb 19

Using Google Earth for Perspective

What if New York’s Central Park was actually in Wichita, Kansas? How big is New York’s Central Park, really? If you’ve ever been there, it’s quite impressive–you can spend hours walking trails only to see on a map later that you only covered a very small portion of the park. I wanted to put things …

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Jun 16

5 Google Tools #5 – Google Fusion Tables

5. Google Fusion Tables The final tool is another one that I really had no idea even existed. This one has similar functionality to Google Docs-Spreadsheets, but makes it quite a bit easier to make graphs, maps, charts, etc. The most useful iteration of this is the creation of an intensity map, or “heat map.” …

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Jun 15

5 Google Tools #4 – Google Health

4. Google Health   The last two tools will break from the freshman English theme and move into science. I chose to explore Google Health because I had no idea it even existed. This tool allows you to keep track of your own health records, including conditions, medications, doctors info, immunizations, and more. The feature …

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Jun 14

5 Google Tools #3 – Google Books

3. Custom “Bookshelves” in Google Books Again, I selected this option to explore because I hadn’t spent much time with it. I do use Google Books (I even have the app on my iPad), but as I find iBooks and Kindle to be better and easier to use, I have not paid much attention to …

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Jun 13

5 Google Tools #2 – Timelines

2. View Timelines in search results I chose this tool because it is one of those tools that falls into the category of “I knew it was there, but I never use it.” In my day-to-day life, I rarely have a need to view historical timelines for anything. However, I can see that they would …

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Jun 12

5 Google Tools #1 – Google Squared

1. Google Squared Google Squared creates a dynamic “database” of sorts of your search results. You can add or remove columns to customize what information is displayed, and click on a cell to see possible alternate values than what Google selected. For example, I decided to search for “freshman English reading lists,” and was presented …

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Nov 21

Art along the Santa Fe Trail (Google Earth Activity)

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Art Along the Santa Fe Trail (Google Earth .kmz file) In my opinion, one of the aspects of Google Earth that is most powerful is its ability to put things into perspective (literally as well as figuratively). Giving students the ability to measure distances on the map quickly and easily is incredibly empowering and puts …

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Nov 13

My thoughts on open source

I feel to answer the question of “would you use open source tools in education?” is like trying to answer the question “would you use a screwdriver?” My answer to both questions, naturally, is “yes, depending on the goal I’m trying to achieve.” If I’m trying to drive a nail into a piece of cedar, …

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Nov 07

Blogging in the classroom

Reposted with permission from the author (me!) from EdTechApps (edtechapps.blogspot.com): A growing trend among educators (particularly of middle and high school aged students) is to include regular blogging as a writing activity for classes. As with every classroom activity, there are positive and negative outcomes from blogging, and it must be a decision made with …

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Sep 09

Social Media Revolution

The video posted (“Pay Attention“) in my class assignment this week reminded me of a video that was going around on Facebook and Twitter a little over a year ago that points out the power of social networking. While you’re waiting for me to do this week’s post, why don’t you check out this video …

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