Zone Rouge: An Area of France So Badly Damaged By WW1 That People Are Still Forbidden To Live There Map created by Tinodela via Wikimedia. While WW1 ended nearly a century ago, its scars can still be found across Northern France and Belgium. Zone Rouge (French for Red Zone) is perhaps the ultimate example of this. At the end of the war in 1918, the French government isolated the areas in red above and forbade activities such as forestry, farming and even the building of houses from being performed inside them. In total the non-contiguous areas took up 1,200 sq km (460 sq mi) (roughly the size of New York City). The primary reason the areas were declared no-go zones was that they had seen some of the worst fighting during the war, particularly during the Battle of Verdun in 1916.
Students Can Compare Maps Side-by-Side in GE Teach GE Teach is a great map tool that I last featured about 18 months ago. GE Teach is developed and maintained by a high school teacher in Texas named Josh Williams. We had the chance to meet at TCEA this week and chat about GE Teach. GE Teach has gone through a bunch of iterations over the years. Grid Paper PDFs Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs Downloadable and very printable, I find these PDFs extremely useful. Tip number one!
Create Comic Stories in Pixton For years I’ve advocated for using comics as a way to get students engaged in the writing process. To many students, creating a comic seems a lot less intimidating and a lot more fun than simply writing a story on a blank sheet of paper. One of my favorite ways to have students use comics is to create and share stories about themselves. Students can create cartoon characters to represent themselves in a story. They can create the characters in their likeness or make the characters appear completely different from themselves, thereby telling a story in an anonymous fashion. Pixton is one of the great tools that students can use to create comics. Inspiration “Gary and I use Trello to run our house, taking the best from agile to keep things ticking over smoothly. We have daily stand-ups where we raise tasks, which we then keep track of on Trello. Each task is made into a card, which we can then makes progress notes on, give priority using categories, or assign to either one of us if needed.
Google’s Tone Chrome Extension Lets You Share URLs By Sound Google launched an experimental Chrome extension today that lets you share the URL from your current browser tab with anybody within earshot. Tone, which is now available in the Chrome Web Store, uses sound to transmit the information and uses the speakers and microphones now typically available on any laptop. Because it’s audio-based, it has some interesting limitations: the information doesn’t carry very far, for example, and any wall will block it. As the Google Research team behind the extension notes in today’s announcement, the first version was very efficient, but it sounded horrible.
How to Read a Pilot’s Map of the Sky – Phenomena: All Over the Map The first time I saw an aeronautical chart, best I can recall, was at the little airport café in Half Moon Bay, California, while waiting for a table. The coastal mountains and cities scattered around San Francisco Bay were easily recognizable. But superimposed on that familiar landscape were cryptic numbers, strange symbols, and overlapping circles that hinted at an entirely different world in the skies above. “It looks pretty complicated, doesn’t it?”