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Google Earth for Educators

Google Earth for Educators
Google Earth Pro is now free! Google Earth Pro extends the power of Google Earth with additional capabilities. Features include: GIS data import Movie Maker High-resolution printing Area and 3D measurement tools Elevation viewsheds and more. Download Google Earth Pro Stoke your students' interest in geography with tools from Google. Google's Geo products have long been identified as a powerful learning toolkit to empower students to visualize, share, and communicate information about the world around them. Learn more Use Street View to travel the world without leaving your classroom. Explore landmarks, parks, museums, and important world cultural spots with your students. Learn more

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Resources for Primary Source Documents Primary sources are resources that were first-hand created in a given period of time and never undergone any kind of editing or distortion. These sources are multimodal and they come in different forms. They can be artifacts, documents, pictures, recordings, essays, photographs, maps...etc. Now with the globalization of knowledge and the pervasive use of digital media, primary sources become accessible to everybody with an internet connection. However, the search for these materials is akin to a scavenger hunt and hence the importance of having a handy list such as the one below to keep for rainy days.

Physics in Action Podcast illy Beagle Productions produces the student-centered educational podcast "Physics In Action," a secondary-level podcast in which each episode brings you applications and analysis of physics in such diverse settings as sports, movies, video games, and television. We also take a look into the frontiers of physics exploration, and highlight interviews with exciting personalities on the leading edge of physics innovation and application. So join us on our trip into the fantastic world of physics, and don't forget, you can always check out our main podcast website at, or subscribe free by clicking on our podcast logo!

12 Ways to Wish Someone a Happy Holiday Chances are you and your students will want to send a holiday greeting, so why not use web tools in class to create them? Various web tools and apps allow your students to be creative while spreading holiday cheer. Also, multimedia greetings are a fun way to learn about various cultures and their holiday traditions, because often they provide backgrounds and sayings for Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. Additionally, language learners can acquire new vocabulary and apply the vocabulary in a fun way while practicing writing, listening, reading, and speaking skills.

Open Source Tool Sets for Creating High-density Maps A few weeks ago I wrote about some of the building blocks available to create engaging maps in Drupal . The module ecosystem around maps and other geospatial functionality is pretty flexible, but there are some situations where Drupal might not be the best fit. There are some great tools out there to build out sites when the situation calls for little else besides a map display, or when processing and rendering tens of thousands of geospatial features. In this blog post, I’m going to talk about two in particular, Mapbox and CartoDB .

Google Cultural Institute Loading Explore stories from around the world NASA astronaut from the International Space Station Museu do Amanhã Your daily digestFriday 16 December Stories of the day Making Current Events Accessible to Kids Many parents and teachers grew up doing dull current-events reports based on static text found in newspapers. Today's students, who are immersed in a world in which news can be updated by anyone 24/7, need a different skill set to read and understand the world. Classroom current-events time provides the perfect opportunity to practice critical-thinking and text-analysis skills using timely and real-world sources. There should be nothing dull about current events today.

CASES Online: Creating Active Student Engagement in the Sciences What is CASES Online? CASES Online is a collection of inquiry-based lessons to engage K-12 and undergraduate students in exploring the science behind real-world problems. Through CASES, you can transform your students into motivated investigators, self-directed and life-long learners, critical thinkers and keen problem solvers. Our cases are grounded in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL), and related student-centered pedagogies. [more]

Learning About December Holidays: 25+ Ideas & Resources Posted by Shelly Terrell on Saturday, December 15th 2012 Part of the Cool Sites series “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie In December, people worldwide gather together to celebrate various holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Festival of Lights.

ISTE Standards for Teachers this site/tool supports: Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources., Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments., Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity., Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress., Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards, and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching., Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools. by joshuacarr Sep 7

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