Friday, February 4, 2011

BBC Dimensions

Here is a cool tool from the BBC that allows you to give a sense of the dimension of something in reference to your location. As there website says..

"Dimensions takes important places, events and things, and overlays them onto a map of where you are.

Type in your postcode or a place name to get started."

Here is an example...if the Colosseum was built over the school.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Daily - What will writing mean to our students

News Corporation has just launched The Daily, a digital only newspaper. Please read the article from the New York Times.

While as the article points out this particular version of a digital-only newspaper may not succeed, it is apparent that it is the beginning of a significant shift in publishing. So as an educator this brings a couple of questions to the forefront for me.

By the time our students graduate college how much of their writing will be for the screen instead of the page?

Are we teaching our students the skills necessary to compete in this environment?

How young should we be teaching digital writing?

While I'm not sure The Daily will be successful in this iteration, I am sure something similar will be in the near future. Will our students be prepared?

Explore museums and great works of art in the Google Art Project

Google has launched a new product that will allow you to virtually explore museums such as MOMA, Van Gogh Museum and Uffizi Gallery.

Yesterday we announced the Art Project - a new site that lets you explore hundreds of artworks from 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums in extraordinary levels of detail, as well as take 360 degree tours of the museums using Street View technology. The combination of 1000+ artworks, from more than 400 artists, with Street View of the museums, creates a completely new way to discover art online.

Click here to read the entire post at the Google Student Blog.