Naturalist John Muir was born 177 years ago this day. If you’ve ever enjoyed a National Park, both in the US and in Canada, you can thank the efforts of Muir. The club he co-founded, The Sierra Club, hosts a variety of information on one of the most influential figures in history whose effects last to this day.
The URL: http://vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/educational_resources/
I got wind of this a couple of months ago and it appears to still be available. The Google Earth that we’ve been using has not been the professional version. I always suspected that there was more to the experience. Now anyone can download the pro version which comes with a suite of professional-grade features, like a map-making tool. Previously over $400/year, there is no cost to this version.
The URL: http://gizmodo.com/google-earth-pro-is-now-free-1682987518
Time to come up for some air! It’s been a while since I last posted, so let’s start with one that my brother, Brian, sent me last week. This interactive, created by Áero Legends, is a panoramic photograph of an RAF Spitfire cockpit. Hovering a mouse over the different elements will offer information and Brian points out that there are bonus points if you can figure out how to turn it on.
The URL: https://www.haraldjoergens.com/panoramas/spitfire-td314/files/
I haven’t seen magnetic poetry for a while now but here’s an online version that your students can use to explore word order and construct meaning from the selection of offered words. There is a “more words” button that keeps the creativity flowing.
The URL: http://play.magneticpoetry.com
The math purists will probably bristle at me for this one but I loved this site that long time List member, Sharon Affeld sent along. It demonstrates 7 different ways to think about math concepts using fingers, lines and illustrations. I know — it doesn’t replace ‘real’ math skills but thinking about numbers in different ways may be fun for those who are strong at math and perhaps one or two tricks might help some struggling with a concept.
The URL: http://www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?emailid=13722&memberid=929934
Have you seen this site yet? I just stumbled on this collaborative space that was created to celebrate the many Apps and Extensions made by developers which serve the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities. The site goes on to explain, “To this end, we have developed this searchable resource to locate tools that serve the particular challenges anyone might face while working in Chrome. On the right, you will find more information about this site, including definitions of terms and more information about the Chrome browser and assistive technology.”
The URL: http://www.chrometoolbox.com/home