Here are a couple new google tools I heard about in a library forum that you might find interesting:
Global genie - allows kids to teleport to places around the globe. It seems to only do random teleportation, but this could be a cool tool to use to introduce students to a new country by seeing it's landscape in street view.
Google Art Project Gives users a single portal to visit the online collections of art museums from around the world.
A sky map app which allows you to point your phone at the night sky and have the visible constellations mapped. Only for Android. Sorry i-phone users.
Google Moon allows you to walk on the surface of the moon with a commentary by Buzz Aldrin. This is a part of google earth. Unfortunately you can not access the preview from school since it is a youtube video.
Let me know if you find ways to use these in your classrooms!
In the age of the mash-up it often seems to students (and adults) that it is OK to use any images, video, or sounds they find on the internet in school projects. While the copyright guidelines for educational use are more relaxed than those for commercial use, it is more than ever it is important to model copyright etiquette for our students and teach them acceptable use for media.
What does "fair use" mean in a digital age? It seems like the answer to that question is constantly changing, but if we teach our students the basic differences between copyrighted materials and materials that are in the creative commons we have taken one large step toward teaching copyright etiquette. Here are the steps you can take as a teacher to help:
WolframAlpha is a relatively new search engine, but instead of giving you a list of popularity ranked pages from the web it calculates answers to mathematically based questions. Want to know how the population of Santa Clarita has changed over the past 10 years? Type in Santa Clarita population and watch WolframAlpha computer. Not sure if you have the correct answer to x^2 - 4 = 3? Type in the equation and see Wolfram give you a range of information about the problem. WolframAlpha even answers biology and physics questions with ease. Try it out for yourself at http://www.wolframalpha.com/
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