Ever heard of Augmented Reality (AR)? I know, I know–for some of us, conventional reality is stressful enough without adding to it. However, imagine harnessing the potential overlay of virtual images on the real world. What if educators and students could create and superimpose a 3D virtual character over what’s real? It’s an exciting posssibility that’s being brought to fruition through work being condcuted by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory (also known as the HIT Lab) at the University of Washington and other research facilities around the globe. If this kind of intriguing, engaging, real world application of technology excites you, check out ARToolKit. It’s a free, downloadable software library for building Augmented Reality (AR) applications.
Have you heard about about Insert Drawing? It’s a new feature in Google Docs. According to a recent post at the Official Google Docs Blog, users now have the means to “create and insert rich, colorful drawings into documents, presentations and spreadsheets.” Spiffy!
Where can students access the latest dynamic demographic, education, environment, health and socio-economic statistics for more than 200 countries? Rocket over to StatPlanet to explore the answer.
There are definite advantages to having pupils compose written assignments using a word processor. For starters, many young authors are reluctant to write with pencil or pen because they know that, after initial editing, they’ll eventually have to reconstruct the work again and again and again. Typing their thoughts, no matter how meager the text, saves nascent scribes the hassles and frustrations of rewriting. Once aspiring writers have captured the essence of their ideas in digital form crystallizing and refining concepts becomes even more efficient. The availability of a built-in dictionary/thesaurus ever present, ever ready to offer linguistic assistance makes word processing even more attractive. Digital manipulation of written assignments also makes sharing drafts with teacher and peers possible and much more likely. For educators who are prudent enough to allow learners to integrate technology in this manner there’s an additional perk: an online text analysis resource from UsingEnglish.com. After pasting student-generated text into the UE Text Content Analyser this useful site displays statistics such as:
If you teach Economics and your students are thirsty for information about how our nation got itself into such a monetary mess, you’re in luck. FlowingData will inundate the most arid minds with a veritable flood of visualizations designed to explain the financial crisis.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! After you get the facts beyond the blarney about this day, take a look at what you’re wearing. Traditionally, anyone not wearing a wee bit of green is likely to be soundly pinched by their properly-clad peers. Not wanting that to happen to any of our gentle readers, this blog has amassed enough examples of verdant-tinted vocabulary to keep everyone safe. What’s nifty about the terms we’ve pulled together is that the internet makes all of their rich histories available to anyone, anywhere. So, if you’re caught without any emerald apparel, take a stroll down memory lane, check out the scenery and ponder the following cultural greenery:
- Green Acres, that’s the place to be! 169 episodes
- Green Bay Packers
- Green card
- food, as in green cheese (is the moon really made of it?) green beans, mustard greens, or the equally popular, Green Eggs and Ham
- the green eyed monster a.k.a. jealousy is not to be confused with the Jolly, Green Giant
- Hugh Brannum, also known as Mr. Green Jeans on Captain Kangaroo
- Green stick fractures
- Green with envy
- Greenbacks–you’ll treasure having a few of them around
- Superheroes like Green Arrow, Green Hornet, Green Lantern, Green Lama and super-villains like the Green Goblin (check out the Grand Comics Database for more information)
- Greenhorns wanted, no experience needed.
- This making you ill? You look a little green around the gills.
- A greenhouse is good concerning what you’re growing
- However, the greenhouse effect is a growing concern
- Greenland is really not as green as Iceland…so, I’d settle for a Green Island
- How Green Was My Valley was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
- (It’s Not Easy) Bein’ Green was written by Joe Raposo for the first season of Sesame Street.
- The grass is always greener on the other side.
- Fiddler’s Green was supposed to be an interesting place.
- The Sea of Green is a famous fictional place mentioned in the film, The Yellow Submarine. By the way, there are many fictional submarines.
- Booker T and the MGs once served us up some mighty tasty Green Onions (a tune that ranked #181 on the Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time) but the group never managed to play a Green Tambourine.