Does that graph really show what you think it does? It's easy to paint any picture you want by simply be creative with the way numbers are presented. This video explores ways to Cath the trickery!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Filed in: History
What should we make of President Trump's claims/lies/policies/tweets/etc? Here is English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist Stephen Fry's take.
Friday, June 30, 2017 Filed in: STEM
"Like any other map, the Internet map is a scheme displaying objects’ relative position; but unlike real maps (e.g. the map of the Earth) or virtual maps (e.g. the map of Mordor), the objects shown on it are not aligned on a surface. Mathematically speaking, The Internet map is a bi-dimensional presentation of links between websites on the Internet. Every site is a circle on the map, and its size is determined by website traffic, the larger the amount of traffic, the bigger the circle. Users’ switching between websites forms links, and the stronger the link, the closer the websites tend to arrange themselves to each other."
Everything you ever wanted to, or needed to know about chemistry wrapped into a tidy 13 minute, animated package.
On April 18, 2017, Google officially unveiled the new Google Earth for Chrome and Android. This top-to-bottom redesign completely reimagines how people interact with and explore the Earth. Earlier this week, Google announced that Google Earth has become a dedicated tool of G Suite for Education. As such, they have incorporated many education-friendly features and add-ons, including lesson plans and admin options. Here are a few of the notable improvements:
- The interface has been simplified, with tools down the left side to access the Main Menu, Search, Voyages (described below), Feeling Lucky (also described below), Saved Locations, and Sharing Options. The familiar zoom, compass, street view, and locate buttons remain in the bottom right hand corner, also redesigned to be easier to use. The 3D function has been rebuilt to available to view locations at any angle.
- Google has teamed up with scientists, nonprofit agencies, and storytellers from around the world to create Voyages. The rich, interactive tours of the world offer videos, photos, and text, alongside zooming looks at locations on Earth’s surface. Upon launch, Google Earth offers more than 60 Voyages with topics ranging from Following Charles Dickens to Exploring Penguin Colonies.
- Share Links Directly to the 3D View You’re Looking At
- Zoom in on amazing features of Earth’s surface, then use the improved 3D button to view the feature from any angle. Once you’ve gotten the view you want, you can click on the share button to copy a link right to that very spot.
- In the new Google Earth, you can control the level of detail shown by selecting the menu icon and “Map Style.” Additionally, you can tap on the “I’m Feeling Lucky” icon to be taken to a random spot on the planet. Google Earth works beautifully in Chrome, making it an excellent tool for use in the classroom. The Android version is available now, with the updated iOS app expected in the coming weeks.
Google's Arts & Culture site offers an impressive collection of resources for exploring and learning about just that - art and culture. One of the more interesting features, "We Wear Culture," explores the stories behind the clothes we wear. It's an amazing and immersive collection, worth checking out.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Filed in: Video
ProjectEd is pretty cool. Their mission is to "challenge filmmakers, animators, artists, teachers, and students to create short films that teach." They run contests around different themes and questions all the time, and offer prizes to both student and adult winners. I thought this one was pretty interesting - the prompt was "What would a world without teachers be like?" Here's the brilliant video that won the adult category grand prize:
One of Google's latest Chrome experiments, called AutoDraw, does something amazing; tt "pairs the magic of machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast". Essentially, you draw something with your mouse, and Google interprets what it is you're trying to draw, and offers one of dozens of professional drawn images to replace it.
A wonderful exercise in the power of physics and engineering, constructing this simple, yet strong bridge requires no nails, glue, or fasteners or any sort, just some poles and beams.
Design matters. For some reason, though, it's often overlooked in the world of education. After watching this video, you will understand why design matters, especially in education. The underlying ideas is that the design of everything we are exposed to impacts us, our mood, our perspective, and our openness. Clearly this is significant in the classroom.
In 1977, NASA launched Voyagers 1 and 2, unmanned spacecraft tasked with exploring the far reaches of our solar system and beyond. Before launching, a committee working under Carl Sagan produced the “Golden Records,” which included a collection of sounds and images carefully chosen to represent our planet and our species for anyone or anything that may encounter these spacecraft. This video explores the 116 images which were selected.