Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Supplement your dry coral reef lesson with an engaging online interactive!

Are your students studying ocean conservation, marine biology or coral reefs? 

The coral reef interactive on The Sant Ocean Hall's section on the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's web site will be a great supplemental activity for students.

The Sant Ocean Hall - Coral Reef Interactive
The interactive activity teaches students about the elements of and around a Caribbean coral reef, including marine life, such as the Elkhorn coral, Marine Algae Azure Vase Sponge, Nassau grouper, and Caribbean Spiny lobster, and the impact of humans through tourist recreation, eco-friendly businesses, and fishing.

The coral reef interactive from the Smithsonian combines this information about a coral reef with simulated case studies where students assume the roles of a hotel manager, tourist, and local resident as they learn about the "interdependence between the economic and social impact of human activity and the needs of a coral reef and its conservation."

Take your students on a learning adventure to a coral reef today!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Animap your next lit trip!

Animaps is a new tool for creating "beautifully informative animated maps, for free!"

Animaps is a great tool for students and teachers to use when creating lit trips or historical map stories. The ability to string together sequences of locations, events, and information using maps allows students to demonstrate deep levels of learning beyond just what they know.
Students can create Animaps to demonstrate their learning. Students will not only have to understand and analyze information, but they will also synthesize, and evaluate information as they create an Animaps for a lit trip or historical map story.

Teacher created Animaps are excellent for communicating supplemental and other content related information to students. Teachers can create Animaps as an alternative to having students watch a video or view a PowerPoint slideshow.

Visit the Animaps web site for a tutorial and examples about using Animaps. The Lexington Animap reenactment of the Battle of Lexington is a great example of how students and teachers can use Animaps.

"Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.
When you send your Animap to friends it appears like a video - they can play, pause, slow and speed up the action!"

Get started using Animaps today! 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Collect feedback using Epic Decide

Do you need to get feedback from students, colleagues, or strangers online?
Epic Decide is an easy to use, straight forward, no frills, online polling tool that works great for collecting anonymous information giving you a sense of where people stand.

To use Epic Decide, you only need to create the survey question and feedback options you are seeking and want people to rank to help you make a decision, and then direct people to complete the survey via a link. As the poll creator, you will access the results via a unique link. It's a no frills tool, but it is easy to use and works great.
Epic Decide will work great with students for collecting formative data about  content topics and providing insightful feedback for instructors about a classes' understanding and learning.

See for yourself how easy it is to use.

Complete my simple survey and then check out the results.
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