One of my professors from SDSU recommended this tutorial and I wanted to share this with my readers! Its an immersive photo experiences! I’m ready to start using it soon so stayed tuned for some examples posted over the next couple weeks.
We all love to look up to ponder the stars and now there is a FREE open source software to help you see a realistic sky in 3D on your computer. Stellarium is described as a “planetarium for your computer”. You can download the software free at www.stellarium.org
Some of the features include: – over 120,000 stars from the Hipparcos catalogue with info – asterisms and illustrations of the constellations – – images of nebulae – realistic Milky Way – very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset – the planets and their satellites – a powerful zoom – time control – multilingual interface – scripting to record and play your own shows – fisheye projection for planetarium domes – spheric mirror projection for your own dome – graphical interface and extensive keyboard control – equatorial and azimuthal grids – star twinkling – shooting stars – eclipse simulation – skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection – add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts…
Get your FREE copy today—http://www.stellarium.org/
Another great resource from Pew Internet
School Library Journal’s Leadership Summit 2011, Director Lee Rainie looked at the “state of reading” in the digital age by going through Pew Internet data about how teens use the internet, smartphones, and social networking sites. He argued that reading is now 1) raw material for further creation; 2) real-time in the mobile age; 3) a “social contact sport” as teens share reading and other media and learn from them.
Educational iPhone apps are hitting the market and I’ve just run across a great one for honing your math skills! A little app called Math Cards teaches students and adults math skills in a fun way.
Flash cards have been around for a long time teaching basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, but they’re tedious and dull. Turning them into an iPhone App makes learning math an interactive experience that’s fun for kids of all ages. It’s even a great game to challenge adults and create faster response times.
Imagine math practice so rewarding it’s hard to stop – this little app was developed by William Janoch who was motivated by the desire to see his children learn whenever possible. He developed the Math Cards application for his daughters (ages 8 and 9) as a flash card application that provides the right combination of challenge and reward to keep kids interested, without being frustrated. Math Cards replaces “I don’t wanna” with “Let me do it some more.”
Features include: – Colorful cards, simple to operate
– Categories for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
– Improves Eye-Touch coordination
– Receive grades as they go
– Easy to download and install
– Portable and fun ? use it anywhere, anytime
It is available for 99 cents from the iTunes App Store at http://www.itunes.com/apps/mathcards and is in the Education category, suitable for grades 3 – 5. Math Cards is rated 4+, and will work for the iPhone and iPod touch.