Stellarium: Must Have for Teachers & Learners

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/

 

Reading, Writing, & Research in the Digital Age

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.

Reading, Writing, & Research in the Digital Age

Tweet-A-Thon 2009: Showing the Power of Social Networking for a Social Cause!

If you watch CNN or Fox then you may have heard the news anchor talk about social networking sites Twitter, FaceBook, mySpace etc. Most understand the value of FaceBook and mySpace, i.e., staying in touch with friends and family online. But most don’t understand Twitter – most people look perplexed when I tell them about it and wonder what value this type of communication has. Well today was a historical event, this was the first online Tweet-a-Thon 2009 raising money for a great social cause – clean water!
The show had its glitches but the technology is still young! The greatest thing about the technology and what separates it from traditional media is the two way conversation! It gives people the ability to participate – you are no longer ‘watching’ something – you are sharing and participating not only with the guests real time but with the other hundreds of people who want to make a difference in the social cause!I predict this is the first of many ‘online’ thons – that will take place. Another thing that takes this to another level is the cost of entry into this market is not hundreds of thousands of dollars! I would estimate, to do it right it takes from 5,000 to 10,000! But if you’re on a shoe string – you can do this for under 500 bucks! So if you have a great cause you’d like to champion then jump in and start swimming!
This will be a good topic for an online seminar – titled, raising money for your favorite charity – produce a web-a-thon for FREE!Visit the site Tweet-a-Thon 2009 and donate today!

iPhone Apps Hit the Education Market

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

Math Cards was developed by William Janoch of Able Mac (http://www.AbleMac.com) and has been released by DollarApp.

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.

15 Signs You Might be a Geek!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone – now read on to see if you’re a geek!

  1. You might be a geek if you’d rather tweet on twitter than have a conversation with someone across the room.
  2. You might be a geek if you tweet that you’ve fallen and bumped your head instead of telling someone in the next room.
  3. You might be a geek if you take pictures of your food to share with your friends online!
  4. You might be a geek if your friends call you to fix their computer and you can.
  5. You might be a geek if you sleep with your laptop or PDA/Phone next to you in bed.
  6. You might be a geek if you know that PHP and tweet are not drugs.
  7. You might be a geek if you collect web site domains.
  8. You might be a geek if you would prefer to spend a Saturday night watching your 52″ LCD HDTV rather than going out with your buddies.
  9. You might be a geek if you have worked with people you’ve never met or that are in times zones with over a 3 hour difference.
  10. You might be a geek if you’ve never met your clients face-to-face.
  11. You might be a geek if you’ve ever had a conference call in your pajamas or from bed on your laptop.
  12. You might be a geek if you have a cell phone or PDA, no land line, and can’t understand why everyone else doesn’t do the same thing.
  13. You might be a geek if you have a photo stream of pictures of your life on Flickr.
  14. You might be a geek if you know where all the wi-fi hot spots are in your home town and most airports and/or know where to find a list of them online.
  15. You might be a geek if you can work from any where in the world as long as you have an internet connection.

Happy Geeking! :) Remember it is a lifestyle, not a job!