Monthly Archives: November 2014

Storing Lists of Places in Google Earth

History classes refer to historical locations. Google Earth has imagery of historical locations. Why not use Google Earth in the classroom? Geography is often important for understanding the reasons for various historical events, such as how land was divided or why wars ended the way they did. By providing an interactive view of landmarks, Google Earth can be used to help teach everything from the importance of geography, to the engineering marels of bridges and parks.

In this post, I will explain how an educator can build a list of places in Google Earth and share it with others. I am assuming the reader already has Google Earth installed and has basic knowledge on how to use it. Please note that I am using Windows 7. The Mac and Linux versions should be similar, but may have slight differences. iOS and Android versions have vastly different interfaces and are not covered here.

The task of creating and sharing a list of places may seem daunting at first, but becomes much easier when broken down. This post will describe the process in five easy steps: Continue reading

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Using iPads in the Classroom

1 photoThe iPad. Apple, fun, games, apps, toy, Steve Jobs, big, expensive…those are the words that first come to mind when iPads are mentioned. A word that isn’t usually associated with it, education. Surprisingly enough, iPads being used in the classroom aren’t a bad idea. There’s an entire section in the app store devoted to apps for educational purposes. This section has everything from games to study tools. iPads can be used by all ages, from preschool to high school. But some of the best tools, are the ones that already come free with it. This includes the safari and the camera. Continue reading

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Evernote in the Classroom

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Evernote is the notebook for the internet connected generation. Its use for organization is its primary draw, and tightly integrated features allow for use wherever you are.

Evernote works as a virtual binder. Inside, organizational sections can be created under the name of Notebooks. Inside of notebooks, you can create documents, upload pictures, and save web links. Evernote can be accessed through the app, web interface, and desktop application.

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A collage of the different Evernote user interfaces

The iPhone app is well polished and is my preferred interface, followed by the website and lastly the desktop application. All applications allow you a similar feature set, and information is synced seamlessly between devices.

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Smartpens for Classroom Use

Some teachers hand out notes. Some teachers use powerpoints. Other teachers use fill-in-the-blank style packets, sometimes alongside powerpoints.

Then there are teachers who don’t do anything that could help the note-taking process. These teachers give lectures, and expect the students to learn the content, regardless of whether or not they can take notes. In these teachers’ classes, by the time you finish writing down the first sentence of the lecture, the teacher has said three more.

Usually, students in these classes end up not taking notes, relying instead on their memories alone to learn everything they have to.

Allow me to introduce smartpens, or rather a specific brand of smartpens: Livescribe.

A picture of Livescribe's Sky Smartpen.
Livescribe’s Sky Smartpen

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