links for 2010-03-04

  • provider of free audio books. Books Should Be Free hosts hundreds of free audio books in a wide range of genres. All of the audio books in the collection are either public domain or Creative Commons works. All of the audio books can be downloaded directly from Books Should Be Free and or iTunes.

    One of the aspects of Books Should Be Free that I think some students will really appreciate is the large display of book covers that they'll see when browsing by genre. It's true that we should teach students not to judge a book by its cover, yet at the same time a good cover might get students interested in books they would otherwise ignore. -Free Technology for Teachers

  • Blog Post with suggestions for encouraging collaboration on a wiki.
  • 60 second video trailers to summarize – and/or interest students in – great works of literature.
  • Each tag in Tagul cloud is linked with an URL and is “clickable” that enables visitors to use it for navigation. Tagul has some features that Wordle doesn’t, like custom shapes selection and multiply fonts usage in one cloud.
  • Imagine floating high over Missouri with the ability to view conservation areas near your home. Now imagine being able to zoom in for a closer look at area facilities. With the availability of Google Earth, you don't have to imagine anymore.

    Google Earth is a new product that combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. You can type in an address and Google Earth will fly to that location. You can get driving directions between locations. You can even tilt and rotate to see 3D buildings in metropolitan areas such as St. Louis.

    With a new data file from the Missouri Department of Conservation, you can even view conservation areas along with information on their facilities, activities and regulations.

  • Have you ever dreamed of being a marine scientist? With today's release of a Google Earth tour by the Pew Environment Group to introduce the 2010 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation, you can put on your virtual scuba gear and join them in the underwater ecosystems, coral reefs, and shores around the world. Narrated by actress and philanthropist Isabella Rossellini.
  • You can use Ookong as a stand-alone web site, but it's not as convenient as using the Firefox extension. Once you install the Firefox extension every item on Amazon will have a "Follow" button, as seen in the screenshot above. When browsing you can click the follow button to add the item—as we did with the game Dominion—and it's added to your watch list. You can click on the item in your watch list to see the price history, seen below:

    [Ookong Tracks Amazon Prices and Issues Deal Alerts]

    You can tweak the Ookong options to specify when you want price drop alerts. You can specify a dollar amount, a percentage, and how many times you'll be alerted to the price drop before Ookong stops notifying you. If you frequently shop at Amazon, Ookong is invaluable for keeping an eye on prices. If you keep a wish list at Amazon the first thing you should do after installing Ookong is to go and "follow" all your wish list items to keep an eye on falling prices.

  • rubrics for web pages, physics lab, graphic organizer, powerpoint, timelines, podcasts, videos, animoto, blog, glogster, wiki, twitter, voicethread, etc
  • features one historical event each day; includes what happened, what led up to it, what has happened since, and places the event in today's context including links to the best research on the subject -Kathy Schrock
    (tags: history)

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