links for 2010-07-06

  • Podcasts are a fantastic way to gain new information from the Internet quickly and efficiently.  With a huge variety of topics available, podcasts offer something for everybody. We’ve scoured the Internet and picked out the ten best podcasts specifically for teachers.
    Each podcast features  teachers and other educators presenting information about research or their own personal experiences.
    (tags: podcasts ipod)
  • Chalky is a simplistic stick figure whose posture and behavior result from the mechanical constraints that define him. He consists of a set of 8 masses connected to one another through a series of damped springs with various coefficients. Gravity and instantaneous acceleration are estimated from your iPhone's X and Y accelerometers and transferred onto Chalky's virtual world.

    Friction was further added to the edges of his frame along with some rudimentary stepping heuristics to give him a fighting chance to maintain his balance as you rotate your phone around or take him on the bus with you. You can also grab, stretch and throw him with your multi-touch screen if you feel he's not getting enough abuse.

    Chalky also thinks he can dance and he'll start busting his moves if he detects music through your phone's microphone… so crank up the tunes! Unfortunately you can't use the iPod application on your phone as I couldn't figure out how to make that work.

  • The list of iPad apps below, used for special needs students, were provided to me by Cindy Peters
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