Sites of the Week [Week 4]

16 09 2011

4.1 Inkmesh
http://www.inkmesh.com/

This looks to be an interesting site for those with an e-reader (Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader) iPhone, Smart Phone (Android) and other devices. This site is an E-Book search engine where you can compare prices, find free books, search by subject and more. A quick search produced the following classics- ALL FREE-AVAILABLE FOR MULTIPLE PLATFORMS:

  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Bartleby, The Scrivener by Herman Melville
  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

While not free Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is available for download. Talk about extending the conversation. What if half a  class read this book on an e-reader while the remainder read it in paper form. How does the form of media relate to the content of what you are reading? What about author intent? What about reader experience? What a great form of cognitive dissonance to stimulate conversations!

So, dust off your e-reader and load it with some great reads. Many are free and most others are below $10. What do you want to read next? Do your students have an e-reader? How about letting them know about this site and encouraging them to load it with some great classics. Happy Reading to All.


4.2 Museum of Obsolete Objects
http://www.youtube.com/mooojvm

The world is constantly changing. The rates of change are fascinating. Looking at geologic time, compare maps of where the continents were 600 million years ago with those of today. Closer to home, look at geopolitical maps from the 1600’s, 1700’s 1800’s or more recent- pre and post 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Now look at passing time in another way. Introducing- The Museum of Obsolete Objects. Yes, this is sure to make you feel old. I am sure we can all find something on this site that we remember fondly. Consider the impact of each item. How innovative was it at its time of invention? What stimulated the making of such a device? How did the world change making it obsolete and what took its place? Have fun exploring the Museum of Obsolete Objects and share your reflections with your students. What do they think will be the next item added to the list maintained by the Museum of Obsolete Objects?


4.3 Mind Map Art
http://www.mindmapart.com/

There is note taking and then there is NOTE TAKING- Artistic expression of connected knowledge. Welcome to MIND MAP ART. It is easy to get lost in this site. Imagine your students representing their understanding of lessons through maps like these. I have highlighted a few here to get you started.


4.4 Button Beats
http://www.buttonbeats.com/

Today’s site of the day is just for fun. Yet, it also has potential in the hands of students as they explore their creative ideas as expressed through music. Of course, we could also have a little contest here among faculty and staff to see who can lay down the grooviest beats. I hope that today’s site of the day will give you a chance to get a little silly and explore your inner musical child. Explore on your own or try some of the featured links below or suggestions for exploration.

Select the green keyboard from the top of the screen and start to type. Change to the orange computer keyboard, what do you hear? Try some of the other keyboards to see what you can do.

Scroll down this main page until you see a green 4×4 cube. Notice the RED stop button at the base of the cube. You WILL need this later. Click on one of the small cubes and see what happens. After you see what happens, add layers by clicking on other cubes. Will you create the next great dance beat?

Click on the small icons directly below the large keyboard on this main screen to load additional creation interfaces. For example, do you want to be a DJ and lay down a driving beat? How about adding record scratches to your beat? Perhaps you want to explore different string instruments (all controlled by your computer keyboard). Then there is percussion and the trap set.

Or, try one of these shortcuts:


4.5 WorldMapper
http://www.worldmapper.org

Do you like Maps? Do you like Graphs? Do you like info-graphics? Then you will love this. Welcome to Worldmapper where, as they say, “The world as you’ve never seen it before. Worldmapper is a collection of world maps where territories are re-sized on each map according to the data set for the subject of interest. This is a fascinating way of exploring spatial and temporal relationships on a global scale. The fastest way to start exploring this site is to use the A to Z Index of Maps. I have provided a few examples to pique your interest. There are over 700 maps and animations included in this collection. Have fun exploring your world.

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