There is a thematic contents table and an index that allows to easily find titles you maybe looking for. The index also enables you to look up something like Penguin Celebrations: Penguin Classics, Penguin Crime, Penguin Film Classics, Penguin Modern Classics, Penguin Science Fiction, part one, Penguin Science Fiction, part two, Penguin Westerns and Popular Penguins. It might be useful starting point for someone looking to expand their knowledge of titles in fiction themes.
The site allows you to click on the covers for more information and to also search for, and see, covers for different editions of the same book.
There is also some discussion about how the decisions on choosing the cover designs. I must admit I never did like the 1972 cover for A clockwork orangeand this was the cover of the book I studied. I really didn’t enjoy the reading of the book all that much either. This worried me as I always remind my students to go beyond the cover but then I did like book, The day of the Triffids and the covers here don’t inspire me either, so I think I am alright!
This site could be a great way to lead into some visual literacy classes and could also provide some discussion about what the cover changes, over time, say about society. A really interesting gallery.
In a recent email, from one of my Diigo groups, I saw the follwing site bookmarked: Be Very Afraid.
On the BVA (Be Very Afraid) site “Prof. Stephen Heppell and his team bring together some of the best examples of Digital Creativity from schools, colleges and Higher Education in the South East (UK).”
You will see that along the top of the page there are links to the various year’s events. BVA1 thru BVA5. I have only looked at about 1/2 the videos available for viewing. There are some very amazing examples of schools using technology to support student learning. It is worthwhile spending time watching these videos from all the various years.
Each year Dr Stephen Heppell also does a reflective summary at the end. These are on the website, but can also be found on YouTube. Here is the one from 2008
Do have a look at some of the videos, you will be inspired.
10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits This is a good site for anyone wanting to take fantastic portraits. It encourages some thinking outside the box and forgeting many of the conventions earned. Sometimes the most striking portraits are those that break all the rules.
TinEye Reverse Image Search Currently in Beta format, you can use the TinEye Search engine to find out where pictures are on the web. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.
ArtBabble | ArtBabble “ArtBabble was conceived, initiated, designed, built, sculpted, programmed, shot, edited, painted and launched by a cross-departmental collection of individuals at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). It is intended to showcase video art content in high quality format from a variety of sources and perspectives. ArtBabble was created so others will join in spreading the world of art through video. “
Home | Teacher Leaders Network The Center for Teaching Quality improves student learning by shaping policies through developing teacher leadership, building coalitions, and conducting practical research. Great network of mentor teachers in Alabama and other states in the US
Oddcast – PhotoFace Portrait editor that allows you to make a Voki like animation from your own image
StoryTop Story Maker — The Online tool for storytelling This website creates multi -page stories for kids. Students can drag and drop clip art. Also they can add text , and share their stories with their friends. This website is not the newest website, but it seems effective to get the basic concept onto the screen.
Open Culture This site promotes free cultural & educational media like video, audio, and podcasts.
Digital Citizenship | the human network Looks at social connectivity and digital citizenship, with an emphasis on youth. It is a Mark Pesce essay on digital citizenship: “This paper outlines the basic features of this new world we are hurtling towards, pointing out the obvious rocks and shoals that we must avoid being thrown up against, collisions which could dash us to bits.”
icloud – Your friends, files and digital life on any computer iCloud is a web site that turns your web browser into an online computer. The tool allows you to use your desktop wherever you go. Open http://icloud.com in your web browser, log in, and your very own desktop will emerge in seconds. The desktop is the starting point of your icloud experience. Here you’ll keep your most frequently used files and applications. To the right, you have a sidebar where you can keep small useful applications, e.g. clock, calendar, weather update etc. To the lower left you’ll find the start menu for easy access to all features in icloud.
Children’s Books Online – Read, Create & Share – BigUniverse.com This s an award-winning web community devoted to beautiful children’s picture books, online. It offers a “virtual bookshelf” that gives teachers a free resource to help build students’ background knowledge, vocabulary, and love of reading. Students can create their own picture books with just a few clicks or can read countless other books written by students
Explore Shakespeare with Google A good starting point guide (using Google Books) to research Shakespeare. Find and search all of Shakespeare’s plays by genre. (Note: Some print editions of the plays may not have entered the public domain everywhere in the world. Where the copyright status is in question, the publication will not appear in ‘Full View.’)
:: e-Learning for Kids :: An comprehensive collection of skill building and knowledge learning activities for kids ages 5-12. Includes: Math, Lang. Arts, Science, Computer Skills, Health and Life Skills, English Language
Google Similar Images A Google Labs search engine that tries to find similar images based on visual patterns.It allows you to search for images using pictures rather than words by clicking the “Similar images” link under an image to find other images that look like it.
STRETCH YOUR FACE – Deforma la tua faccia Allows you make comic pictures by distorting them with a stretch effect. It’s also very simple and straightforward to use. Upload a pic (maximum size – 2 MB) and then use your mouse to stretch the picture online it through its corners. You can share your creation with friends on social networks or embed it on your blog.
This video, of a Seth Godin presentation, was made in 2006. There have been times recently that some of my friends have had difficulties with corporations and their services, especially in the telecommunications areas. The problems seem to be totally unnecessary and the corporate representatives seem totally inflexible. We, at my school, have had some amazing conversations with the Age this year, just trying to sort out the subscriptions, the forms always seemingly unnecessarily cumbersome but filled out the way that was required. They seemingly found things too difficult and mixed up thye subscriptions and then did not want to correct in any useful way.
This is a very amusing video. He gives a tour of things that are poorly thoughtout or designed, some of the reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them. I think everyone can identify with the things he discusses.
From Jenny Luca, I had a play with the Twitter mosaic tool (just for fun). It is fascinating to visual image of who is following you. Get your twitter mosaic here.
I have been thinking about tools for use by students and of course there was all that attention given to the Twitter race between CNN and Ashton Kutcher. I was offline for most of the Easter holidays so I was not reading much either the rss feeds or even twitter. Unlike Ashton, I have been trying to keep my twitter numbers down, closer to something I can actually manage (just about anyway). I really use my twitter to find out what others, especially those invloved in education, are doing/using. I have also used it to ask for advice/help on items. The power of twitter was reinforced when Insight (SBS) organised a discussion around the Australian Governments internet filter (Blocking the Net). I was watching the program and became very irritated about the direction of the discussion and lack of big picture and all the (wider) implications and the overall usefullness of such a filter. Those who were watching the program with access to twitter had a much richer and varied discussion. (Have a look at the Twitter discussion and responses here).
Laura Walker had a very thoughtful post on 9 reasons why educators should be using Twitter. There are a growing number of great ways to use Twitter in the clasroom. I am interested in developing something for the students in our Tertiary Orientation Program (year 10). These are not academic boys and they do not like reading and/or writing to any great extent. Aside from using the audio tools eg podcasting etc, I thought Twitter might provide them with a more inviting writing experience. With the limit to the characters the boys will not be daunted by the amount and with this limit, they will have to be very clear-minded about what it is they are writing.
Also worth watching is this video segment on “The Twitter Global Mind” .
Lastly, because it’s the weekend, a little humour from: “SuperNews!” An animated sketch comedy series airing on Current TV. This video decribes one young man’s struggle against the pressure to Twitter his life away.