Project Rome

Posted by admin | Posted in Student Tools, Tools, Web 2.0 | Posted on November 04, 2010


Project ROME is an Adobe AIR application that can either be run as a Web app in your browser or downloaded and installed on your local machine.

Project ROME is mix of old-school desktop publishing, graphical editing, animation and content publishing. You can create everything from business cards, to newsletters or even full websites within the tool and then publish the content to your favorite social networking site or to an Adobe hosted account. It comes with a lots of built-in templates, or you can create your own and share them through Adobe.

The new app can run on Mac OS X 10.5 or higher or on Windows. For now the preview is free, but it looks like Adobe plans to charge for the app at some point.  Video Below.

Taking a break…

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on July 19, 2010


Mummified Chicken

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Video | Posted on June 24, 2010


As we wind our way into summer, I wanted to post the student created video below.  Although three years old at this point, the video does a nice job of demonstrating PBL (project based learning).  Watching the video we get a good sense of the various 21st Century Competencies that are met in this type of environment.  Since this blog is not about opinion, I will not offer mine here, but throughout the video, you can clearly see how different teaching and learning can be.

Enjoy the video below, and enjoy the summer!


Posted by csteinberg | Posted in History, Images | Posted on June 18, 2010


Historypin is a like a digital time machine that allows people to view and share their personal history in a totally new way.

It uses Google Maps and Street View technology and hopes to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories.

Historypin asks the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin lets you layer old images onto modern Street View scenes, giving a series of peaks into the past.

Give the site a try here:

Where are Americans Moving?

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 16, 2010


More than 10 million Americans moved from one county to another during

2008.  The map located at the link below visualizes those moves.  The source of the data is the Internal Revenue Service.  Certainly a good visual and interactive for discussion!

Map here.

TeacherTECH: Using Google Earth

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Tools, Video | Posted on June 14, 2010


Google Earth makes an excellent teaching tool, allowing educators from a wide range of disciplines to present information from many subject areas in a geographic context. Computer mapping offers engaging visual context and reaches digital learners by tapping into their natural passion for technology and multimedia platforms. Join Mike Senise from the San Diego Unified School District and learn how to go beyond the basics of map navigation and use this spatial visualization tool to meet a variety of needs and objectives.

A great Google Earth overview is below.

Microsoft Office Web Apps Go Live!

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Mobile Learning, Student Tools, Tools | Posted on June 10, 2010


Officially joining the browser-based productivity game, Microsoft late Monday released the browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

The Office Web Apps, as the programs are dubbed, are slimmed down versions of the desktop counterparts, allowing for document viewing, sharing, and lightweight editing. Files are stored on Microsoft SkyDrive which provides 25GB of online storage as a part of the Windows Live service.

Screenshots here:

Get started here:

Those thinking about the Live@edu service should find this to be a very nice compliment to the offering.

Open Innovation Portal

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in General Resources, Leadership | Posted on June 08, 2010


The Open Innovation Portal is a collaborative community designed to identify, improve, and implement innovative solutions to educational challenges.

The Portal is a Web 2.0 application that combines elements familiar to most Internet users.

- Rate solutions and fellow members.
- Connect with other members.
- Post classifieds to seek or offer services.
- Earn points for participating.

The Portal works by having members post their ideas to a variety of different innovation challenges. Other members in the community ask questions, contribute helpful comments, and rate the ideas. The best ideas float to the top, where they attract the attention of other innovators, potential funders, or contributors of in-kind resources. The feedback also helps innovators improve the quality of their ideas, for submission to other Portal challenges or external grant programs.

Visit the site here:

A big Thank You to Paula Pisano for sharing this amazing resource!

National Lab Day

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Science | Posted on June 08, 2010


National Lab Day is more than just a day. It’s a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators.

Volunteers, university students, scientists, engineers, other STEM professionals and, more broadly, members of the community are working together with educators and students to bring discovery-based science experiences to students in grades K-12. When an educator posts a project, our system will help them get the resources needed to bring that project to fruition.

Explore this fabulous resource here:


Posted by csteinberg | Posted in General Resources, Literacy | Posted on June 08, 2010


Every morning, more than 800 newspapers from around the world submit their front pages to the Newseum via the Internet to be part of Today’s Front Pages.

The Today’s Front Pages gallery gives visitors an up-close look at the day’s news on up to 80 newspaper front pages from every state, the District of Columbia and countries around the world.

This is a great way to engage students with news and events from around the world and explore different perspectives.

You can find it here:

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in History, Interactives | Posted on June 08, 2010


Create your own biography timeline and map, add your ancestors and view them on a historical map. Interactive Maps, Timelines, Videos, Geocoded Photos, and Museum Artifacts await you on the site.

The Map view provides an interactive way to view history, allowing you to zero-in on various parts of the world and adjust the timeline to view and explore various events in history.

Enjoy this wonderful resource here:

Mouse Mischief – Video

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Integration, Interactives, Tools | Posted on June 02, 2010


Back in February, I posted about a new technology available from Microsoft at no charge for classrooms.  Mouse Mischief is a tool that Microsoft makes available free of charge, and that allows teachers to work with Microsoft Office PowerPoint to make interactive presentations.

The video below provides a nice overview of what is possible with the technology.

RSA Animate – Dan Pink on What Motivates Us

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Video | Posted on June 02, 2010


This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.  Enjoy the talk/video below.  It will captivate you!  Other RSA Animate videos can be found here:


Posted by csteinberg | Posted in History, Video | Posted on June 02, 2010


FedFlix is a joint venture between the National Technical Information Service and  The site features the best movies from the United States Government, from training films to history, from our National Parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors.  The site states that all the films are available for use without any restrictions.

This great resource is available here:

Physics Central

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Science | Posted on May 28, 2010


Created by the American Physical Society, the purpose of Physics Central is to educate the world about physics.  This is a powerful resource for any teacher looking to find resources and ideas on teaching physics in the classroom.  There are sections on Exploring Science, Ask & Experiment and Physics Buzz as well as many other areas to explore and learn.

Take a look at this resource here:


Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Video | Posted on May 28, 2010


NeoK12 features online educational videos for K-12 school kids on science, math, social studies, language and other subjects. The videos have been selected, reviewed and categorized by K-12 teachers based on national curriculum standards.

With its easy navigation and listing of topics, NeoK12 helps kids, parents and teachers find relevant videos quickly.

Find it here:

Sir Ken: Bring on the learning revolution!

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Looking Forward, Video | Posted on May 24, 2010


In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

TED – Dan Meyer

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Video | Posted on May 20, 2010


Today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.

Dan Meyer asks, “How can we design the ideal learning experience for students?” As a part-time Googler, a provocative blogger  and a full-time high-school math teacher, his perspective on curriculum design, teacher education and teacher retention is informed by tech trends and online discourse as much as front-line experience with students.

Watch his inspiring talk here:

Scholastic Story Starters

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Student Tools, Tools | Posted on May 20, 2010


Scholastic Story Starters is a fun site for students in kindergarten through sixth grade to use each day as a quick writing activity.  Students type in their name and select a grade to begin.  Students are taken to a special Story Starter machine that generates writing ideas for newspaper articles, letters, notebooks, or postcards.  They can get a new idea by keeping some elements of the idea and spinning again to change elements.

Find it here:

Futurelab Handbooks

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in General Resources, Professional Development | Posted on May 20, 2010


Futurelab is an independent not-for-profit organization in the UK that is dedicated to transforming teaching and learning, making it more relevant and engaging to 21st century learners through the use of innovative practice and technology.

As a part of the very many project and resources that they are involved in and provide are a series of handbooks that cover everything from curriculum innovation, learning spaces, technology integration strategies and connections to education.

You can find them all here:

SMART Love of Learning Contest

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Contest | Posted on May 19, 2010


SMART wants to celebrate people who have inspired a passion for learning in others.  Just answer the simple question; Who is, or was, the best teacher in the world?  Just tell SMART and you could win a SMARTBoard for the school of your choice!  Contest runs until November 2010.  There is a point system that adds points to your entries for “tweeting” and adding their link to Delicious.

Learn more and submit your entry here:

Good Luck!

Augmented Reality in Plain English

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Video | Posted on May 18, 2010


Since I have posted quite a bit on Augmented Reality (AR) and received a lot of great feedback and excitement around the topic, I thought it would be good to share the video linked below.  As CommonCraft normally does, it provides a nice, simple and quick, overview of what the technology can do so that people can have a basic understanding of how it works.

Enjoy the video here:

Stop Bullying Now!

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Online Safety, Tools | Posted on May 17, 2010


Developed by the Department of Health and Human services, the site is a comprehensive collection of anti-bullying related resources for kids, parents and teachers.

The site includes such resources as videos designed to teach students how to recognize bullying and how to respond to it themselves, or is they see someone else being a victim.  As we know, bullying does not just happen on the playground anymore, it happens online and through text.  The site covers the various mediums through which bullying occurs as well as provides discussion guides to use with students.

This fantastic resource can be found here:

Zooburst – AR

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Looking Forward, Student Tools | Posted on May 07, 2010


ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that is designed to let anyone easily create their own customized 3D pop-up books. Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories can come to life.

ZooBurst books are completely web-based and can be experienced using nothing more than your browser outfitted with the Adobe Flash plug-in. Books can be inspected from any angle from with a 3D space, and rotating around a book is as easy as dragging and dropping your mouse. In addition, the author of a book can choose to make items “clickable,” allowing you to learn more about individual characters within a story. You can choose to experience a ZooBurst book in a number of ways, including in Augmented Reality. If you have a webcam installed on your computer simply click on the ‘Augmented Reality’ button at the top of the screen and watch as the book appears in the palm of your hand!

Sign up for an account and check out this exciting resource here:

Discovery EarthLive

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Content, Science | Posted on May 06, 2010


The Earth at Your Fingertips
You’ve heard about global warming with its subsequent impending ecological disasters, but what’s the real story? By connecting you with scientists in the field, current news and visual representations of data from NOAA and NASA, Earth Live explores climate change and its consequences. The layers that spin across the globe are gathered over the latest 30 days giving you a near-real time glimpse of the state of the earth.

The site includes great data and associated content for use in the classroom.

Find it here:

KerPoof Scholastics

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Student Created, Student Tools, Web 2.0 | Posted on May 05, 2010


Kerpoof’s multimedia software is used by kids worldwide to create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards and more. The site is meant to be fun, but also provide great educational value. Elementary and middle school teachers can use Kerpoof in many ways to enhance classroom activities while meeting a range of educational standards.

The site offers free educator accounts and students can be organized into classes where they can collaborate on projects in a moderated environment.  They also provide a wealth of lesson plans and ideas that are aligned with both the ISTE NETS for Students and New York State Standards (as well as other states).

Get started with KerPoof here:

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in History, Images | Posted on May 04, 2010


With just under 65,000,000 documents digitized from various times in history, this site is a treasure trove of primary source documents.  Not only does the organization behind the site digitize and upload images of documents, images and records, but there is also a tool that allows ordinary folks to import pieces of history into the site as well.

For a limited time, the site is offering free access to its Census Collection and allowing users to search for relatives and genealogy records (

Some of the featured collections include:

  • The Holocaust
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Vietnam
  • Black History
  • Native Americans
  • Interactive Census Project
  • Newspaper Archives

This is a fantastic tool for the classroom and can be found here:

NASA – Brain Bites

Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Science, Video | Posted on May 04, 2010


So you always wanted to ask NASA….

Along with other great resources from NASA, this site holds videos that answer some of the more common questions kids have about space.  Certainly a great resource around the times of a shuttle launch or landing.

You can find it here:


Posted by csteinberg | Posted in History, Images | Posted on April 30, 2010


SepiaTown is a website that lets you search, view, and upload historical images by location.  The interface is very easy to use as they use Google Maps.  This is a relatively new site (Feb. 2010) that is growing and holds great potential for the classroom.

Not only can you view the images and compare them site by side with images of today, but you can also upload your own.  I can envision students collecting and researching local history of their communities and uploading the stories and images to the site for all to see.

You can find SepiaTown here:


Posted by csteinberg | Posted in Student Tools, Tools, Web 2.0 | Posted on April 29, 2010


If you use word clouds in your instruction, or as a tool for students, Tagxedo deserves a look.  One of many services that turn text, webpages, articles, etc. into tag clouds, this tool ads a little style too.

From the site: Tagxedo turns words — famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters — into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

Check it out here:

Know of other tools for wordclouds?  Please list them in the comments on this post!

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