Every so often, I come across some very cool things I think could be useful in my classroom. I’ve decided that, instead of just sharing them on Twitter where they kinda get lost, I would share them here. Enjoy installment number one of “5 cool things for the classroom I found this week.”
“AirPano is a not-for-profit project focused on high-resolution virtual tours from a bird’s eye view. AirPano has already photographed over two hundred most interesting locations on our planet and it is the largest resource for 360° aerial panoramas in the world. There are more than two thousand spherical panoramas on our website at the moment.”
My favorite section of the AirPano website are the 360° Videos. The really cool thing about these videos is the way you can pan and zoom while the video is playing. It’s a fantastic way to bring your students on a virtual field trip. Be sure to check out the incredible 360° video of Antarctica.
In the May 4th, 2015 online issue of The Guardian, David Shariatmadari published a piece entitled “Better than GPS: a history of cartography in 12 amazing maps.” The article features 12 beautiful maps and talks about the history of cartography. These maps are a fantastic way to show kids how people thought the world looked “back in the day.” The other cool thing about all of the images featured in the article is that they are all public domain images which means you are free to print them out, publish them on student/teacher blogs, etc.
Link: Better than GPS: a history of cartography in 12 amazing maps
One of the prettiest examples of the power of HTML5 and CSS (programming languages) is a site called “Species in Pieces.” 30 Species. 30 Pieces. 1 Fragmented Survival.
“In Pieces is an interactive exhibition turned study into 30 of the world’s most interesting but unfortunately endangered species — their survivals laying literally, IN PIECES.”
It’s not only one of the most beautiful websites I’ve ever seen but it has a great message and excellent information about these endangered species. It’s a great way to show your students the importance of the environment and their role in it.
Link: Species in Pieces
Another beautiful example of just how far the web and web browsers have come is 100,000 Stars.
“100,000 Stars is an interactive visualization of the stellar neighborhood created for the Google Chrome web browser. It shows the location of 119,617 nearby stars derived from multiple sources, including the 1989 Hipparcos mission. Zooming in reveals 87 individually identified stars and our solar system. The galaxy view is an artist’s rendition based on NGC 1232, a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way.”
Take the tour and sit back and watch as you travel through the Milky Way. This is a great way to introduce students to their galaxy and try to explain just how massive it is. You’ll love this one.
Link: 100,000 Stars
This one is just plain fun. This is one of those things that we can use to show our students the struggles that we had to deal with when using the early world wide web.
Dial-up Sound does nothing more than simulate the connection to AOL in the 1990’s. Does it really need to do anything else?
Link: Dial-up Sound