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20 March 2010

How search works

This video from Google explains what happens when you search for information on the Internet:



It's a bit of an add for Google, but the description of the search process is very good.

19 March 2010

Flame

If you like creating pictures with tools on the internet, check out Flame.  Peter Blaskovic, the site's creator writes

"Flame is a painting program, it belongs to my 'I am Artist' experimental project. I think with tools which inspires you, everyone can be an artist. You can try it here, change different brush settings and paint your own flame paintings. When you change background from black to white, palette changes from additive to substactive and the feeling of the painting is very different. It's not easy to explain all brush parameters, so I leave this for your experimentation."

Here's a screen shot of Flame:

The secret is in the tiny controls at the bottom of the screen:


Use your mouse to slide the bars to the left and right to vary the texture, color, opacity, effect, etc., of the lines you draw with your mouse on the canvass. You also control the lines you create by varying the speed and curve of your mouse movements. Below the painting area is a long list of the tools you can use and regulate to create your picture.

The easiest way to save your picture is with a screen shot.  (The "save" button didn't work for me, but I was using Google Chrome as my web browser.)

08 March 2010

Learning German for the very young, or the very beginning

The web page from the The Literacy Center Education Network has a handful of interactive, very clear and simple activities to help young children (or beginners) learn English, French, Spanish and German. Here's a screen shot of the German page:





This would be fun for young children at a computer, or as a class activity with the Interactive White Board.

"The Literacy Center Education Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to deliver free, professionally-designed, education material to preschool-age children. Utilizing the power of the Internet, we distribute education material directly to children in their homes, libraries, and schools."

07 March 2010

Free video podcasts for kids

My email this morning brought a notice from PBS Teachers Online about the free podcasts and videos (and the not-free iPhone apps) from PBS available at iTunes.

On the video page, you can download segments of 4 PBS shows to watch on  your iPhone, iPod, or computer.

Podcasts include 




Here's a sample of FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman :




Two more of my favorite video podcasts for young children are They Might Be Giants and They Might Be Giants Friday Night Family Podcast.
Here's a sample:




and the Sesame Street Podcast. Here's a sample: