Friday, April 28, 2006

[TIPS] - Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before 
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Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.

Maps will be added, and information modified during 2006. Click on a thumbnail image to view a map.
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And, thanks to Ken H for sharing this one. . What is it? Type in your address and find out. Not school related, perhaps, but interesting, nonetheless.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

[TIPS] - Engrade Online Gradebook

Looking for a way to put your grades online so parents can see them? Check out this service. It's free.
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And since I was at the Middle School State Computer Fair yesterday and didn't get to send a tip, here's a bonus for today to make up for it.
Nothing new about a clock, right? What's cool about this one is that the digits are made from pictures at Very clever little idea.
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Oh, and Congratulations to the Harrisburg Academy whose student (Priyanka) took home a First Prize Award for Desktop Publishing at yesterday's State Computer Fair. That talented young lady is also lucky, as she was also the randomly selected winner of an iPod Mini! What a day she had, eh?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

[TIPS] - lesson plans that use Google Earth

From, lesson plans that use Google Earth.
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And on another note, someone recently discovered a picture of a helicopter just moments before it crashed (no serious injuries). What amazing things people are finding on here, yes?

Monday, April 24, 2006

[TIPS] - Welcome to TV Turnoff Network

It'll be 13 yrs since I turned mine off, and I've not regretted it since. Yes, I did watch the Steelers in the Superbowl, and I did see two playoff games over the years. But, aside from those couple times when I strayed :-) I've not watched TV in 13 years.
The average American watches over 4 hours of TV every day. Just IMAGINE what could be accomplished if that time was spent on something OTHER than watching TV
Try it for a week. Just one week. With any luck you, too, can one day say, "I've not watched TV in 13 years!" And I PROMISE you that your life will be just as rich WITHOUT those "reality" shows.
Good luck. Oh, and encourage your students to turn it off this week, too.

Friday, April 21, 2006

[TIPS] - fun math site - and more

Thanks to Susan S for sharing this fun math site.

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And, do you think there's nothing to this blog thing? Think again. Check out these charts and the discussion about blogs:

Of course, along with the rise in blogs there is a rise in the danger. Read THIS:,70679-0.html?tw=wn_index_6



Thursday, April 20, 2006

[TIPS] - find cheap(er) gas

 Just enter your zip code in the site below, and it tells you which gas stations have the cheapest prices (and the  highest) on gas in your zip code area.  It's updated every evening.

Thanks to Deb T for sharing this one.


[TIPS] - Google search tip sheet

Did you know that if you add the tilde (~) character in front of a search term in Google that you'll also search for synonyms of that word? I didn't either. This handy, printable sheet is a great reference sheet for Google searches.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

[TIPS] - lotta links to educational games

Thanks to Laurie Z for sharing this one. Here's what she said:
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Here is a link to many educational websites and games that can also be
accessed from Newport's home page, It was a project
of mine and it is up and running. Many different subjects, sorted by
grade level.
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Now we just have to hope that not all games sites are blocked, eh? :-)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

[TIPS] - Your Disease Risk

While not the most pleasant topic on this beautiful day, it's something that every health teacher may want to see. Very well done.
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And for the rest of us, try this sudoku site: Get RSS feeds from it, too.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

[TIPS] - A Virtual Tour of the 1906 Earthquake in Google Earth

Thanks to CS from CV :-) for sharing this one. A nice site on this anniversary (month) of the San Francisco Earthquake.
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And, since there will be no more tips until next Tuesday (whatever will we do?), here's a bonus:  - a TON of flash cards to download and print.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

[TIPS] - another amazing google earth site

Thanks to Kurt who sent this to me yesterday after reading yesterday's tip. Here's what he said:
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Here's a related item for Google Earth fans! Super Cool.

If you've downloaded and installed Google Earth, then go to the web site below and click on one of the links to see a real-time, 3d view of all current inbound flights to the airport!  Be sure to zoom in towards
each field and tilt the camera up from the runways to watch them land!

Your school filter will need to allow download of ".kml" files.
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Monday, April 10, 2006

[TIPS] - Planes in Flight in Google Earth

Think about it... There is a satellite (or more) up there taking pictures of the earth's surface. But, between the surface and the satellite are..... airplanes. And, some people have made it their hobby/mission to find as many airplanes in flight as they can on the google earth app. Kinda neat. That link will take you to some links where you can see some of the planes caught on film from above.
Oh, and if you look above the article to the links just above the date you'll see that the next article is about Funky buildings and haunted boats. That has to get you curious, eh?

Friday, April 07, 2006

[TIPS] - Send large files quickly and easily without clogging up your email.

You're in a hurry and you decide to check your email (often a mistake) and suddenly you're stuck waiting for an email with a large attachment to download. Or, you need to send a file that's 50 megs to someone and you KNOW that person has a dialup connection and it'll take forever to download. How can you send those large files to that person so that he/she can download them when they're ready? Enter:
This free service lets you upload a file and supply an email address of your friend. Your friend will get an email from the site with a link to the file which they can click on anytime within the 7 day period that they keep your file on hand. And - it can be up to 1 GIG!! (But shame on you for sending a 1 gig file!)
Other services that do the same thing include:,,
Of course, if YOU are on a dialup, too,  it just may be faster to put that 50 meg file on a jump drive and MAIL it to your friend. :-)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

[TIPS] - customized rss feeds (and a bonus)

OK, this isn't for the beginners, but you folks can look at the end of this tip for one that you'll like.
If you know what an RSS feed is and are using them, then this may be a real kick. Right now you're limited to the feeds that sites provide. For example, you can read the feeds from USA today, but you've got no control over what articles you will see under World News, for example. Wouldn't it be great to be able to have feeds of news items that YOU want to specify? Say, only those articles that mention your school district, or those that mention Mars, etc. Well, follow the instructions below to get that very feed.
Step 2: Do a search for the keywords you're interested in. Remember that you can put quotes around phrases to force them to appear together)
Step 3: When the search results appear, right click on the RSS link on the left side and choose copy shortcut (or Copy link location in Firefox)
Step 4: Back in your aggregator, in the field where you can add a few feed, PASTE that feed that you just got at google news.
Ta-Daaa! A customized feed. Oh, and you may want to check out: A new web-based aggregator that has some very nice features. I still use bloglines, but I just may have to make the switch to get these features.
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This looks like a nice site for some home computer tips. 

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

[TIPS] - Juicy Geography

If you teach geography and don't use google earth... well, this site is all about that combination. Find visual guides, classroom tips, lesson ideas, and more.
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You've all played hangman. With this site you play hangman using tags from, or flickr, or a couple others. What are tags? Those are labels that help to categorize links or images that you post on those sites. And, if you guess the tag word correctly before hanging the poor soul, you have the option of going directly to that site and viewing the items in that category.
OK, so it's not the most useful site in the world. But, it does help to teach you about tags. And, it's another example of how the web is sharing its data with other sites.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

[TIPS] - census mashup

This is what I learned about Lemoyne:
In 2000, the total population was 8,172. Within 3 miles of Lemoyne, the population was 90,217, and within 5 miles of Lemoyne the population was 172,133.
The median income was $40,517, and within 3 miles it dropped to $35,470, and within 5 miles it was $39,704.
I could go on. How did I learn this? A mashup with google maps and the 2000 census data. Very interesting. Plug in any city in the US and find this and much more data.

Monday, April 03, 2006

[TIPS] - bonus - falcon activity plus rare date advisory

Lots of activity today at the falcon cam site. CLick the broadband only link. Mom just left the nest and dad took her place to keep the 5 eggs warm. Lots of "chattering" between the pair, too .
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And, thanks to Noretta for pointing this out:

On Wednesday of this week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning and afternoon, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.

[TIPS] - Trading Card Maker

How fun is this? Using your digital images, upload them to this site, add some text, and let it print out a "trading card" for you. Here's the one I made in two minutes. 
Take pictures of each student in your class and create the trading cards. (Let them submit what they want you to put on their card.) Upload it to your Flickr account or print it out then trim it up to post on your bulletin board. Or, upload pictures of the famous people you're studying and create trading cards of them.
What else can you do? Turn that picture into a motivational poster like this one: You can purchase the prints ($10 each) or print them on your own color printer.
You can create magazine covers, Photo mosaics, slideshows, and more.