Using Google Earth’s historical imagery and interactive layers

Google Earth is a free application for Macs and PCs. It’s a lot like Google Maps but in 3D. Using a vast repository of satellite and aerial photography and topographical data, the software allows you to explore the world (and the oceans and sky) in a highly interactive application.

There is a wealth of knowledge in Google Earth to explore for educational purposes. Advancements over the last few years have brought historical satellite imagery to Google Earth for public use, in some areas ranging back as far as 75 years. That’s not to mention the scores of “layers” developed by non-profit and educational organizations on topics ranging from genocide and human rights to climate change and global warming. If you’ve used Google Maps to search for local goods and services, then you’ll understand how layers work. Just like you can view the location of the local theater down the street in Google Maps, you can also see icons and placemarks in Google Earth. Google Earth is like Google Maps on Steroids.

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Screencast-o-matic Screen Recorder

What is this and what is it good for?

Screencast-o-Matic is a web based service that allows you to create and host screen casts online. What, you might be asking, is a screen cast?! What a wonderful question. A screen cast captures your computer desktop as a video, and allows you to capture additional audio as voice over. “Huh?” If you’ve ever watched a video of computer screen with someone giving directions to you at the same time, you’ve seen a screen cast. Screencast-o-Matic is a free tool that allows you to record a 15 minute screen cast, and publish it online. Continue reading “Screencast-o-matic Screen Recorder”

Pinterest and Visual Research

imageIn Celine Perron’s “Design for The Performing Arts” class, students learn about scene design construction, lighting, and the nuances that make a design effective. The course demands that students think visually, a new concept for many which posed some challenges for Celine. How could she help students find the connection between the text book, the visual research she assigned, and the visual impact of their own scene design? At first she went the traditional route: Continue reading “Pinterest and Visual Research”