Web Sightings for August 2009

Is it August already? That means that a new school year starts soon and that its time for another installment of Web Sightings. Enjoy.

  • First up, the Times of London in conjunction with Saatchi recently conducted a poll in which they asked “Who do you think are the greatest artists working since 1900?” 1.4 million votes later and here are the results.
  • For someone who is geographically challenged, I’ve always had an appreciation of maps, especially 3-D maps like this one of Hong Kong.
  • Just about everything you need to know about using Twitter in academia, and then some, can be found in this list of 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics compiled by BestCollegesOnline.com.
  • Speaking of Twitter, Paul Stewart created this video on Animoto to show all the things he uses Twitter for.

  • This site is dedicated to the students and teachers who want to learn Scratch, a programming language developed at MIT that allows you to create interactive stories, games, music and art, and share them online.
  • Google Web Elements allow you to easily add your favorite Google products onto your own website.
  • The disposable memory project is leaving disposable cameras around the world that people are picking up, using to take a few photos, and passing them on, eventually returning them home so their stories can be shared here.
  • The challenge of creating and sustaining high quality formal arts learning experiences for K-12 youth, inside and outside of school is the focus of a new report titled The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education from Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. You can purchase a copy of the report here or download a PDF copy for free from the Wallace Foundation.
  • This video summarizes a recent event in London called Reboot Britain in which participants were asked to build representations, in Lego, of what they thought would be needed to bring about positive social and environmental change. Project by David Gauntlett.
  • Lastly, this short tutorial, created by Michelle Pacansky-Brock of Sierra College, takes you through the steps of creating a Voicethread.

VoiceThread-Getting Around