Web Sightings for January 2010


Lego Explorer photo by kennymatic, CC Attribution License

Let’s get 2010 rolling here on The Art Teacher’s Guide with over a dozen new sites to check out:

First up, it seems appropriate to start this new decade out with a brief look back at the history of the Internet and 12 things that became obsolete this decade. While we’re reminiscing, let’s also turn our attention ahead and do a little crystal ball gazing with Pete Cashmore and his 10 Web trends to watch in 2010 over at CNN’s website.

Cashmore points out that “cloud computing” will make a major leap forward in 2010. If you’re not up on this new buzzword, read Anseo.net’s Heads in the Clouds, which was awarded the Most Influential Blog Post at the 2009 Edublog Awards.

Speaking of trends, light painting seems to be trending now on the Web with examples popping up all over. Few are as stunning though as this animated video Lucky created by the Australian-based animation company Dee Pee Studios for All India Radio.

For something a little lighter, enjoy this time-lapse video titled Are You More Talented Than a Fifth Grader? recently posted by the Young Rembrandts on YouTube:

Next up, The Pittsburgh-Green-Bridge Project is a collaboration among students at CAPA High School and the University of Pittsburgh; the Mattress Factory; artists Constance Merriman, JoAnna Commandaros, Karen Page, Heather White and David Pohl; and residents of Pittsburgh’s urban community and Greenspaces. Working under the guidance of the artists and with the resources of the Mattress Factory, the young people are creating individual and collaborative works of public art that bridge and connect Greenspaces with Brownfield or industrial sites, providing corridors of movement and interaction among people plants and animals. Additional photos of the project can be seen on Flickr.

Growing up Heroes offers a pretty emotive and reflective look on how heroes affected many of us when we were growing up. You can also submit your own “hero” photo to the site.

Jatin Valabjee offers 5 Easy Steps for Taking Better Photographs, whereas Dean Shareski answers the question What Makes a Great Online Presentation? using examples from the K12 Online Conference.

Lastly, take in the world through David Hockney’s eyes in this audio slide show on the BBC website.