Would you like to stroll through the Palace of Versailles, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum or The Museum of Modern Art from the comfort of your classroom? Now you can, courtesy of Google. The search giant recently unleashed a phenomenal collection of virtual tours of the world’s most famous art museums. Known as Google Art Project, students and teachers can explore hundreds of famous masterpieces in a 360-degree environment similar to Google StreetView. Thanks to Google’s high-resolution photography, many of the most famous paintings may be examined up close and personal via extreme zoom.
I love this new website: http://www.teachparentstech.org/. “Teach Parents Tech” is a clever Google side project offering dozens of quick videos to help parents or grandparents learn computer and Internet basics. The videos are short and the instructions are clear.
Google recently released a wonderful online book to help explain web browsers and web technology to the average non-technical web surfer. Titled “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web”, the online book features a storybook-like theme delivered via HTML 5. Google clearly explains 20 technical topics including browser security, cloud computing, cookies, open source and web programming.
During the fall of 1969, the foundation of modern Internet communication technology was quietly assembled by computer science students at UCLA and Stanford. At the time, engineers were working to interconnect computers at each campus via a phone line. To make the connection, a gateway device was required to facilitate the traffic between each campus’ systems. That device was know as an Interface Message Processor (IMP). IMPs later evolved into complex data traffic cops know as routers. Today, routers form the core Internet backbone and govern the flow of data between all Internet connected computers.
UCLA recently published a few short video clips detailing early Internet gateways and the first Internet connections. Embedded below is packet switching expert and Internet pioneer, Leonard Kleinrock, showing off UCLA’s first IMP. Dr. Kleinrock wonderfully exclaims that the IMP is “So ugly it’s beautiful.” A jumble of wires and steel, the first IMP clearly put function ahead of fashion:
This week we feature a guest writer: Bri Reisinger, 6th grade student at Central Manor. Lately there has been a great deal of talk about online virtual environments and Bri has written a brief overview of one popular online world: Webkinz. Continue reading →
Did you know that every year since 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has tracked Santa’s journey across the globe? In the “old days” children would call a special NORAD hotline for updates on Santa’s current location. With the growth of the Internet, NORAD has expanded the Santa tracking network via a sophisticated website which includes Santa cam videos, flight tracking and even a Google Earth plugin. Check out the NORAD track Santa website at: http://www.noradsanta.org/
With our High School piloting an online Chinese course, I’ve been hearing a great deal of interest in online language learning. With that, here are a couple of neat virtual language webtools that are worth checking out: Continue reading →
The PM Technology team has been facilitating online safety in-services and parent training sessions for a number of years. If you are looking for some new Internet safety information before the Tech Team’s next workshop, you may want to check out Katie Koestner’s free presentation at 7PM on Monday September 17th at the IU13 New Holland Avenue facility. Koestner is a recognized national expert on student safety and has recently begun focusing on online dangers threatening both parents and students. I had the fortune to meet Katie last spring- she is a dynamic speaker and delivers a powerful message for families. More info on the session is here: http://www.iu13.org.