Google Cultural Institute

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

A week ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Julie Greller, posted information about the Google Cultural Institute on her blog, “The Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet”. I started looking at the material, and before I knew it, was lost deep in the site in a totally new places enjoying entirely unexpected material.
Don’t you love sites like that?

To fully enjoy the site would take some time, so bookmark this one as a great resource to revisit again and again. It currently has 42 online exhibits. Some of my favorites were:

The World Wonders Project
Using street view and 3D technology, Google brings historic sites right into the classroom. You can browse the available sites by geographic location or by theme. My son is waiting for the “lottery” to see where his overseas architecture assignment might place him, so I found the architecture theme helpful!

Google Art Project
Museums from around the world are showcased in this site with 156 collections available for viewing and 51 available in “museum view”—like you are really there! This project is interactive, allowing the visitor to create an account and develop a gallery of art to share with others.

The Auschwitz Album
This period piece is just one of many historical “snapshots” that can be viewed on the Google Cultural Institute by simply moving the timeline. Several years ago, I was able to tour the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. with my family, so the Auschwitz Album had special meaning to me. This album draws the viewer into the tragedy by providing a scroll through the event in chronological order. There are large arrows on the sides of the page, but if you use the large scroll box at the bottom, each picture and each paragraph can be placed in the center of the screen to convey the powerful story.

Whatever your subject, whatever your personal interests, the Google Cultural Institute will have something of interest for you and your students. Just take the time and explore!

Symbaloo…I'm Lovin' It!

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

Well Google is doing away with its iGoogle option, and I have to say I was a bit distressed about this news! However, I decided to stop whining and find a replacement. I had heard a lot of good things about Symbaloo so I decided to try it out. And I’ve got to say I am really enjoying it!

Symbaloo is a visual bookmark, which allows you to link to your favorite websites and news sources on a personal dashboard called a “webmix”. I have set Symbaloo as my web homepage and my personal webmix has all the places that I visit on a daily basis. Symbaloo makes it easy to create tiles for the webmix and any link can be used for the tiles. Symbaloo is a quick easy way to bookmark your favorite sites.

I have also found Symbaloo to be a valuable resource while I am hosting professional develop sessions with the teachers in my district. I just set a new Symbaloo webmix with whatever sites or web 2.0 tools I am sharing. It makes my presentation more efficient for all involved. Symbaloo also allows you the option of sharing your webmix with others. This could also work in the classroom. If you have sites that you use on a regular basis with students or if you are introducing new sites, you could easily set a webmix that is ready to use at any time.

Symbaloo can also be accessed wherever you are are. Symbaloo stores preferences in the cloud, therefore it is accessible on any computer, smart phone or tablet. I definitely recommend giving Symbaloo a try. I think you will like it as much as I do!

What do you do with 5 iPads?

via TECH TREK by Twyla Felty

The Middle School is fortunate to have a small set of iPads for exclusive use on our campus, but teachers often find themselves wondering: what can I possibly do with only 5 iPads in a class of 25 (or more)? There are creative solutions for use, however, and several teachers at EMS have found ways to utilize this technology with great results, moving from traditional large, group instruction to small group centers/learning stations and projects.

This past week, Mrs. Schwartz’ 6th grade reading class practiced figurative language and vocabulary building in a learning station where students could work in pairs. Kudos to teachers for shaking things up in class, moving the desks around, and making things happen!

Have an idea, site, or an app that plays well in small groups? Let me know! We are ready to sync and go!

Volleyball Closes District Play with Win – Band Ready to Compete

The High School volleyball teams closed the regular season out with two wins against Palmer last night. The JV girls won 2-0, and the varsity girls won 3-0. The varsity will now be gearing up for the playoffs. Information about sites and opponents will be posted as soon as it is available.

The seniors volleyball players were honored after the game. A video of the senior recognition will be posted on the Eustace ISD YouTube page this morning: http://www.youtube.com/user/EustaceISD

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band is set to compete today in the UIL Marching Contest in Mesquite. The Bulldog Band will march at 5:30. I encourage everyone to come out and support the Bulldog Band! The marching contest is held at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

Cross Country – Dominate

Results from yesterday’s district cross country meet: Eustace MS Boys – 1st Place; Eustace MS Girls – 1st Place; Eustace JV Boys – 1st Place; Eustace JV Girls – 1st Place; Eustace Varsity Girls – 1st Place; and, Eustace Varsity Boys – 1st Place.

Eustace posted district championships in all divisions in the district cross country meet. The meet was held at the 4 Pines Ranch just south of Eustace. Not only did the teams do well, Eustace had the overall champion in the varsity boys division, varsity girls division, JV girls division, JV boys division, and MS boys division.

With their first place finishes, both the varsity boys and varsity girls teams qualified to compete at the regional cross country meet. The regional meet will be Saturday, November 3, at Vandergriff Park in Arlington.

While the course at 4 Pines is one of the most challenging in this region, the runners also had to contend with warm temperatures and high humidity. When these factors are taken into consideration, the results are even more impressive!

Congratulations to all of the runners for the time, training, and effort put in to make these accomplishments possible. Also, congratulations to our cross country coaches, Josh Sypert and Gene Meyers, for their hard work and dedication. Finally, a special thank you to the parents for the early hours spent getting the runners to practice and traveling to the meets. (Videos are posted on the district’s YouTube channel of the start of the varsity girls and boys races and the finishes to those races.)

A reminder that our HS volleyball teams will be playing Palmer tonight. The JV will play at 5:00 and the varsity will follow.

2012 Varsity Boys Cross Country – Finish

The finish of the 2012 district boys cross country meet. Eustace won the district championship with 22 points and qualified for the regional cross country meet.
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2012 Varsity Boys District Cross Country Meet – Start

The start of the 2012 district cross country meet. Eustace won district championship with 22 points and qualified for the regional cross country meet.
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2012 Varsity Girls District Cross Country Finish

Finish of the 2012 district cross country meet. Eustace won district championship with 21 points and qualified for regional cross country meet.
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