Thursday, January 31, 2013

New projectors use LED/Laser-combined light source

It's most interesting to watch the technologies we use change and improve.  Remember when digital projectors first hit the classroom?  Low resolution, loud fans, expensive replacement bulbs, and expensive!  I've been reading about a new type of projector that uses a combination LED/Laser light source.  Not by way of endorsement, but as information - here's info on one such projector, Panasonic's PT-RW330U.  The following is taken from the link above...


The PT-RW330U is one of the new SOLID SHINE Series projectors that all use a newly developed LED/Laser-combined light source for superior reliability and long-lasting brightness unprecedented by conventional lamp-based projectors. No more lamps or air filters which makes it possible for end-users to enjoy maintenance-free operation for about 20,000 hours* while maintaining excellent brightness and outstanding picture quality. To enhance permanent installation use, the DIGITAL LINK feature enables users to transmit video, audio and control signals up to 100 meters (328 feet) over a single LAN cable.**


Many projector issues have been addressed with the new LED/Laser-combined light source. From the moment you turn on the projector, you’ll notice the difference with the quick on and immediate full brightness. No more lamps and air filters, which lets you enjoy maintenance-free use for about 20,000 hours* while maintaining excellent brightness and picture quality and because the PT-RW330U does not use a lamp and has an efficient cooling system, it is capable of 24/7 continuous operation. To enhance permanent installation use, we’ve added DIGITAL LINK support so you can transmit video, audio and control signals up to 100 meters (328 feet) over a single LAN cable.** System capabilities have also been improved with 2× zoom and an exceptionally wide lens shift range, thus providing superb flexibility for easy first time and replacement installations. And the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) has been reduced because you no longer have to keep replacement lamps on hand.

The PT-RW330U features 3,500 lumens of brightness and the rate of brightness deterioration in the LED/Laser-combined light source is extremely slow compared to lamp based projectors. The SOLID SHINE™ drive uses a built-in sensor to constantly detect the light intensity of the light source and correct corresponding changes in white balance. This all helps to maintain excellent picture quality for a long period of time. Contrast is outstanding too, at 10,000:1, and images are reproduced with a wide dynamic range and it is equipped with a 2× Zoom Lens making it possible to throw a 120-inch-diagonal wide screen image from approximately 12.8 to 25.7 ft.

The PT-RW330U projector also has new DIGITAL LINK Technology so when it is used with the optional ET-YFB100G Digital Interface Box, uncompressed HD digital video, audio and control signals can be transmitted up to 100m (328 ft) over a single LAN cable that makes it ideal for ceiling-mounted and other permanent installations. Also, because control signals can be simultaneously transmitted, the ET-YFB100G input signal can easily be switched with the wireless remote control that is included with the projector. The projector can be controlled by either serial or LAN communication.

The LAN terminal allows a computer connected to the network to use Crestron RoomView™ application software to manage and control system devices.

Free iOS App Today - Three Little Pigs HD


This animated book is one of many in the Children’s Classic Fairytales series produced by XIMAD team. Almost everyone knows the story of The Three Little Pigs – but it’s one of those stories that you can enjoy again and again. Help the Little Pigs bit the Big Bad Wolf and find their fortune. Tilt your iPad and tap on its screen to make beautiful illustrations move. Throw apples at the wolf and help a little pig escape. Witness their victory over the wolf. Read this book and play with it to treat yourself to an exciting and relaxing experience or to share some pleasant moments with your loved ones. Enjoy fourteen professionally illustrated pages filled with animated scenes, listed to calming classical music.


- Illustrations that respond to your hand-gestures and come to life as you flip the pages

- Objects that move and get animated when you tilt the iPad and tap on its screen

- A perfect way to get your children interested in reading and keep them
entertained whenever you are busy.

Enjoy this book created with our love and devotion.

Free iOS App Today - Goldilocks And The Three Bears HD


This animated book is one of many in the Children’s Classic Fairytales series produced by XIMAD team. The story of Goldilocks And The Three Bears one of the most popular fairy tales in the world. Interact with your favorite characters. Find out where Goldylocks curiosity will bring her. Tilt your iPad, tap on its screen and play with balls, clews, and teddy bear. Witness the Goldylocks escape from the bears’ house. Enjoy ten professionally illustrated and animated pages along with beautiful calming classical music.


- Illustrations that respond to your hand-gestures and come to life as you flip the pages

- Objects that move and get animated when you tilt the iPad and tap on its screen

- A perfect way to get your children interested in reading and keep them entertained whenever you are busy.

Enjoy this book created with our love and devotion.

Free iOS App Today - Instructables


From useful and entertaining how-tos and hacks, to delicious recipes and outrageous inventions, Instructables is the place to explore, document, and share your creations.

With over 100k tutorials in technology, workshop, living, and more, we have the largest collection of do-it-yourself projects created by others just like you.

Free iOS App Today - Moxtra - Your Binder, Share Selectively


" ... a social collaboration and collection tool ... with plenty of potential use cases for both private and business use ... revolutionize the way that kind of collaboration happens in the consumer market... " - Techcrunch, January 2013

Moxtra - A Mobile Centric Social Collection and Collaboration Application Service.

Moxtra Binder lets you keep all your content in one place, nicely organized, readily viewable and easy to share. Moxtra is a cross platform application that is available for iPhone, iPad and PC/Mac.

With Moxtra you can:

★ Keep everything together: papers, receipts, coupons, pictures, videos, music, pages, documents, notes, web clips, Bookmarks

★ Stay organized using a Moxtra Binder for every topic: Kitchen remodeling, Refinance, Tax, Holiday Party, School Project, Scrap book, Customer Presentation

★ Share your Binder selectively: You are always in control of what is shared, to whom the content is shared, how and when the content is shared. Collaborate in a small group, or post your content in Facebook

★ Express yourself using Moxtra Note: You can add voice and annotations to your photos and documents, creating screencasts that express your ideas effectively - for fun, or for business

★ Have a meeting using Moxtra Meet: Host a meeting and share your Binder in real-time with your friends, family, customers or co-workers. Moxtra Meet includes VoIP conferencing, so you do not need a teleconference bridge.

Free iOS App Today - Chegg Textbook Solutions


Students! View over 2.5 million ODD and EVEN step-by-step textbook solutions from 2000+ books. Save time and get smarter with Chegg’s Textbook Solutions App on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Find solutions by searching for the Title/ISBN of your textbook or by scanning your textbook's barcode. This app is THE study tool you’ll need to help you study and ace that next problem set.

Full feature list:
• Access at your fingertips – over 2.5 million ODD and EVEN step-by-step textbook solutions
• Instant access to step-by-step textbook solutions from 2000+ books.
• Search for the title or scan the barcode of your textbook to find all of the solutions you need to help you study.
• Recently accessed solutions stay in your home screen library after first use
• Easily navigate between each problem and solution set with the app’s handy chapter and problem selection tool.
• Reveal only the solution steps you need or expand all of them with one tap.

Chegg, your Student Hub℠, is transforming the way millions of students learn by connecting them to the people and tools needed to succeed in college.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Free iOS App Today - National Geographic World Atlas


National Geographic has taken its award-winning World Atlas and updated it completely for 2013 with a new look, improved functionality, and brand new features.

• All state-of-the-art National Geographic maps are in HD, giving you the best viewing experience possible.
• New infographics enhance each country's Flags and Facts section.
• Better measurement tools give you even more accuracy.

• Store your pins in the cloud and share them across devices. Plan a trip on your iPad, then use your customized map on your iPhone.
• Add and customize collections of map pins
• Get up-to-the-minute weather
• Check the latest currency conversion rates, or use the currency calculator to convert from one currency to another
• See latitude and longitude indications directly, with a tap of your finger.

The National Geographic World Atlas brings you the highest resolution images available, delivering the stunning detail, accuracy, and beauty National Geographic is known for.

See the world in any style you prefer: classic (blue ocean), antique, satellite, or road map style (provided by Bing maps).

Spin, pan, and zoom in on the world with our interactive 3-D globe and seamless world map layers. Place pins to mark spots and save them for later.

Get up-to-date information on every country and capital city in the world, including socio-economic data, demographics, weather, and currency.

PLEASE NOTE: Offline maps and map downloading is now included in the app, as of version 3.0.1.

Free iOS App Today - Endless Alphabet


*Free for a limited time*

*From the creators of Sesame Street's Monster at the End of This Book, and Another Monster at the End of This Book*

Set the stage for reading success with this delightfully interactive educational app. Kids will have a blast learning their ABC's and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle game with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition. Before you know it, your child will be using words like gargantuan and cooperate!

- Dozens of words to start with and more being delivered automatically to the app on a regular basis
- Delightful animations teach children the definitions of the words in a fun and engaging way
- Word game teaches children phonics as they learn the sounds each letter makes
- Endless Alphabet was designed with your children in mind - there are no high scores, failures, limits or stress. Your children can interact with the app at their own pace.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Some free iOS children's books today

Three Little Pigs StoryChime
  • This is our take on on the classic Pigs tale, starring your favorite pigs - Harold, Herman and Larry. That pesky big bad wolf is determined to blow all their houses down! Cute pigs, witty humor and big bad wolf. What more could you want in a story.
Toy Story Read-Along
  • TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! Toy Story takes you on the adventure of a lifetime:
  • A fully interactive reading experience packed with Games, Movie Clips, Coloring Pages, Sing-along Tunes, and Surprises on every page. Hear the story read aloud, record your own narration, or explore at your own pace.
Wind in the Willows Audio Book
  • Published in 1908, Kenneth Grahame's timeless tale The Wind in the Willows is a literary classic enjoyed by adults and children alike. The story centers around four principal characters - Mole, Ratty, Mr. Toad, and Mr. Badger - and their river adventures in the English countryside. Now the Toy Lounge brings this engaging novel to the iPhone and iPod Touch with our Wind in the Willows audio ebook.
Endless Alphabet
  • Set the stage for reading success with this delightfully interactive educational app. Kids will have a blast learning their ABC's and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. Each word features an interactive puzzle game with talking letters and a short animation illustrating the definition. Before you know it, your child will be using words like gargantuan and cooperate! The Lion and the Mouse
  • This book is part of the Aesop's Fables book series from This book is the next generation of mobile books for kids. With unique features, engaging art, and high quality narration and music, this book will be a favorite for kids of all ages.
Billy, the bird who was scared of heights – Lite
  • Read about Billy, a little bird who is … scared of heights! A new poetic character with whom children can easily identify and who teaches them how to be self-confident.

  • An original story specially adapted to the iPad, for children aged 3 to 7. The voice of Matthew Geczy, with specially composed music, will guide your children through the story, stimulating their imagination and appetite for reading.
Sassy Cassie
  • Overview: Sassy Cassie is not just another pink, girly princess book...because this bold little girl has got some sass! Sassy Cassie is spunky and creative and nothing is going to stop her from making her mark on the world. Her surprise artistic creation at the end of the book is exasperating…but also lovable.

  • About this App: PicPocket Books brings quality children’s picture book literature to digital media. Now, children can enjoy their favorites stories on-the-go, even when they do not have a physical book to read.

  • This interactive CHILDREN’S STORYBOOK app promotes EARLY LEARNING and helps your children develop READING skills by connecting the audio words and sounds with the written word on the page.
Battle With The Bugs HD
  • Human Body Detectives: Battle with the Bugs: In an imaginative adventure about the immune system, Human Body Detectives Merrin and Pearl crack their second case. Merrin and Pearl’s cousin Max is sick, threatening everyone’s Mexican holiday. This time the Human Body Detectives find themselves in Max’s body, witnessing firsthand the immune system in action. They befriend a white blood cell warrior who leads them into battle against the offending bacteria…

The Human Body Detectives series highlights the girls’ adventures through the different body systems, and teaches kids the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle. If children understand how their bodies work, they are more apt to make healthy food and lifestyle choices.
The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare
  • "Crow employs amusing imagery...and the story is laden with playful sound effects that will add plenty of punch to readalouds, with the fast tempo providing additional energy. Forshay’s illustrations, in saturated opaque colors in cheerful hues, offer amusing comic modeling in her animal cast...those familiar with Aesop’s version will cheer for the famous pair along the way." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
History in Comics
  • The fascinating journey of mankind from its origin to the world of today.
  • A new way to learn history.
  • A collection of 52 full color books of 80 pages each, including more than 7000 illustrations in total.
  • You can download two books for free (Book Nº1 The Origin of Man and Book Nº27 The Great Discoveries) and then buy the remaining books either one by one or in groups at special discount prices.
  • You can also choose the language in which you want to buy and then read your books.
The Secret of the Red Shoes
  • Classic story in new multimedia form: It tells about a little boy laugh at a slow walking person and push down an old woman, then the old woman gave him a pair of red shoes to put him on, which makes him walked very sweaty, finally the little boy decided not to laugh at others, then that pair of shoes disappeared. incredible digitally-redesigned pages with every detail inside.
The Fox and the Grapes
  • Classic story in new multimedia form: It tells a little fox hungry, and his mother going to find food for him. When she came back she was found by the hunter, the grapes she brang back was growing up to grape vine. The little fox thanks a lot for his mother. incredible digitally-redesigned pages with every detail inside.
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
  • Classic story in new multimedia form: It tells a little fox hungry, and his mother going to find food for him. When she came back she was found by the hunter, the grapes she brang back was growing up to grape vine. The little fox thanks a lot for his mother. incredible digitally-redesigned pages with every detail inside.
Let's Color the World!
The Drip Drops are on a mission to color the world and preschoolers are encouraged to help them.

• This entertaining story about the Drip Drops coloring, covers everything from an animal farm to the great big sky! It includes prompts for children to identify colors, count objects, recognize shapes, and more. Preschoolers will have a great time learning as they help the Drip Drops color the world!

• This series allows both children and parents to benefit from the underlying message that you can color to someone's day in many different ways. But the most important message of all is that “there is a rainbow hidden inside all of us just waiting to be uncovered!”

• The Drip Drops ™ are created by Tony Lawlor. The Drip Drops ™ and associated characters, registered trademarks and design elements are owned and licensed by TCKL inc. TCKL inc. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Three Free Tools for Creating Stopmotion and Timelapse Videos

In his Free Technology for Teachers blog, Richard Byrne discusses tools that you can use to create stop motion and time lapse videos...

Stop Frame Animator

You can read his article here.

ISTE Sylvia Charp Award

Sylvia Charp Award for district innovation
Presented by T.H.E. Journal and ISTE, this award recognizes school systems larger than one individual school (school district, school board, secretariat of education, education organization) that exhibit effectiveness and innovation in the application of technology. Honoring Dr. Sylvia Charp, the founding editor of T.H.E. Journal, and her groundbreaking contributions and extended service to the education technology community, this award has two focuses:
  1. Widespread implementation: The winner will ensure equitable and appropriate technology use for all students in the system, aimed at improving learner outcomes and increasing learning opportunities. 
  2. Innovtion: Progress in education, as in all endeavors of our society, depends on new ideas.

The winning district will receive:
  • Recognition at ISTE's annual conference and exposition.
  • Complimentary registration to ISTE's annual conference and exposition (up to four).
  • Up to $2,000 for travel expenses to attend ISTE's annual conference and exposition (one per team).
  • A one-year ISTE membership (up to four).
  • An engraved plaque recognizing the recipient's outstanding achievement (one per team).
  • Recognition in T.H.E. Journal, ISTE publications, in press releases provided to local media, and on the web site.
Nominations are now open!
Nominations for 2013 ISTE awards are open December 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013.

Nominate yourself or a colleague for the Sylvia Charp Award.

Download the nomination requirements and judging criteria (PDF).

Common Sense: Girls, Boys, and Media: A Gender and Digital Life Toolkit for Schools

Girls, Boys, and Media:
A Gender and Digital Life Toolkit for Educators

Messages about gender roles come from all directions, but some of the most influential messages come from the media. For today’s kids, that means not just the TV shows, movies, and ads they see, but all of the messages and images they create and receive from their friends.

Use this toolkit to help students reflect on gender stereotypes: where they come from, how we learn them, and how they can shape the media that we consume and create.

Sign in or register to dig in. It’s free!

Free iOS Apps Today - January 24, 2013

The Opposites - EDUCATION
  • An exciting word game which challenges children (ages 7+) to match up pairs of opposing words in increasingly difficult levels. ‘Opposites’ starts with easy word pairs, like 'up-down', but as players level up they are challenged with more complex and abstract pairings, until they are dealing with rare descriptive and technical words, from biology, economics, politics, medicine, poetry and classical Greek prefixes!
Little Red Hen - Interactive Reader - EDUCATION
  • The classic fable, retold like your child aged 3-8 has never experienced it before. In this retelling, your child not only hears the story of the industrious hen and learns about the value of hard work, but becomes a part of the action. 
Everyday Mathematics® Divisibility Dash™ - EDUCATION
  • The Divisibility Dash game by McGraw-Hill offers a quick and easy way to practice recognizing multiples of a number and applying divisibility tests. This fast-paced computation game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Everyday Mathematics® Equivalent Fractions™ - EDUCATION
  • The Equivalent Fractions game by McGraw Hill offers a quick and easy way to practice and reinforce fraction concepts and relationships. This game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Everyday Mathematics® Beat the Computer™ Multiplication - EDUCATION
  • McGraw-Hill’s Beat the Computer game offers a quick and easy way to practice and reinforce basic multiplication facts (0–10). This facts practice game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Everyday Mathematics® Monster Squeeze™ - EDUCATION
  • McGraw-Hill’s Monster Squeeze game reinforces number recognition and offers a quick and easy way to practice number line concepts and number comparisons. This two-player game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Everyday Mathematics® Addition Top It - EDUCATION
  • McGraw-Hill’s Addition Top-It game offers a quick and easy way to practice and reinforce basic addition facts (0–10) and number comparisons. This two-player game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
American History Time Line - EDUCATION
  • McGraw-Hill Education’s American History Time Line is a fun and informative way to navigate the history of the United States. Scroll through time with the flick of your finger and tap on important American people and events to learn more about the history that has shaped the nation. Test your knowledge with fun, interactive games to retain what you’ve just learned.
Ultimate Photo Editor - PHOTO & VIDEO
  • Ten beautiful stylistic effects to make your users' photos pop. Our effects don’t sacrifice quality, which means beautiful high resolution results.
Diabetes In Check - HEALTH & FITNESS
  • Keep your TYPE 2 DIABETES IN CHECK – every day. This is the MOST COMPREHENSIVE diabetes app on the market. You’ll get all the tools and the most-up-to-date information you need to help you:

    This step-by-step app was designed by a Certified Diabetes Educator, and created by Everyday Health, the #1 digital health information company.

    ✓ BLOOD GLUCOSE TRACKING: Enter your BG levels to see how food, exercise, and stress impact your condition
    ✓ MEDICATION TRACKING: Set reminders and trackers to stay compliant, so you keep your BG in control
    ✓ FEEDBACK: Get constructive feedback to help you improve your condition
    ✓ REMINDERS: Never again forget to measure your blood glucose, take your medication, or track your food and exercise
    ✓ CARB TRACKER - Search a database of over 80,000 foods, and see their impact on your BG levels
    ✓ BARCODE SCANNER - Quickly track the carb and nutrition facts for all your packaged foods
    ✓ WHAT TO EAT – Consult the quick reference guide to find out: "Can I eat _____?"
    ✓ 100’s OF RECIPES - Enjoy delicious diabetes-friendly recipes and pretty photos
    ✓ SAMPLE MEAL PLAN – A Healthy menu of easy to make recipes
    Find tools to help you set and track exercise goals, and get the motivation you need to achieve success. Even exercising 20 minutes a day can help you keep diabetes in check.
    ✓ MESSAGE BOARDS - Join a community of over 200,000 people who are also living with Type 2 Diabetes. Post your personal questions, share success stories, and provide support to others
    ✓ TIPS - Get hourly tips from @diabetesfacts, the leading twitter handle for diabetes news and advice
    Quickly send your data via Excel to your doctor so you can review your progress during your next appointment.

    ✓ MEAL PLANNER – Get quick and easy daily menus of diabetes-friendly recipes and take the guesswork out of healthy eating. Subscribe for $3.99/week to get a customized meal plan - just use your iTunes Account and pay. Your upgrade will auto-renew each week. Auto renew may be turned off by going to your Account Settings after purchase.
Naughty Pony - BOOKS
  • Learn how to look after a pony and what cheeky things they can get up to.
Classic Converter Free - PRODUCTIVITY
  • Classic Converter Free is a professional unit & currency converter. With a great, neat user interface, you can convert any unit or currency to another one simply with a few taps.
iTuner Deluxe Free - MUSIC
  • Now you can listen your favorite radios stations from all over the World. With over 30,000 radio stations in 80 countries.
MB: YouTube Music NON-STOP - MUSIC

Metronome-Plus - MUSIC
  • The first Metronome app to provide: INTONATION DRONES
Mini Zither - MUSIC
  • Mini Zither is an app for zither’s lover or learner in the first stage. It can be used to practice and recreation.  In app purchase for additional songs.
Beethoven Symphonies Free - MUSIC
  • Playlist:

    Symphony 1:1 Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
    Symphony 1:2 Andante cantabile con moto
    Symphony 1:3 Menuetto. Allegro molto evivace
    Symphony 1:4 Adagio - Allegro molto evivace

    Symphony 2:1 Adagio, Allegro con brio
    Symphony 2:2 Largetto
    Symphony 2:3 Scherzo. Allegro
    Symphony 2:4 Allegro molto

    Symphony 3:1 Allegro con brio
    Symphony 3:2 Marcia funebre. Adagio assai
    Symphony 3:3 Scherzo.Allegro vivace
    Symphony 3:4 Finale. Allegro molto

    Symphony 4:1 Adagio, allegro vivace
    Symphony 4:2 Adagio
    Symphony 4:3 Allegro vivace
    Symphony 4:4 Allegro ma non troppo

    Symphony 5:1 Allegro con brio
    Symphony 5:2 Andante con moto
    Symphony 5:3 Allegro - attaca
    Symphony 5:4 Allegro

    Symphony 6:1 Allegro ma non troppo
    Symphony 6:2 Andante molto moto
    Symphony 6:3 Allegro
    Symphony 6:4 Allegro
    Symphony 6:5 Allegretto

    Symphony 7:1 Poco sostenuto - Vivace
    Symphony 7:2 Allegretto
    Symphony 7:3 Presto
    Symphony 7:4 Allegro con brio

    Symphony 8:1 Allegro vivace i con brio
    Symphony 8:2 Allegretto scherzando
    Symphony 8:3 Tempo di Menuetto
    Symphony 8:4 Allegro vivace

    Symphony 9:1 Allego ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
    Symphony 9:2 Molto vivace
    Symphony 9:3 Adagio molto e cantabile
    Symphony 9:4 Presto
    Symphony 9:5 Presto - Ode to Joy - Allegro assai

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A new computer that defies category

Source: ComputerWorld post by By - January 23, 2013

"Dell is planning to release by mid-year a computer that's all of 3.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. It's not much bigger in girth than a USB stick, and is similar in design.

This Wi-Fi enabled device is designed to be plugged into something, most likely a monitor or TV. It has two USB ports for a keyboard and a mouse and, alternatively, Bluetooth capability. It displays at 1080p and can support touch screens."

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

10 Word Cloud Generation Tools

Guy Durrant shared this with me the other day. Thanks, Guy!

More Than Wordle... Ten Other Word Cloud Generators ... Providing Unique Features - by Michael Gorman

Read the entire article with descriptions of the above sites here...

Gesture computing is here! (And it's out of control!)

Source: ComputerWorld Post By Mike Elgan - January 12, 2013

Unfortunately, each new device has its own set of gestures to learn.  Here's a sampling of the devices from the article...

The new world of gesture control

The number of companies offering the technology is extensive and growing:
  • Samsung at CES announced new TV sets with built-in cameras and microphones, as well as an in-air gesture and voice control system called Smart Interaction. Another company called PointGrab, which has been making gesture control interfaces for Samsung TVs, announced a new version at the show.
  • There's Leap Motion, which has been getting a lot of attention for technology that uses hand motions to control a PC or laptop user interface or some other device. The company's technology is very open-ended and extensible, making it most useful for further customization by software makers.
  • Leap Motion recently announced a big deal with Asus to integrate the technology -- and got $30 million in new venture financing. The Asus deal should eventually result in built-in gesture control for some Asus laptops and all-in-one desktop PCs.
  • Elliptic Labs showed off a user interface for Windows 8 PCs. It provides gesture control like many other products, but uses ultrasound instead of cameras to determine the location of your hands.
  • Spicebox at CES showed a really interesting hardware-software product called Mauz. You plug a dongle into your iPhone and install the Mauz app. It turns your phone into a mouse for your Mac. More than that, however, it enables you to control the Mac with Wii-like motion control, where the motion of the phone determines the on-screen control. And it also works like Kinect. By using the phone's camera, you can do in-the-air gestures over the phone, which controls on-screen action.
  • Asus introduced a product called the Asus Qube, which is a TV box for streaming Amazon and Netflix content to a TV. The Qube will reportedly support both gesture and voice command. 
  • Marvell announced a new platform for voice and gesture control of smart TVs, gaming systems and home automation systems.
  • European telecom Orange and a company called Movea are working together on a set-top box controlled by in-the-air gestures. The difference with this product, called the SmartMotion Server, is that it's got a remote control unit that operates like a Wii remote -- it's the motion of the remote in your hand, not your hand itself, that controls the TV.
  • LG demonstrated a similar concept -- with an interesting twist. The LG Magic Remote lets you change to a specific channel by writing the number in the air while holding the remote. The remote also accepts voice commands.
  • Even car makers are looking at motion control. Demonstrating at CES and the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, companies like Hyundai are rolling out concept cars that enable drivers to control the audio system by waving their hands.
  • Moen even recently demonstrated a new faucet that is controlled by hand gestures.
  • And Intel is already working on the next generation of gesture control with its Perceptual Computing initiative. One feature allows you to control an interface by simply looking at it. The system tracks your gaze, and gives you more of whatever you're looking at.
Read the entire post - it's an interesting article...

10 Joomla extension modules for easier and better websites

Source:  ComputerWorld post by Brian Proffitt - January 10, 2013

If you're using Joomla to develop and administer your website, these tools can help.

Click here to read the article and the descriptions for each tool...

10 free Drupal modules that make development easier

Source:  ComputerWorld Post by Brian Proffitt - January 16, 2013

If you're using Drupal to develop and administer your website, these add-ons can help.
Click here to read the article and the descriptions of each module...

10 tips for giving killer presentations with the new Prezi

ComputerWorld article by Logan Kugler - January 22, 2013

Click here to read the article...
From using new 3D backgrounds effectively to manipulating multiple objects at once, here are 10 pro tips for using the newest version of Prezi, the red-hot visual presentation tool.


Contest Spurs Students to Environmental Research

From Hurricane Sandy to the decline of Arctic sea ice, NASA satellites and other observing instruments have proved crucial in monitoring environmental changes. The 2013 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, challenges high school students to conduct innovative research on our changing planet using satellite remote sensing of the Earth.

Top projects will receive cash awards of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. Individuals or teams of up to four students may enter. In addition to the student prizes, teachers of winning students will receive $200 gift cards.

Participation in the contest offers a great way for students to celebrate the theme of Earth Science Week 2013: "Mapping Our World." Learn more at


Entries must be postmarked April 15, 2013.  The winning entries will be announced by May 22, 2013.

EPA Offers Climate Change Kit for Middle School

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a free collection of resources to enhance middle school students' understanding of climate change impacts on the United States' wildlife and ecosystems.

"Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators" contains case studies, activities, and videos based on climate science, environmental education, and stewardship information. The toolkit is available online at

Energy Lab Program Open To Middle, High Schools

GSA Geoscientists Reach Out to Educators

Teachers and students alike can learn a lot from the Geological Society of America (GSA), an AGI member society and Earth Science Week partner. GSA is an organization of geoscientists in industry, government, business, and academia who are committed to the ongoing professional growth of Earth scientists.

One of GSA's major education and outreach programs, the Teacher Advocate Program (TAP), provides "Explore Geoscience" CD-ROMs, lesson plans, educational materials, and resource links for Earth science teachers. For more information on TAP, visit Teachers also can take advantage of GSA's Teacher GeoVenture trips, teacher workshops, and Distinguished Earth Science Teacher in Residence. GSA also offers a number of teacher awards and fellowships. See to learn more.

Students are encouraged to apply for GSA's GeoCorps America program, which works with the National Park Service, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management to place young geoscientists in geoscience-related positions at national parks. Find out more at

Study Plate Tectonics, Rock Cycle Online

The Geological Society of London (GSL), an international Earth Science Week partner, offers two new online resources for learning about key geoscience topics. Reinforcing the "Mapping Our World" theme of Earth Science Week 2013, electronic map-based resources are the focus of GSL's "Plate Tectonics" page (

In addition, a new site is being launched to accompany GSL's "Rock Cycle" online module ( Founded in 1807, GSL is the oldest geological society in the world. Learn more about GSL, the United Kingdom's national society for geoscience, online (

Earth Science Week 2013: 'Mapping Our World'

AGI is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2013 will be "Mapping Our World." This year's event, taking place October 13-19, will promote awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences.

Earth Science Week 2013 materials and activities will engage young people and others in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems - geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere - interact.

"With this theme, Earth Science Week highlights the ways that Earth scientists use maps to understand our planet and how humans use the land," says AGI Outreach Manager Geoff Camphire. "For centuries, people have relied on maps to represent their knowledge of Earth and its systems. From old-world celestial maps and nautical charts to the satellite imaging and digital GIS technology of the 21st century, map-making provides an interactive way of knowing our world."

Reaching over 50 million people annually, Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth. The program is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, the AAPG Foundation, the National Park Service, NASA, Esri, the American Geophysical Union, and other major geoscience groups. To learn more, go to

Resources Available Online All Year Long

Earth Science Week is more than one week of the year. If you've got Internet access, you can teach and learn about Earth science all year long. The Earth Science Week web site offers classroom activities, videos, Spanish-language resources, research projects, local events and organizations, and careers information.

Most importantly, the site features dozens of recommended lessons that teachers and parents can conduct with children. All are aligned with the National Science Education Standards. Check it out at today!

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Evolution Of Google Search Over The Past 5 Years

Katie Lepi's, of Edudemic, original post.

It's amazing how quickly technology changes, isn't it?  It's also difficult to imagine what we did before we used some of the technologies that are so prevalent in our day-to-day lives.  In this article, The Evolution of Google Search Over the Past 5 Years, Katie Lepi breaks down how Google Search has evolved since it's inception in 2007.

105 Free Moodle Video Tutorials

eLearningindustry's original post.

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Why Being Young Doesn't Make You a Social Media Expert

This is a great article, by Rebecca Levey, geared towards parents, on teens and tweens and their use of social media.  It made me question what our roles and responsibilities are as educators.  One of my favorite quotes from the article:

"I would never hand my daughters the keys to the car when they turn 16 without having had some kind of driver's training — not to mention passing their driving test. Yet my girls have a supercomputer connected to the world in the palm of their hand every day, and no instruction manual. That had to change. This isn't about care and responsibility for the device, it's about having a social media playbook so they can understand the rules of the game and be as safe and smart as possible."

Rebecca Levey is a co-founder of, a video review site by and for tweens. She writes about technology and education at Beccarama and is a White House Champion of Change for Education. Follow her at @beccasara.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers in the 50 states and the four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense education activity schools and the U.S. territories as a group). Anyone -- principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the general public -- may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Teachers may also apply directly.

Nominations for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are due April 1, 2013. Elementary school teachers (Grades K-6) are eligible to apply in 2014.

For more information, visit

Please email any questions about this opportunity to

2013 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently accepted for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2013 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

To be eligible to participate in the program, a potential fellow must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the U.S. Special requirements for foreign national faculty members may apply. Fellows are required to submit a research report and present their work at the end of the session.

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the 10-week session. A housing allowance will be offered for awardees who live beyond a 50-mile radius of JPL. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2013. For more information about this opportunity, visit

Inquiries about NASA's JPL Summer Faculty Research Program should be directed to the Petra Kneissl-Milanian at

5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for the 5th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series taking place March 4-6, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C.

This workshop series will explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-on projects. Each workshop will be led by experienced educators and education public outreach specialists who will model pedagogical techniques and methods to foster problem-based learning, science as inquiry, technology integration and best practices. Workshops target inservice, informal and preservice teachers who serve the K-12 education community.

Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Feb. 25, 2013.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Brandon Hargis at

2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student will submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2013. For more information, visit

Please email any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at

IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge and guide students as they learn about the sun’s anatomy, the space weather it generates and why studying the sun is important.

This challenge is designed around NASA’s solar mission Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. Scheduled to launch in April 2013, the IRIS spacecraft will study the dynamics of the interface region of our sun’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet telescope and imaging spectrograph. As students participate in the challenge, they will learn more about the IRIS mission and the instruments that scientists use to gather solar data.

An educators’ guide for the IRIS challenge is available on the Tracking a Solar Storm website and includes key information for helping students study the sun’s weather, track a solar storm and predict its effect on Earth. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by collecting data and producing a space weather report.

The challenge will run February - May 2013.

To learn more about the challenge, visit

Educators are invited to register now at to receive updates as the challenge develops.

Please email any questions about this challenge to Linda Conrad at

U.S. Department of Energy Webcast -- An Energy Literate Citizenry From K to Gray

Join the U.S. Department of Energy for a webinar detailing the "Energy Literacy Framework," which identifies concepts every citizen should know to be energy literate. With this document, the Department of Energy aims to empower energy educators to apply an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach to teaching the physical, natural and social sciences necessary for a comprehensive understanding of energy.

The "Energy Literacy Framework" was developed through a series of workshops and an extensive review and comment process involving the 13 federal partner agencies, including NASA. The U.S. Global Change Research Program comprises these agencies and many other education partners. With the "Energy Literacy Framework" complete and in print, work continues involving education partners to advance energy education with audiences from K to Gray.

This webinar will take place on Feb. 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. EST.

For more information and to register online, visit

To learn more about the "Energy Literacy Framework," visit

Questions about this webinar should be emailed to DaNel Hogan at

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars -- Summer 2013 Session

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a 10-week summer internship at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade point average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.

The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2013.

Note: Fifteen-week fall and spring sessions are also offered. Please see the website for details.

For more information and to apply online, visit

To learn more about the LARSS internship opportunity, join NASA's Digital Learning Network for two informational webcast events. The webcasts are taking place from 3-4 p.m. on Jan. 23-24, 2013. To join the webcast, visit

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at

U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowships

Teachers with successful strategies for increasing student achievement are encouraged to apply for Teaching Ambassador Fellowship positions with the U.S. Department of Education for the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers will be chosen based upon their record of leadership, impact on student achievement and potential for contribution to the department and the field.

The program offers two tracks: Classroom and Washington Fellows.

Classroom Fellows will serve their regular teaching contracts with their districts and will be paid to perform additional fellowship duties for the Department of Education. As practicing classroom teachers, these Fellows will share an important perspective for -- and will gain more knowledge about -- education policy and program development. They will share their experiences with other Fellows and with the Department of Education at designated times throughout the year.

Washington Fellows will serve as full-time federal employees in Washington, D.C., from the summer of 2013 through June 2014. They will be placed in appropriate positions within the Department of Education to work on education program development and implementation. They will focus on using their previous classroom experience to contribute knowledge and insight to various Department of Education projects. They will spend the majority of their time working in program offices, increasing their knowledge of and contributing to federal education policies and programs, and collaborating with other Fellows.

Applications for both tracks are due Jan. 29, 2013.

For more information about this fellowship opportunity and activities of the current group of Teaching Ambassador Fellows, visit

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email your inquiries to

NASA’s Glenn Research Center's High School Shadowing Project

NASA's Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, Ohio, is accepting applications for its High School Shadowing Project sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity provides students with a one- to five-day career exploration experience at Glenn Research Center.

The project provides high school students with an opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and development environment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technician or administrative professional that serves as the student’s mentor. Students are provided information about various careers, career paths and Glenn Research Center educational resources and programs.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years old by the application deadline. Application periods are still open for three sessions scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.

Session II --
Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013
Session Date: Feb. 27, 2013

Session III --
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: March 26, 2013

Session IV --
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2013
Session Date: April 24, 2013

For more information about this opportunity, please visit

Questions about the GRC High School Shadowing Project should be directed by email to or by telephone to 216-433-6656.

Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASA mission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate is determined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authentic NASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

This seminar will be repeated on May 2, 2013.

For more information and to register online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to

Chemical Elements: Genesis -- What Are We Made Of? Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 23, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the “What Are We Made Of?” hands-on activity to integrate mathematics and physical science in your classroom. Discover how students can use statistical sampling to estimate the chemical composition of the sun by analyzing data in a way similar to the one used by scientists who analyzed solar particles collected by the Genesis spacecraft.

For more information and to register online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to

International Space Station Research Opportunity for Higher Education Organizations

Conduct research in space and make new discoveries! The adventure begins in 2013. The International Space Station NASA Education Projects Office has released a solicitation for proposals of educational experiments relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, that utilize the unique microgravity platform of the space station.

Proposals are being accepted from higher education institutions or consortia of organizations serving the higher education community. Proposals must align with space station program research priorities in technology, biology, biotechnology and physical sciences. Experiment ideas also must address innovative, meaningful and enduring research and technology development activities with STEM-based context.

White papers must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 23, 2013. Full proposals are due Feb. 20, 2013.

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Questions about this solicitation should be directed to Janejit T. Gensler at

ISS EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2013 Mission from Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2013. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program cameras aboard the space station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth.

For more information about EarthKAM and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page

Optional EarthKAM Online Information Sessions

If you’re new to EarthKAM or if you registered for a past mission but weren’t sure how to navigate the website and request images, join us for a 30-minute online EarthKAM information session. You’ll learn:

-- What EarthKAM is all about and how you and your students can participate.
-- What to expect during the mission, including the classroom time commitment.
-- Ways to use EarthKAM to enhance what you already teach.

The online information sessions are free. Send an email to to request log-in information. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. CST
Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. CST

Please note that you do not have to attend an information session to participate in the upcoming EarthKAM mission. The information sessions are provided as an option for teachers who are new to EarthKAM or for returning teachers who have general questions.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email

2013 RASC-AL Competition

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.

The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. Participants can choose from three different themes. Concepts derived from the design projects potentially could be implemented by NASA.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Nov 9, 2012, and teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by Jan. 19, 2013. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as 10 undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2013 in Florida.

The RASC-AL competition is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group of universities may also work in collaboration on a design project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shelley Spears at or Stacy Dees at

2013 RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge

Due to an initially aggressive schedule that resulted from a delayed launch of the 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts - Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, Lunar Wheel Design Challenge, the new deadline to submit project plans has been extended to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013, at midnight EST.

The RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge invites student teams to design and build a lunar wheel prototype and demonstrate its capabilities while mounted on a utility vehicle during the “Roll-Off” (field tests at NASA's Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard) in July 2013. Teams are challenged with developing a wheel that needs little maintenance, can travel at higher speeds needed for human rovers and can withstand several years of harsh temperature swings, abrasive regolith, intense sun radiation and lack of an Earth-like atmosphere.

In addition to the field tests, teams will present their wheel concepts to a design review panel comprising Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV, engineers. Presentations will be based on each team's technical paper that details the wheel concept's path-to-flight (i.e., how the design can be applied to actual planetary exploration on an SEV).

Based on a review of each team’s proposal, up to eight teams will be selected to compete at the “Roll-Off” in July 2013. Qualifying teams will receive a minimum of $9,000 to develop and test their wheel designs. Winning teams will receive cash prizes.

The challenge is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students.

Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit an
online Notice of Intent (NOI) and a project plan of their proposed wheel concepts by Jan. 19, 2013. Multi-disciplinary teams and international collaborations are encouraged.

For more information about this competition, visit

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shannon Verstynen at or Shelley Spears at

Expeditions 35 and 36 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually or working together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions 35 and 36 (approximately from March 2013 to September 2013). To maximize these downlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developed education plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Jan. 18, 2013.

During Expeditions 35 and 36, crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutes and allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answer session. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinks are broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because of the nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should visit to learn more or contact Teaching From Space at

Science Fair Projects Demystified in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Education Videos

Just in time for science fair season, the Education Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, has released a video series designed to take teachers, students and parents through the sometimes mystifying process of crafting a science fair project.

The six-part video series features JPL scientist Serina Diniega, engineer Arby Argueta and educator Ota Lutz, who team up to take viewers step by step through the project design process, from generating an idea to communicating the final results in an attractive display.

Students learn about one of the hardest steps in the process -- generating an idea -- from the perspectives of scientific investigation and engineering design, discovering how to observe and ask questions about the world around them that can serve as starting points for their projects.

The videos also cover common areas that students often overlook while designing their projects, such as asking a testable question that examines just one concept, and considering elements that could affect an experiment and factoring them into the results.

Visit to watch the series, download related resources and find notes for teachers and parents.

Questions about this video series should be emailed to Kim Orr at

Monday, January 14, 2013

Free Interactive Book for iPad - iPad Carts - How to Set Up and Deploy Apps to a Classroom Set of iPads with Apple Configurator

Just spoke with a Utah teacher, David Johansen, who told me about his free iBook available in the iBooks Store.  He's given me permission to share this with you - and it might just be what you need to get a head start on managing a classroom set of iPads.

From your iPad, open the free iBooks app, click on the Store button, and then search for "iPad Carts."