Resources

Google Earth Download

Google Earth Blog

Contentgenerator.net

xTimelines

Flickr

Classtools.net

Microsoft Photostory 3

Exhbit

Odiogo

Teachers Page

This gives the teacher some additional links for creating some of the activities on this website. The main thrust of the website learning activities are the Google Earth which are designed for use with a data projector in the classroom. It will also work very well with an Interactive Whiteboard. Students can download podcast of the main pages to listen to

Google Earth

Google Earth allows users to explore a 3D view of the world. There are numerous link on the Web in how to make tours and overlays in Google Earth. It does require knowledge of HTML. There are some excellent tutorials on using Google Earth on their site

Contentgenerator.net

Contentgenerator.net is a part free part paid website from Andrew Field, who is a history teacher in the Neale Wade School in Cambridgeshire, UK. There are a number of useful tools created in Flash that are worth using in the history classroom. They are a number of game generator to make drill activites more entertaining.

xTimelines

xTimelines is an interactive timeline website. It is very simple to make a timeline and it can be embedded on any webpage.

Exhibit

Exhibit was used to create the Who Whos page as it is a useful way of putting a lot of biographical information in an easily searchable format. Exhibit is part of Simile project in MIT. Exhibit has the possibility to interactivity on a website without having much coding skills. From the http://bionicteaching.com/ihatecode/ I found it easier to follow the instructions there than on the Exhibit website. One interesting feature is the ability to make a mashup with Google Maps. There is some interesting samples on the Exhibit which you should take a look at. Exhibit does require some knowledge of HTML and javascript if you need to tweak it.

Flickr

Flickr is an online photo management and sharing website. It is a site where people can upload there photos and share them with anyone. It was one of the earliest Web 2.0 applications. There is a range of licensing arrangments available on the site on the use on the majority of photographs. NCTE launched their own photosharing site called Imagebank www.imagebank.ie

Photostory 3

Photostory 3 is a free download from Microsoft that can be used in digital storytelling projects with excellent results. Photostory requires Microsoft XP and Windows Media Player 10 and is very easy to use. Basically it allows users to create video clips from stills photographs and enable narration or sound clip to play within it. The sound clip used in the Photostory is found on the Mobygratis website and is used with permission.

Classtools.net

Classtools is a free website from Russell Tarr, who is a history teacher in the International School in Toulouse, France. There are a number of useful tools created in Flash that are worth using in the history classroom.

Odiogo

The mp3 files were created using Odiogo, which is a free service to allow bloggers to convert their written content on their blog into an audio format suitable for listening to on a mp3 player or an ipod. I tried a number of different solutions that would generate a clear enough voice digitally. Odiogo produced the best quality although it does mispronounce some words such as Naas and Leinster. The free service from Odiogo is restricted to blog sites so a dummy blogsite was created and text copied and pasted from the teachnet webpages into this blog site. Odiogo was then able to generate the mp3 file from this.