1. Women in History app
How to explore the world and honor notable women? Google and SPARK movement have created an app that will vibrate when you walk near places where women have made history. The best part? You too can contribute! Have your students do research around our local areas and add the notable women and research to their map! For more information, go to http://www.sparksummit.com/onthemap/
Speaking of women in history, the online National Women’s History Museum is awaiting approval from President Obama to make into a physical museum in Washington, DC!
2. Collaboration amongst physicists and biologists leads to new theories about chameleons and their ability to change colors. It’s important to remind our students that science is always changing with the invention of new technologies and methods of study…and it’s equally important to remind students that collaboration with other fields can lead to amazing breakthroughs. This could be used in conjunction with 8th grade physical science Waves unit.
The Google Art Project/Google Cultural Institute is one of my favorite sites to go for inspiration and productive procrastination. The newest addition is the Street Art.
Eighty-five art organizations from 34 countries are sharing pieces, ranging from Sweden’s most famous street festival, to water tanks wrapped with art among New York city’s rooftops, to the abandoned walls of Buenos Aires that are a source of inspiration for street artists from all over the world.
What’s even better than street art? Animated street art!
Follow @googleart for more.
4. When Students Can’t Go Online– an article in the Atlantic Monthly by Terrance Ross.
But as technology morphs from being a luxury to being a necessity, the chasm between the performance of low-income students and their more affluent peers is coming under even greater scrutiny. Advocates say the tech movement is further exacerbating the already-large achievement gap; in education circles, this phenomenon is dubbed the “connectivity gap” or the “digital divide.” Discrepancies exist among schools and across districts, but they also spread to individual students, many of whom live in homes without sufficient connectivity.
It appears I’m super into art news this week. My apologies.