Oct 042008
 

Classroom Flickr users might like to be reminded of the amazing Cooliris browser. The plugin (which works best in Firefox) adds a virtual 3D lightbox over your computer screen, over which images and video can be dragged and resized at will. It would be brilliant with an interactive whiteboard and is a really good way to find pictures, news stories and videos.

Imagine a lesson on waterfalls…

Launch Cooliris using the browser icon. Select ‘Flickr’ and type in ‘waterfall’…

Cooliris browsing Flickr for "waterfall"

Cooliris browsing Flickr for "waterfall"

Browse hundreds of photos (automatically selected by Flickr’s “relevance” algorithim – so they’ll be good ones!) Students choose the one they’d like to sketch.

Which turned out to be this one…

Selected image

Selected image

It’s difficult to do justice to the coolness of this application. Go to the Cooliris site and download it!

Mar 152007
 

News of a great new Google Earth layer that is UK-specific (for a refreshing change!)

Barry Hunter of the extremely useful Nearby.org.uk website has created a superlayer that displays images from the Geograph project (Creative Commons photographs that will eventually represent every square kilometer of the UK.)

The link to the layer can be found on Barry’s blog

This is what you see:
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Zoom in to the concentric circles identified by OS reference letters

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Camera icons appear at higher zoom levels…

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…which are then replaced by picture icons ( a little slowly)

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Click the picture icons to display the Geograph photo in the info balloon.

Jan 032007
 

2007 celebrations in 3D
Thanks to Ewan of Edu.blogs for this post about 3D panoramas of New Year celebrations around the globe. He is right that they make superb viewing on an interactive whiteboard. I got students to work out the locations of some of the images using visual clues. The Dubai example is particularly good. The large number of Asians in the crowd make a starting point for discussing the situation of immigrant labour in a country where 73.9% of the population in the 15-64 age group is non-national. (source)

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Panoramas for geography lessons

It all gets even better if you go to the Panoramas dk home page and start to explore. Try the drop down menu in the top right and prepare to be amazed by some of the potential. As a taster, have a look at this image of a weapon search in Rio de Janiero

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One of my favourite sites, Digitally Distributed Environments, is at the forefront of this kind of technology. Dr Andy Smith has just published a 3D panorama of a suburban area. This is a brilliant settlement resource:

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link to post I link to panorama


Panoramas inside Google Earth

Andy Smith of Digitally Distributed Environments has recently posted about a 3D panorama viewer for Google Earth that his team is developing.

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Essentially the viewer allows you to fly into the 3D image which hovers above the actual location. There is a video that demonstrates the concept on the Digital Urban site and the viewer should be ready soon. It’s amazing stuff and I’m really hoping that I can get it working in my classroom, especially as a Digital Urban Flickr group has been set up to host panoramic images. Until now virtual fieldwork has been kind of uninspiring. How about one of Brick Lane Andy?

Dec 152006
 

Following a post on my Google Earth blog, I reflected that it would be fun to give students named geographical features and get them to find a representative image which they process using the method described by the Artwork Earth post by S. Fjalar

I put togther a quick example gallery, using the first four terms that came to mind:

iceberg intrusion

barchan bar

I made the above images very quickly using the first four words that sprang to mind. The exercise I envisage is more explicitly geographical than the Artwork Earth images. Elusive images (such as the barchan dune) could be given to students with better spatial understanding, therefore differentiating the exercise. The results could make a really good display, or used as a visual glossary of key terms.

Dec 032006
 

Doug Belshaw mentioned Splashr a while back, but I’ve only just had a look. It’s a very convenient tool for displaying Flickr images and while there are lots of different styles, I made this as an example of how it could be used on an interactive whiteboard in a “guess the location” context.

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Splashr example

Update:
Here’s another example of a Splashr presentation illustrating a field trip to London.
Doug Belshaw added an interesting video featuring Splashr in the classroom to his blog. I really like his idea of using very brief video clips to illustrate innovative classroom ICT practice! Doug also presents a nice tutorial too.

Dec 012006
 

xrez Photo: XRez

I was fascinated by the ultra-high resolution landscape images produced by XRez and described in a post on Digital Urban today. The photographs are produced from hundreds of stitched together, overlapping images, and the Google Maps interface is employed to navigate around the image.

Several of the pictures would be very useful in the classroom and could make a really interesting exercise based on observation and reasoning skills – for example you could take a screen shot of a detail of part of an image under high magnification, then challenge students to find it, starting from the zoomed out version.

Oct 222006
 

I’ve updated the Diamond Trade Google Earth resource file after the path to the images broke.

The accompanying learning materials can be found at Juicy Geography. This lesson was developed with the support of the photojounalist Kadir Van Lohuizen whose stunning collection of images entitled Diamond Matters is available from Amazon books.

It’s now possible to view the Diamond Trade file in Google Maps, very useful in the classroom if Google Earth isn’t available. (This trick works with many Google Earth files – just paste the path to the .kmz file into the Google Map address bar. Overlays aren’t supported yet.) Click the image below to go to the Diamond Trade Google Map:

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