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Powered by Google Earth, and Google Maps, Hypercities is a huge collection of historic, and more modern maps, that can be viewed overlayed upon up to date plans.
HyperCities essentially allows users to go back in time to create and explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive way.
Cities mapped include Los Angeles, New York, CHICAGO, Rome, Lima, Ollantaytambo, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Tehran, Saigon, Toyko, Shanghai, Seoul, and more…
Sorry footie fans, Keeping Score is an interactive invitation to explore some of the greatest classical music, by reading the musical notation and investigating background information, from the grandest ideas, to the most subtle of emotions.
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score is designed to give people of all musical backgrounds an opportunity to explore the music and life of the composers such as Mahler, Beethoven, Berlioz, Stravinsky, Shostakovitch, Tchaikovsky, and Aaron Copland.
Extensive audio, video, and interactive material offer an engaging and quite in-depth online learning experience. By following scores and exploring musical techniques, as well as the personal and historical stories behind some key pieces of music, we gain a real, and dynamic, understanding of just how remarkable the mind and soul of a composer is.
In one small excerpt, for example, we discover that, after the premiere of his First Symphony, Mahler found that the opening “sounded far too substantial for the shimmering and glimmering of the air that I had in mind.” So he changed the instrumentation to the whispery sound of string harmonics. He continued revising the instrumentation for five more years before the symphony’s publication!
The site also includes a historical timeline that takes users deeper into the eight individual composers’ political, social, and cultural milieus as well as downloadable lesson plans created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program.
Keeping Score aims to connect music to all subjects in the curriculum as a way of bringing learning alive.
The site is designed to appeal particularly to secondary, college and university music appreciation students and their teachers, but contains some brilliant elements that would work across younger age groups.
The great thing about classical music is its ability to reach us at all levels. So relax, pick the piece of classical music you love the best, and take a great journey with your students!
MoOM is the Museum of Online Museums. It contains curated links to online collections and exhibits from museums and galleries around the globe, covering a vast array of interests and magnificent obsessions.
On the MoOM main page you, will find the current exhibitions. The main collection is in the center column, divided into three subsections.
The Museum Campus contains links to brick-and-mortar museums with an interesting online presence. Most of these sites will have multiple exhibits from their collections (or, in the case of the Smithsonian, displays of items not on display in the Washington museum itself).
The Permanent Collection displays links to exhibits of particular interest to design and advertising.
Galleries, Exhibition, and Shows is an eclectic and ever-changing list of interesting links to collections and galleries.
A massive collection of resources to fire up any classroom. Happy exploring.
Explore the About Plants section for more ideas, including changing the colour of plants, investigating the shape of seeds, & identification charts to help identify the flowers, trees & shrubs around your school.
Collaborize Classroom is an easy-to-use online learning platform. Register & launch a free site in less than 5 minutes. A safe & password-protected learning community for you & your students. Take a poll, hold a debate, post a practice test or let your students support their arguments.
A great way to launch student-driven projects and challenge-based learning.Bring the best resources from the Internet into your online classroom by attaching pictures, videos, PDF or Microsoft Office documents.
Gain instant access to a vast and growing collection of teacher-designed lessons,create topics, lessons and assignments that you can share with other educators worldwide, and download peer-reviewed topic-based lessons with just one click.
For a largely free resource, Collaborize Classroom has potential.
Artcyclopedia is an online database of art works that can be viewed, and investigated, online.
With over 9,000 artists, and 160,000 links to 2,900 art sites, this is a comprehensive resource.
Type in the artists name or browse by medium, subject, nationality, or focus on specific subjects such as women Artists. Search by “movement” such as Pop Art, Magic Realism, Photorealism, & Pointillism
There are some interesting collections, such as Tiltshift versions of Van Gogh paintings.
Use the Actualizer to view art works at their real life size.
Button Beats has many elements worth exploring.
In one, trigger the range of beats and breaks by activating different sections of the cube. Then add your own elements, such as guitar riffs and synth lines.
There are many interesting ways to investigate aspects of composition in the free version of Button Beats. You can even sample, and play, your own voice or sounds.
Have a play and remember there is the red STOP loop button!
Français interactif!, is a huge & comprehensive, web-based French program developed at the University of Texas.
In addition to interviews of native French speakers and a wealth of cultural information, the website also includes recorded vocabulary, phonetics lessons, grammar explanations, and Internet activities.
Français interactif! helps you explore the French language and culture by following the lives of real students who participated in a Summer Program in Lyon, France. The students introduce you to their French host families, their French university, and their lives in France.
Français interactif is organized into 13 chapters that deal with themes relevant to beginning French learners.
Each chapter begins with a short video, in a combination of English and French, but using French mainly, to introduce vocabulary that will be encountered in that chapter.
OneLook® Dictionary Search a search engine for words and phrases: Have a word for which you’d like a definition or translation- it’ll take you to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate it. If you don’t know the right word to use, it’ll help you find it. “No word is too obscure”: More than 5 million words in more than 1000 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook search engine.
Define words: Type a word into the search box on the front page to retrieve a list of dictionary web sites that define that word. Be sure “Find definitions” is selected.
Find words: Type a pattern consisting of letters and the wildcards * and ? to retrieve a list of words matching your pattern. The asterisk (*) matches any number of letters or symbols. The question mark (?) matches exactly one letter or symbol. (Read these sections for more info on wildcards and the Reverse Dictionary.)
Translate words: Type a word into the search box and select “Find translations” to retrieve a list of dictionary web sites that have translations of that word into other languages.
CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to visualize and share your ideas as images.
Anything you paint will show up, for all other users in the “room”, in real time. It only takes one click to save a sketch, as an image, for embedding on sites and blogs. Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation. CoSketch is free & doesn’t require registration. Draw freehand, or use icons from the library.
Now with Google Maps support. Draw on a blank canvas or use Google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trips. Get doodling.