The public domain is a rich collection of creative works whose copyrights have expired. More than ever we have incredible access to this art and literature. Public domain images and writings add depth to lessons and expose students to classic works.
When working with gifted students, a constant need for teachers is to find interesting ideas and fresh inspiration. An easy way to find this inspiration is to listen to a variety of podcasts. If you aren’t familiar with this medium, podcasts are audio files that are informative, entertaining, and, best of all, free.
Google Art Project is an exciting way to bring rich works of art right into your classroom. It started with collections from 17 partner museums around the world and has grown to 151 museums. They photograph works of art in high resolution so the images yield exceptional detail and then post these images in galleries on the website. Just recently, they began adding the Art Institute of Chicago’s collections, including Sunday Afternoon.
In this edition of sAppurday, we’ll look at Paper, a beautiful writing and drawing app. As soon as I started doodling with Paper, I immediately wanted to use it in class as on the overhead. The problem, of course, is how to get the iPad screen onto my LCD projector. I’ll show you how I accomplished it.
Last time, we discussed a few ways to help students search Google. Google helps us find related websites, however its ranking system does not necessarily return the most reliable pages. The final step requires our human mind to make difficult decisions that computers can only approximate. Simply choosing the top result is not enough. We must teach our students to evaluate websites.