Get your words on the dance floor with Font de Music

March 23, 2011

Sometimes, the tools we stumble upon are just a way to add a little fun into the classroom. Font de Music takes a short sentence and adds a musical backing track, then makes the letters do a little dance to the music. It’s a simple, fun site with some possibilities for examining how multimedia and text influences our thinking around design choices.

Become a Beetle Detective and ferret out invasive insects

March 1, 2011

The Asian longhorned beetle and the emerald ash borer beetle are wreaking havoc on trees across America. Beetle Detectives, a site from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has put out an APB for some science-minded sleuths to snoop around local flora to see if they can spot these bugs.

Read Across America goes high tech March 2nd

February 25, 2011

March 2 is Read Across America day, as well as Dr. Seuss’ birthday. While that doesn’t necessarily evoke a day filled with technology-enriched activities, it has become so thanks to the availability of web conferencing, social media, and even blogs.

Four decades of The Mini Page, now online

February 17, 2011

After delighting young readers for more than 40 years in newspapers across the country, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has published digital archives of The Mini Page’s more than 2,000 issues dating from 1969 through 2007.

Create 3-D pop-up books at ZooBurst

February 4, 2011

ZooBurst lets you build virtual pop-up books online. Through a simple WYSIWYG interface, you can upload images and enter text to tell a story.