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Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information | technologies |
The Encyclopedia of Life is an unprecedented effort to gather scientific knowledge about all animal and plant life where pictures, information, facts, and mo...
John Dalziel's insight:

What is EOL? - Information and pictures of all species known to science, it is an Encyclopedia of Life.
Knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere.
EOL's dream is to gather it all together and make it available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment’s notice.

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Map of Life

Map of Life | technologies |
By bringing together all types of information about species distributions, providing model-based integration, and providing a system for users to build upon our knowledge, the Map of Life project hopes to support our community in understanding and saving the world's biodiversity.
John Dalziel's insight:

The Map of Life resource is ideal for learners studying ecology or biology.
This mapping project, sponsored in part by Yale and the University of Colorado, offers the option to see distribution of a species around the world.
select a species from the species menu and
placemarks for that species will be displayed on the map.
Map of Life also provides the option to see a distribution of animals closest to you. Just select "what lives near me."

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Gooru | technologies |

Gooru is an online service that aims to provide learners and practitioners with an extensive collection of videos, interactive displays, documents, diagrams, and quizzes for learning about topics in math, social studies, and science.

John Dalziel's insight:

As Gooru members users have access to hundreds of resources according to subject areas such as chemistry, biology, ecology, algebra, calculus, and more.

Within each subject area they can look for resources according to media type such as video, interactive display, slides, text, and lesson plans.

Useful resources can be draged to their account's resources folder.

An extra plus from Gooru is the option to add resources to folders even if users don't find them within Gooru.

Oh yes, there's an iPad app too. 

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Google Green

Google Green | technologies |

Google claim that they have worked hard to minimize the environmental impact of their services...


..."to provide you with Google products for a month, our servers use less energy per user than leaving a light on for 3 hours."


Learn more about this through colourfull statistics and Google's offsetting schemes.
- data centres;
- renewable energy;


An ideal resource for ICT, Environmental Science, Ecology and many other areas of Teaching & Learning.


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World Food Clock

World Food Clock | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

World Food Clock – is a constantly updating set of figures in real-time, showing various statistics such as the world’s food...
   - produced,
   - consumed, and
   - wasted.
Scrolling down, users will also see other stats such as...
   - agriculture resources, and
   - the number of starving people.
Note: the figures shown are based on report estimates from...

   - FAO (Food Wastage Footprint 2013 & State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013),

   - IMECHE (Global Food Report 2013) and

   - UNDP (Human Development Report 2006) -

...Clock values are averaged over seconds per year.

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GeoStories | technologies |
GeoStories combine interactive maps, media, and narrative. This collection contains all GeoStories from NG Education.
John Dalziel's insight:

GeoStories are short, map-based stories featured on National Geographic Education.

The stories combine text, maps, and pictures to tell a story as a series of slides connected to placemarks on maps. National Geographic Education currently offers twenty GeoStories.

The current GeoStories cover subjects in the areas of...

- politics,

- ecology,

- music, and

- exploration.
The Geostories offer a good model of using maps to enhance the telling of a story.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 21, 2013 8:06 PM

GeoStories are published by National Geographic and contain a narrative, a map and media. It  would be a great idea for students to make their own GeoStory about a significant historical character, ancient civilisation or a journey of discovery! 

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Crash Course! - YouTube

Crash Course! - YouTube | technologies |

Two entertaining & engaging presenters race headlong through the basics of biology (40 clips), world history (42 clips), Ecology (2)and Literature (1).


The presenters both educate and entertain.


These videos are well produced, fun, informative and provide digestible 10-15 minute chunks!


Well worth a closer look.

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