Historypin: great potential for local history projects

Creating opportunities for students and local residents to explore local history is a great way to learn while creating an appreciation for the places we live. If you are engaged in oral history, historical event research, or any type of project that seeks to create a greater sense of place; you might consider checking out Historypin.

Historypin lets you compare historical images to current Google Maps Streetview images. If you are looking to enhance historically-focused service-learning projects,the short video below might plant a few seeds in your head.


8 tools to help you fundraise for a cause | Socialbrite

This article by Lindsay Oberst, at socialbrite.org, gives a pretty good overview of the benefits and downsides of websites that help you raise money from individuals, for both nonprofits and personal causes. If you are involved in projects that don’t usually involve traditional grantwriting, be sure to look at the section on fundraising as an individual. Read the full post here.

Print Wall-Sized Posters With a Standard Printer Using Block Posters

Every once in a while you find yourself doing a project that might benefit from large scale printed posters, which can get pretty expensive. Block Posters is a free web service that will allow you to make large posters by dividing images into sections that can be printed separately and then put together on a bulletin board, poster board, wall, etc.- check it out.

You may find your appropriate technology at edshelf

I am always looking out for new technology options that might help facilitate campus-edshelfcommunity partnerships; so I was very pleased to come across edshelf. The site calls itself “a directory of digital tools for educators.” I have just scraped the surface so far, but this looks like a promising site. Like many other sites, its ultimate success will depend on a connected and sharing group of users.

Two free infographic creation tools

Easel.ly and Infogram are two new tools to help you dive into the world of data visualization. They don’t offer unlimited options, but both are free. Here are a couple of videos to give you a taste of what they offer (And yes, the person in the Infogram video does indeed say “libary” instead of “library,” and “buh-in” rather than “botton; but that doesn’t necessarily reflect the professionalism of the site.”).

infographics from easel.ly on Vimeo.

Scoop.it helps you create your own web magazine

Information curation is a critical 21st century skill. Your own personal learning network probably contains lots of folks sifting through lots of available information.

If you are interested in sharing some of the things you have found on a topic you are passionate about, you might want to take a look at scoop.it. It combs the web for stories and posts on topic you identify, and then lets you edit your own magazine-like page on the subject.