Cool Sites

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is a very cool website partnership between PBS and WGBH Boston. They’re taking free PBS media content and adding a great discovery and filtering layer on the web that allows educators (or anyone, for that matter) to find compelling assets to compliment or supplement academic learning.

Where do good ideas come from?

This video is brilliant. Its video and audio reinforce each other, its content engages, and it makes you smile. Plus it’s genius marketing for a book. By the time it’s over, I want to go out and buy “Where Good Ideas Come From.”

Wordle – word cloud art

Just tried this “cloud art” using Wordle–a self-proclamied “toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide.” You can pipe in your website URL, or paste in any text. Then you have a bunch of cool control over design, layout, color, and more. Here’s one of the pictures it made for

The James Webb Space Telescope

I was just watching a TV special on the Hubble Space Telescope, which has proved immensely useful to scientific research. Then started reading more about the next generation, the James Webb Space Telescope. Seems really cool. Fun if you’re into physics, astronomy, space, or just plain old discovery.

Project Tuva from Bill Gates & Microsoft

Bill Gates has funded a project at Microsoft Research to provide classic lectures in physics for free online. Some of the famous Feynman Lectures are presented with searchable video, embedded information, and educational resources. Check it out at Project Tuva.

Color fun with kuler

kuler, from Adobe, is a fun way to experiment with color and design online. Make custom color swatches, create or browse color schemes, or just play around.

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