On the Net: Glogs & Dancing Meatballs

April 22, 2009 8:37:29 PM PDT
Make your own glog, take a side, find fun for the family, and enter Slate's challenge.Creative Brains

Whether your child is in the middle of the school year or the middle of summer vacation, it's always important to provide him or her with a creative outlet. We may have just the resource.

Glogster.com combines education and technology to make learning more fun. The site gives you web-building tools to create vibrant, virtual posters or Glogs as they're called here. You can use text, images, voice, videos, special effects and different links. After you finish your poster, you can embed it in a blog or a class website. It's a great way for students to display knowledge and creativity on a topic. They can even make their own podcasts. Teachers and parents, this site is for you, too; it's a great way to craft curriculum and keep students interested in learning.

There's even a tutorial that will show you exactly how the site works.

LINK: http://www.Glogster.com

Taking Sides

How many times have you heard or said "I don't want to take sides". This website says none of that here. Sidetaker.com wants to hear your opinion on everyone else's business. Plus, if you're involved in a brawl with a roommate, significant other or coworker, air it out anonymously while letting people chime in and give you advice on who's right, who's wrong and who should apologize.

LINK: http://www.Sidetaker.com

Where to go, what to do

The name, Dancingmeatballs.com is not really indicative of what you'll find on the site. This is a great resource for families looking to find free or cheap activities in Philadelphia. You can visit the website for a list of things to do through the week or sign up for the free weekly email newsletter to stay up to date on what's going on.

LINK: http://www.Dancingmeatballs.com

Face of the economy

Slate.com is asking its readers, "What does the current economic crisis look like?" An album has been started on the photo sharing site Flickr.com for Slate's Shoot the Recession Project. The site wants you to submit photos you believe depict our current economic climate. The collection features stores with empty shelves, graffiti covered exteriors and photographs that capture the intensity of individual suffering. It's a visual depiction of America's current struggles.

LINK: http://www.Slate.com

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