Google Trek (with Streetview) through amazing places!

We’ve been spending a few rainy hours walking through the Galapagos and are itching to get to some of the other Google Trek sites, like the Eiffel Tower, Mt. Fuji, Iqaluit, Kennedy Space Center, Mt. Everest, Burj Khalifa, Grand Canyon and the Amazon Basin.

There’s also behind the scenes footage, underwater ‘streetview’ and additional photos.

Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks

Oh, I know what I’m doing today when I catch some free time! I’m camping out at Freebook Sifter.

Freebook Sifter is a compilation site of, you guessed it, free ebooks. It has the books sifted into categories and subcategories, including breaking the Children’s eBooks category into age groups and other relevant subjects.

Another advantage is users have rated the ebooks as well. Be aware though that not all books listed are for young eyes!

Check out Freebook Sifter and see what interesting reads you can find. And don’t forget I have a list of ‘reputable ebooks sites’ too.

Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks.

Apple – Education – iPad makes the perfect learning companion

iTunes U for iPad.

Wow, is it really here or is it almost here? Is this the educational shake-up that we, the people, have been hoping for?

It’s a darn good start!

Apple has introduced, for free, the iTunes U app, an app that allows complete courses and materials to be available on iPads….and a number of courses are free.

Below I have the description from Apple. Be sure to check it out in iTunes and take the time to read some of the user comments…I’ve never seen such jubilation! I do suspect that much of the excitement is for the anticipation of what’s to come. Will you be able to take courses from respected universities and colleges, from all over the world,  from your iPad,  for a nominal fee, AND graduate with a degree sometime soon? A shakeup indeed!

“The new iTunes U app lets you put all the assignments and materials students need for a complete college or K-12 course on their iPad. And they can tap into the world’s largest online catalog of free education content from anywhere. Learn more about iTunes U

Complete courses on iPad.

With the iTunes U app, students can carry everything they need for the course wherever they go. They can listen to lectures, read new iBooks textbooks, watch videos, and stay on top of assignments. And when you post an update or send a message to your class, they receive a push notification with the new information.

The world’s largest online catalog of free education content.

Anyone can start learning right away by browsing over 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects. Hundreds of universities, colleges, and K-12 school districts distribute content through iTunes U, including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley, along with other distinguished entities such as MoMA, the New York Public Library, and Public Radio International.

via Apple – Education – iPad makes the perfect learning companion.”

LeafSnap Identifies Leaves Using Your iPhone’s Camera #homeschool

For The High-Tech Naturalist: LeafSnap Identifies Leaves Using Your iPhone’s Camera.

Another great iPhone app for Nature Study or Natural Science. The iPad app will be coming soon. Did I mention it’s free?

From the developer’s website:

Leafsnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.

You’ll find it at the Apple app store.

Free for Earth Day – iPhone app for Yosemite Tracks, Trees and Wildflowers #homeschool

Better be fast! It’s free for Earth Day only.

Head over to the Apple App Store and grab Yosemite Tracks, Trees and Wildflowers. It’s an on-the-go field guide to help you identify tracks, scat and signs left by more than 30 animals that inhabit Yosemite Park. It also includes identification guides for native trees and over 220 wildflowers.

And I just noticed…if you scroll down to where the app developer has their other apps listed you’ll find out nature apps for free today. Thank you Earth Day! 🙂

Here’s the other apps:
MyNature Tree Guide – for tree identification
MyNature Animal Tracks
MyNature State Tree Quiz
MyNature Sequoia Tracks, Trees and Wildflowers – specifically for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
MyNature Mammal Tracks – for North American animals.

Sure beats lugging around ‘Handbook of Nature Study’ for our outdoor romps!

Yosemite Tracks, Trees & Wildflowers for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

PBS iPhone App: Stream PBS Video to your iPhone & more : PBS

PBS iPhone App: Stream PBS Video to your iPhone & more : PBS

While the PBS app has been out since October it’s actually new to me. If your iTunes account is based on a Canadian login then you won’t be able to find this app at the app store. If your iTunes account is US based then it’s available for free.

It has over 300 hours of video programming – yet another reason why I’m finding my iPad indispensable.

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