Buried Treasures of the Web …

Hello Busy Educator Readers,

This is a guest post by Ken Leebow author of a new book Buried Treasures of the Web.

Enjoy the read.

Marjan Glavac

Buried Treasures of the Web …

My grandfather, a professor and life-long learner, instilled in me the love of books and the pursuit of knowledge. Back in those days, the Internet did not exist. Fast-forward 50-plus years and I have written over twenty books about the Internet. My goal with these books has always been to expand the knowledge of the reader in a fun and simple manner.

My latest book, Buried Treasures of the Web, was the most challenging one to write. After all, most of us have been on the Internet since the late nineties. And, with a quick Google search, we can find anything. Well, not exactly. As I did my research, I identified thousands of incredibly valuable sites that I never knew existed. As The Incredible Internet Guy, most would expect me to know every site on the Net. Since many of these gems were difficult to dig up, we named the book: Buried Treasures of the Web.

As I dug up these treasures, I was surprised to identify sites that make Wikipedia, FaceBook, and Google even more valuable. While there are thousands of incredible sites, apps, videos, and search engines in the book, I would like to share a few with you that are geared toward the education market.

  • The Big History Project:

Bill Gates is a voracious consumer of educational DVDs. His favorite: Big History. Thanks to Mr. Gates’s funding, that outstanding video has been turned into an equally wonderful website: Big History Project. I encourage you to visit the project. When I identify a great website, I dig even deeper. Take a few moments to read about the backstory of Big History Project and watch Mr. Gates discuss the project.

  • Information is Beautiful

Nowadays, we are inundated with data. David McCandless believes information is beautiful. He turns what might be considered mundane information into beautiful graphics. Science, nature, food, health: You name it and he tackles it here. If you’re intrigued by David’s work, you can learn more by viewing this 11-minute interview with him.

  • Periodic Tables

Is it possible to make the Periodic Table of elements come alive? Absolutely. All you have to do is visit The University of Nottingham’s videos. I guarantee that you’ll enjoy these videos and you will watch them all! Nottingham did such a good job with these videos that TED Ed adopted them and made lesson plans out of them.

  • Open Culture

As I researched Buried Treasures of the Web, I came upon many sites that I spent many hours at. Open Culture was one of them. Its tagline: The best free cultural & educational media on the web. The resources at the site are many – Astronomy to Religion. However, even more remarkable are the daily emails. Every day, you will receive an in-depth email about the topic of the day. As well, I recommend following the site on Facebook. You’ll be joining a community of over 300,000 people.

These few are just a few of the gems that can be found in the book. If you would like to continue the exploration, Buried Treasures of the Web can be purchased online or in Canada, it is available by calling 800-642-0902.

This book is dedicated to my three grandchildren. My grandfather instilled the love of learning in me and I hope to pass that along to my grandchildren.

Ken Leebow

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