Month: April 2011

Fun Fact: You Can Be a Couch Tourist

You can sit all day on the couch and watch TV or read a book, but did you know now you can also visit museums and landmarks.  Check out this link from Engadget:

Engadget: Google Street View invades historic landmarks, makes it unnecessary for you to ever leave the house

Now, take it a step further and visit some of the museums yourself.  Here’s where you can do it:

Google Art Project

Here’s what it might look like:

Viewing a Museum in the Google Art ProjectYou can navigate any which way with the arrows to walk through the room:

Navigation Arrows

Here’s the outdoor visit: the colosseum in Roma, Italy.

Satellite View of the Colosseum

If you drag the little man from the left hand side, you can see how the “Street View” routes actually enter the Colosseum.

Street View Routes in the Colosseum

Now you can see your view:

Inside Street View of the Colosseum

Even more interesting, you can see people’s photos mapped to the view:

Photos in Street View

If you want to see more landmarks, you can check out the gallery:

Google Maps Gallery

You can even visit Antartica!  (I like that the man turns to a penguin)

Antartica in Street View

Or, you can visit Sea World!

Sea World Routes in Street View

Looks like fun on a hot day!  (The street view person should be a killer whale in my opinion.)

View of Sea World from Street View

Can I put my vote in for the next museum to get “invaded”?  How about the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky?  I have been trying to figure out a way I incorporate a visit along with another trip, and I haven’t figured it out yet.  Until I can work it into a trip or I can convince Google to add it, I’ll have to live with their Virtual Tour (which isn’t bad).

For now, Street View stops at the gate.

Creation Museum Street View

Not enough couch touring?  Check out this site to fill your endless tourism needs:

Google Sightseeing

Using Your Phone to Share More Than Just Words

I ran across this Android App the other day.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it in the market on my phone.  I wonder if it is because my phone is so old. I love the idea.  Anytime I can use my phone to honor God, I am excited about it.  Anytime I can use any technology for God’s glory I am excited.  So, check these links out.

AFA: BuyCott Chick-fil-A

AFA is calling for a BuyCott of Chick-fil-A next week.  Notice this is BUY not boycott!  It is designed as a reaction to some activist who don’t appreciate the pro-family stand that Chick-fil-A has taken.

AFA: Eat Mor Chikin! – BuyCott Chick-fil-A next week

Also, check out the campaign’s home page:

Chick-fil-A BuyCott April 25th-30th

Here are some of the facts they list about Chick-fil-A that I appreciate:

  • Chick-fil-A plays Christian music in its restaurants … exclusively.
  • Chick-fil-A closes all its locations on Sunday … no exceptions.
  • Chick-fil-A’s stated corporate purpose is: 1) To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us; and 2) To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chickfil-A.


For a quick overview, you can watch this video:

Bible Memory Tips

Teaching kids Bible verses seems like a daunting task.  Sometimes the task is as hard on the thumbs as asking a programmer to hammer a nail.  I thought repetition was the key.  Read the verse over and over.  The kids say the verse over and over.  After you have read the verse so many times you have memorized it, the kids have memorized the first line.  You read it some more and some more and some more and some more!

Awana has some tips that may help!  Check out this link: Parents Can Make Scripture Memory Simple, Easy and FUN

The memory cards, taping the verses on the ceiling or around the house, and including reviewing in the normal schedule/routine all help with the repetition thing.  Be creative.  Make it fun.

Another tip I like is the erasing of words.  You can do that on a chalk board, white board, or index cards as suggested.

Our Awana at Home book has given us some other tips that I really liked.  Some of them are along the same lines, but others are pretty creative.

One suggestion is to record your child saying the verse.  With technology today, you can do this in a number of ways.  You can record it on a cell phone, or I’ve done it on my laptop.  You could use your WebCam to record a video of it (Maybe use cheese).  Digital video recorders make it easy to record verses too.

Another part I think is important is to make sure that the child understands the verse.  Sometimes I have trouble getting them to slow down and take the time to understand it, but it is important.  Memorizing a bunch of words is pointless, but also, you can remember it better if you know what the verse is trying to say.

Another suggestion is to have the child illustrate the verse with a picture.  Sometimes the kids learn it easily by writing the verse out.

One of the most interesting ideas is to tap into kinetic learning.  I marched my son around our house while we said his verse.  Then we threw a ball back and forth and said a phrase with each catch.  That worked so well that I tried it a little at church.  I handed a piece of paper back and forth with our kids and had them say a phrase each time before they passed the paper.  Again, it worked well.

Turning the verse into a song can work well sometimes.  It works even better when someone else already wrote a song for the verse.

One tip I didn’t see in the book was to make hand motions to the verse.  The motions seem to help younger kids who can’t read the verse.  I think it helps them visualize it when they don’t understand written words.


So, those are some of the tips I found from the different Awana resources.  Do you have any of your own?  Please comment.  I would love to try them out.