Using Technology in Education

Celebrating Diwali

Diwali the Hindu Festival of Lights begins on the 26th.  Here are some resources to learn more about it.

CBBC Newsround – Diwali the Hindu Festival of Lights - http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_1650000/newsid_1654900/1654973.stm

CBBC Newsround – A child’s report of her activities during Diwali - http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/club/your_reports/newsid_1677000/1677032.stm

Diwali Vocabulary Activity - http://www.eslholidaylessons.com/10/diwali.html

Festivals of Light Around the World - http://www.everythingesl.net/lessons/light_festivals.php

National Grid for Learning: Diwali for kids - http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/vtc/ngfl/re/b-dag/ngfl-container/re-unit3-en.html

British Counsel Kids Stories: Diwali (complete puzzle to get to story) - http://www.britishcouncil.org/kids-stories-favourite-day-diwali.swf

Diwali Resource – a whole page of links to vocab and activities - http://www.michellehenry.fr/diwali.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by on October 25, 2011 at 11:24 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


10-25-2011 Studying the Impact of Global Water Issues

Research

  1. We Can Change the World Challenge – http://www.wecanchange.com/
  2. Bonneville Environmental Foundation – http://www.b-e-f.org/
  3. Ethical and Green Living (The Guardian) – http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/ethical-living
  4. Voices of Youth – http://www.voicesofyouth.org/users/sign_up
  5. National Geographic : Water A Special Issue – http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/04/table-of-contents
  6. National Geographic: Environment: Freshwater – http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/?source=NavEnvFresh
  7. World Water Day – http://www.worldwaterday.org/
  8. Water Aid Inernational – http://www.wateraid.org/international/learn_zone/
  9. Go Green Online – http://gogreenonline.com/
  10. Safe Drinking Water is Essential – http://www.drinking-water.org/flash/splash.html
  11. Water Footprint Network – http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/home
  12. BBC Guide to Water – http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4800000/newsid_4806400/4806454.stm
  13. World’s Water Hot Spots – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/world/03/world_forum/water/html/default.stm
  14. Find Water Polluters Near You – http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/polluters/new-york
  15. EPA: Ground Water and Drinking Water – http://water.epa.gov/drink/index.cfm
  16. Water Planet Challenge – http://www.waterplanetchallenge.org/wpc/

Data, Facts, Figures, and Infographics

  1. The Big Picture: The World’s Water – data and graphs – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/world/03/water_popup/html/supply.stm
  2. Water Fights – http://awesome.good.is/transparency/016/016waterfights/index.html
  3. Water and Cities: Facts and Figures – http://chartsbin.com/project/urban_water.html
  4. Infographic: 10 Things You Should Know About Water – http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2009/world/infographic-ten-things-you-should-know-about-water/
  5. Infographic: Glass Half Empty – http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics/water.html
  6. Infographic: World’s Water Content – http://www.treehugger.com/assets_c/2010/03/water_infographics_06-13529.php
  7. Infographic on Water Use – http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/trans0309walkthisway.html
  8. Infographic: Every Drop counts – http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1108/water-usage/flat.html
  9. Fresh Water Supply – http://www.josephbergen.com/viz/water/
  10. Water Economics – http://www.visualeconomics.com/waterless-world-h2o-use-around-the-world_2010-04-15/
  11. One Minute Water Calculator – http://goblue.zerofootprint.net/one_minute/unilever/countries/56105
  12. Water Footprint calculator- http://www.h2oconserve.org/home.php?pd=index
  13. Why You Should Stop Drinking Bottled Water – http://www.termlifeinsurance.org/stop-drinking-bottled-water/
  14. Save Your Water -http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/industries/waterandfood/water/saveyourwater/
  15. Why Care About Water? – http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/photos/drinking-water/#/drinking12-water-haiti_13112_600x450.jpg

Games

  1. Fish Game – http://wateruseitwisely.com/kids/tip-tank-game.php
  2. The Water Family – http://www.thewaterfamily.co.uk/index2_content.html
  3. Mission H2O – http://www.savewater.com.au/game
  4. Water Conservation Around the House – http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/eco_info/topics/water/water/play_waterconserve.cfm
  5. You Decide Who Gets California’s Water – http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/04/09/water.DTL
Posted by on October 25, 2011 at 7:56 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


10-24-2011 Hooray for School House Rock!

Teacher Resources:

  1. School House Rock on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/artist?a=4oVf-d_DwKAM98Bb1umFDEJC0yu-UN8v  
  2. Web Search Lessons on Google – https://sites.google.com/site/gwebsearcheducation/overview
  3. Snag Films – educational videos for everything -http://learning.snagfilms.com/
  4. Downloadable Ed resources (kits) for all subjects including related arts -http://www.kitzu.com/
  5. Reel is a great way to upload a PPT presentation to the web, or to make a PPT embeddable and viewable on your wiki (without download).  Here is an example of a presentation on Reel http://reelapp.com/c163d0, and one embedded on my wiki http://schafert21.wikispaces.com/Coaching
  6. Explania – http://www.explania.com/en – animated explanations
Posted by on October 24, 2011 at 11:13 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


10-21-2011 Explore Museums online

Related Arts: Focus on Art

  1. Art – Waltee’s Quest – learn about art while solving the Case of the Missing Art. – http://www.walteesquest.com/
  2. http://www.googleartproject.com/
  3. Great Museums Television- http://greatmuseums.org/explore
  4. Virtual Library, Museums of the World – http://archives.icom.museum/vlmp/
  5. http://www.cybrary.org/art.htm – Resources on artists, art history, and artistic genres
  6. http://fraboom.com/ – Online children’s museum
  7. Musical animated words – http://www.rightwork.jp/fontdemusic/#permalink?id=370
  8. http://www.klowdz.com/ – create pictures from clouds
  9. Prehistoric Child Art – http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/10/06/141042561/the-child-artists-of-prehistory
Posted by on October 24, 2011 at 11:12 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


10-20-2011 Free eBooks! and other sources for LAL and SS

 Language Arts and Social Studies:

  • http://www.youngzine.com/ – Online magazine/news source for kids with a section for student admissions and the option to upload  and create accounts for your class  

Youngzine - News & more for the young

 

Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 8:58 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


10-19-2011: 3 Great Sites for Science and Math

Science and Math 

 http://gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder/ – WWF Wildlife Finder – species data attached to a global map

http://fraboom.com/ – children’s online museum with science exhibits

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/08/wealth-how-does-the-us-slice-the-pie.html – Wealth distribution, videos, charts, comparisons, and poll, great activity for drawing conclusions from data.

Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 9:24 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


10-18-2011 Making the Classroom Accessible

More Cool Tools

  1. http://www.vocalyze.com/web/termsofuse.html – Listen to the online news, this is great for students who struggle to read.  They can research and listen to information they may find to dry or not be able to read.
  2. http://www.readthewords.com/Default.aspx - reads the webpage to you, this tool can also help students with reading difficulty or vision impairments.
  3. http://classparrot.com/ – Text parents or students for easy updates, with one message the word can go out to all of your parents or whomevery you put in the group.  This could be a great tool for class trips and coordinating chaperones.
  4. http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Image+Tools - various tools for teachers, this is just an amazing resource all teachers should keep handy.
  5. http://sociologyplus.com/2011/09/23/google-tips-guides-and-resources/ – Guide to Google+, Wondering what the deal is and if you should bother?  Check this out.
  6. http://www.drawastickman.com/ – draw and animate a stick man – pointless but fun!
Posted by on October 18, 2011 at 9:16 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


10-17-2011Cloud Computing in the Classroom

Teacher Tools

  1. http://simplemeet.me/# – instant chat room
  2. http://www.browzmi.com/ – search the internet collaboratively
  3. http://liveminutes.com/oneclick/ – collaborate online; whiteboard, docs, videos, maps, skype
  4. http://www.wevideo.com/ – Create, collaborative video stories
  5. http://awwapp.com/ AWW, a whiteboard app
  6. http://mind42.com/mindmaps  - digital graphic organizers
  7. http://teachercast.net/ – teachers helping teachers
  8. http://www.teachersdomain.org/ – digital media for the classroom
  9. http://www.youtube.com/education - Youtube Education
  10. Upload PPT to the cloud – http://www.reelapp.com/
  11. http://videodropper.ep.io/ – A place to store and download Youtube videos
  12. https://www.dropbox.com/ – online storage that works with video dropper
  13. http://www.dropitto.me/ – Have others turn in items to your drop box with Drop it to me.
Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 9:29 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


10-14-2011 Focus on Music

Great resources for technology in music class.

  1. WV Ed Music Resources – http://wvde.state.wv.us/learn21/6/8/music/
  2. http://www.brainpop.com/artsandmusic/
  3. http://www.cybrary.org/music.htm – Resources on composers
  4. http://musescore.org/ – download required
  5. http://www.ujam.com/ – create a song from your voice
  6. http://www.jamstudio.com/Studio/index.htm – song creator
  7.  http://www.folkstreams.net/film,109 – Folk Streams
  8. http://www.audiotool.com/ – Google Chrome app for song creation
  9. http://www.voisse.com/ – Podcasting
  10. http://weezic.com/en/ – search
  11. http://tones.wolfram.com/generate/ – Music and Math
  12. http://www.noteflight.com/login – music notation
  13. http://www.musipedia.org/ – Wikipedia for music
  14. http://www.music-explained.com/ – Discover or Explain the meaning of song lyrics
Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink


World History and Wolfram Alpha

Mrs. Magee and Ms. Volker’s 6th Grade Ancient Civilizations class is studying the use of charts and graphs in historical studies.

To drive the concept home, they created a project using the data provided in Wolfram Alpha.  http://www.wolframalpha.com/

Students will compare population, literacy rates, life expectancy, and unemployment rates of five different countries they will study throughout the year.

Using data collected from Wolfram Alpha, students are creating graphs in Excel and an online program called Create a Graph.

The following is a link to the project site; http://sites.google.com/site/graphsandresearch/.

In Mrs Santora’s class students are working on researching the Sister Kenny treatment while reading Small Steps by Peg Kehret.

Mrs. Santora supplied links to resources and graphic organizers to the students, through Edmodo.

The class worked in groups to collect information about the treatment and compare it to the treatment of other muscle and bone disorders.

 

 

Posted by on October 13, 2011 at 9:50 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink