Monday, December 19, 2011

Jeopardy Templates

This site is super cool to create Jeopardy games on any topic.

Jeopardy Templates:

Monday, December 5, 2011

iPads in the classroom

There are several links now available. Just came across this particular blog though and thought it might be useful for various grade levels:

Apps in Education

More on apps: Well sorted. Even though the title is middle school apps, there are apps that would be applicable for elementary:

Middle School Apps

High School Apps

Appitic: Apps sorted by categories

Monday, August 22, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Reasons to teach advanced Google search

I found this article very interesting and informative. The article from Tech and Learning explains twelve reasons to teach Google advanced search before teaching basic search:

Google Advanced Search

Sunday, March 20, 2011

CUE 2011

Having just returned from CUE 2011, my brain is kind of bursting with ideas. I put together all of the different resources on a main page:

CUE 2011 Resources

The file is then broken up into multiple curriculum areas.

Of all the resources, the following are what I can see to be the easiest to start implementing of the ones I am not using (I currently use various types of Google docs and apps so those resources are more to share information):

1. Animoto : I created a sample video while in class: Animoto Video Link These videos can be used across curricular areas whether it is Language Arts or Science or Social Studies or Math, just about anything. They can be created with photos uploaded from the internet or from photos downloaded from a camera.

2. Scratch from MIT : Scratch is a graphical user interface programming language which can help Help children with:
- logical analysis
- problem solving
- critical thinking
- starting programming at a young level (as young as third grade)
- algorithmic thinking

3. Visuwords

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Collaboration across classrooms

A common theme across the conferences/readings that I have attended lately, stress on the concept of collaboration, not just within your classroom but also across classrooms in the country and around the world. There are several reasons for world wide collaboration, particularly with the flattening of the world and the globalisation of businesses. Children need to understand the value of collaboration early on along with understanding various cultural backgrounds. You can collaborate in real time or otherwise.
Following are ideas for projects:

Remember that you might need to fill out acceptable user policy for kids; don't use names

Project Ideas:
1. Learning about how weather is the same in different parts of the world at the same time - 1st grade.
No pictures with students. But different schools took pictures about the weather and put them up on a website. All participating schools took the same pictures.

Weather Project

2. Another one for primary kids would be tooth tally. Tooth Tally

3. Grocery lists and prices shared globally. Landmark Projects

4. Next level: Our class buddies. kind of Flat Stanley.
Students keep a journal for the buddy. Kind of just like Flat Stanley. Share pictures between the classrooms. This fits in with narratives. Collaborative Projects

5. Flat Stanley Online: There is also a flat stanley application for the iPod/iPad.

6. Teachers Net: Can be used to look up a classroom buddy.

7. Penpals: The teacher hooked up with another 3rd grade class in the UK.
Dedicated an email address for the penpal process. Teacher’s email address used for the project. The teacher would approve all inbound/outbound emails. Use Google forms to setup things like - what do you do after school? What do you eat for breakfast/dinner, etc.? Use the data for compare/contrast.

8. Teachers Corner

9. Monster project: Cooperative Learning projects:
Draw an image; describe the image; upload the description; kids in Australia see the description; they draw the image based upon the description; the two images are then compared;

10. Read Across America: You could skype at the same time with other classrooms and read Dr. Seuss’ books.

11. Math project: Measure the classroom dimensions in customary and metric forms.

12. Taking IT Global

13. Global Education You can collaborate on Pie day for instance.

14. iLearn Collaboration Center

15. Rock Our World: Connect through music.

16. Science Across the World: This one sets up Science projects and observations

17. Flat Classroom Project

18. Radiowaves: Multimedia projects to share

Tools to use:

1. Wallwisher: Reading a book with another class. During SSR time/reader’s workshop time, kids can write their responses

2. Blogger

3. Wikispaces

4. Webspiration: Inspiration and is free. You can draw character maps/writing webs and share with other classrooms.

5. BoardHost: Free. Response to literature. Read with different schools and put up responses. Only teacher email used.

6. Voicethread : Free for educators

7. Animoto: Free for educators. Example of project: CA students did a video for Ohlone Indians and the East coast for Iriquois and you can then compare and contrast/observe the different ways.

8. Skype for classrooms: Just for schools. You can skype to classrooms in different states.

9. Edmodo

10. 30 Interesting Ways to use twitter in the classroom

A recent article on ways of using Skype in the classroom: 50 Awesome ways of using Skype in the Classroom

Monday, February 21, 2011

Learning and the Brain - the iGeneration

As always, Learning and the Brain Conference has much to offer and much food for thought. The following information is what I tried to put together from the various talks:

1. Larry Rosen: His website

2. Tony Wagner: You can find several YouTube videos on his talks. Excellent speaker and with practical ideas to implement. Tony's website
Use Practical asseessments - CAE
21st Century Learning

3. Bob Pearlman: His handouts and school examples

4. Marc Prensky: His website Marc Prensky has written several books and talked about how video games can be used effectively in the classroom.

5. Check out a 21st century school: Quest to Learn

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has several links for various mathematical topics. These can be used for:

- Reteaching

- Reviewing concepts

- Introducing concepts

- Learning new concepts

- Just for making Math fun

In the classroom I have used this website to find topics of interest to each student. The students then learn about the topic and teach it to the rest of the class. It is not only a great differentiation tool, it really helps children enjoy Mathematics, particularly if they are averse to it.

Khan Academy

Check it out!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Images and Clip Art Sites

The following sites are great to get various images and clip art images:

1. Pics for Learning

2. School Clip-Art

3. Ookaboo

4. Open Clipart