Friday, May 15, 2009

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 5/15/09

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Interactives: US History Map – “The United States History Map is an interactive Web site where students can learn about the geographic features of the United States, the regions and areas of the United States, and the development of the geography of the United States over the course of history.”

The States – hosted by US History Channel including maps, timelines, games

Pollen Park - A learning discovery into the fascinating world of flowering plants and their reproductive lifecycle.

Questionaut – “Journey through strange worlds and test your knowledge of English, Maths and Science on this magical mission to recover your friend’s hat.” Really cute game but there are no instructions and students discover what they need to do through exploration. (I heard about this on a Seedlings podcast!)

I Love Schools – “The I Love Schools, Inc. mission is to help America's school teachers find sorely needed school equipment, materials and supplies they cannot obtain through normal channels. The average teacher registered on this website spends over $659 out-of-pocket buying these items. We would be hard-pressed to find another group of people who consistently takes money out of their own after-tax paychecks and purchases items for their employer. Teachers have been doing it for years. Nationwide, State and Federal budget constraints have made things even tougher.”

Original image: 'What's in my bag?' by: Matt Ewalt

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