Friday, May 25, 2012

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 5/25/12

tools2Here 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!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels: E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All - “Like most people I have lost many hours to Google Earth. As a geographer and teacher I have been trying to find ways to incorporate this tool into the social studies classroom. Several years ago I started making my own Google Earth files. Throughout the past few years my father and I have spent countless hours working through technical issues creating what you see today. There are a few more improvements that still need to be made (when in doubt refresh the browser), but it works and is there for you to enjoy. I offer this tool to all teachers who want to create cool and engaging lessons for their students.” (L: M, H; SA: SS)

Build A Body - Interactive, put the right body parts in the right places on the body, gives information about each body part (L: M, H: SA: S)

Photo Prompts - Great way to use photos to begin a story. (L:A; SA: LA)

The Yuckiest Site On the Internet - from Discovery Kids; “First there was mud. Then there were worms. and now there is Yucky! Test your skills with Whack-A-Roach. All you need to know about barfing, belching and blackheads! Plus mad scientist fun in Yucky Labs!” (L:E; SA:S)

Zopler - “Zopler is a social network where writers, authors and students can easily collaborate on writing stories together as a group.” (L:H; SA: LA)

Original Image: Tools by Pat Hensley

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