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!
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
Notebookcast – “Real-time shared online whiteboard in your browser supporting up to ten users simultaneously. No need to install any software, compatible with modern browsers.Write and Sketch with you tablets PC digitizer or touch screen. Draw shapes or add pictures to your board. Integrated chat. Save your boards for later use. (L:G; SA:A)
The Math Behind Michael Jordan’s Legendary Hang Time – “Michael Jordan’s legendary slam dunk from the free throw line has been calculated at 0.92 seconds of pure hang time. But how many seconds could Jordan have gotten were he doing the same jump on Mars? Or Jupiter? Andy Peterson and Zack Patterson share the math equation behind hang time.” (L:M, H; SA:M)
Champion Reader – “Teach Your Monster to Read: Champion Reader builds on children’s existing knowledge of one way to spell each phoneme, gradually introducing them to new spellings for the phonemes. For example, the children will already know that the phoneme /ai/ can be spelled ‘ai’. Now they learn that it can also be spelled ‘ay’, ‘eigh’ (as in ‘eight’) and ‘ey’ ( as in ‘they’). The game also supports their understanding of alternative pronunciations of graphemes. For example, they already know that the letter ‘i’ is pronounced /i/ as in ‘fin’. Now they learn that it can also be pronounced as a long vowel (/i/ as in ‘find’). Children will also be introduced to more tricky words. There is also a strong focus on developing the children’s skills in reading more fluently and for meaning. As well as the blending and segmenting games that players will already be familiar with, this game offers many books for the player’s monster to read which will help their monster to complete the quest successfully and banish the Goblin prince.” (L:E; SA:LA)
PicCollage for Kids – iPad app;Pic Kids is THE safest, most fun collage app available. Perfect for elementary and middle schoolers, PicCollage for Kids offers over 80 awesome backgrounds, hundreds of free stickers, and tons of fun fonts. Easily create amazing collages and send them by email or text.” (L:G; SA:A)
Office Lens – “Office Lens turns your Android, iPhone or Windows Phone into a pocket scanner that works “flawlessly,” delivers “crystal clear images” and does an “excellent job of transcribing a printed page, despite edge distortion (page from a hardcover book),” according to other users.” (L:G; SA:A)
Original photo by Pat Hensley