Friday, July 7, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 7/7/17

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

How fantasy football can teach your child geography – “Football and geography might not seem to go hand in hand, but a Wilson Middle School teacher has found a way to make the two go together.” (L:M; SA:SS)

KQED Learning in the Classroom – “KQED’s In the Classroom is written by teachers, for teachers – highlighting the creative, innovative and successful practices teachers have used to integrate media use and media making into their learning environments. We hope these stories inspire the journey of others, both beginners and veterans, who want to bring media more effectively into their classrooms.”  (L:T ; SA: A)

iCivics Games – “iCivics teaches students how government works by having them experience it directly. Through our games, the player steps into any role – a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist fighting for local change, even the President of the United States – and does the job they do. Educational video games allow for concepts to happen to us. They convey information while teaching skills for effective civic engagement.” (L:G ; SA:SS )

The Teaching with Primary Sources Program – “The Library of Congress collaborates with a consortium of educational partners. TPS Consortium members extend the reach and applicability of the TPS program by creating curriculum, delivering professional development to pre-and in-service teachers, and contributing to investigations of primary sources in K-12 instruction. Their projects reflect focus on a diversity of teacher and student populations, professional concentrations, program approaches and geographic locations.”  (L:T ; SA: A)

The Antarctica Series –“Four virtual-reality films that take you on, above and below the Antarctic ice. Watch below or download the NYT VR app for a fully immersive experience.” (L:T ; SA: A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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