Friday, August 4, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 8/4/17

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

Story Spheres - Everyone has a story to tell and a place they’d like to tell it. So far Story Spheres has been used by journalists, documentary makers, wildlife activists, artists, educators, and small businesses to tell stories that truly revolve around their audiences. Take your stories as far as your imagination and your camera will go. (L:G; SA:A)

TagCrowd – “TagCrowd is a web application for visualizing word frequencies in any text by creating what is popularly known as a word cloud, text cloud or tag cloud.” (L:G; SA:A)

Chinese History Course – “At edX, we take our mission of increasing global access to quality education seriously. We connect learners to the best universities and institutions from around the world.” (L:H; SA:SS)

Sixteen Months to Sumter – “This site provides access to over 1,000 newspaper editorials detailing the shifting tides of emotion and opinion in the 16 months leading to Southern secession and the American Civil War. The site is intended primarily as a teaching resource, to enrich students’ exploration and understanding of the period and assist history teachers by expanding the available primary sources.” (L:H; SA:SS)

Antarctic Food Web Game - Build a food web--a complex model that shows how various food chains in an ecosystem are connected--using this interactive game adapted from the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Players must position the names of producers and consumers in the correct places in a diagram. The completed diagram reveals how energy flows through an Antarctic ecosystem and the relationships between predators and prey. (L:M; SA:S) 

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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