Friday, December 19, 2008

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 12/19/08

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week. 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!

Creative Educator - “Creative Educator focuses on using technology tools to foster creativity and engage students in the curriculum…features articles on project-based learning, creativity, classroom management, and more from authors with a range of experience in educational technology…also features stories from educators about how they are using creativity tools in their classrooms…includes lesson plans that provide ideas, resources, and directions that make implementing technology even easier.”

TimeRime – “ is an online community that allows people to create, compare and upload information by creating timelines, and to view information uploaded by others. Information can be uploaded by individuals, as well as companies or (public) institutions.”

CareerForward - an article about Career Forward (“To help middle- and high-school students learn about the 21st-century jobs awaiting them and take charge of their own education, Microsoft's U.S. Partners in Learning program has unveiled a free online course called CareerForward.”)

Northpole.Com – “There are so many places to visit and things to do at Santa's Secret Village! We suggest teachers start by visiting Elf Pal Academy—where you'll find fun, yet educational, exercises for children from Pre-K to 3rd grade. Activities are grouped by categories and are intentionally not labeled with a grade guide index but instead are designed to encourage children to challenge themselves at their appropriate skill level.”

PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations – “Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado.”

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