Friday, October 12, 2012

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 10/12/12

tools1Here 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

Teach the 2012 Presidential Election - “Collaborative, interactive teaching tool for grades 7-12” (L: M, H ; SA: SS)

Harnu - “connects you to people all over the world in your native language”; news and music from all over the world. (L:T ; SA: A )

C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations - “This website is designed to engage students in classroom deliberations about current issues being debated in Congress. Here you will find a carefully selected set of C-SPAN primary source video clips and newspaper articles that concisely present the leading positions on a new issue each month. Teachers will find handouts, current events lesson plans, and deliberation strategies that make it easy to engage students in the issues.” (L:T ; SA: A )

Base Ten Fun - is an educational virtual manipulatives activity for kids learning place value, addition and subtraction. Base Ten Fun is highly customizable; kids can select from ones, tens and hundreds. The activity also features three different modes of play: Read and Make | Listen and Make | Count and Write. Each mode has audio support and written instructions describing how to play. As a bonus children are able to select different colored block sets when the get 10 correct! (L: E; SA: M )

Tour of Park Geology - search by park name, or state, geologic wonders, or scenic byways (L:G ; SA: S )

Original Image: Tools by Pat Hensley

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