Friday, December 7, 2012

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 12/7/12

tools2(Side note: I want to wish my father a happy 93rd birthday today! I love you!)

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

Fact Monster - facts about all different topics (L:G; SA: A)

Virtual Tourist - “Real travel tips, reviews and photos from real people who have actually been there and done that; and this is what makes the travel content on VirtualTourist so useful.” (L:T; SA: A)

History World Timelines - “search the web through timelines” (L:G; SA: A)

Rumble Blocks - “This game is designed to teach children ages 4-11 how to build and identify stable structures.   In the game, players must build towers by manipulating a series of blocks in order to help a friendly alien creature get to its spaceship so it can return to home.” (L: E; SA: A)

Venice Backstage - great video about “how does the “Venice system” work? How do the tides in the lagoon behave? How are the canals formed? And the embankments? What’s under the buildings? Venice Backstage, a project conceived by Insula spa, the operative arm of the City for urban maintenance, is about what happens behind the curtains, to make the fragile beauty of this fantastic city easier to appreciate.” (L: M,H; SA: SS, S )

Original Image: Tools by Pat Hensley

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