Friday, July 24, 2015

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 7/24/15

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

Helicopter 2050 ChallengeCome up with a sustainable, environmentally friendly helicopter of the future.” The challenge is open to US residents ages 9-16 from June 1 – October 15, 2015. (L:G; SA:S)

NASA Lunar Electric Rover App – iPhone and iPod touch app; “Welcome to the NASA Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Simulator. You don’t need a driver’s license, but you still need to buckle up as the LER Simulator gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost. Get busy. You never know if your skills here will become a major part of the NASA Astronaut application process in the future” (L:H; SA:S)

NASA The Space Place – “NASA’s award-winning Space Place website engages upper-elementary-aged children in space and Earth science through interactive games, hands-on activities, fun articles, and short videos. With material in both English and Spanish and numerous resources for parents and teachers, Space Place has something for everyone. Learn about everything from black holes and wild space weather to the reasons for seasons here on Earth. The Space Place has material on space, the Sun, the Solar System, our own planet, and the scientists and technology that make discovery possible.” (L:E; SA:S)

Open Library – “Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.” Over 1 million books available to borrow and read.  (L:G; SA:T)

The Book Seer – A book recommendation (L:G; SA:T)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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