Friday, October 30, 2015

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 10/30/15

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

Thematic – display up to 20 pictures around a specific theme; great for photo stories. (L:G; SA:A)

Turn-o-phrase – practicing colloquialisms. (L:E,M; SA:LA)

Depression Quest – “Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression. You are given a series of everyday life events and have to attempt to manage your illness, relationships, job, and possible treatment. This game aims to show other sufferers of depression that they are not alone in their feelings, and to illustrate to people who may not understand the illness the depths of what it can do to people.” (L:H; SA:S)

Wireless Philosophy -100 free philosophy videos (L:H; SA:SS)

Zing – “a dynamic new eBook platform featuring thousands of fiction and nonfiction eBooks. Zing’s powerful searching and filtering functionality gives teachers the ability to identify just the right books aligned to instructional goals, standards, and interests. In minutes, teachers can locate titles by reading level, genre, content area topic, theme, and/or reading and writing skills and strategies. Personalized Learning Package: Teachers can assign specific texts to an individual student, a small group of students, or an entire class. This is ideal for supporting independent reading, guided reading and small-group work, book clubs, and literature circles.  (L:G; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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