Friday, May 19, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 5/19/17

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

Loopy – “a tool to thinking in systems; In a world filled with ever-more-complex technological, sociological, ecological, political & economic systems... a tool to make interactive simulations may not be that much help. But it can certainly try” (L:G ; SA:A)

XP Math – “How do you integrate Common Core State Standards in the math classroom? How do you engage your students and increase interest in math? XP Math features fun and educational math games for Grades 2-9. Mental mathematics is a component of the Common Core Mathematical Practices and XP Math Games makes it easy to support it. XP Math allows teachers to differentiate instruction by process and content by providing tools to collect and analyze student data at every stage of their learning.”  (L:G ; SA:M)

CommonLit – “CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 5th-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
Assign text-dependent questions to hold students accountable for high-level reading and writing. Analyze student performance and compare class reports on key reading and writing skills.” (L:G ; SA:LA)

Slick Writer – “Slick Write is a powerful, free tool that makes it easy to check your writing for grammar errors, potential stylistic mistakes, and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, SEO professional, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level. (L:G ; SA:A)

Check123 – a video encyclopedia; “Enjoy more than 20,000 Curated Videos from all over the World in the Web's first SOCIAL Video Encyclopedia!!! All of Check123’s videos are validated by professional experts in different fields, and prioritized by quality - helping you find the best possible answer to your search!  Next to each video, you will find its Quality Rating (1-10) alongside two metrics: Informative and Entertaining. That way you’ll always know the quality of the video you are about to watch! Explore your interests! All of Check123’s videos are sorted and organized by categories and tags - allowing you to easily explore your favorite fields of interest! And next to each video, you can enjoy our hand-picked recommendations - allowing you to further explore the chosen subject ('Essentials' playlist under the video), or discover related topics (in the 'Tags' sidebar on the right).” (L:G ; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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