Friday, November 3, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 11/3/17

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

Infogram – “Infogram lets students and educators alike easily create charts, maps and infographics for free. Learn how Infogram can boost data literacy in the classroom.” (L:G; SA:A)

National Baseball Hall of Fame – “Click on the modules below to find FREE Lesson Plans that you may print out for use in your own classroom. Each lesson comes with directions, activity suggestions, and reproducible handouts. The materials available here can enrich your field trip or videoconference experience with the Baseball Hall of Fame. You may also use these materials independently to help you teach a variety of subjects using baseball as a catalyst. All of our lesson plans are aligned with the Common Core State Standardsfor Mathematics and English Language Arts.” (L:H; SA:A)

Simplex – “You want to understand something and turn to the Internet for answers, but the articles you find are so complicated and boring you just give up, feeling like you’ll never get it. It’s easy to get overwhelmed! But all you need is just a simple explanation. And that’s what a Simplex is – a simple explanation anyone can understand! Just like this one. Simplexes explain all kinds of things. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s a scientific concept or the latest internet craze. They are short and written in everyday, easy to understand language. Often the easiest way to grasp something is to see it for yourself. That's why Simplexes are full of images.” (L:G; SA:A)

Big History Project – “By sharing the big picture and challenging middle and high school students to look at the world from many different perspectives, we hope to inspire a greater love of learning and help them better understand how we got here, where we’re going, and how they fit in. BHP is like nothing else. But if you had to categorize it, you could say it’s a social studies course that runs on jet fuel. Co-created by teachers, students, curriculum experts, and a dedicated team of tech developers, BHP was inspired by the work of David Christian and is supported by Bill Gates. The fundamental goal is to provide a world class, ready-for-the-classroom resource available to everyone, everywhere. For free.” (L:M, H; SA:SS)

Science Magic Tracks – “You can use science to perform magic tricks and enhance any magic show. These tricks are great for use as science projects or just for fun.” (L:H; SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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