Friday, January 19, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 1/19/18

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

Doodle4Google – “Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “What inspires me.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization, and a behind-the-scenes experience with the Doodle team to transform their Doodle into an interactive experience on The contest is open for entries from January 8th – March 2nd, 2018 – only 8 short weeks!” (L:G; SA:A)

Fire Forensics – “Join us at UL’s Fire Lab to work side by side with fire scientists through a series of videos, interactive tools and experiments. You’ll learn how fire is defined, how it develops, and how the evidence left behind suggests how and where it started. Once trained, you become the fire investigator who determines the cause of a fire using the scientific method to establish a claim based on evidence from the scene!
Do not try this at home. Fire testing is done by trained fire researchers, fighters and engineers. Testing is performed in a controlled environment with proper equipment and ventilation.” (L:G; SA:S) – “Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff” (L:G; SA:A)

Toontastic – “With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas” (L:G; SA:A)

Scratch – “”With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.” (L:G; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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