Friday, November 2, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 11/2/18

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

Seterra – “More than 300 map quiz games in 34 languages. Learn geography the easy way! Learning geography doesn't have to be boring. Do it the easy way with Seterra! In no time, you could learn to locate every single country in the world on a map. Seterra includes fun quizzes that help familiarize you with countries, capital cities, flags, rivers, lakes, and notable geological features. Playing Seterra is the perfect way to do your geography homework. Or, you can just play it as a fun and more interesting alternative to Candy Crush Saga!” (L:G;SA:S)

Can You Trust Influencers on YouTube? – “Ah, YouTube. Creators being creative, making videos about stuff they’re passionate about, and sharing them with the world. But YouTube has been around for over a decade now, and it dominates as THE place for video content. Because of that, it’s WAY more of a business now than anyone could have imagined. Enter the influencer -- a social media personality with a homegrown fan base that they’ve been interacting with for years. Brands love them, and are paying influencers top dollar to promote their products. We head to VidCon to ask fans, brands, and other YouTubers -- Can you trust what’s on YouTube?”

Geogreeting  free; It spells out your greetings using satellite images of buildings found in the Google Earth view. (L:G;SA:A)

Let’s Talk Politics – an Alexa app; “Confused by the U.S. electoral process? Don't know a filibuster from a gerrymander? Then maybe it's time to play Let's Talk Politics!, the game show that tests your knowledge of the U.S. political system. Let's Talk Politics! doesn't just ask questions, it explains the answers so that you learn as you play. It also adapts to your skill level and asks the questions most appropriate for you.” (L:H;SA:SS)

Your Life in Comics – “What’s more fun than reading comics? Making your own. YOUR LIFE IN COMICS lets you do just that. Most other books give you all the words and illustrations so you don’t have a say about what happens. Well, this book isn’t like that. Instead, it’s an interactive comic book where you can write and draw stories from your own life. There are also cartoons where you get to decide what happens to other characters. Fill in the talk and thought balloons to show what the people say and think – their fate is in your hands! What kinds of stuff will you write about and draw in this book? It’s up to you. Some of the pages are funny and some are serious. Many are about family, friends, or other people you know. All the pages needs your imagination to be complete! This book is formatted as an interactive digital journal. It will allow you to write directly on your screen into the areas with lines on each of the book’s pages. When you are done typing, simply save the document until the next time you are inspired to make new entries.” (L:G;SA:LA)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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