Friday, November 9, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 11/9/18

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

Kid’s Health in the Classroom – “KidsHealth in the Classroom offers educators free health-related lesson plans for PreK through 12th grade. Each Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, classroom activities and extensions, printable handouts, and quizzes and answer keys - all aligned to National Health Education Standards.”  (L:G;SA:S)

Unhangout – “Unhangout is an open source platform for running large-scale, participant-driven events online.” (L:T;SA:A)

WriteReader- “WriteReader is a unique digital learning platform where children from age 3–10 can learn to read by writing and publish small digital books. With the WriteReader app the child takes pictures of family, friends, things or situations and write about them in their actual level of written language. A teacher or parent then “translates” the child's text to conventional writing and by comparing their own attempt to the edited version the child will step by step improve his/her writing and reading capabilities. The child can later in an easy way share his/her books with friends and family. This way the child experiences in an early age what the written language can do, which can have big influence on the child's motivation and learning capabilities.” (L:E;SA:LA)

CaseMaker – “Case Maker features 20 pre-made civics education challenges that can be used in a classroom today. Each Challenge has a Challenge Code to make it simple to share with your students. From there, students can review the challenge, add annotations to the related primary source documents, and build a series of case folders. When done, students can then use presentation mode to show off their work or use their case as a reference for any sort of project. Teachers who want to offer something more unique or specialized to their students can create a free Case Maker account and customize any available Challenge by changing the text and associated primary sources. Once done, teachers can share their custom challenges via a unique code, exactly the way pre-made Challenges are shared. With an account, teachers can follow up on their students’ progress by opening a non-editable presentation view of any Cases made using any of their custom Challenge Codes.” (L:M;SA:SS)

Reactions – YouTube videos; “Reactions is a show that uncovers the chemistry all around us. We answer the burning questions you’ve always wanted to ask…” (L:H;SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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