Friday, December 21, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 12/21/18

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

Try Engineering – “ is a pre-university engineering education resource geared towards teachers and students. Our goal is to raise interest in engineering careers, improve access to high-quality educational resources, and show students how engineering can be a part of their future…Here, teachers will find access to over 130 free hands-on, low-cost, engineering lesson plans. Each lesson plan targets specific age ranges and aligns with education standards to allow teachers and students to apply engineering principles in the classroom. We give teachers all of the resources they need to teach engineering and the tips and tricks to keep their students interested.” (L:G; SA:C)

Geostories – “GeoStories are interactive slideshows that combine dynamic maps, pictures, video, and captions to take viewers on tours of places and topics. The GeoStories Publishing Platform is used by educators, organizations, and journalists to embed place-based multimedia stories in their websites and apps. The format applies National Geographic's lens of media, maps and narrative to inspire and inform people about the world.” (L:G; SA:A)

World Digital Library – “The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.” (L:G; SA:A)

The History of Wall Street – a digital timeline of the development of Wall Street. (L:H; SA:SS)

Theme Poems – “In this online tool, elementary students can write poems based on shapes from five different categories: Nature, School, Sports, Celebrations, and Shapes. Within these categories, 32 different shapes are included. By selecting a shape, students are learning how to focus their writing on a particular topic or theme. In addition, as part of the online tool, students are prompted to brainstorm, write, and revise their poems, thus reinforcing elements of the writing process. Students can save their draft poems to revise later. See the 5-minute video tutorial Saving Work With the Student Interactives for more information on have to save, e-mail, and open a file in any of the ReadWriteThink Student Interactives. The finished theme poems can also be printed and colored to display in the classroom or at home.” (L:E; SA:LA)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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