Friday, August 2, 2019

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 8/2/19

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

Google’s Science Journal – free iPad app; “Science Journal is the free digital science notebook brought to you by Google.Whether you're a science educator or a hobbyist doing science at home, you can keep your notes, photos, and observations all in one convenient place. Use the sensors in your iPhone or iPad to measure and graph phenomena such as light, sound, and motion, or connect to external sensors via bluetooth to conduct experiments on the world around you.” (L:G;SA:S)

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)

Game On World – Geography game; “The site was started by Jeff Borland, a teacher in Portland, Maine and one of his former students, Orkhan Nadirli. We believe that students need to know much more about the world and we thought that this game format would be a wonderful way to do that.” (L:G;SA:SS)

Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors – “Based on the hit PBS KIDS show, Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors is the on-the-go toolset that will inspire your child to explore nature – in the backyard, at a local park or even looking out the window. Every day, Nature Cat has a set of new daily adventures that lets kids use tools to record and share their observations in fun, creative ways!” (L:E;SA:S)

Story Dice – free iPad app; “40 dice, 240 images, infinite stories! Roll the story dice and see what stories await you in the up-facing icons.Need some cool ideas? Or just want to see which one of your friends can come up with the best story? Select up to 10 dice, mixing categories like mystery or Star Wars and roll your story. With over 200 icons you have all you need for unlimited stories!”  (L:G;SA:LA)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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