Friday, March 13, 2020

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 03/13/2020

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

Wall of Birds – “The mural, titled "From So Simple a Beginning," is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the world of birds. Envisioned by Cornell Lab ornithologists to showcase biodiversity and evolutionary change, the project features species from all surviving bird families alongside a select group of extinct ancestors. It takes a big painting to do justice to the phenomenal history and diversity of birds. The Cornell Lab and Ink Dwell studio have combined efforts on the mural covering about 3,000 square feet (280 square meters) of wall space in the Lab’s Visitor Center. Meet a bird from each taxonomic family: The mural gives you the chance to meet an outstanding representative of each of the bird families of the world. Each of the 243 representatives is meticulously painted in life-sized, colorful detail to showcase the unique character of the species. Explore the map and click on any of the birds to get to know them better. See where each bird species lives: A foot of each bird touches the world map at a point where you can find that species. For a more complete picture of their ranges, browse to the dynamically-updated eBird ( sightings map provided with each description.” (LG;SA:S)

ClassroomQ – “We are two teachers using technology to make the lives of students and teachers easier. Our mission is to create a classroom in which students can easily ask for help without stifling the flow of a lesson. Using our website, teachers can efficiently organize student questions. This system allows teachers to tend to each individual student need without interrupting learning. A site made for teachers by teachers.” (LT;SA:A)

Kollate – A Chrome extension; “Ever felt the need to bookmark content that you consume online, organize them beautifully in collections, search them on any tab, remind yourself to read an article before going to bed, take beautiful notes, and access them on any tab of your browser? Kollate has you covered. For free.” (LT;SA:A)

Answerables – “Create immersive virtual classrooms Transform your digital content into an interactive learning adventure.” (LT;SA:A)

Pocket Grade Calculator – iOS app; “Teacher's Grading Calculator” (LT;SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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