As in the past, I want to share some of the neat links that Pete Mackay has shared over the last few weeks as part of his ‘Teacher List’ (http://www.theteacherlist.ca). Check these out!!
From the Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education Consultant. A great (no cost) tool for simplifying more difficult English and has a lot of features to aid in reading comprehension and vocabulary development. Be sure to watch the demo to get an overview but don’t forget to check out the learning games at the bottom that are generated with the user content.
Nature Sound Player (http://www.naturesoundplayer.com/)
This site that offers 30 minute clips of nature noises. Ranging from birds to ocean waves and storms, they might be a good way to help students block distractions while they work independently.
Letters of Note (http://www.lettersofnote.com/)
This site attempts gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.
Custom Road Sign (http://www.customroadsign.com/menu.php)
Students enter text into the four lines of this simple form and press the “Make the sign!” button. The image on the page will update with the entered text. The image can then be downloaded and used in presentations or other projects.
Roald Dahl Teaching Resources (http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6110999)
From the site: “Roald Dahl is the most successful children’s writer in the world, famous for his rich descriptions, humor and unusual language. Check out this site for his books and other usable classroom resources.
Anne Frank Resources (http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/af/htmlsite/)
“Between the ages of 13 and 15, Anne Frank wrote short stories, fairy tales, essays, and the beginnings of a novel. Five notebooks and more than 300 loose pages, meticulously handwritten during her two years in hiding, survived the war.” There is a lot more information available on this site, a joint exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation.
Morgue File (http://www.morguefile.com/classroom)
Jodie Coston’s 10 lessons to learning photography were originally published in 2004. Jodie Coston is a freelance photographer who lives in northwestern Montana. She has exhibited her work in gallery exhibitions around the world and has won numerous international awards for her images. They will serve as an excellent introduction to photography for students.
Google Apps for Education – resources (http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/03/50-google-docs-tips-every-teacher.html)
Getting into Google Apps for Education, this list compiled by blogger Med Kharbach (@medkh9) might be useful. This list will offer you a variety of tutorials and guides that will bump up your game in the world of all things Google.
One Second (on the Internet) (http://onesecond.designly.com/)
Have you ever wondered just how much data is being created, uploaded, shared and shuffled around the Internet? Here’s a site that will put it in perspective for you and your students.
Open Multimedia Resources (http://www.2learn.ca/ydp/copydigitalcoll.aspx)
2Learn.ca’s site, Your Digital Presence, has a new section entitled “Open Use Multimedia Resources” in which you can find links to several sources of media for use by students and teachers.
CAD assistant! (http://www.susdesign.com/light_penetration/index.php)
This tool will help the Design Studies crowd factor in the sun’s position when planning a home or rooms in a building. Enter the parameters like your location, date/time, room and window dimensions and the tool calculates where the sunbeams will be. It’s a simple tool but it’s a detail that could be very useful when doing the drawings. The tool is offered by sustainable design consultant, Christopher Gronbeck. Check out the other tools and projects on his website!
Easy to Make Pop Up Cards (http://wp.robertsabuda.com/make-your-own-pop-ups/)
This site could offer an activity for when the school year wraps up. Author and illustrator Robert Sabuda shares many easy to make pop up cards with easy to follow directions. Download the pdf pattern and print on cardstock. The instructions are included in each pdf. Students may even want to color the patterns before they fold and glue them together.
If This Than That (http://ifttt.com)
Wouldn’t it be great to have an automated web assistant? You can now with IFTTT – a site built on the idea that a conditional statement can be applied to any situation with our various web 2.0 accounts. For example, IFTTT offers a ‘recipe’ that uploads any tagged photos of you on Facebook to your Dropbox folder. Another is to send yourself an email if the forecast includes rain/snow/sleet/hurricanes. There are over 3000 pages of shared recipes from IFTTT users and you can make your own as well. Don’t even get me started on all the possibilities with your Google Apps for Education tools!
Geological Animations (http://www.wwnorton.com/college/geo/geolab/animations.aspx)
This collection of animations supports the teaching of geology. Founded by the W. W. Norton Group, students can visualize many aspects of geological study from the hydrologic cycle to more advanced concepts such as the formation of ocean crust and igneous rocks.
Reading Bear (http://www.readingbear.org/)
Reading Bear is a vocabulary building activity that introduces and reinforces main phonics rules. There are 50 presentations for students, all offered at no cost, thanks to an anonymous benefactor of the program. The activities are supported by video clips and interactive slide shows that can be covered at an individual’s pace.
Ed Canvas (http://edcanvas.com)
The best way to describe EdCanvas.com is a gathering tool. Students and teachers simply drag resources like urls, images, and files to each box. The boxes can then be presented like slides but the cool thing is that the collected resources are live within the box. Users can also share their canvasses with each other. Try having students or session attendees collect resources during a lesson – it’s quite powerful!
Google Apps for Education – Presentation Tips (http://www.teachthought.com/technology/52-tips-and-tricks-for-google-docs-in-the-classroom/)
Whether you are an expert or just starting down the path, here’s a site to use when prepping a presentation. It has a lot of tidbits that could make the difference to your practice.
Pro-Music.org is a digital music portal that has three main categories. The first is a collection of music services where students can find sources of music online. The second is a question/answer section that discusses how to legally access music online. And the third section offers information about the music industry in general, including a collection of educational resources. As students and teachers continue to increase their reliance on digital audio assets in their studies, this site will be an excellent trailhead for everyone.
Thing Link (http://www.thinglink.com)
Looking for a simple way to add pop-ups to a photograph. ThingLink allows a student to add video, images, audio, links and text to photographs to enhance their digital storytelling projects. It’s perfect for those with younger students or who are starting down the road to more complex digital storytelling tasks.
Citation Machine (http://citationmachine.net/index2.php)
Citation Machine makes it easy by having students (and teachers) fill out a simple form and the properly formatted citation is provided for inclusion into a bibliography or other resources list. Common formatting includes MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago. The forms accept multiple types of resources from print, web, images, audio and so on.
Answer Garden (http://answergarden.ch)
Answer Garden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on your website or blog as a poll or guestbook.
Automotivator allows you or students to create those corporate style motivational posters. You could use the tool to create those traditional posters or find other uses such as satire or to frame a student response. Students may use stock images or upload their own, add text and save the jpg to a local computer.
ABCYA Word Cloud (http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm)
One problem with other tag or word cloud sites is that it is difficult for students to save their work as an image that can be placed in another project. Word Clouds For Kids makes it very easy for students to print or save their results as a jpg. There are some basic controls like a slider to adjust the number of words used and the results can be edited for color, font, layout, etc.