Friday, May 13, 2011

Weekly Core Subjects Resources

I hoped to have these earlier today....but it appeared that Blogger had other ideas!  It was also interesting to view my blog and see post from the previous days missing.....that are still missing by the way.  In case you missed them I wrote about 280 Daily and a couple wikis Wikis: Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs and ICT Magic.  Got to love Technology.

English
1.) 280 Daily as shared above is a online journal that is compatible with mobile browsers that allows users to write daily journals in 280 characters or less.  There are several other features of note, so I recommend checking it out. 

2.) Invitation to World Literature is a website that provides videos of resources for books of literature from around the world.  Source: Free Technology 4 Teachers (Although the Blogger issue has removed it)

3.) Poetry Forms is from the Educational Technology Training Center and provides users with forms for various forms of poetry.  Each form is digital with a text box that you can use to fill in your poem.  Great for students who struggle with poetry.

4.) Reading Worksheets from the Busy Teachers Cafe provides printable reading comprehension, book reports, vocabulary, and other materials for teaching reading. 

Mathematics
1.) Sumdog provides games and activities to improve numeracy skills.  This would be a valuable website for special education students struggling with high school math as well. 

2.) "Math-o-mir is a software tool designed to write and edit mathematical equations as easily as possible. The goal was to achieve the same level of simplicity as with pencil and sheet of paper. It is designed to act as your personal math notepad where you can write down your quick and informal calculations." 

Science
1.) From Scientific American comes Bring Science Home which provides information and procedures for scientific experiments that students can do at home.  There will be a new experiment for each day in the month of May.

2.) LabWrite is a website that provides students a useable interface for writing a lab report from the beginning all the way to submission.

3.) ChemSense studied students' understanding of chemistry and developed software and curriculum to help students investigate chemical systems and express ideas in animated chemical notation. You will find resources for both on the computer and in the classroom.


4.) Science on the Simpsons is a great way to catch your students attention.  It provides video clips and explanations of when science was used in the cartoon.  Each clip provides a description and a time stamp for how long the scene is.  Source: Larry Ferlazzo

5.) Another great link for Virtual Cell Biology Animations.  There are several different animations available from the Big Bang to Mitosis.  

6.) Edheads are interactive scenarios that students can virtually participate in using scientific approaches to solving problems and answering questions.  You will find activities for Forensics, Physics, Technology, and Anatomy.

7.) Human Body Maps provides 3D models of the human bodies; both male and female.  You can click on a part of the body and it will zoom in closer to show you the various aspects of the organ.  Similar to Google Body Browser, but Flash is not needed.  Source: The Whiteboard Blog

8.) Planet Quest and Alien Safari is a website to learn about some of the most rarest organisms in the world.  Source: iLearn Technology Blog


Social Studies 
1.) Real Lives 2010 is a software that you can download or email to get a free copy.  A license for a computer lab or school will cost more.  The software is an educational simulation that allows users to take on the role of a person born in this world from any demographic and then see how they survive through time based on national averages and those characteristics.  Seems promising and interesting.

2.) The National Jukebox
makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. Source: School Library Journal Blog

3.)  Teaching History with Technology is a website that provides lesson plans, activities, projects, games, and quizzes that use technology. Explore inquiry-based lessons, activities, and projects. Learn about new and emerging technologies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, ipods, and online social networks and explore innovative ways of integrating them into the curriculum. Find out how others are using technology in the classroom.

4.) Medieval Period is a website that provides resources and information about this time period in history.  For AP World History teachers this would be a valuable website.  Source: World History Educators Blog

5.) Political Cartoons in U.S. History is a valuable resource when using them to teach social studies.  It is pretty much a gaurantee that they will be on test, so it is important to provide students chances to interpret them.  Source: U.S. Government Educators Blog


6.) Osama Bin Laden is dead and of course with that comes Politcal Cartoons...and some good ones I might add. 
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