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March 2011

Curriculum Links

Reading/Writing

Grammaropolis is website designed to help elementary school students learn the parts of speech. Grammaropolis features cartoon characters that represent nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech. Students can click on any of the characters to read that character's story. After going through the character stories students can watch videos about the parts of speech and play games about the parts of speech.

Little Bird Tales is a nice site intended for younger students to use to create digital stories. Little Bird Tales walks users through each step of creating a multimedia story. Users can upload images, draw images, or record from their webcams. Stories can be written with text or narrated by students using microphones connected to their computers. Watch the video below to learn more about Little Bird Tales

AwesomeStories features a collection of multimedia primary source materials—photos, video, audio and historical documents—held together in a series of digital stories about films, famous trials, disaster and historical events. When you become a member of Awesome Stories—membership is free—you can see everything on the site (including an extensive image database), explore all its features (including narrated stories), dig deeper (with lesson plans and text documents) and stay up to date with a free newsletter profiling current events and hot topics.

Math

iPlayMathGames has a collection of printable math games for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Arcademic Skill Builders is a collection of fun arcade-like games that help students practice their math facts

Tut Pup is a free math fact practice website.

Free Rice is an amazing website that helps students practice math facts, it has the added bonus of donating rice for every correct answer.

Tangram House This Chinese puzzle challenges students to create a shape using only 7 tans (shapes) to complete a puzzle.

Number Nut  is an interactive math textbook, there are multiple pages for each math concept and each page is followed by two interactive practice areas.

Learning Clip is a collection of interactive activities for primary math.

Harcourt Multimedia Math Glossary will help students in kindergarten through sixth grade understand math vocabulary.

The Stock Market Game gives students a chance to practice hands on real-world math.

Kids and Cookies  is a flash game that teaches students about fractions in a real-world situation.

The Khan Academy is a great resource for screencasts on thousands of math concepts. 
Here is a blog post on how to use Khan Academy in Schools

Social Studies

US Flag: Its Meaning, Design, and History is an interactive image produced by the Sun Sentinel. Click on the interactive image to learn what the colors, stripes, and stars symbolize. Click on the stars to learn which star represent which state. Finally, click on the "flags" tab to see a timeline of all of the flags used by the United States since 1777.

Science

DNA Tube is a nice site for watching and sharing videos about topics in science. While most of the videos seem to be about topics related to biology there are also videos about chemistry, physics, and computer science.


For all grade levels and topics!

APPS for iTouch
Bubble Ball- Engineering App for Elementary
Isaac Newton's Gravity

Art Links

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland has one of the most incredible site for students I have seen.  Waltee’s Quest is an interactive adventure where students help solve a mystery and discover a variety of art along the way.  Waltee’s Quest can also be used as a virtual trip to an art museum, if you can’t swing a trip to a local art museum as a class, this site will provide students with the next best option in a way that engages them in discovery.

iTouch and iPad Apps of Interest

InClass is a free iPhone and iPad app that could be a very useful tool for students carrying those devices. InClass provides students with tools for taking text, audio, and video notes. Students can also use the app to take pictures of hand-outs, slides, and other valuable information that they see in class. 


Science APPS for iTouch or iPad


Bubble Ball- Engineering App for Elementary



Isaac Newton's Gravity



Web Tools

Voki for Education is a neat talking avatar creation service that has gained quite a bit of popularity with elementary and middle school teachers. Using nothing more than their keyboard and mouse students can create customized talking avatars. Add in a microphone and students can use their own voices for their avatars. Finished avatars can be embedded into a blog, wiki, or website or simply shared on the Voki site. 

Awesome Screenshot is a great Chrome and Safari browser extension for capturing, annotating, and sharing screenshots. Once you've installed Awesome Screenshot you can simply activate it from your browser to capture a page or region on a page, draw boxes, draw lines, blur out information, and add text to your screenshot. When you're satisfied with your screenshot you can save it locally or share it via the url provided by Awesome Screenshot. Watch the short video below to see Awesome Screenshot in action. 

Digital Storytelling Resources  

Vimeo School is a resource for teachers that provides tons of tutorials and tips for making better digital videos.  Great resource for students to watch to help with their video creations.

Little Bird Tales is a nice site intended for younger students to use to create digital stories. Little Bird Tales walks users through each step of creating a multimedia story. Users can upload images, draw images, or record from their webcams. Stories can be written with text or narrated by students using microphones connected to their computers. Watch the video below to learn more about Little Bird Tales.

If you've ever shown a YouTube video in your classroom and wanted to show just a portion of it for students to discuss, you know the inconvenience of trying to skip to the right starting point. Embed Plus addresses that problem and others. Embed Plus allows you to start a video at any point you specify. You can also use Embed Plus to skip scenes in a video, play it in slow motion, zoom into an area of a video, and annotate a video. 

NEW!  Edina Apps Resources

Google Sites Resources
Molly's Webinar on Creating a Google Site for your Classroom

Google Docs Resources

Click for resources on safety mode, editing and viewing You Tube Videos.
YouTube Safety Mode: This is a great new feature which is simple to use. By clicking on the safety mode button at the bottom left of a YouTube screen it filters inappropriate words from comments or allow inappropriate videos to be played.












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