October 2009

Curriculum Links

Great resource for SMART, INTERWRITE & PROMETHEAN Boards and Pads...Explore this website full of Flash resources great to use with your students and your interactive Pad or Board!

Reading/Writing Links
Discover great Children's Literature with Podcasts

How to Tell A Story: a great 3 minute video by NPR storyteller Scott Simon

With Picture Book Maker, you can easily create a…picture book (including text). It can be saved online or printed out. It’s super-easy to use, plus no registration is required. The url of your creation can be posted on a student/teacher blog or website.

Math Links

Social Studies Links
Teaching With Documents lesson plans organize primary documents into key periods of U.S. history: the Revolution, expansion and reform, the Civil War and Reconstruction, industrialization, the emergence of modern America, the Great Depression and World War II, postwar United States and contemporary United States.

Explorers Routs in Google Earth- High School students created Google Earth tours of some famous Explorers.

Timeline Creator...an easy-to-use Web-based timeline creator that allows the user to include images and video; in addition, one can enter an RSS feed to automatically create a timeline

Timetoast...Another timeline creator...create a timeline and share it on the web

Science Links

Build It & Bust It is a site about engineering. Here your students can design and test their own structures and share what they learn with others.

Science activities that will catch the eye and mind of even the most indifferent student!

PUMAS (poo' • mas) -- is a collection of brief examples showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes can be used in interesting settings, including every day life.
Reference Links

Support Your Student's Success with Perspective

The Minnesota Department of Education presents Perspective, an exciting new program to provide educational resources for all students taking the statewide MCA tests. Perspective provides libraries of games, interactive activities, videos and worksheets to help students succeed. Students can gain access to targeted resources that meet their needs by entering Learning Locator codes located on their MCA score reports.

iKeepSafe.org- Internet Safety

Multilingual glossary with hundreds of math terms defined in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, English, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Just select a letter of the alphabet to get a list of mathematical terms beginning with that letter, choose a language, and click on a term.

The Hmong In Minnesota is an impressive page of multimedia features from Minnesota Public Radio. All the text has audio support, and it includes several slideshows.
New! Teacher Highlight

I am going to start highlighting a project that an Elementary teacher is doing in their classroom and share the resources you would need to complete the project!
Teacher: Kristy Ardinger- Concord- 2nd Grade
Link to Project: Cloud Projects
Resource Used: TelAVision
Description of project: Students studied clouds and created a multimedia project to share their learning.
Want to try a project like this? Click Here!

 Just for Fun...Really Cool Websites

10x10 is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that occur in the news all over the world. Every hour the site collects 100 frequently used words and pictures from various international news sources and presents them as one large patchwork image.
Watch free technology training videos! Get help and answer your computer and gadget questions with thousands of video tutorials for PCs, Macs, and tons of different applications.

Readability: a simple tool that makes reading on the web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you are reading.

Quiettube Allows you to watch youtube videos without all the clutter around them.

The Scruffs is an online “hidden object” game — basically an “I Spy” kind of activity. You’re shown a list of items, and have to find them within the picture.

The musical group Black Eyed Peas has created a site called Planting My Ideas. You can use music, images, and words to create your own flower, which would then be posted in the site’s gallery. You can also post the link on a student or teacher’s website/blog, and have students write about it as a language development activity. It’s supposed to inspire creativity.