Maine Forest Service has an animated video explaining why leaves change colors.These websites are great to use with students in the lab or on interactive white boards.
Building Language for Literacy
Fridge Magnet Poetry
Magnetic Poetry Tiles
Make a Word
Road Hog Spelling
Visual Dictionary Online
Snappy Words is a free visual dictionary and thesaurus. Enter any word or phrase into the Snappy Words search box and it will create a web of related words, phrases, and definitions.
Wordquest is a new site from PBS where beginning readers can learn new vocabulary and practice phonics in a fun way. Users can join a “team” or just play as a guest
Online Writing: This online resource teaches kids how to create online a brochure, newspaper, flyer or booklet. The formatting is already done. The Guide is a simple tutorial. It would be easy for kids to use (at home too). One drawback: you can’t upload pictures. A space is reserved for the pictures but you draw/glue a picture after you print it.
Get Smart About Art
Admission is free at the Smart Museum, where your students will be welcomed by the smARTkids, four students of upper-elementary and middle-school age. When students click on the girl at the left, she takes them to meet an artist, visit a studio and see some great art. The boy next to her shows students different ways to look at art and how to tell a story using art.
Click Here to Visit Behind the Scenes focuses on the workers’ perspective, be it the artists, their assistants or performers.
Click Here to Visit Tate Shots presents videos about modern and contemporary art in general, including a selection of films by artists in their collection, documentation of public programs and artist interviews.
Click Here to Visit ArtTube features videos about art and design.
Click Here to Visit ArtBabble founded by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, shows a selection of art videos produced by various arts organizations and is becoming the most important public online database for free art-related videos.
Picturing America is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Picturing America is an interactive gallery of artwork related to events, people, and themes in American history.
Muro is a free tool that allows you to create original drawings containing multiple layers, backgrounds, and brush stroke styles.
New! Edina Apps Resources
Google Docs Video Resources
Google Launches a Family Safety Center
The Family Safety Center introduces parents to and shows them how to use Google's safety tools including safe search, safe search lock, and YouTube's safety mode. Google has partnered with a number of child safety organizations to develop educational materials for dealing with topics like cyberbullying, strangers online, protecting personal information, and avoiding malware online.
At Google, we support the education of families on how to stay safe online. That's why we've teamed up with online safety organization iKeepSafe to develop curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible online citizen.
curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students
to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. On this site you'll find a
resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF
form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame
Lessons (workshops) include:
Brain Pop Curriculum Calendar- Shows all Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. movies for the month.
Username and Password can be found in the O:Drive>Technology>Brain Pop
New! Keyboarding Site
Smilebox Premium Account for Teachers
The Smilebox Teacher’s Toolbox program is a teacher’s digital companion for creative classroom communication. Teacher’s Toolbox gives teachers at all grade levels an easy and creative way to safely share photos, videos, and classroom updates to students and parents.
Apply for a FREE Premium account because you are a teacher! Apply here!
Create photo-personalized blog headers, newsletters, desk name tags, and class photo frames. It’s as easy as dragging photos into our back to school
They have also put together a list of suggested Picnik activities for students.
Dotty Dots- Write a fun message in bubbles that the kids can play with. Great for a Welcome message on an Interactive White board!
The Week in Rap (okay for kids!)The Week in Rap produced by Flocabulary is a free weekly rap video recapping the week's biggest news stories. The Week in Rap is back for the 2010-2011 school year. The first video of the new school year came out today. This week's video is a recap of the summer's biggest stories.
Study flashcards online or mobile and pass your exams. CoboCards.
Tagxedo (like wordle, but so much cooler!)turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
Example of Obama's Back to School Speech...