Wicked Websites!

Here are some great websites for teaching and learning!

The Scale of the Universe 2

posted Mar 14, 2013, 9:51 AM by Diane MacGregor

This is a great website that explores scale from the molecular level up to the planets! 
Could be used as a great discussion starter at any level!  http://htwins.net/scale2/


posted Feb 13, 2013, 10:30 AM by Diane MacGregor

Dropbox is a great program to use to move files, pictures, and videos from your iPad to your computer.  First you download the app on your iPad and create an account.  Then you download the application on your computer.  Using the same account, you sign in.  Dropbox takes the pictures or videos from your camera roll on your iPad and uploads them to your account in the "cloud".  When you open Dropbox on your laptop, your account will access those pictures and videos.  Dropbox will work with Windows, Mac, Linux, and mobile devices.  Check it out at https://www.dropbox.com/ !

Urban Legends--Checked Out!

posted Feb 13, 2013, 10:21 AM by Diane MacGregor

Ever wonder if a warning email or a story is really true?  There is a website that checks out all those stories and to let you know where the story comes from and if there is any truth to it. My students were telling me the story of the hanging munchkin in the original Wizard of Oz.  This story sounded suspicious to me so we went to Snopes.com and typed in Wizard of Oz hanging and the story popped up.  Turns out the story is not true.  The site gives the origin of where the rumor may have come. So the next time you hear a story that sounds suspicious, check it out at http://www.snopes.com!

Kathy Schrock's Rubrics for Common Core

posted Jan 14, 2013, 5:29 AM by Diane MacGregor   [ updated Jan 14, 2013, 6:10 AM ]

In Kathy Schrock's recent blog, she posted links to many resources of rubrics that have already been developed that are aligned with the common core.  Hope these resources will be helpful for you!

Ten Marks

posted Nov 15, 2012, 7:47 AM by Diane MacGregor

The next big thing for online math support!  Ten Marks is correlated to the Common Core Curriculum Standards and allows teachers to assign work to students at their levels.  Ten Marks provides math practice that includes hints and short video lessons for support for students as they practice.  And best of all--it's free!  There is a premium version available that includes assessments for students at each grade level.  Check it out at  http://tenmarks.com/

Nitro PDF Reader for PCs

posted Mar 13, 2012, 11:28 AM by Diane MacGregor

For PC users:
Rachael Boucher at MES found a great PC PDF creator called Nitro Reader.  You can download it free and then there is an icon on your desktop that you drag the word file onto and it instantly creates a PDF.  http://www.nitroreader.com/ 

Salmon Khan TED Talk on Khan Academy

posted Feb 13, 2012, 6:07 AM by Diane MacGregor

One of my favorite websites in Khan Academy!  I first used it last year when my daughter in high school was taking a Geometry class and needed help with angles.  I was a little rusty on how to calculate transverse angles so I went to Khan Academy and within 5 minutes was able to watch a quick video tutorial. It was amazing all the topics available not only in mathematics but in other subjects as well!  Now he has another section on the website for students to practice the concepts in math.  Teachers can sign up as their coach and view the progress of the whole class and it's all FREE!

Salman Khan explains in a TED Talk last spring how he got started and shares his vision for education using technology.

Check out this amazing TED Talk:  Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education


Great website correlates NWEA MAP Math

posted Feb 6, 2012, 9:45 AM by Diane MacGregor

Christy Owens found this website and it looks really helpful. Here is her message and the link: 

"Maybe you have already seen this but I am flipping out over this website I found.  It goes with the NWEA scores.  Find your student's area(s) of weakness.  Click on the range for their score and it takes you to online games to practice that area." 

Teachers Pay Teachers

posted Jan 5, 2012, 1:20 PM by Diane MacGregor

How would you like to get paid for the teaching resources you create?!  Teacher Pay Teachers is a website that creates an open marketplace for educators where teachers buy, sell and share original teaching resources.  There are also tons of free resources!  This website comes to us from Christy Owens, Kindergarten teacher in Mt. Vernon Elementary.  Not only does she use the resources from it, but she also sells her own stuff (and if you have ever seen Christy's "stuff"--she could make a lot of money from this!)

PBS Learning Media

posted Dec 15, 2011, 11:15 AM by Diane MacGregor

PBS LearningMedia™ is your destination for easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia™ is free for educators. Register today!

It is free and the content has four levels of non-commercial, educational permitted uses.
There is a way to search, flag, organize and store the material.
After you explore 3 of the resources, you will be prompted to register, but it is free and share-able.


Thanks to Susan Trott for sharing this resource!

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