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This is a mixture of COOL SITES and COOL VIDEOS

Dozens of contributors have suggested websites.  The following people are principally responsible for suggesting and evaluating the sites that appear here

JK McCrea
Jake Solochek
Jeff Solochek
Karyn Solochek
Micah Solochek
Steve McCrea

The videos will eventually be copied to the I Saw It On Youtube site.

The Cool Sites and Videos are arranged as follows (in a very random order)... (if you want the sites in an organized way, then buy the book...):  

School Subjects
For younger students (and young at heart people who want to see lots of colors)  -- recommended by Kealani C.
poptropica.com (good for practicing READING)

LoriBrookes.com  Lori was my host mother last year in San Diego.  i spent my vacation there last year in June and also attended an English school.   Lori is a photographer.  She has her own buisness and takes a lot of different kinds of pictures. On her website you can see some of these pictures and you can also read about different topics.  So you can read something about her book "Aging Gracefully."  suggested by a student B. from Germany.

WhatDoYaKnow.com  by Dennis Yuzenas, super teacher in Palm Beach County, Florida
Please search "Dennis Yuzenas" on youtube


List of sites for learning vocabulary
esl.about.com  (English)

How to become a Certified Conversation Assistant (and learn the skills of talking to people who come from other cultures)




Middle East (sure, Iran, Afghanistan...)
North America (yes, Mexico is here)
Central America  (well, Mexico is here, too)
Australia, etc.  


DeviantArt.com    Just go there.   Creative people visit this site and show their work.   We can all be inspired by their efforts.   There is an artist inside each of us.

Maria from Russia sent dozens of sites:
 Мария Ушакова wrote:
http://allrecipes.com   Excellent recipes
http://www.meebo.com  Let's communicate
http://www.answers.com  Get Answers

http://www.ustream.tv  Excellent for watching TV shows

http://wordpress.com   Make a free websites

Please send her a THANK-YOU note by email for her work.  She is looking for pen pals around the world.


Wonderful photos!  See the world from 300 km above the earth.

thank you. I will add this to my list.

I recommend in addition:   search   TravelerIQ    travelpod.com/traveler-iq

Hey Steve,
I found a website where you can play with countries and cities of the whole world. (you have to find the cities and countries, etc).  I hope that is something interesting for you and your students. http://www.spielkarussell.de/spiele/denkspiele/topographie_spiele_sammlung.html
The website, which I like most is:  http://www.spielkarussell.de/spiele/denkspiele/topographie_stadte_anzeigen.html   There they just give you a city, and the country where the city is and then you have to find it on a map.
THIS IS LIKE Travelpod's Traveler IQ

Visit  Roadlovers.com for articles about travel

I hope you know what to do when you receive a fascinating invitation like this:

Dear Friend,
I'm sorry but happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Germany though i tried my best to involve you in the businnes but God decided the whole situations. Presently i'm in Germany for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my secretary in Burkina faso his name is Mr Robert  Edward on his e-mail address below 
(mrroberted@yahoo.com ) Ask him to send you the total of $4.8m, which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated all your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr Robert  Edward and instruct him where to send the amount to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time.
in the moment, I’m very busy here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Mr Robert Edward .he will send the amount to you without any delay.
Mr Muntasir Sharaf.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY or about an interesting place you visited.   Find a cool video on youtube.com
Here are some videos that I found about Fort Lauderdale
AirBoat ride  30 seconds

3 minutes interviews with visitors What did they say What do you like abour this place? Interviews  

2 minutes around Fort Lauderdale How many rooms
0:35 ??? 000 rooms learn more at sunny.org

2 minutes exercise, no engines, He started kiteboarding in Fort Lauderdale 2 started in 1999

Scuba   4 minutes

Arts on New River    3 minutes  

Intracoastal tour 2 minutes

Advice to Parents
How to use this list
1.  I have checked all of these sites.  They are educational.  Some are gory, shocking, eye-opening.   I suggest that you look at them first.   This list is my opinion about what is worth knowing about.   some of it might seem silly or a waste of your child's time.  That is your judgment.  Use your judgment.

2.  Use colors.   Here is a draft of an article that a fellow teacher (Kimberlie C.) and I are writing.   You are invited to comment on the contents of this article and the condition of this general website:   visualandactive@gmail.com.

Use More Colors to Get Your Kid to Say "I Love Math!"

"I hate math" is a too-common result of the focus on "drill and kill" exercises.

Here are Kimberlie's recollection of how her daughter Kealani revealed her distaste for math:

Here are soem strategies that Kimberlie tried (some of them worked) to help Kealani get through math:

Kimberlie then brought in Steve , a tutor.  Here are his strategies and comments:

I specialize in making math fun and tolerable for teenagers.  When I heard that Kealani had problems with math and a negative attitude toward the subject, I thought about the studies that I'd read and the way that math is addressed in Big Picture schools:  Integrate the quantitative studies with qualitative work.  Find the math in history, English Lit, Science and social studies.  Don't teach it as a separate entity.  Get into physics, chemistry and biology and discover the math.

Here are some procedures that you, the parent, can do with your child that will avoid the cost of a tutor.  The idea is to use the word "M A T H" s little as possible.

1.  Do the homework with colored pens.  I find the Crayola style felt-tip pens both narrow and wide are excellent.  The ink flows and the colors are vibrant.  

2. Don't focus on spelling.   "Lreaning is fun" is one of the sentences that Kealani wrote.  I photographed it to preserve this transposition.  Dyslexia is connected with creativity.  Live with it and suppress yor desire to force the kid to follow the society's standards.  There are plenty of teachers ahead in her scholastic career who will put her "back in the box."

By the way, don't attend spelling bees.   Visual learning does not depend on how you spell and mnay of us can raed this senentce even thugoh the leters are mispelded and scarbmeld.   Promote learning of international languages (Ebonics and Sign Language are not real foreign languages) and geography bees.

3.  Clip newspaper and magazine articles.  Explore magazines and newspapers for photos and headlines that contain numbers.  Math is everywhere.  Paste those articles and then ask her to talk about the article.   WRITE FOR HER:   The process of writing is a thought-stopper and it kill brainstorming.   that's why many authors talk to a recorder and then transcribe their ideas.

4.  Go to a store that has a lot of "manipulatives."  That's the code word for "things to play with."  In our area, Ace educational centers are the place to go.   Wife structure that take different shapes, dice, poker chips, legos, coins, matchsticks, toothpicks, little plastic cubes that can be piled.   She has seen some of these items in books and some at school, but play tiem has been limited.  Magnetic sticks are excellent.

5.  Magnetic sticks are good for geometry exercises.  play with the shapes, create 3-4-5 triangles, various forms of equilateral triangles and take photos of the shapes that she made.  "I want to make a gallery" was how Kealani put it.  She's right!  It's a portfolio and record of her progress and exploration.   The mind of quick thinking ADHD kids is so fast that there is little time to imprint some of their discoveries in their brain and they might have to re-trace the same steps to re-gain their discovery.   Save time for review of the previous session by looking at photos.

6.   Learn how to use google's "Sites" program and set up a web page for her work.   The photos can be uploaded and reviewed.  This is the beginning of an electronic portfolio that could help her get into a grat college.   The concept developed at Big Picture schools is "show the work, not just the transcript grade that was given for the work."  Let college admissions people see evidence of work achieved.   This is the begining of a Portfolio of Proess.

7.  Keep it light.  No more than 2 minutes at a time, and change the focus every 5 minutes... or not.   If the magnetic sticks are engrossing, let the flow.  See Abe Fischler about time not being a factor in learning.

8.  WHEN DOING HOMEWORK -- I've made it clear before, use colors.  But make it fun.  If you the tutor write the problems again in colors, on a separate piece of paper, then the student can focus on talking about the math exercise.   I set up the addition or subtraction problem  249-135 -   in a vertical setup and she picks up a pen and writes the answer.   OR she talks and I write.   

9.  Write for her.  yes, I've been "gad" and completed her homework when she gets tired.  There are some silly "magic square" puzzles for practicing addition and subtraction exercises (don't call them "math problems") that tire her out so I just complete the square for her.  Some of these items require watching an expert at work to see false starts and to see how an adult approaches obstacles.  See Alison Gopnik's work regarding the Teacher as a Coach.

10.  Video tape the student while s/he does the homework.   Then show her doing the homework (so she can evaluate her own work.)

If you want the theory behind the techniques, see the references at the end of this article or contact me.  For the sake of brevity, I've left out the sources of inspiration for these techniques.  

bigpicture.orgmetcenter.org and search the principles that the school uses, particularly "quantitative reasoning."
Waldorf schools
Montesorri learning
Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson (hierarchies of development)

newcityschool.org in St. Louis with the focus on portfolio building. Don't assign homework, build a textbook.  Each discovery session adds a page or two to the folder of interesting items.  TECHNIQUE:  crate apage of "work done" and add at least one summary sentence from each session.

Alison Gopnik, The Teacher as a Coach, NY Times January 2005.

Mel Levine's books on socialization and appropriate interactions at various age levels

Dan Pink's twobrain approach to creativity.  Some of his exercises can be adapted to children.  Look at the FedEx logo.  What do you see?  DON"T tell the child.  Let the discovery happen.  If you say what is in the logo, you have taken away the discovery process.

Abe Fischler, TheStudentIsTheClass.com (particularly his comments about how to structure a classroom and a school)

www.visualandactive.com and click on "readings" to get inspired.  Share the readings and quotes with your child's math teacher.   If there is no response form teh teacher, remember that there are tutors who will help you learn procedures to balance the typcial "get throught he textbook" approach to teaching.

MathForArtists.com  My attempt to reduce stress for students... and we are all designers (artists) at heart.    Look for "wet math" with Dr. Ray McAlister.

Please consider donating an old computer or cash to Building International Bridges (help us meet our goal of connecting thousands of schools in the USA with thousands of schools around the world).

The mission of Building International Bridges

Here's the link to Lily the Black Bear in her den:


More sources for cool web sites

coolwebsites.dk << Sites that 
deserve attention for their design

For example: Here is a whale website
this site scored 6 butterflies...

AN EXCELLENT SITE for learning 
about new perspectives by Leslie Lott

Do you need a website?  Consider
Belize Affordable Web Design
Web-site & Blog addresses:

Recommendations by Jeff Solochek, computer expert

howtovideos with academics, gardening, algebra, a lot of subjects -- free!

WINE.com is a utlity that allows you go place a different operating system on a portion of your hard drive.  Then the computer asks you if you want to start up using Windows or using Linux.  

This program is used to remove trojan horses.  Jeff had torjans hiding in a recent Microsoft update.   

Office Version 10 is a beta version that has no expiration.   

OpenOffice.org is another source of free software.

Lubuntu is an academic style of operating system.

So is ubuntu.com, which takes less memory than windows.

If you want a close of microsoft office, you can use easyoffice.com, which costs $40

Use this program to help you with downloading videos in different formats.



Right now, the three big social networks are Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.  If we look at the past year, Facebook has added 54 million users, MySpace has lost 8 million and Twitter has added 13 million according to Compete.com

here is a great site (the owner must be a lot like you)
 In Search Of Heroes
Recommended by Jeff


http://www.picnicnetwork.org/page/76976/en    Together with our advisors we have been busy pulling together topics and themes that address the current challenges facing business and society. We strive to unite content from a wide variety of disciplines that is relevant for a broad spectrum of individuals. We keep one foot firmly planted in the present and the other reaching towards the future. With all of that in mind, we are excited to announce the core themes for PICNIC '10: Life, Design, City and Media.

Life, Design, City and Media are no longer limited to the realm of biologists, architects and journalists. These topics are increasing creeping into the daily lives of the average person. Amateurs are becoming just as important as experts in defining how these areas will shape our future.  picnicnetwork.org



KEY SITES    I saw I saw it on youtubeit on YOUTUBE   (videos) 

stumbleon.com  (a random way of learning)

FloatingNeutrinos.org   (a way of learning styles, called the Gregorc system: concrete, random, abstract, sequential)
We have used this method of describing learning styles to hundreds of students (without commenting on the originator’s claims of metaphysical senses) --  Dr. Gregorc’s system is well-described on this webpage maintained by a rock band.

zamzar.com (how to get videos stored from youtube for use when you are not on the internet)

Can you create a Wikipedia article? (a powerful skill)
How to Edit a Wikipedia Article

How to Edit Wikipedia

How to Create a Wikipedia Article

How to Create a Wikipedia Article   

(no speaking, just a great music track)


THIS FREE LIST is not really free.  You are taking time to look through it -- and I hope you will be inspired to send me some of your favorite websites and videos (ISawItOnYoutube.com).  PLEASE look at the BuildingIntlBridges channel on youtube and consider volunteering in a school.  

Breakfast Club with Mentors

Welcome to the COOL SITES list.   You are invited to send me some cool links on YouTube or other video sites and to send me links to cool sites, like zamzar.com  

Please suggest additional videos for your city.
There are many international visitors and students who want to learn about your country.  You can become a GELT:
Guide for English Language Travelers -- see www.TeacherstoTeachers.com and write to FreeEnglishLessons@gmail.com if you want to join the list.

Here are the TOP 20 Sites that I list in my book The Get Ahead Book.
Our 20 Favorite Websites
(that you might not have heard of)

Our test for including a site in this list is “When we heard about this site, did we immediately want to share it with someone?”  These sites are that good.  Ask us in a month and we might change some of these sites.


Zamzar.com (convert youtube videos to .mp3, .mp4 and other formats)

TED.com (listen to bright minds)

MIT Online ocw.mit.edu and BerkeleyOnline webcast.bekeley.edu for lectures and classnotes (learn about amazing subjects)

Investopedia.com (learn the vocabulary of business and have fun investing $100,000 “pretend” dollars)

Scribd.com (you can publish a book in .doc or .pdf form and others can download it)

Randi.org and Snopes.com (debunk myths)

TheStudentIstheClass.com  (it describes how we can improve our schools), Edreformer.com  (school reformer Tom vander Ark’s blog) and Bigpicture.org (Dennis Littky’s organization), HightechHigh.org (worth watching)

Historychannel.com (let’s avoid the mistakes of our ancestors).   Read out-of-print books at books.google.com.

Plant-Trees.org  (it’s not expensive to offset our carbon emissions – how about 25 cents per ton or $5 per person per year?)

Lanzbom.org compiled by a passionate teacher in San Diego.

This list is about "edu-taining" you -- information and entertainment.

Visit VisualandActive.com to learn more
See my friends' websites

It is a good idea to learn vocabulary (for US students and for international students) and culture from musicals and popular songs.   Here are some songs that my students recommended to me ... it is a long list and I encourage you to visit these songs "bit by bit"...

Songs for Culture and for "Feeling Better"
(FB) = Feeling Better, to inspire you 
(C) = cultural songs, to learn something about the culture of the country or the group
We like learning history with songs... The older generation needs to tell the younger generation about great songs...to keep the "golden oldies" alive in the hearts of children.

1776 words   (ask yourself, "What was the singer's viewpoint?   What is the argument?  What is she/she persuading others to do?"  It is pedagogical...)

The Egg

1776 The Musical - For God's Sake John Sit Down


Piddle Twiddle   1776


Molasses to Rum   1776


Cool Considerate Men   1776


Is Anybody There?   1776


Mama, Look Sharp   1776


Lyrics  Mama, Look Sharp   1776


He plays the violin   1776



for lyrics...  not really GREAT songs, but some students like the words... 

taylor swift on her SNL  


Kristinia DeBarge - Goodbye Lyrics on Screen

na na na na na   hey hey    goodbye

High school musical
Start of something new

you are the music in me.

demi levato  jonas   this is me

BS Boys   never gone

backstreet b oys   that's the way I want it

I promise you   Backstreet boys

I Still    B S Boys

Drowning   BS Boys


lrics memory   cats 



Under the Sea lyrics 

Mermaid   part of your world


Bare Necessities  Jungle Book


Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature's recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn't be fonder of my big home
The bees are buzzin' in the tree
To make some honey just for me
When you look under the rocks and plants
And take a glance at the fancy ants
Then maybe try a few

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities 
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don't need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue ?

So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard
'Cause let me tell you something little britches
If you act like that bee acts, uh uh
You're working too hard

And don't spend your time lookin' around
For something you want that can't be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin' about it
I'll tell you something true... the bear necessities of life will come to you

76 Trombones

Seventy-six trombones led the big parade
With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.
They were followed by rows and rows of the finest virtuo-
Sos, the cream of ev'ry famous band.

Seventy-six trombones caught the morning sun
With a hundred and ten cornets right behind
There were more than a thousand reeds 
Springing up like weeds
There were horns of ev'ry shape and kind.

There were copper bottom tympani in horse platoons
Thundering, thundering all along the way.
Double bell euphoniums and big bassoons,
Each bassoon having it's big, fat say!

There were fifty mounted cannon in the battery
Thundering, thundering louder than before
Clarinets of ev'ry size
And trumpeters who'd improvise
A full octave higher than the score!





If I were a wealthy man

you;ll never walk alone   Carousel


Elvis Presley    suspicious minds


EP  The Wonder of You


EP  IN the Ghetto


EP  amazing grace


EP  blue suede shooes


EP  Impossible Dream


Mary Poppins


Mary Poppins    a spoonful of sugar


when you wish upon a star


Impossible dream (Man of La Mancha)


Elvis P   devil in disguise


The Story...    
   Brandi Carlile
All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them to
It's true...I was made for you
I climbed across the mountain tops
Swam all across the ocean blue
I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules
But baby I broke them all for you
Because even when I was flat broke
You made me feel like a million bucks
You do
I was made for you
You see the smile that's on my mouth
It's hiding the words that don't come out
And all of my friends who think that I'm blessed
They don't know my head is a mess
No, they don't know who I really am
And they don't know what 
I've been through like you do
And I was made for you...
The Story Lyrics on http://www.lyricsmania.com/ ] 

Recommended by a student

Some of my students recommended pandora.com (especially my well-traveled nieces, Jessica, Olivia and Kristen, who all like to be pen pals with students who want to improve their English)

Kristen  klawson@bu.edu

Please suggest more songs and more lyrics and more websites and more fun videos (educational, of course)

If you want to find some pen pals, write to some names at TeachersToTeachers.com

Peppy song  

More Music

http://www.welkestijl.nl/  The Top 1000 Songs of the Past 30 Years ..

More from Maria U. of Russia

Please visit some of the videos at youtube.com/FreeEnglishLessons


Thomas Gloor from Switzerland is a dedicated student of English.  He hunts for good videos.  HEre are some of the videos that he recommends:
I think Body Language is very important for learn English . 

Good audio teacher.
Email me for free lesson at: lottidotti44@gmail.com Online English Lesson with Native English Speaker! Try a free online English conversation lesson.

(Of course, you can also get free lessons at FreeEnglishlessons@gmail.com)

Good for learning about British English
British English is so different from Amerikan English -- it is so funny, i don't understand all of the words. Have a a very nice day.

A cool Website, Video and Text !! The Lyrics have so much Power!!!  New York. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There's nothing you can’t do, Now you're in New York.




MORE TO EVALUATE....  These are "raw"


Chinese hackers found a security flaw in Internet Explorer. If you think your machine could be at risk, hit the source link for all the details. Or just switch to Firefox.  http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/15/ie-security-flaw-exploited-in-recent-google-attacks/   (From my computer geek expert)   

Hello DITA!   When I visit Czech, I will look for you in Ostrava.   I remember!    I have a dream -- to travel to cities in Czech and Germany to tell teachers about my method.   Can you find a teacher or a director of a school who wants to have a free workshop?   I can come to your city and teach the new methods to the teachers.   visit  http://www.visualandactive.com  

If you want material for your websites, here's an excellent group for Haiti earthquake donations: Merlin USA (Merlin stands for "Medical Relief International"). They're providing medical care plus emergency food, water and shelter.

>> Click main photo to donate.
>> Or first, read Haiti "Breaking News" stories on home page to learn more.
>> Get in-depth reporting on the UK "sister site" (click the little "Merlin UK" phrase in upper-right corner of USA home page). But stateside, people should return to USA site to actually donate (same navigation: from UK home page, click "Merlin USA" in upper-right).

Full disclosure: I work for them (half-time grantwriting). But it's a great group with an amazing track record as an emergency first-responder: very well known in the UK, where it's headquartered; less known in the USA, where an outreach office opened just in 2008.


Chinese hackers found a security flaw in Internet Explorer. If you think your machine could be at risk, hit the source link for all the details. Or just switch to Firefox.  http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/15/ie-security-flaw-exploited-in-recent-google-attacks/

IE security flaw exploited in recent Google attacks

By Joseph L. Flatley  posted Jan 15th 2010 2:02PM
This next item's for any rogue states out there that might be planning a comprehensive wave of cyber-attacks: It looks like Microsoft has admitted that indeed it was a security flaw in Internet Explorer that hackers based in China exploited in the recent attacks on Google. As is often the case, the flaw is neatly summed up in the title of the advisory: "Vulnerability in Internet Explorer could allow remote code execution." According to news agency AFP, the incident (which targeted Chinese human rights activists) shows "a level of sophistication above that of typical, isolated cyber criminal efforts." (Which is, evidently, how we like to think of our own cyber criminal efforts.) Microsoft has yet to release a formal software update. In the meantime, if you think your machine could be at risk, hit the source link for all the details. Or just switch to Firefox.

I've just today descovered your website . It's very interesting especially the videos that I appreciate and stand in fond of your method of teaching , ,it's very attracting.
  I'll contact you frequently to learn from you and your approches.
thank you a lot for scribd.com it's a site that finally satisfied me.
100000000 thanks for you Free English Lessons (next time , I'll call you by your real name)

Best regards

Help us put the Internet on DVD and then share the DVDs with schools around the world.  These videos can be loaded onto computer, even older computers, and viewed by students who are not connected to the Internet... 

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