In the ClassroomIntegrate technology with your study of the achievements and adventures of great nonfictional or fictional men and women to discover and navigate what it was like to live and work in a particular place and period of time, or research themes and challenges that were influenced by various locations and cultures during different historical periods. Start by projecting on your whiteboard some of the student pages to explore and inspire your class to make their own "trips" that fit your curriculum. Some of the many samples include a Google Map created to correspond to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and projects such as the one created to accompany John Krakauer's Into Thin Air. The ideas work well for both individual or groups and are perfect for teaming up with colleagues in other departments to work on as an interdisciplinary project. All the resources and "how to" information that you will need are accessible directly from the site, so you will not have to hunt for anything.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomHelp your students uncover the roots of rich and diverse cultures through the concept of what "community" means to each of us. Perhaps start by interviewing parents and grandparents about family backgrounds and discuss culture and traditions. Expand to explore the host of information from this Web site about different heritages and cultures, much of which can be shared on your classroom whiteboard. Elementary and middle school students may want to create an online bulletin board using a tool such as Wall Wishers, (reviewed here), to represent the different aspects of their community: focusing on characteristics, benefits, responsibilities, and the impact of diverse cultures blending and working together to create a better society. High School students could consider a multi-dimensional project, perhaps by exploring heritage and culture through a study of historical figures, artists, or writers. Their research could be presented in a rich, interactive slide show that includes text, photos, and even videos, with the use of the Collage tool from VUVOX, (reviewed here).
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomBring galleries from all around the globe right into your classroom and project them in full view on your whiteboard or screen. Whether your objective is to explore curriculum connections to topics you are studying, introduce and examine concepts such as a particular theme or time period, practice descriptive writing, pair works of art with literary selections and historical documents, or develop art appreciation, start by selecting a museum, and then either chose to explore the museum or view the artwork. The drop-down menus and information bars let you navigate easily between the museum and artworks. Choose the "Create an Artwork Collection" feature to build a class collection of specific views of the artworks and add comments; then share online. Create and annotate a class collection to pair with a literary work or invite each student to select a work for a Favorites Museum, explaining his/her choice in written comments. Then share the link for parents to tour the "museum" and comment back. For more ideas, lesson plans, and projects, check out the National Gallery of Art reviewed here and browse the online resources for teachers and students. Try inviting the art teacher to collaborate on a joint venture with you.
Grades7 to 12
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In the ClassroomJust try to take the dictionaries away from your students when you project a Vocab-u-lous activity sheet on your whiteboard (or projector) or hand them the printable version of the worksheet. These are useful for SAT preparation and other tests that assess vocabulary, as well as building a strong vocabulary necessary for better reading comprehension and oral and written communication. When using this activity with a class set of computers, provide a link from your class web page to a reputable online dictionary. For additional practice, provide this link on your class website for students to access at home.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomCreate an innovative, exciting revision experience for students to edit each other's writing and engage in the peer review process by using the collaboration feature of Google Docs. This tool facilitates teacher comments on student essays by not having to wait until students turn in their papers. Check essays online, monitor progress, and even make suggestions for revisions to provide feedback along the way to drive successful proofreading and editing skills. After students are entered as collaborators, they will each have a different color to distinguish what they contributed to the document, and you can easily see who made what revisions. Suggested lesson plans for peer editing, complete with downloadable, reproducible handouts and online tutorials are provided. The ease of access to Google Docs makes these lessons a breeze to carry out from any internet connection, so you may start it in the classroom and continue as a homework assignment.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomCheck out this educational page for many ideas, links, and ready to do projects. This all-encompassing lesson plan challenges students to participate in enthusiastic learning activities about why kites have often appeared in poetry, legends, and folk tales, and have led to important scientific discoveries. Invite students to try one of the many ideas to create and decorate a kite that represents flags from various countries. Ask them to label the kite with that country's word for kite, using the link provided for the Kite Translation Table. Allow your students to be adventurous with technology by providing them with the opportunity to create online posters using Animoto for Education reviewed here.
Grades2 to 12
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In the ClassroomOnly a little play is needed to learn how to use this tool. Create a class account for students to use in order to collaborate with others.
Create teacher-made mashups to collect materials for a web-based assignment. Use this site for student groups to collect materials in mashups for their group projects. Assign students a topic and allow them to interact online. The research and conversations created through highlighting and annotating what they read can greatly enhance both their research skills and their online interaction on academic level skills. Or, use the site to post discussion assignments on specific articles or even parts of articles. Add stickies to highlight areas or for others to comment. Have students comment on the link in a "class discussion" as an outside of class assignment. Post assignments, post readings, science teachers - post online interactive labs, and more. Create whole-class mashups on a unit topic in lower grades, such as "things we learned about frogs" or "things that use energy."
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GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomDepending upon the age of your students and whether they are allowed to make their own accounts for Web 2.0 tools, consider making subaccounts to register students for accounts. Use the subaccounts for websites requiring email verification. Remember to create a master list of logins, passwords, and even subaccount email names.
Grades8 to 12
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In the ClassroomWalt Whitman continues to be one of the most discussed figures in American literary studies. Use this dynamic site for its ease of accessibility to his prominent works that used to only be available at research libraries. This will significantly change the way you are able to converse about the nature of his creative endeavors and the meaning of his renowned poems. Apprise students of this site for research purposes or to get to know the poet better when studying a particular poem. Challenge students to explore this site and then create a fictional Newspaper acticle, title of article, date, and body of article using the site Newspaper Clipping Generator.
Whether you choose to visit this site for scholarly purposes or just for the enjoyment of Whitman, the Archive will increase your knowledge and understanding by scanning this wonderful collection of links to many rare holdings.
Grades2 to 12
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In the ClassroomCreate a classroom signup for students to use under your supervision. An email address is required for registration. You could create a class registration. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. Project this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector during music class. ESL/ELL students may benefit from being able to use language in song. Use the singing as an opportunity to look at song lyrics as a form of poetry. Use in world language classes or in primary grades (some song classics for kids!) and for ESL/ELL.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomThere are so many ways to use this site! After introducing a feature from this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, set up a learning station with a computer ready to play one of the phonics games for younger students. Older students can watch a video about how to draw cartoons; there are several from which to pick! Ask your older students to read through the very creative and thorough tutorial for Comics Lab Extreme, and then form small groups of students to create a story of an historic person, an advertisement for a curriculum topic being studied, or demonstrate the meaning of a word using Comics Lab Extreme. Don't miss the many other comic-creation tools from the TeachersFirst collectionfound here.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomYour students need to know about time management skills. Todoist will help you teach them and give them practice. Any student would appreciate having an online time management account, but learning support students and disorganized gifted students need one. You may want to model using this online tool to help middle and high school students learn better personal organization. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector the first week of school to help students set-up their own accounts. Parents may appreciate learning about this site also. Use this site professionally to keep yourself organized! Make a demo account for a mythical student and organize his/hers together so students can see how it works.
What a fabulous organizational tool for teachers and students!Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5
Grades3 to 12
Be aware: some of the ideas suggested in the "Tools" section do require the purchase of various software programs. The free audio stories in the "Storykeepers' Gallery" make this a fabulous site!
In the ClassroomUse your projector to show your students the categories for the different types of digital stories. Each type of story has a description. Once you,'''''''?,"''''''?ve shown your students the stories, have them choose a category and create their own digital story. Many of the tools and programs students will need to learn can be found at (this site) which explains how these programs work. You may want to use Fliggo (reviewed here) to post student's digital stories to the web.
Grades1 to 6
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In the ClassroomShare the latest polls with students and compare results to those found within your class. Create a link on classroom computers and allow students to read headlines and latest news then prepare a summary to present to the class. Have students use a multimedia tool such as an online, interactive poster creator (known as a "glog,") using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here. Follow students' favorite teams through the site to use as story starters and journal topics. Practice math by following statistics of Major League Baseball teams.
Grades5 to 10
In the ClassroomHow many times have you provided students with directions for writing an outstanding essay, story, or report, and how many times have you provided them with advice to use a writing process approach that includes a checklist for proofreading and revising? Too often they either do not know how to revise, or they simply choose to skip that step. Project this website on your interactive whiteboard or projector to focus on how to write an outstanding piece, whether it is to compare/contrast, to describe, to explain, or another type of written assignment. Have student partners ask each other the questions as they revise together in a writing conference. This site is especially useful when preparing for the writing portion of high stakes assessments. You will find this site helpful before, during, after, or as a review of the writing expectations. Share the link on your class web page for students to apply the revising tips to their own drafts. They'll have no more excuses for handing in an assignment that doesn't have a strong introduction, body paragraphs with specific supporting evidence, and a conclusion that restates the main idea and leaves the reader with something meaningful.
GradesK to 8
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In the ClassroomAdd Post-it notes to your back-to-school supply list and "stick" to this website for ideas that will make teaching and learning fun, motivating, and practical. Maybe even ask for Post-it contributions from home. Find unique ideas for using the repositionable sticky notes for Venn Diagrams and more comparing and contrasting techniques, timelines, story maps, bulletin boards, classroom management, and other sticky ideas.
Grades7 to 12
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