Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomAside from the pure "wow" factor of this site's appearance, projected on an interactive whiteboard or projector, it would serve as a good current events warm up for a social studies or science class. Additionally, its very configuration would spark an interesting science or culture discussion. Perhaps more beautiful than practical, it still deserves a place in your bag of tricks. Pull it out when you need something to spark discussion or wake up your class. Have students investigate a story of their choice and create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. As a higher level thinking challenge, have students discuss the "why" connections behind these articles or use ideas from this site to spark an unusual essay or blogging assignment. Teachers of gifted will want to share this link on their class web page, for sure!
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomHave students try out these simple skills based activities using an individual laptop. Share this site with parents (on your class wiki or website), so students can practice at home. Since the games are very kid friendly, make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center.
Grades4 to 8
tag(s): fractions (239)
In the ClassroomWith younger students, you may want to introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students try this activity independently or with a partner to practice ordering fractions. Use as an informal assessment by having students explain their thinking as they attempt to order the fractions. List this link on your class website so students can practice this skill both in and out of the classroom.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomAfter introducing quadratic equations to students, have them participate in this webquest to deepen their understanding. Share the webquest on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work in cooperative learning groups to complete the quest, or on individual laptops. Have students record their notes and follow up the webquest with a discussion to synthesize information. Create a class wiki about how to solve quadratic equations. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse the interactive section's problem generator to create team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Check out the videos to reach struggling students or help deepen understanding of concepts. For a project, have students recreate a video using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here) and share with classmates. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): data (148)
In the ClassroomGo through the brief descriptions on the different types of graphs and then have students take the follow up quizzes independently. Have students do a scavenger hunt to find the various types of graphs in informational texts. Then, have students compile them into a multimedia presentation to share with each other. Have students create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here to share their findings. This site would also make a great review before standardized testing. Consider including this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom for additional practice and information.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomAssign during computer lab to allow students to explore angles and protractors through several different activities. Demonstrate congruent angles, opposite angles, right angles on the interactive whiteboard or projector through the use of the online games. Have students create simple instructional videos using this site to demonstrate a math concept requiring a protractor. Share the videos on a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomDemonstrate use of the protractor by showing students the introduction to the website on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow students to create and measure their own angles. Be sure to list this site on your class website for students to access in and out of the class.
Grades7 to 12
Spruz provides an online space for forums (threaded discussions), blogs, "friends," groups, personal spaces for members, and more. As the administrator, you can control the actual set-up. Make your space private or set to public. Members still have to join to be part of the site. Assuming you can access the URL at school, this tool can provide a PRIVATE online space for your classes or teaching team as an electronic home for use in and out of school. This site touts that they have beefed up their business model in order to continue to offer free services.
In the ClassroomBefore you start, make sure filtering on the school network will not block your specific URL. See some of the tips from the Edge team. Set up a network, including name, URL, and description. Be sure to choose Private to limit viewing of your network to those you INVITE to join. Drag your desired features to create your layout. You can always change it later. Make appearance choices. Click on the parts of the site you wish to create such as chat, forum, blog, links, bookmarks, files, etc. Be sure to check the box that requires approval from the account owner for members to join. Change profile questions and options available to members easily.
A class social network has limitless possibilities. Engage students in discussions on current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Create groups for students to work on projects and use the space as a forum to work out tasks, scheduling, and file sharing. Get creative and ask students to play the role of a historical figure on a social network across time: Ben Franklin networks with Harry Truman to argue about the atomic bomb. Use the site as a forum for any simulated or real task. Invite parents to join to give their points of view on upcoming elections or public policy issues. Include the principal or superintendent in your class discussions of students' rights as you study the Constitution. Your students themselves will suggest ways to use this all-too-familiar tool from their world. Imagine the "profiles" they could create as characters from fiction or inventors from history! Create incredible discussions of environmental, political, or economic issues. Inviting members from another school or community provides incredible perspective into a variety of different beliefs and values. Definitely plan to model and use this tool in lessons about Internet safety and the "lasting" nature of one's Internet presence. Social networking is part of life today, and the opportunity to learn about it in a private space is important for today's students.
Parent permission advised before posting student work created using this tool
Includes social features, such as "friends," comments, ratings by others
Requires registration/log-in (WITH email)
Premium version (not free) includes additional features or storage
Products can be shared by URL
Includes teacher tools for registering and/or monitoring students
Grades4 to 12
Grades3 to 12
tag(s): flash cards (47)
In the ClassroomCreate flashcards for any subject to review material being learned in class. Use this as a review for vocabulary before tests. As a pre-assessment, create a study list to use on the interactive whiteboard or projector to find out what students already know. Provide this link on your class website for students to use to create flashcards both in and out of your classroom. Learning support teachers may want to show students how to create their own cards. The process of creating the will actually reinforce skills, as well.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomUse a whole-class account created using a teacher (memberships) email for students to create comics that can be easily monitored/managed by the teacher. Click on buttons to learn the basics that can be used to create the comic. To use, click "Create" and then on "New drawing." Use the tools to create shapes, draw lines, change points, and drag segments easily. Click on the camera icon to take or upload a picture. Click Text tab to add caption bubbles and text. When finished, easily save your comic by adding a title and description. Comics can also be marked private, if you wish. Share completed online comics by copy/pasting the URL of the "finished" comic. Be sure to KEEP a record of these URLs or manage them using "My Comics."
Provide only the link to the "Create" portion of the site to remove possible viewing of public comics. If desired, require students to take a screenshot of their comic instead of saving to the site. Take a snapshot using the print screen (PrtScrn) button on a PC or using the screenshot shortcut in a Mac (apple/shift/4.) Images can then be uploaded to a blog, wiki, or other site for display.
Use Chogger to explain vocabulary words or other concepts from any class or subject area. Use comics to write summaries of current events, responses to reading assignments, expressions of teen problems, and creative works of humor. With younger students, use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share or create a class comic on a current topic of study, such as the life cycle of the frog or ways to conserve energy. Use this site to integrate an art and writing lesson. Why not have students create comics to demonstrate a concept in science or social studies, rather than a traditional paper/pencil quiz? World language teachers and ESL/ELL teachers will love the chance for students to demonstrate written language skills in the "context" of their comic situations. Emotional support /autistic support teachers and students can create comics to help explain social interactions.
Grades5 to 12
Registration at this site does require an email address. Rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. 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.
tag(s): enrichment (13)
In the ClassroomReference this site when referring students to summer enrichment programs that involve engineering, math, technology, and/or science opportunities. Collect site ideas from others in your school! Tell teachers new to your area about this site as well. Be sure to provide this link on your class website to share with students and parents at home.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomA great interactive site to use for skills related practice. Have students work in small groups to design a math game that incorporates engaging pop culture characters and themes with a topic like the games in Sumdog. Share the games on your class wiki or on video using a video sharing site such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. Encourage students to play these games at home for further skills practice.
Grades1 to 12
In the ClassroomThis is a great site to help students sequence, brainstorm, and organize information. Use on an interactive whiteboard or projector and fill out organizers after a lesson. Print out organizers and have students use them in cooperative reading groups. Use the organizers to differentiate for students who need extra scaffolding or for students who need extension activities. As students get older and learn which study skills help them best, they will want to access this site on their own to study for tests. Be sure to save this site in your personal favorites!
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): women (101)
In the ClassroomUse this with your students to encourage students, especially female students to seek knowledge in science. Have students listen to a podcast from the site. Then have the students think about a type of scientist that they would like to interview. Have them either role play as the scientist and student, or put the students in contact with real life scientists to interview. You could even have students create their own podcasts of their interviews using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomDivide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have students work together to form their mission groups and create a friendly competition within your class. Another option is to work on this as a whole class and compete against another classroom. Use the training videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector to prepare students for the missions. Have students blog or journal their experiences as they complete each mission. Lesson plans and materials are available at an additional cost. Teachers can sign up for their class.
Grades1 to 8
In the ClassroomThis website can be used in many different ways. This site would make a great lesson starter. Use it with a projector and interactive whiteboard to introduce a topic to the whole class. Use the provided assessment worksheets as a pre-assessment to see what students already know. Since the lessons are self paced, use the site as a center during math time. The site can also be used for remediation and review. Assign a particular lesson for homework and have students complete the activity worksheet for extra credit.
Grades2 to 12
tag(s): census (19)