TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 16, 2011
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Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomMake math engaging for students with strong visual/spatial interests. This site would be perfect for exploring on an interactive whiteboard. Use this site to introduce fractals, African art, mathematicians, or forms found in architecture. This TED video gives a wonderful explanation of his background and exploration of cultural uses of mathematics in their architecture and art, and make for a wonderful introduction. View the video as a class, and allow students to explore the site independently, allowing time for experimenting with the included applets. As students complete project, ask them to share their learning using Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, to create a website, video or presentation. Also consider asking students to use Genially, reviewed here, to create interactive images of completed projects. Use the interactive areas to add information about the math and art techniques used to create their projects.
GradesK to 6
tag(s): alphabet (48), decimals (85), drawing (61), fractions (159), game based learning (172), geometric shapes (130), keyboarding (29), latitude (9), literacy (102), longitude (9), number sense (70), numbers (120), operations (74), preK (247)
In the ClassroomShare this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, demonstrate how to use the specific tool/activity. Create a learning center on your whiteboard or on individual laptops and allow students to try it out on their own. List this as a student and parent resource on your classroom website. Use this site to informally assess skills to tell you which students to allow to do alternative work or go ahead. Allow your gifted students to explore new concepts while providing necessary reinforcement for those learners that need a technology-inspired method to help master learning goals. This is an excellent tool for differentiating. Provide as an anticipatory guide for new units.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomCapture your students' interest in the modern world of technology. Share this video on your interactive whiteboard or projector (be sure to use full screen mode). YouTube Play can be used in a variety of classroom settings; art, music, technology, language art, drama, science, or political science.
In the art classroom, explore the emerging world of creative video. Determine elements of design, technology, photography, and movement. Discover the integration of music, sound, and movement in video in many creative ways. Use the site to demonstrate how to convey a message through creative animation. Express a creative editorial on a current events or important issues that challenge our world such as over-population, fossil fuels, or pollution. Have students create innovative political campaign videos. Take your technology classes to a new level of excellence. Add a visual component to poems, prose, or narratives as an additional interpretation device. Introduce storyboarding techniques to create videos with a tool like online sticky notes that can be move around such as Webnote, reviewed here, easily share Webnote using the URL. Have your students make their own videos using a tool such as Kizoa, reviewed here, or Binumi, reviewed here, and then share them via TeacherTube, reviewed here.
Grades3 to 7
In the ClassroomEmphasize what you have presented or want to review in writing concept mini lessons. Reluctant writers as well as enthusiastic writers can gleam ideas to start writing, as well as several ideas for writing prompts. Share this site on your class website for students who need extra reinforcement with writing concepts at home or students who love to go beyond and dig deeper into writing. Part of the site includes an area to continue the started story. Be sure to monitor closely since not all posts appear to be part of the topic. Use this site as an example of ways to continue writing workshop ideas onto your own classroom blog. Share your class stories using a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomUse this resource to have students or groups of students teleport to a random area. Assign projects that require students to learn more about the area including history, people living there, natural resources, ecosystem information, and more. Create travel brochures, wiki pages, and more with the information. Have students make a multimedia presentation or mystery tour of world locations using one of the reviewed TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
tag(s): climate (78), climate change (84), conservation (82), ecosystems (71), electricity (59), energy (129), environment (231), natural resources (36), OER (42), persuasive writing (53), solar energy (33), sustainability (42)
In the ClassroomThe e-Card project series (found under Programs) invites students to research a topic, write a persuasive letter to an individual they believe makes decisions that effect environment, then design and create an e-Card. Have your students share their work on the e-Cards website and view what other students have created.
There is a range of lessons and activities here, some more complex than others. You may want to choose a few that fit your curricular needs and then allow small groups of students to investigate one together. Have student groups make an online Blabberize, reviewed here, of things they discover about their topic, and later rearrange the items to "explain" their topic to classmates visually. Blabberize is a photo editing tool that creates talking animations from a photo or other image.