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Top 3 Paragons of the Week – Episode 9

Paragons of the Week is a reoccurring post highlighting resources that I find to be worth mentioning. I come across 100s of useful tools for educators each week. Below are the top 3 “paragons” that I found this week that I feel teachers might dig. To view previous Paragons, click here.


1. Invention at Play

Invention at Play is a fantastic interactive website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. When asked what inspired them to become inventors, many adults tell stories about playing as children. The Invention Playhouse takes this fact and offers up great activities to increase problem solving ability, visual thinking, collaboration, and exploration.

2. Virtual Piano

As a computer teacher, I can see this site as having huge potential. Virtual Piano is a beautifully sounding piano that you play by typing on your keyboard. You can play Für Elise by following the key-pattern available. As this is in beta version, I’m guessing that over time, there will be more song choices and hopefully more learning connectivity with the computer keyboard.

3. Story Jumper

Story Jumper is a wonderful new site that allows children to create their very own books. You can create cover pages, add text, upload drawings or photos to illustrate your story, and you can use the StoryJumper clipart gallery, too.

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2 responses to “Top 3 Paragons of the Week – Episode 9

  1. Pam Thompson March 20, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for sharing these – I will share them with teachers at my school.I love the Smithsonian site on inventions. It’s a great resource for creativity.

    • Keith March 20, 2010 at 8:59 am

      Thanks for visiting. Glad you found Techhappy helpful. Smithsonian is a great resource full of fantastic information.

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