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Monthly Archives: November 2011

3 Fun Thanksgiving Sites for Elementary Students

1. FunSchool

FunSchool has several games and activities geared towards Thanksgiving. Turkey Filbriks is a ton of fun and tests your speed and memory. Thanksgiving Feast is an arcade-style game that teaches kids about nutrition. There’s a Thanksgiving Quiz to test your knowledge of the history of Thanksgiving, jokes, crafts, word plays, and more!

2. Primary Games

Primary Games has a great Thanksgiving section that’ll make kids thankful they dropped by. Word searches,puzzles, a cornucopia coloring bookThanksgiving sudoku, and much more, will keep little pilgrims engaged and learning until the turkey is out of the oven.

3. The Kidz Page

The Kidz Page has more than 50 puzzles, printables, word searches, and other activities that will have kids gobbling up facts and knowledge like they’re going out of style.

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Geography Awareness Week

November 13-19, 2011 is Geography Awareness Week (GAWeek) and to celebrate, National Geographic has teamed up with Mission Explore to encourage students (and adults) to think and learn about the interconnectedness of our world.

Missions

Students can challenge friends, classmates, and family members to complete missions and earn badges in a variety of different ways. Some of the challenges include:

More

There’s a ton of resources within the site for teachers and students alike. Download a poster, the missions, activity books, explore the book list, watch videos, read articles, participate in a blog-a-thon, and more!  

YouTube Cleaner

YouTube is a great learning tool and has become indispensable for many educators (as long as it’s not blocked).  However, most teachers who use YouTube will probably at some time, experience a related video or comment which is less than, shall we say, relevant. Personally, I am all for teaching students about appropriate online behavior and what to do if you see something raunchy online, but there are times when you just want a quick and clean viewing session without having to have discussions on digital citizenship.

Clea.nr is a browser extension for Chrome, FireFox or Safari that completely removes everything from YouTube (and Amazon if you want) except for the video. No more ads, related videos, comments, etc.

With Clea.nr you go from this:

To this:

There is also a great dimming feature that will darken the entire screen except for the video being shown.


Student Math Movies

Student Math Movies

Student Math Movies is a Wiki dedicated to sharing movies about many different math topics, ALL created by students! There are 18 different subjects including AdditionDecimalsDivisionEstimationExponents and more. You are also able to submit a video that your students create. Here is a great example on fractions with a Brady Bunch theme:

7 Billion People – Free App Alert

Today you are one of 7 billion people. How will your world change?

Free for a Limited Time!

Explore your changing world with National Geographic’s 7 Billion app for iPad.

  • informative videos
  • interactive maps
  • in-depth articles
  • stunning photography

Fish Smarty and Good to Know

Fish Smarty

Fish Smarty is a slick new site for kids to play educational games, make comics, and create drawings. Within the game section are activities like Division by 9-12, Vocabulary and Sentence Sequencing, Multiplication Facts, and more. There’s also a section of outdoor activities, which are great to get kids moving. Along with a useful parent section, there is also a Google for Kids safe search engine within the site.

Good to Know

Good to Know is a site from Google that teaches you a plethora of information about being safe online with such topics as: passwords, phishing, mobile security, shopping safety, malware, and more. There are also sections to learn more about your data on the web, your data on Google, and how to manage your online data.

Blogging From Young to Old(er)

As educators, we are constantly coming up with new ideas to integrate into our classrooms that will ultimately result in increased student learning, and hopefully, enhanced enjoyment and engagement. Here in the Intermediate school, students and teachers from various classes have been blogging for the past 2+ years. It has been a learning experience for everyone involved and so much has been gained from the journey.

Student Blogs

For our student bloggers, the reasons for blogging are numerous. Blogs are a place to showcase school work and projects they have completed. Students blog to improve their writing and share their written pieces with a larger audience. They use blogs as a form of online communication and collaboration, where they can read and leave comments on each other’s blogs. Blogging is also a way to develop their digital footprints in a very positive way.

Ed Tech Ideas

My professional blog is a place where I highlight useful web tools for students, teachers, and parents which I use in the computer lab.  I discover the resources from professional journals and blogs that come daily to my RSS reader, as well as shared from members of my personal learning community.  I began the blog two years as a way to reflect on learning experiences that were happening in my classroom, as well as a way to organize and share the many educational resources and tools that I have found essential to student learning in the 21st century.

Lifelong Learning

One thing that I noticed when I first began blogging is that I was immediately more reflective about the projects and activities I was doing in the classroom. Even though at the beginning, I had only 1 person who subscribed and read any postings I would make, knowing that there was 1 person reading made a major difference. Over time, the readership grew, but I’ve found that the amount of subscribers makes little difference. It’s the idea that your voice is out there and it has a home. For students and adults alike, blogging is a way for continuous written improvements, a place for deeper reflection and a way to communicate, collaborate and share ideas, which will prepare them for a life of unending learning and growth.

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