YouTube: An Open Letter to Educators – Interesting idea. Not sure I agree. Education needs a foundation of “facts” in order to build upon ideas, spark creativity, and develop new ideas. However, I do agree that education needs to adapt. Less standards/test driven and more practical/process/hands-on driven.
The Royal Society: Trailblazing – an interactive timeline of over 60,000 articles published by the Royal Society from 1665 to 2010.
James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead.com - more for younger to middle school level students, this site provides book recommendations as well as some tips on how to get kids reading. In particular, take a look at the 12 Tried and True Ways to Get Your Kiddos Reading. I <3 #9 “Love Your Books and Your Library!”
National Constitution Center: Interactive Constitution – Search the constitution by keyword, explore by a topic, or search by a Supreme Court Case.
The Great Fire of London, 1666 (game) – Probably not too useful for high school level, but an interesting (to me at least!) learning game about the Great Fire of London.
The Periodic Table of Videos – Thanks to Cali Lewis over at GeekBrief.TV for sharing this cool site. What makes this periodic table great is that there are short videos describing each element and/or showing an experiment using the element.
National Geographic: Wildlife Filmmaker – “Make a custom nature film with animal clips, sounds, and more. Then share your masterpiece with friends.”
ThinkQuest: Math Movies: Math for Everyone – “Have you ever wondered how mathematics is actually applied in everyday life? Do you like games and movies? Are you looking for ideas for your science project? … Are you a teacher looking for lesson plans and fresh teaching idea? Welcome to Math Movies.”
Tony Vincent over at the Learning in Hand blog posted the following: “How to Cheat” – he provides examples of YouTube videos that show students methods on how to cheat. As Tony says, we don’t want our kids to see these videos, but they are out there nonetheless. As teachers, we need to be familiar with them, too, so we can prevent the use of them in our classrooms.
Another great post by Tony Vincents is “Video Podcasts Free Up Class Time” – “… video podcasts to remove lecture from class. Viewing podcasts made by teachers is given as homework so teachers and students can focus on hands-on activities and direct problem solving during class time. For students without Internet, they can copy episodes to a flash drive. Those without computers can take home DVDs to play on their televisions.”
BibMe – a free online bibliography maker in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats.
Great TeacherTube video brought to my attention by Vicki Davis via Twitter a while back with teachers who tell how they are going to use Web 2.0 tools in the classroom: Today
Sorry this is a little late. Edublogs was down for maintenance and then I forgot to finish the post. Forgive me!
The Futures Channel: Connecting learning to the real world – one of my math teachers (thanks Mrs. Thomas) brought this web site to my attention. Their other tag line is “Real Math, Real Science, Real Careers.” The site offers short movies in Shockwave/Flash format that introduce students to fun, interesting, and sometimes unusual careers. Each movie has a corresponding pdf classroom activity file.
European Space Operations Center: “Space debris: evolution in pictures” – VWB over at the A Library By Any Other Name blog posted this awesome picture from the European Space Operations Center . Not only are we littering up our own planet but space, too! VWB provides links to other great online resources on the topic of space junk.
Books for Teen Readers – Betsy Clem posted this over on The Georgia Library Media Association blog. Some great opportunities for teens to provide their input on books, as well as be “in the know” by receiving advanced readers copies of new books!
TheBestNotes.com – Similar to Sparknotes and Cliffs Notes, The Best Notes contain explanations of literary elements and chapter summaries/analysis. Not only does it offer them for the classics, some contemporary novels are dissected, too, such as Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
Now one just for fun. Thanks Sue Waters for sharing this one on Twitter: Animator vs. Animation by Alan Becker. Too funny!