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Inventions, Snappy Words, Footnotes…

Visit Invention at Play to learn how play – the ordinary and everyday “work of childhood” – connects to the creative impulse of both historic and contemporary inventors. The Invention Playhouse offers opportunities for solving puzzles and games while Inventors’ Stories shares info on how some important inventors got started.

Snappy Words is an interesting online visual dictionary…it shows the connections between related terms and concepts.  Works great as a writing tool, but be aware that students can look up “bad” words.  However, now that I think about it, I did the same thing with the huge paper-based dictionary on the back shelf when I was in 5th grade.

Get your students to TryScience. This site has simulations, games, and teacher resources for sharing science topics with your students.

Add Footnote.com to your list of resources for primary documents. Browse by era or event…there are over 70,000 documents!  Also check out EyeWitness to History, a similar site I ran across this week.

Use Math TV as a extra resource for your students who could stand to see a few more examples…or for parents who can’t quite remember Algebra.

Our Courts, Science Interactives…Snow!

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468 Use Our Courts as a great civics resource.  Included among the games are many lesson plans written for all grade levels.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468You have to click a few layers down to get to the good stuff, but LearningScience.org does have lots of links to online science interactives.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Today’s snow reminds me of one of my favorite sites…and I probably haven’t shared it for a while.  SnowCrystals.com.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468If you’re interested in exploring ways in which your students can write online with blogs, check out Kidblog.  You can set up controlled blogs for your students without them needing an email address.  Kidblog defaults to allowing only classmates to view blogs.

STEM, Zeitgeist…

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Happy New Year! Even though many of us put it off yesterday, reality is back in full force today!  Welcome back.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468 The STEM Education Resource Center from PBS is full of resources to help you teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  They should think of an acronym for all those.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468The heading on the MyCalculus site reads, “Welcome to MyCalculus – the place to solve YOUR calculus problems!” I just solved one of my own that’s been nagging at me.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Catch the Science Bug focuses on science literacy, careers, and more.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Take a look at the Google Zeitgeist for 2009.  It shows search trends for the entire year.  It’s kind of like a current events review.

Web Wonders is Back!

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Ahhh…another school year begins and so to the Weekly Web Wonders.  Welcome back to all of you, many of whom are new to the list.

Weekly Web Wonders is a regular (weekly) email sent by Kevin Clark from the Berrien RESA.  It contains 4-5 internet resources (web) that I feel would be good additions to your teaching toolbox (wonders).

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468 There are a lot of interactive whiteboards out there, so check out PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games.  These activities were created to take advantage of the capabilities of interactive boards, but could be used by anyone.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468I suspect that you’ll be sending lots of information home this week.  Why not personalize your documents using your own handwriting.  FontCapture creates a font from your handwriting for free.  Then, select all your text and change the font to…yours!

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468EduTube is a new portal for education videos.  Videos are organized by subject and grade level.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Starting the year with flashy science demonstration is a great way to get your students excited about being back in school.  Check out Science is Fun the Lab of Shakhashiri…very awesome!

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Keep your eyes open for this semester’s technology workshops…coming soon!

Rhymes, Scribbles, and Glogster…

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468If you’re writing some poetry, Write rhymes is a site worth checking out.  Type your prose, then click on any word to find others that rhyme.  Very fun.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468There’s still plenty of time for students in grades 5-8 to enter the Young Scientist Challenge.  May 20 is the deadline.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Let’s say you use maps…Scribble Maps is an awesome tool that lets you draw, place markers, label, and otherwise mark up an online map.  Then you can save, print, or share them with others.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Glogster is a fun tool that teachers and students are enjoying.  What does it do?  You can create interactive posters using text, images, video, etc.  It’s another way for students to show what they know.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468NationStates is a free nation simulation game. “Build a nation and run it according to your own warped political ideals.”  Sounds just right for your students.

Brain Fun, Online Games, Video Resources…

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Fun 4 The Brain contains activities for Math, Science, and English.  Lots to choose from here…

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Turn your computer into a “virtual telescope” with the WorldWide Telescope.  You can download an application for Windows, or use the web-based version for Windows or Mac.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Academic Skills Builders is another site for quick and easy mind games.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468The BBC – Schools site has a hundreds of resources across the curriculum and for all age levels.  It obviously caters to the United Kingdom, but there are many lessons, videos, activities, etc. that would benefit those of us on this side of “the pond.”

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Academic Earth has collected “thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars.”  Great for high school students.

Pigskin, Printable Paper, Possible Proceeds…

Welcome back to a new school year and a new set of Weekly Web Wonders…check out the new logo…I made it myself! :-)

OK…on to this week’s wonders.
Pigskin Geography is a 17-week program that motivates students to learn U.S. geography by tracking the travels of NFL Teams. It’s actually a newspaper-based program, but you can get the info online as well.

I’m not sure why, but I love Printable Paper. I guess because it’s so simple. Don’t have any graph paper? Just print the sheets you need. Want more? How about penmanship paper, music score sheets, chord charts, logarithmic graph paper, calendars, seating charts…man, what a list!

Hands-on experiments are a great way to start the year off with a bang…and, they happen to be equally effective during the year as well. Hunkin’s Experiments describes over 200 easy activities that will get your students thinking and doing.

High school teachers…start the year off with your students by creating accounts on Evernote. Evernote helps students keep track of notes, web pages, photos, image from their phones, whatever. Then they can search and access that info to find it when they need it. It’s like an electronic Trapper Keeper!

Last item…and I’ll try to remember to send reminders out later. Best Buy’s Teach Awards grants are open and taking applications. There are many local teachers who have been awarded this grant so it’s definately worth pursuing!!

Have a great first week of school!

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