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History, Physics, Bio…it’s all here

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468 If you teach history, then check out Teaching History with Technology. Lesson plans, activities, tutorials, podcasts…these resources and more are available.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468The Physics Classroom is a great resource for all levels of physics students.  Mostly covers forces and motion, but there’s some other interactives and simulations as well.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468PhycoTech is a company in St. Joseph that focuses on aquatic analysis.  They have tons of online photos to check out…all types of algae and zooplankton for you biology teachers to ogle.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Alright, government teachers, you’ll be happy to know that C-SPAN now has archival video footage….every C-SPAN program aired since 1987. Now that’s a lot of very dry TV.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468I haven’t forgotten you, Language Arts teachers.  Here’s a dictionary for kids…it is a Math Dictionary for Kids, but it’s still a dictionary.

QuietTube, Docs, Doc Cameras…

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468If you like watching YouTube videos, but don’t like all the “noise” on the page, check out QuietTube.  It also supports Viddler and Vimeo, which are often not blocked at school.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468If you have a Google Docs account you will soon have the ability to upload any type of file under 250MB.  You can only edit office-type files, but can store and access any of them from any computer.  It’s free online storage.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468If you have a document camera, or are thinking about how you could use one, take a look at this page which lists 50 Ways to Use a Document Camera.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Even if you don’t have the cash, you have dreams. Take a look at this new Epson projector that makes any surface an interactive whiteboard.

Halloween, OCR, Prezi…

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468 Whether or not you have an interactive whiteboard, this SMARTBoards and Halloween Resources page has a ton of fun sites and activities.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468WatchKnow is both a resource for users and also a non-profit, online community that encourages everyone to collect, create, and share free, innovative, educational videos.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468This is a cool idea…use Online OCR to convert PDF documents, and images into Word files. OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468The University of Colorado at Boulder provides many Interactive Simulations for physics, chemistry, biology, and math.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Prezi is a new type of presentation option.  It’s another way for kids to show what they know using this web-based tool.

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!

Time, Space, After People…

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468This blog post, 18 cool sites and apps that teach you about space, gives you exactly what is claims.  Use these resources to help liven up lessons about objects billions and billions of miles away from your classroom.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Combine History and Science with the Science and Technology of World War II, a great site from The National WWII Museum.  Includes activities, resources, and lessons.  In addition, you can order a free poster…and who doesn’t like free?

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Have you ever watched Time Warp on the Discovery Channel?  Using high-speed photography, the hosts slow down events that normally occur in the blink of an eye…like the vibrations of a cymbal or a cat licking up milk.  Now you can watch tons of their videos online.  They’re very cool.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468The swine flu isn’t going to do it, but check out The History Channel’s Life After People site.

Footprints, Windows, DoInk (not doink!)

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468 It’s Earth Day on Wednesday.  Calculate your ecological footprint with these calculators.  http://www.ecofoot.org/ or http://www.myfootprint.org/.
http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468HS science teachers may find these videos from Semiconductor worth watching.  They are somewhat of a cross between science and art and could be good discussion starters.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Windows to the Universe is a site that includes a rich array of documents, including images, movies, animations, and data sets, that explore the Earth and Space sciences.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468This is a cool image…zoom in on it and it just keeps displaying more, user-submitted images.  It’s an Infinite Photograph.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Create and share simple animations online with DoInk.  Great for showing a scientific process or demonstration a math problem or telling a story.

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.

Multimedia, journals, tables…


http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468The Nation Science Foundation’s Multimedia Gallery can be searched for images, audo, and video covering a wide variety of scientific topics.  In addition, each item is described in detail.  A great place to find resources…especially videos!

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Kids love music…they love to sing, dance, and be silly.  If you’re looking for new songs for your classroom then check out Free Kids Music.  The name says it all!

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Penzu is a free site which lets users set up a writing journal.  Students can save their work, share it with others, or print it.  The interface looks like a spiral notebook with tabs for each entry.  Easy and fun to use!

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Logic puzzles are a great way for students to spend some of their extra time.  Conceptis Puzzles has some many types that can be solved online or printed out.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Students are often asked to make decisions based upon known facts.  What better way to compare those choices than by creating a comparison table?  Use Tablefy to create a table to compare two items, ideas, choices, whatever using text, images, video etc.  Then you can share that table online with the class or the world.

Streams, Tubes, and Stories…

Weekly Web Wonders
  • There are two online classes starting January 28, Planning Interactive Curriculum Connections (PICC) and Internet in the Curriculum (IC). PICC focuses on developing projects integrating videoconferences while IC focuses on using the Internet in all curricular areas. Both classes can be taken for either graduate credit or SB-CEUs. To register email Jo Urias . Here’s the full info…
Internet in the Curriculum
Workshop (BC) #: 08-169
Date(s): January 28 – March 7, 2008
Use the Internet effectively in your classroom. In this course, you’ll learn about search strategies as well as explore ways to use communication tools such as email, listservs, and RSS to enhance your curriculum. Learn to create collaborative projects and online activities using blogs and wikis, and develop ways to design efficient Internet research projects.
Cost: $150.00
Credit: 6 SB-CEUs or 2 graduate credit hours
Planning Interactive Curriculum Connections
Workshop (BC) #: 08-067
Date(s): January 28 – February 22, 2008
Wondering how to integrate interactive video conference technology in your curriculum? This online course addresses finding and preparing for virtual field trips and classroom to classroom project connections. Learn about the great content available for your curriculum. Find out how to contact and schedule experts to visit your classroom via video conference. Learn about great classroom to classroom projects you can join. Create and advertise your own project connections to meet your curriculum goals. Visit http://www.remc11.k12.mi.us/dl/picc/ for more information.
Cost: $100.00 for local schools; 150.00 for outside; free for RUS participant buildings
Credit: 3 SB-CEUs or 1 graduate credit hour
  • The ease of this tool makes it pretty incredible. Now you can broadcast live from your classroom…or wherever with Ustream. Ustream is a free service that broadcasts video over the web that can be viewed by anyone or only by those who have the password. Broadcasts can be saved and played later or viewed live. It’s very easy to set up and gives a much different meaning to a traditional oral report…or you could record your class for absent students to watch at home. Lots of possibilities!
  • There may be a couple of your students who have cell phones (heavy sarcasm) or you yourself might have one. With Qipit you can take a picture of notes, your whiteboard, or any document, email it to Qipit, and have it converted to a PDF to download or share online. Very fun and free!!
  • SchoolTube is a video sharing site for teachers and students that allows posting of student-created content, but provides several safeguards so that inappropriate material doesn’t find it’s way online. For example, teachers must approve videos before they can be uploaded. What a great way to share student work/projects with a wider audience.
  • Collaborate with students to create an online, interactive timeline. Check out OurStory…it’s better if you just see what it looks like. Fantastic!

A re-introduction to Discovery Education streaming

For quite some time now, unitedstreaming has been the only game in town for access to high quality educational video. While not quite true, there are other games, none can compete with the number of available resources that the newly renamed Discovery Education streaming contains. According to their web site, they have “4,000 full-length videos segmented into 40,000 content-specific clips.” 40,000 clips?! And actually there’s more if you throw in what their premium service, Discovery Education streaming Plus, includes.

Discovery Education streamingToday we hosted around 25 educators from around the county to give them somewhat of a refresher on how to use Discovery Education streaming. Besides Dennis and I, we were fortunate to have Jason Buntain from Discovery Education with us to lend his first-hand expertise. Many of the participants were new to streaming video from Discovery Education, so they were happy to have some introductory activities.

Michigan has such a great price for Discovery Education streaming ($440 per building) that it’s hard not to pass up using this great tool. Of particular interest to teachers should be the ability to create assignments for students in which students can watch full videos or video clips on an online lesson page that they can view from anywhere (home, library, computer lab, Borders…). Wow! We know that kids these days are connected, so it’s easy to expect that they can watch video segments and use them to complete further activities.  What a great way to extend the classroom beyond the regular school day.

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