Sunday, February 28, 2010

100 Video Sites Every Educator Should Bookmark

"It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran teacher or a newbie just now taking college courses — finding new ways to get students engaged in the classroom is always a great thing. One way many teachers are reaching out is with the multitude of material found on the web, allowing them to turn everyday lessons into a multimedia experience. You can find a great amount of helpful material on these sites, including videos to augment your lessons, lectures to inspire students, documentaries to show them how things work, and loads of additional videos to help you become a better, smarter teacher."

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An Open Letter to Educators

How can we keep students like this from dropping out of college?

Is there any truth to what he says?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

These are some sites that I found for possible science labs and other material.

Build a Virtual Atom

This sounds like a neat site for my 5th graders. You must first download Shockwave if you don't already have it. This allows you to open the Atom Builder.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My students use this site to help them learn science vocabulary. It allows them to memorize while having fun. Use it with any subject where memorization is necessary. Check it out.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Student Researchers: Looking for Authentic Audience and Expert Voices

I came across this project from a school in Atlanta that reminded me a lot of the presentations we saw at ISAS. It offers a glimpse into an 8th grade science project but more importantly gives an example of an inquiry driven, transparent research project. It is also asking for help in finding experts to help with their projects. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Virtual Earthquake Exercise / Virtual Volcano Exercise

I use these sites in the computer lab to allow my students to explore the different levels of earthquake intensity or the different types of volcanic eruptions. They can play "Mother Nature" by adjusting earthquake parameters, such as ground foundation type, prevention methods, and magnitude. The earthquake is started, and they see the damage that can occur to a building that is on the screen. It also mentions possible death tolls, possible injuries, dollar damage, etc. With the volcano exercise, they can adjust parameters, such as lava viscosity and gas pressure. The site mentions the type of volcano or volcanic feature that the set conditions favor. The students cause the volcano to erupt, and they see the type of eruption, damages, etc...sound effects and all. These are terrific sites that really engage the students.
Virtual Earthquake exercise:

Virtual Volcano exercise:

Monday, February 8, 2010

Autonomy - "Pinkish" Lesson Design

I just read this post entitled Grading student projects: Separating content from delivery and thought about how it applied to the autonomy that Daniel Pink spoke about.

"I am a big fan of student choice. When students work on projects, I think that they should have as much choice as possible regarding both the topic and the delivery. Choice increases student buy-in and ownership."

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Do you think autonomy is an important part of learning. Do you think this helps achieve that goal?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Interesting article in 360 West.

The magazine 360 West featured Dr. Moody Alexander from Arlington and his families amazing work with orphans in Africa. The kids came up with the idea after reading the book "Same Kind of Different as Me" which is on the Oakridge US reading list. They have adopted 2 children from Africa, but more than that, they have inspired others to take part. They have a blog site of their own that you may want to read. The family is featured in the new book by Ron Hall and Denver Moore called "What Difference Do It Make?" I found this article inspiring and intriguing for many reasons, the main ones being he is Brock's orthodontist (as well as many kids at Oakridge) and the book is on our reading list. The link to the article is in the blog.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Interactive Textbooks

"Software developer ScrollMotion has been tapped to develop iPad-friendly versions of textbooks for education publishers like McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin, and Kaplan. Features that may make it into the iPad textbooks include video, interactive quizzes, the ability to record lectures, highlight and search text, and take notes, according to The Wall Street Journal."

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Whyville Times

Here is a fun site for general information written by people of various ages. The reader can find links/web addresses to the original source for some of the information posted as in the article about chewing gum Chomp! All About Chewing Gum . I receive the "Times" each time it's published because of accessing

Whyville Times found at