The Studies of Asia wiki is a fantastic resource for every primary or secondary school. Although specifically developed for Victorian schools and the Victorian Essential Learning Standards, the resources available are accessible by anyone, anywhere. The wiki states that it aims ‘to create ‘asia-literate’ students, teachers and schools with skills, knowledge and understandings of Asia to equip them to live in today’s world and the world of their future.’
Monthly newsletters inform readers of professional development and other opportunities as well as classroom resources and study tours.
There are also links to classroom resources that include virtual tours of China, as well as teacher resources that demonstrate how Asian studies can be integrated into The Arts and English.
Acknowledging the National Curriculum Board Draft Papers, the wiki states:
With the release of the National Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians followed by the National Curriculum Board draft papers the importance of providing students with educational experiences that take into account the changes over the past 20 years is critical. “India, China and other Asia Pacific nations are growing and strengthening their impact on the world, representing a huge shift in geopolitical power and sparking the need for all Australians to become ‘Asia literate’. Asia literacy has emerged as a priority area for Australian schools. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently stated that he ‘wants Australia to become the most Asia literate country in the western world’. Similarly, the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has commented that ‘it is impossible to conceive of a future Australian education system that does not take Asia seriously’.
This wiki is an excellent resource for each and every school.
The Interactive Content Corner blog is one worth checking out!
Author Emily Starr says:
My name is Emily Starr. I’m a former fourth grade teacher, President of StarrMatica Learning Systems, and an interactive content enthusiast!
I started integrating online interactive content in my classroom instruction five years ago, and teaching with technology has been my passion ever since.
This blog is dedicated to the “Now what?” of teaching with technology. My mission is to help you bridge the gap between knowing how to operate hardware and actually integrating technology into your instruction.
As Emily says, all of her posts are dedicated to explaining how to use specific tools in the classroom for learning and teaching. Although probably more appropriate for primary overall, there are tools and examples that could also be used in secondary. One example of this is Online Comics in the Classroom. There is also a free eBook for teachers to download that centres on teaching fractions using online websites. You can find Emily’s tweets at http://twitter.com/StarrMatica
An excellent resource is the Museums of the World online webpage. Featuring museums organised by country, then by alphabetical order within the country, there are hundreds of museums for you and your students to explore.
Some museums (there are art galleries too) are interactive or have virtual tours. Some allow users to download audio tours before their visit (such as the National Gallery of Victoria). Some provide links for teaching resources related to their exhibitions (such as Questacon). Others are simply webpages with information on exhibitions. However, if you are looking for a one stop shop for museums, Museums of the World online seems to fit the bill.
Tamra Lanning has created a very useful blog, specifically for primary (elementary) school teachers. It’s Elementary is developing a nice collection of literacy, numeracy and other tools suitable for primary aged students.
Although It’s Elementary is a new blog, readers can immediately tell that Tamra is a committed teacher who loves her job. You can find Tamra on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tamralanning
The UK’s Science Museum has some excellent online resources for teaching and learning.
Covering ages from 3-16 (via Foundation and Key Stages 1-4) there is a variety of resources such as:
- Foundation and Key Stage 1 (ages 3-7): sounds, bubbles and force
- Key Stage 2 (7-11): electricity, forces and motion, light, materials and sound
- Key Stage 3 (11-14): electricity and magnetism, energy transfer, light and materials
- Key Stage 4 (14-16): how science works, electricity and magnetism and materials.
Each area of study includes:
- Educational objectives
- Key student learning
- Materials needed
- Open ended investigations
- Extension work
- Links to everyday life
Educators can also subscribe to the ‘Educators’ e-news‘ for updates. This site is highly recommended.
Online Universities has provided a list of 100 educational virtual tours. With topics such as:
- Cities (including Pompeii and Ancient Rome)
- Famous landmarks and buildings (including Stonehenge, Taj Mahal and the Vatican)
- Museums (including the Louvre and the Smithsonian)
- Outer space
- How things are made (Toyota cars and Hershey chocolate)
- Humans and animals
- Google Earth virtual tours (Cathedrals, castles, palaces, libraries and universities) – note that you need to have Google Earth installed on your computer
There are lots of tours to choose from. Well worth a look.
Reading Games is a really fun site that students are sure to love.
Comprehension, sequencing, vocabulary, phonics and phonemic awareness are all covered in these games which are designed for Primary (Elementary) aged students. There are nine free games and access to more if you are willing to pay.
The award winning iLearn Technology blog by Kelly Tenkely is one blog to add to your Google Reader account. This extensive blog exposes many useful tools, but the best part is the explanations of how the tool can be used in the classroom and integrated into existing units of work.
Kelly Tenkely explains her background on her about page:
1 year as a 2nd grade classroom teacher, 6 years as a k-5 technology specialist/teacher. Currently I am teaching 3-5 grade technology and acting as technology integration specialist and instructional coach for elementary teachers
Kelly has also developed the fantastic idea of forming a blogging alliance. Here members commit to reading and commenting on a number of each others blogs on a regular basis. The alliance has introduced me to a number of excellent blogs that I may never have found otherwise as well as providing ongoing mentoring for me and the Bright Ideas blog.
You can find Kelly on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ktenkely.
The very creative Mandy Barrow (@mbarrow), who is an ICT Consultant, Teacher, Cub Leader and creator and web manager of the excellent Woodlands Junior School (UK) website has devised a visual calendar for 2010. Mandy has agreed to share her calendar with readers of Bright Ideas.
Mainly useful for Primary aged students, there are many days and links that are applicable to Australia. The calendar would be ideal for a brief early morning IWB session a few times a week as it is sure to launch discussions and activities on many different topics.
Mandy has also developed many other first-rate pages such as:
Houses & Homes
History of London
Kings & Queens
Battle of Trafagar
Putting together pages like these is an extremely time consuming task and a big thank you to Mandy for sharing them.