There are several websites that focus on the environment that are useful for learning and teaching. The Victorian EPA (Environment Protection Authority) has an ecological footprint calculator and a greenhouse calculator, which students would find both interesting and shocking to use.
The US television network PBS has an excellent website for art teachers. The Art: 21 website is based on the television series of the same name and contains videos (Australian users can watch the videos, unlike the BBC iPlayer), artist biographies, slideshows of artworks and educational materials.
Teachers are given free access to teaching guides for each of the five series of Art: 21 as well as an online lesson library that includes the topics:
Abstraction and realism
Home and displacement
Individuals and collectives
Craftsmanship and labour
The natural world
Public and private space
Ritual and commemoration
Technology and systems
War and conflict
A resource certainly worth referring to art teachers.
The iBoard player is a terrific interactive teaching resource. With resources for Prep to 2, there is lots of fun and learning to be had.
New Literacy (Texts)
A day in the country
This year 1 example above comes with the following information from the website:
Ask pupils to position the characters and construct sentences about their position or movement.
Using the whole scene, you could challenge pupils to make a wider range of statements than those given… “the bird is flying above the girl”, “the owl is on top of the big bear’s head.”
Ask pupils to position the characters and construct sentences about their position or movement. Using the whole scene, you could challenge pupils to make a wider range of statements than those given… “the bird is flying above the girl”, “the owl is on top of the big bear’s head.”
The iBoard player looks like a useful tool for learning for younger students.
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
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
Jerry Blumengarten (also known online as Cybraryman1) is an educator with over 30 years experience. What began as a Middle School library page has developed into a site with lots of resources including a list of blogs and nings that address the future of education.
An extremely useful site for maths teachers and students, the Year 7 Maths Wiki has a wealth of information on problem solving, homework help and interactive activities. The wiki was developed by the fabulous Maryna Badenhor (@marynabadenhors).
There is an incredible amount of teacher resources here and they are not all US based. There are many online resources for those of us outside the USA to use. Organised by level:
and then by the subjects
Health and Fitness,
Reading and Language Arts,
Science and Technology
There are classroom resources, discussions and information on forthcoming and recent professional development.
The site is attractive and well organised and there is sure to be something to suit just about everyone. Featured initiatives such as ‘Raising readers’ that links to stories and reading activities and the PBS video portal that collects shows broadcast on PBS (these ARE available to people outside the US, unlike the BBC iPlayer) are other useful aspects of the site.