Curricu-Links: 19 July 2013



  • Graphite
    • (In beta) From Common Sense Media, a new website by teachers for teachers to help them locate quality digital media.  Filter your query by type of media, grade, subject, and price.  Common Sense Media is a “non-partisan and not-for-profit” organization that “provides age-based media reviews and information so that parents can make informed choices about the media in their kid’s lives.”

Language Arts

  • New Storytelling Tools
    • Blog post by ChristinaStoryBox showcasing several new digital storytelling tools.  StoryPlanet is in beta, and looks like it will be pretty high end, but also pretty cool!  Populr is also in beta and you can only use Chrome or Safari to create your webpages.  Slick! Can’t wait to play!  Unfortunately, they all seem to require login and registration, meaning the teacher can use it, but possibly not the students.  There are more resources discussed in her post.

History/Social Studies

  • Google Cultural Institute
    • “Discover exhibitions and collections from museums and archives all around the world.” Interactive exhibits, probably more for adults than kids, but you may find something that works for you and/or your classroom.


  • Bedtime Math
    • Designed for parents, but can be a benefit to teachers.  Daily real-life math problems that kids might find themselves facing.  The answers are provided too!
  • Envision the World in 11 Dimensions
    • I truly can’t get enough of TEDTalks! If you are a fan of “A Wrinkle in Time” you’ll totally appreciate this!  You’ll actually understand (kind-of) the fourth dimension and “tesseract.”

Information Literacy/Technology

  • ABCya Animate
    • I know a already provided a link to this website, but I thought this particular “game” deserved it’s own shout out.  Students can create 100 frame animations by drawing and using included clipart.  Can be used across the curriculum to animate stories, math problems, science concepts… Awesome!

I found many of these resources by reading posts from the following: Free Technology For Teachers @rmbyrne, @CoolCatTeacher, @TED_ED, @joycevalenza

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