Category Archives: Curricu-Links

Curricu-Links: 4 August 2013

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General/Multi-Topic

  • DENapalooza Stops in Pittsburgh
    • The Discovery Education Network is offering a free professional development on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9-4 at Montour High School.  Session include topics such as digital storytelling, project-based learning and personal learning networks.  The tour will visit other cities as well.

Language Arts

Science/Health

Social Studies

  • A Short Explanation of the European Union
    • I know that many of our 6th grade teachers do projects on the Countries of the World. This blog post contains two short videos, one explaining the European Union and one explaining the United Kingdom.  I’m always confused by these countries, and now I know that’s with good reason.
  • Daily Flag Status
    • I noticed that some of the American flags in the area were at half staff yesterday but had no idea why.  Then I found this website.
  • Half Staff American Flag Notifications
    • The site also shows the status of the flag.  You can subscribe to email updates and even embed a widget.

Art

Information Literacy/Technology

Sources of my sources: Mr Schu (@mrschureads), Tom Murray (@thomascmurray), Edutopia (@edutopia), Gwyneth Jones (@GwynethJones), Nancy Hniedziejko (@NancyTeaches)

Curricu-Links: 31 July 2013

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  • RSA Animate- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    • This short animation provides an overview of research about motivation by Daniel Pink in his book of the same title.  If this research is correct what are the implications for education, for both teachers and students?
  • Coursera
    • “Take the world’s best online courses for free”
  • Helping Girls Unlock Their Leadership Potential
    • A great article from Edutopia.  Includes a trailer for the movie Miss Representation, a film from 2011 which explores how the media (mis)represents women.
  • Nothing to Prove
    • Speaking of girl videos… This is so awesome! I actually got choked up watching it.  If you are a girl, have girls, or know a girl you should watch it.  (One word may be inappropriate for some audiences…)

History/Social Studies

  • Primary Source Nexus
    • A wonderful, searchable clearinghouse for primary sources.  Includes a “Today in History” feature and lessons.

Language Arts:

Tech/Information Literacy

  • Readability
    • I use this browser plug-in all the time! De-clutters the webpage you are reading so that it’s easier to read the important stuff.  This has been around for a while, but as my eyesight gets worse, and I’m reading more on my computer and electronic devices,  I find myself using it more and more.

Thanks to the following for pointing me to the resources above: @TeachThought, Mr. Schu (@MrSchuReads), Joyce Valenza (@joycevalenza)

Curricu-Links: 22 July 2013

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General/Multi-Topic

  • The Teaching Channel.
    • A professional development website featuring videos on a variety of topics. Browse all videos or filter by grade level, curricular area or topic.
  • Library Centers
    • Although this blog posts specifically addresses libraries, I thought some of the ideas would be useful to our classroom teachers and others.
  • The Bully Project
    • This is the companion website to the movie Bully.  The creators hope to spark a grassroots effort to take a stand for the silent.  Sign up to pledge to take a stand against bullying.  Educator resources available. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but even the trailer is powerful.
  • Wonderopolis
    • A website that peaks your natural curiosity to lead the way to discovery and understanding.  Includes a “Wonder of the Day” page.

Language Arts

  • Daily Writing Tips
    • This is a blog which does exactly what it says, delivers a daily tip about grammar, vocabulary, etc.  You can get a free 10 day trial for the daily exercise (some of which are pretty tricky by the way) but you will need to pay to access the exercises after the trial is over.
  • Children’s Book a Day Almanac
    • Anita Silvey’s daily book reviews.  She also includes a side-bar with other events for the day.  EHUE will have the print version in the library next year.
  • The Watson’s Go to Birmingham Movie
    • Airing Sept. 20th, at 8:00pm on the Hallmark Channel.  Watch the preview here.

Science

  • A Rare Spectacular Total Eclipse of the Sun
    • Short Ted_Ed talk explaining the science behind the total eclipse of the sun.  I get a little choked up every time I hear about this.  Read Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass and then mark your calendar, for August 21, 2017.
  • Exploring the Universe
    • While you’re at it, check out some of these books about the universe.  Book reivews from School Library Journal.

Information Literacy/Tech

  • Celly
    • This website allows school communities to conduct private conversations through text or their website.  No cell numbers are collected.  As always, I’m a bit skeptical, and I’m not quite sure if we’re there yet, but Celly does seem promising.
  • Guest Speakers on Skype
    • Ideas and lessons for bringing the experts into your classroom.
  • How Coffeechug Uses Evernote
    • This blog post is the first in a series about using Evernote.  Evernote is a website (and app) that allows you to collects ideas and information, view you data across devices and share with others. This post specifically deals with using Evernote to create learning portfolios.
  • Twitter Tips and Tricks
    • If you’re a twitter newbie this presentation by James Allen and Christi Unker can help ease your fears.  I’m hoping to be able to offer some Twitter PD for EHUE during upcoming school year.
  • The Complete Guide to Twitter Lingo
    • If you’re going to start tweeting you might as well be up on the lingo, right?

I found many of these resources by reading posts from the following: Diane Ravitch’s Blog, @coolcatteacher, Ted_Ed, Free Technology For Teachers, School Library Journal, The View From Here, John Schu (@mrschureads), Joyce Valenza (@joycevalenza)

Curricu-Links: 19 July 2013

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General/Multi-Topic

  • 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.

Math

  • 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

Curricu-Links: 16 July 2013

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After spending much of my summer following some of my favorite educators, librarians, and contributors, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are way too many amazing resources hiding on the web.  With that in mind, I’m going to try to organize and aggregate some of the gems that I think would be helpful and interesting for the EHUE community.  (Please note that I found most of these resources by following the blogs to the right and through twitter.  You should check them out!)

General/Multi-Topic

History/Social Studies

  • Create Free Interactive Timelines – Stories Displayed on Maps | myHistro.
    • Haven’t played with this one too much yet, but I thought it looked interesting.  Combine timelines with maps to tell a story.  Click on the “explore” link to see what’s already out there.
  • Map Lab.
    • A new blog from Wired magazine devoted to maps!  Look at the post about “Your Favorite Movies Laid Out as Vintage Treasure Maps.”  Can you figure them out?

Science

Health/Physical Education

Music

Information Literacy/Tech