links for 2010-09-29

  • Many example of how to use Wordle in the classroom and a video tutorial
    (tags: wordle)
  • America, A Narrative History is a text published by WW Norton. As a free supplement to the book, Norton has published ten Google Earth tours. These tours include major themes and events in US History. The list includes the Revolutionary War, the path to the Civil War, WWII, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, Lewis & Clark's expedition, the Indian Removal Act, Pre-Columbian North America, the national parks system, and the 20th Century power grid. All of the tours include multiple images and references. Some of the tours also have "tour questions" for students to answer. -Free Technology for Teachers
  • Many educators in successful schools are involved in their school's professional learning community and perhaps they even collaborate with other schools in the district, city, state, country or beyond, but Innovative Educators also have personal learning networks (PLNs) enabling them to connect with other learners around the globe. If you're new to this world, personal learning networks are created by an individual learner, specific to the learner’s needs extending relevant learning connections to like-interested people around the globe. PLNs provide individuals with learning and access to leaders and experts around the world bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access solely from within school walls.
  • The Earth and Space Science QUEST site, created by undergrad students at Penn State Brandywine, includes a collection of lessons that utilize Google Earth. While this resource is not terribly extensive, the lessons offered are high quality. Each one includes a teacher’s guide, a student worksheet, and instructions on how to incorporate Google Earth into the lesson. If a Google Earth file is necessary, it also includes the file. Additionally, the lessons are labeled according to grade level (elementary, middle, or high school). I think we all know that Google Earth is a great resource for the classroom, but perhaps we don’t all have the time or skill to create meaningful lessons with it. This website allows you an easy way to integrate some interactive technology into your class. -Instructify
  • Word Stash is a free service that describes itself as "half vocabulary builder, half dictionary, and full awesome." At its most basic Word Stash is a dictionary that provides contextual examples to support the definitions offered. For many words, Word Stash provides an audio pronunciation. The vocabulary builder aspect of Word Stash lies in the fact that users can create accounts in which they create and save lists of words to study. Users can create as many lists as they like and expand existing lists as they go. Word Stash provides short quizzes based on the words a user puts into a list. In creating the study quizzes, Word Stash uses a spaced repetition algorithm to present users with words based upon how often they answer correctly or incorrectly. To create a list of words users simply need to click "stash" anytime they view a word in the Word Stash dictionary. Users can also share lists and study other users' shared lists.-Free Technology for Teachers
    (tags: vocabulary esl)
  • World Mapper hosts nearly 700 informative maps and posters. The maps are based on economic, scientific, and demographic data sets. The maps are drawn according to the data so the countries appearing on the map don't always match the geographic size of a country. For example, the World Youth Literacy map depicts each country's size based on the rate of youth literacy rather than just the population of a country. All of the maps created by World Mapper can be downloaded as a PDF. The PDFs include a brief description of the data and its meaning as displayed in the map. In addition to PDF maps, World Mapper has a selection of animated maps that compares two maps. -Free Technology for Teachers
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