This visual poem at BBC Arts is a great way to celebrate the art of fishing. It involves a series of animations with a delightful poem about going fishing.
News Feed Defenders
Social media simulation builds news literacy skills
Pros: Lifelike news and social media feeds offer a safe, controlled environment.
Cons: There's not much in-game feedback on why choices are correct or incorrect.
Bottom Line: This is a great tool to kick off critical discussions about news and social media.
Multifaceted message boards help kids collaborate
Pros: Kids can work together on projects in an effective, visual way, in class or remotely.
Cons: Project boards can get overcrowded, and the tool contains no supplemental educational resources.
Bottom Line: MURAL can encourage individual team members to contribute to a project by making idea sharing and presentation a simple, visual process.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Extensive resource collection supports teaching about the Holocaust
Pros: The museum's site has everything a teacher needs to create a comprehensive and engaging unit about the Holocaust.
Cons: The amount of resources available is overwhelming; it's difficult to find some materials due to the the site's overall organization.
Bottom Line: As a valuable resource for anyone teaching or learning about the Holocaust, time to explore and plan is necessary in order to make the materials effective.
Customize science simulations to highlight phenomena
Pros: By adding pause points, notes, and quizzes to simulations, teachers can help build and assess student understanding.
Cons: Not all simulations are customizable yet, but there are plans to add more in the future.
Bottom Line: Science simulations become more effective with teacher-added edits and formative assessments.
Memorial Day (5/27): From a nation divided came the idea to observe and remember fallen heroes - a unifying opportunity to pay tribute to those who have helped shape the history of the whole world. All Americans are urged to observe a moment of silence at 3:00 pm to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
Learning the history of jazz, in both its earliest forms and its contemporary ones, is a groovy way to celebrate the end of the year. Legendary musicians and fabulous recordings of key performers as well as definitions of key jazz styles are found along this timeline.
These Irish fairies, famous for their pranks and party activities, have quite a colorful history. The name leprechaun itself may have derived from the Irish leath bhrogan (shoemaker), although its origins may lie in luacharma'n (Irish for pygmy).
Super-flexible design tool for crafting fabulous images, videos, and sites
Pros: Lots of inspiring examples with ongoing updates, plus it's easy to select and cite Creative Commons-licensed images.
Bottom Line: This free, one-stop shop for creating sleek graphics, web stories, and animated videos is incredibly easy to use and challenges students to think critically about visual presentation.
And they're off! Celebrate all things Derby on Kentucky Derby Day on May 4th. This collection from George Lucas' Edutopia covers the historical background of the Kentucky Derby and how it continues to influence American culture and horse racing fans everywhere.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.