AARRGGHH. Here's a great pirate site that discusses myths and legends for kids. Get to know several infamous pirates, the treasures they sought, the myths and legends of their voyages. Explore the interactive maps highlighting where the pirates were active and check out the learning activities.
Summary: Great kid-friendly tool for research and multimedia slideshow creation
Pros: Accessible and easy to use, the multiple-editor option allows for collaborative projects and slideshows.
Cons: Kids can't create their own drawings, video, or audio content within the tool.
Bottom Line: Engaging presentation tool allows teachers, individual students, and collaborative groups to create effective multimedia presentations.
Title: Defined STEM
Summary: Stellar collection of STEM resources supports project-based learning
Pros: The performance tasks are extremely thorough, result in student products, and cover key concepts in science and math.
Cons: Individualized student progress tracking and remediation tools are lacking.
Bottom Line: Excellent, well-thought-out resources for developing problem-solving skills in the classroom.
Ever wonder how they develop new anti-cancer drugs? See how teams of doctors, biologists, and chemists work together to discover new drugs to fight cancer and show how they are effective in treating the disease. Students can be assigned careers and work in groups to analyze data obtained during the drug discovery process and determining the most effective inhibitors of cancer cell growth.
Title: Class Charts
Summary: Seating chart system makes managing classroom behavior simple
Pros: Design is great, it's easy to set up, and reports are thorough.
Cons: Ultimately, it may be more helpful for teachers than students -- as an organizational tool, it's great, but kids may not learn the right lessons.
Bottom Line: It's an easy-to-use, engaging tool for managing and tracking student behavior and participation, but does employ carrot-and-stick-style rewards.
Did you know that not all sharks are dangerous? Aid your students with self-discovering the docile nature of the whale shark species. Through numerous videos, a slideshow, photo collections, and an immense collection of researched content, students will learn the true peaceful nature of the endangered whale sharks.
Summary: Cool organization and eportfolio tool; watch out for privacy features
Pros: Nice features for creating eportfolios, sharing class materials, and finding student and teacher resources.
Cons: Sometimes-complex tools and limited visual appeal might hinder interest, and binders are public with a free account.
Bottom Line: A good tool for its organizational, storage, and digital publishing features
Need a little educational fun added to your Fun Friday? Sometimes studying language can be a bore, but bring on Babbel's bucketful of boisterous tongue twisters to tempt teachers to torment their students success with figurative language. Learners lament loudly when led to learn languages, especially when they are tongue twisters in a variety of languages! Go beyond the popular "Sally sells seashells" or "Peter Piper picked a peck" with these worldly twisters to tangle the tongues.
Summary: Fun virtual world builds deep understanding of fractions
Pros: Carefully crafted games ensure long-term retention and conceptual understanding of fractions.
Cons: Each time kids begin the game, plan on several minutes for it to load.
Bottom Line: A 3D world that uses adaptive computer manipulatives to build important fractions concepts.
Take a trip on a virtual roller coaster while learning the science behind the highlight of major amusement parks. Students will learn about gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy through a virtual interactive roller coaster. Students will enjoy supplementary videos that will help students travel on on a virtual roller coaster as they experience centripetal force and other physical science topics. Investigate the importance of forces on their lives as while students enjoy this summer at the amusement park.
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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.