Get on board learning different types of money with this online activity from the Federal Reserve Bank. Then learn about different currencies from around the world with visual interaction. By clicking around, you'll learn about the country's culture, economy, sports, values, people, and history too. Find out which country’s money honors a great chess champion and which depicts the dangerous sport of land diving, among other interesting tidbits.
Trying to teach parts of speech and pulling your hair out? Try this interactive site that allows students a chance to place in correct grammar and out pops a wacky story to share. The Houghton Mifflin Company’s Education Place offers Wacky Web Tales
a site offering a variety of stories for students grade three and above. This site can be a formative assessment, reinforcement of sentence structures, or parts of speech review.You'll love this one!
Need a primary historical print for a project or prose? This Library of Congress online catalog offers millions of primary sources including photographs, paintings, cartoons, drawings, posters, and much more. Search using names, subjects, formats, time periods, places, numbers, or collections. It offers tips for searching, downloading, file formats, image resolution, and saving or printing images.
Try this finance management game where you will learn about the importance of paying off debt and saving for retirement by assuming the role of a Vampire club owner. You'll understand about different types of debt, and the advantages of paying off one type more quickly than another. You'll learn entrepreneurial skills as you try to provide the highest level of service for the most customers. You'll also learn how and why to put money aside early in your work life to prepare for eventual retirement.
This highly interactive site pro
vides descriptions for each form of intelligence, including kinesthetic, logical, intrapersonal, visual/spatial, linguistic, interpersonal, musical and naturalistic. After reading about each form of learning, take the interactive quiz to discover your greatest and least effective learning styles. This will better equip you to understand your individual style of learning.
This is a fantastic review for decimals. Students will also enjoy practicing how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals with this learning game. For each problem solved, players are closer and closer to getting that perfect field goal shot. Isolate each skill or change the level to easy, medium, hard, or superbrain.
Developed by a team at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where students can create and share their own interactive stories, games, and animations. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. When students learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. This innovative product is available in more than 40 languages. -tech and learning
Come take a fascinating look at what happens to materials that are recycled. Follow an item such as a shampoo bottle on its journey from pickup, through sorting, then off to processing into flakes and pellets. From there you'll check out manufacturing and watch the product become something else, even another shampoo bottle. Try playing the Super Sorter game to see if you can sort materials correctly and earn money to buy more equipment for your factory. There are also resources such as posters and a video for building a recycling campaign in your own community or school.
High-stakes testing plays a greater and greater role in education, from state-mandated achievement tests to AP exams. From an early age, teachers and parents encourage students to do their best, on tests and other school-related assessments. But we seldom couple that encouragement with advice on how to control the stress related to perceived pressure to do well.
This site offers students an understanding of the stress they're feeling, how it has grown in their lives, and a number of concrete ways to diminish that stress, especially when they are facing high-stakes tests. Learning to "psych down" instead of "psyching up" for studying, tests, or performances can make a significant difference in a student's ability to succeed. And while the site specifically addresses students, teachers, who also live high-stress lives, of course, might find the same techniques helpful as well. -tech and learning
Ever thought about flipping your classroom? Flipping means having students watch videos on their own and then spend valuable class time practicing those skills. It allows the teacher more 1 on 1 time. Finding videos can be difficult. Virtual Nerd provides teachers with some of these great videos. This particular video focuses on graphing a system of equations. Take a look and start flipping tomorrow!
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.