I wish I knew of the website when my son was taking an art course online.
Styles and pigments became a good portion of his daily study. The course was
filled with interesting details of every aspect of art throughout antiquity.
Yet, despite the intricate course detail, more interactive experience was needed
to enable the subject matter to be grounded. At Pigments Through the Ages
students can pick
artistic techniques like normal and grazing and flip back and forth through the
same artwork seeing how these brush strokes are applied. Students can pick
various hues and see how colors are depicted and the history of each. There are
time periods where colors and pigments originated. This site is totally
interactive depending on individual need and art areas to be reinforced. As a
parent, I found the various Time Periods of expressive art to be quite
interesting. Just delving through each catagory, admiring the artists, felt
In this month of April, which often cannot make up its mind weather-wise,
you will find a multitude of questions and answers about weather and climate from this interactive site from NASA
. Find out the cause of tornadoes and rain, read about weather folklore, or write your own weather adventure. If you love bad jokes, the bad weather joke machine will provide you with plenty of groaners, and you can play a computer game with friends that takes you around the world to find
If your child is completing a unit on weather, NASA's Weather in General is a site you need to check out. The tutorials are well organized and easily comprehended. Sometimes the classroom material offered, needs just a little reinforcement. With online meteoroligists, you'll see first hand how the weather works.
Here is another article by David Kupler which has great insight on new websites
for the gathering of clipart. Do check out some of these for instituting
classroom activities. They make projects fun!A while back I did a top 10 sites for finding images and clip art for education. However, a lot of things have changed since then and a few of those sites no longer exist. A handful of new and exciting sites have been developed for education for finding images, which led me to creating a new list. Keep in mind, when searching for images for students it is always a good idea to have adult supervision/filtering
The following list is in alphabetical order.
15 Sites for Finding Images and Clip Art for Education
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of
Toad- A innovative site with interactive
- Behold- A
nice search engine to use with adult
supervision for finding images on
- Find Icons-
A great site for finding free icons to
use in the classroom.
- FreeFoto- A wonderful site for 1000s of free photos
that can be used by students.
- FreePhotoBank- A excellent site for free stock
Images- A great way to search for images as
long as the safe
search filter is turned on.
- humanline- A new site for teachers and students for
free images for art, history, science, etc.
- ookaboo- A great way to search for free stock photos
on a wide variety of subjects.
- OpenClipArt- A nice site for free clip
- Pics4Learning- One of the most popular image sites
for finding images for education.
- Picsearch- A excellent place for finding images as
long as being used with adult supervision.
- School Clip
Art- Doesn't get much better then this
for free clip art for
students and teachers.
- Sprixi- A great way to search for images with adult
A free stock photo search engine and
Dictionary- Not only a great place to find
but also offers descriptions and more.
experience working in the K-12 environment.
This is a fantastic tutorial utilizing Facebook for a classroom assignment. Polaris Social Networking Project
is an amazing account of one teacher's vision to share past artists in a "fakebook" page. But, the possibilities are endless here! Imagine what you can do if your teacher offers you the flexibility of doing a classroom presentation of an historical figure!
By far, if you chose to do this social networking strategy, your project would not just gain accolades, but would not end up in the trash heap that accompanies the corner of your room as the project wasteland. Other individuals on the internet will have this available tool to learn about your historical figure for as long as Facebook is available.
Take a peek at this video and see if it would add that extra pizzazz that is often lacking in student projects.
Have you ever needed to share a file quickly, only to learn there wasn't enough MB available through your email provider? Well, worry no more! Senduit
allows you to send up to 100 MB worth of data in one easy step.
Just upload your file, and grap your link. No sign up, no fees, and you can choose how long you'd like this link to be available to ensure no one else snaps it. Times available range from one hour to one week.
Think of the possibilities if your are on the road and need to read your child's paper. Just to add some great comments is easy now ensuring his paper is top rank. This site manages personal files, and long distance tutoring.
Does your student enjoy writing in his/her spare time? Then Protagonize
is a site worth investagating. Protagonize
is a creative writing community dedicated to
writing in a variety of formats within a friendly, supportive environment.
Authors participate in both solo and collaborative works ranging from short
stories and interactive fiction-style addventures
novels, poetry, writing exercises, creative writing competitions, and a number
of other types of writing.Protagonize.com is an award-winning online writing community based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada, established in late December of 2007. It's owned and operated by Taunt Media. The site caters to both amateur and experienced authors interested in online collaborative creative writing, and is currently home to over 19,400 members from around the world.
Personal writing gains self-confidence, emotional stability, and a sense of well-being. If your child is a writer, waiting to be unleased, look into Protagonize today.
Here's a delightful site I just had to share with you. The pictures and book
come out so professional looking, that it is worth the monetary value of the gift. Mixbook
allows you to create picture books with others. You can start creating your own book and then invite a few friends to build the rest of the book with you. User availability is so easy that a child can do it.
Mixbook is the easy and fun way to make completely customizable photo
books, cards, and calendars on the web – for free. With Mixbook, you aren’t
limited to static pre-designed templates – our powerful design software gives
you the freedom to lay out and design your creations to your heart’s content.
We’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing you the best experience in creating photo
products so that you can make keepsakes that truly reflect your vision. With
Mixbook, you can truly Make It Yours
There is a great resource section on Individual Differences in Learning Association
, Inc. With a broad link section that offers unique information on gifted and special
needs, you are able to seek out qualified professionals concerning all your
academic queries. Their mission statement is simple, "To provide information,
training, and support for teachers, students, parents, and others concerned with
the education, health, and social and emotional well-being of all learners,
especially those who are twice exceptional
There is a special category for twice exceptional students. Here you'll find up-to-date links for students who are gifted, but also have learning disabilities. If you have a child with ADHD, you can link on to Born to Explore: The other side of ADD/ADHD. If you are looking for more information on Learning Disabilities, click on Learning Disabilities Association of America. There are just so many resources
here, that you will find just about any informational tidbit that crosses your
synapses. Well worth the effort of bookmarking for future reference.
Trying to fit the pieces of technology together for your Autism student? Then
log onto Autism Technology
by Katharin Boser, president of Individual Differences in Learning of Howard County.
Here, Ms. Boser offers walk through mini-presentations that she actually offers clients. You may peruse various sites aimed at strengthening your child skills. The topics are vast and include:
* Interpersonal Skills
* Tools for Learning Effect Recognition
* Conversation Skills
* Picture Based Word Learning
* Sentence and Phrase Level
* Narrative and Social Language Tools
If your child was diagnosed with Autism, this is a site to bookmark as it includes up to date information on technology as applied to the Autistic student.
is an online collaborative mindmapping tool with which you can brainstorm with others in real time. You can create your own mind maps on an award-winning interface or share time with your friends, or collaborate with others to create a map.MindMeister has been built from the ground up to facilitate collaboration.
You can share any creation easily by inviting users by email, or simply send
them a unique and secure direct link.
Once shared, you can start a thinking session and collaborate on any mind map in
real-time. Color-coded effects will highlight changes by other users within
seconds, and the integrated live chat will let you exchange thoughts with your
Users of an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android device can access their mind
maps from wherever they are, using our native mobile applications . When using the browser interface of MindMeister, you don't even need an Internet connection, provided you've enabled the Offline Mode.
Mind maps are stored securely online, all you need is a standard web
browser. All collaborators access the same version, eliminating the danger of