Tech and Learning has just posted a wonderful article concerning Internet Gaming. With school starting up, make sure you have your resources available to help that special student of yours make the grade. Read on, and check out the hotest sites available for online learners.40 Sites for Educational
- ABCya - A great site for games and mobile apps
for elementary students.
- Academic Skill Builders - A wonderful site with
learning through the use of multi-player games. Also, there is an educational
portal which allows for student tracking.
- Arcoiris - A nice site for educational games in
English and Spanish.
- Braineos - Games based on flash card in a wide
variety of subjects.
- BrainNook - A fun site for students that focuses
on English & Math. Also, there is a teacher portal with lots of resources
- Bubbabrain - Lots of game for all grade levels
that allows teachers to create games too.
- Cackleberries - A virtual world filled with
educational games for kids 3-7 yrs old in a safe environment.
Island - Excellent games for kids 3-8 yrs old in a wide variety
subjects such as: Math, Reading, Spelling, etc.
- Cookie - A great site for educational games and
Games - Learn through the use of creativity brain training
Music - A fun site for learning music through the use of
educational games and other online activities.
- An innovative site for learning math in a 3D virtual world.
Smarty - Excellent site for online learning through the use of
educational games. There is an educational portal for student tracking as
- Fuel the
Brain - A wonderful site to learn elementary skills such as math,
science and reading. Lots of educational resources too!
- Funbrain - One of the most popular sites for
educational games for kids K-8 yrs old.
- Funschool - A wide variety of games, activities,
and videos for kids.
Classroom - Games for students K-6th grade in math and LA with
lots of resources such as: worksheets, videos, and more.
- Gamequarium - A popular site with lots of games
in a wide variety of subject areas.
- GameUp - A innovative site from the creators of
BrainPop where the games are based on their interactive animated videos.
Page - A fun site for educational games PreK-8th grade.
- Learning Games for Kids - A great site for
educational games on lots of different subject areas.
of the Labyrinth - An innovative game for middle school
- Magnahigh - Math games for K-12 with educational
- MinecraftEdu - A unique game based on the popular
PC designed for schools.
- PhyFun - Physics-based games for all grade
Games - A nice site for educational games for ages 3-12 yrs. A
paid site unlocks all the features.
Brighter - A fantastic site filled with educational games on a
wide variety of subjects, built on its unique anime style interface.
- Play Kids
Games - A fun site for educational games in subject areas such as
math, vocabulary and geography.
- Power My
Learning - A great all-in-one site for education filled with
games, videos, resources and more.
Software - A nice site with lots of games on different subject
- Skoolbo - Wonderful educational games for core
skills in the primary grade levels.
Connections - A cool site for spelling and vocabulary games with
with Portals - A very innovative game based on the popular
console/PC game Portal, with lots of lesson plans to be found.
- Tucoola - A great site for skill-building games
for the younger kids with student tracking.
- Tutpup - A cool site for math and spelling where
kids compete against each other.
- Vedoque - A nice site for educational games PreK
- 8th grade.
- What2Learn - A excellent site for educational
games where teachers can create games and track students with a paid
- Yogome -
A great site/company with lots of innovative games and mobile apps on recycling
- Interesting games that support learning and can be embedded into a site.
- ZooWhiz - A fun site for kids 5 - 15 yrs to
develop Math and Reading skills by creating their own virtual
- - David Kapuler
If you are not familiar with word clouds, than here is a new idea to add pizzazz
to projects that will be upcoming this year. Wordle
offers Free software than can be utilized by teachers, academic learning coaches, or students. What a great way to use an unique idea for all types of reinforcement.
You simply input a bunch of text, URL, or del.icio.us tag and Wordle creates the word cloud for you. Simple, easy, and fun! What a wonderful way to incorporate technology into your various lesson activities."Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the
source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color
schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.
You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with
your friends." - Wordle
Here is a valuable site for Academic Learning Coaches. Pause for Later
is a God send when trying to organize an already busy lifestyle and aiding your child's education at the same time. With this FREE website you can download videos and pause them when the need arises.
Simply sign up, and download appropriate video content. This way, you can view the material with your child, ask appropriate questions to ensure comprehension and pause it if dinner is calling. Then come back to the exact spot you left off.
Remember, being an Academic Learning Coach can be stressful. You may have added this to your already full plate not realizing the time it demands. Anything you can do to take the stress off will be beneficial to you and your child. Being there only a short time ago reminds me of all the tools I deemed necessary for my own survival. This one is tops!
I found this fabulous ariticle in Tech and Learning discussing 30 Online multimedia resources. I could write about these separately, since I've utilize most of them, but feel this blog would be more useful to bookmark by including all at the moment. Click through and get your favorites for the next school year!
Welcome to the another in a series of PBL Mania Posts here at Tech & Learning. For the next few weeks I am celebrating Project Based Learning. In this post I will
introduce you to some multimedia mega-sites found on the web that can be used in the PBL classroom. Before reading please take a moment to visit and subscribe
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In this PBL Mania Post I explore Online Multimedia Resources. These fantastic
mega-sites can provide lessons and formative assessment activities for PBL. The
power of project based learning integrated with this type of online technology
allows teachers to provide multimedia that can be used individually, in groups,
or even at home. The multimedia may be a movie, sound clip, picture, simulation,
reading, or game. In PBL, the multimedia may be an entry event, a tutorial, a
basis for further discussion and inquiry, or a tool that measures student
understanding. It could possibly even be an assignment or activity for students
to investigate at home. Best of all, students can even be in control of the
speed of delivery and even control their own remediation by repeating sessions.
Multimedia can be used to flip the classroom, allowing students to participate
and formulate their own inquiry through teacher facilitated posts in content
delivery systems such as Edmodo or My Big Campus. Let's take a look at some of
these large mega resource sites.
WGBH Teacher Domain - Teachers' Domain
is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and
its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and
tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher
professional learning communities.
PBS Teachers – Launched within the last year, PBS
Teachers is an awesome place for all kinds of educational multimedia. PBS
Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational
resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of
subjects and grade levels. They provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching
activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations. These
resources are correlated to state and national educational standards and are
tied to PBS' award-winning on-air and online programming like NOVA, Nature,
Cyberchase, Between the Lions and more.
The Khan Academy – At Khan, students and teachers are encouraged to “Watch… Practice… Learn almost anything for free”. The academy has a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 276 practice exercises. They make it clear that they are on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. So many people watch the Khan Videos but overlook their amazing Practice Sessions. If you have trouble because of school filters blocking Khan, look into My Big Campus… also in this article.
YouTube – Let’s not forget YouTube and its amazing searchable collection. These videos can be used for teaching a concept, providing an entry event, or providing the catalyst for a discussion that climbs the Bloom’s Taxonomy ladder. Having trouble with those school filters?… check out My Big Campus and You Tube Education.
Thinkfinity – This site is worth an entire write-up in itself and will provide a wealth of activities for PBL products. You will find quick and easy access to the highest quality teaching and learning materials. Verizon Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by some amazing content partners which are the most respected organizations in each academic subject area and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards. This truly is an amazing online community where, along with great resources, you can network with friends and other teachers, and share ideas, plans and advice with others in the education community.
NeoK12 - Take a look and you will find a vast collection of resources and Web 2.o tools that might fit into any lesson. Along with pictures and videos that have been teacher selected, there are also some other amazing features. You can allow your students to create their own mashup presentations using Flickr and Wikipedia. There are quizzes, interactive diagrams, and games that can provide for formative assessment and problem solving.
Watch/Know/Learn - Imagine hundreds of thousands
of great short videos and other media, explaining every topic taught to school
kids. Imagine them rated and sorted into a giant Directory, making them simple
to find. WatchKnowLearn is a non-profit online community devoted to this goal.
Presently this community has over 30,000 videos and is growing every day through
contributions from teachers across the globe. The co-founder of Wikipedia has
launched a Web site designed to offer free access to thousands of
education-related videos for students ages 3-18. Larry Sanger, who helped create
Wikipedia states the site, "will allow students and teachers to sort through a
library of online videos by content, and pick out what they need". Topics range
from math and science to history. The site is meant to house and organize videos
that are free and available online, yet which many educators may not have the
time to search for or may find difficult to locate
NBC Learn - While this is a pay service, I am providing a link to some of their free material that might just connect to your standards. NBC Learn is staffed by veteran NBC News producers, who have created scores of original stories and Town Hall events around the country, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and others. The free area includes award-winning collections; Chemistry Now, Changing Planet, Science of NFL Football, Science of NHL Hockey, Science of the Winter Olympic Games, and Finishing the Dream. Videos and archival news stories are correlated to state standards and the Common Core.. Videos are generally short — less than six minutes in length — enabling instructors to engage and enlighten their students without wasting precious class time.
Discovery Education - This outstanding pay service also has a section that
is free, found via this link. Discovery Education offers a broad range of free
classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell. Foster
deeper engagement and provide opportunities for students to take charge of their
own learning with high quality, engaging, relevant tools designed for today’s
busy teachers. Take a moment to explore Discovery's programs and contests, interactive games, puzzles, lesson plans, videos and more.
Smithsonian Channel - From one of the greatest museums comes a network, and this website filled with some amazing clips, games, and activities that might just provide the right spark for some PBL.
National Geographic - Find some amazing videos, pictures, segments, and stories that could be used to spark interest or engage inquiry. Whether it be a discussion starter, an informational lesson, or a question raiser, you will find some awesome content at this site.
History.com - This is an amazing site that is sure to provide a game, video clip, or article that will engage students. Whether it be a hook to begin a study or some outstanding information to sustain learning, it is definitely worth a look.
C-SPAN Video Library - A great collection of both short and longer video
clips that allow students to explore the workings of government. Did you know
that CSPAN also includes American History TV, Book TV, Campaign 2012, and Washington Journal? Best of all, check out a large number of resources on CSPAN
in the Classroom.
BBC Learning for Teachers - What an amazing amount of activities and resources, including over 9000 video clips. Enjoy a visit... you might just stay awhile!
PicsForLearning - Not everything has to be video. Perhaps you wish to use a still image to facilitate a discussion and promote inquiry.
iTunes Education Podcasts - Countless numbers of videos and series' that cover every educational topic imaginable.
Pulse of the Planet - Each weekday, the Pulse of the Planet radio series provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.
Center for Civics Education - Make sure you discover these amazing
podcasts, slideshows, and videos. Not to be missed is the 60 second civic education podcast series.
Newton's Apple- Discover the fascinating science of the world around us
through over 300 video clips. Browse the categories, or enter a question or a
keyword in the search box. There are a number of videos with resource guides
American Field Guide - Over 1400 short video
covering all areas of science.
Exploratorium TV - Browse hundreds of webcasts, video clips, podcasts, and
slideshows from the Exploratorium's collection of original programming, from
remote scientific expeditions to fun hands-on activities.
Chemistry Video Collection - Excellent selection
of videos that relate to chemistry. Contains experiments and many simulations
that might not be able to be demonstrated in a standard school lab.
Science Hack - Every video on this web site is screened by scientists to
Math Interactive- MathActive lessons are Flash-animated math modules
designed for grades K-12. Each module features content that touches a geometry
performance objective from the Arizona Academic Standards for mathematics.
Sports Science - Awesome collection of short videos that will engage kids in science and math from the people at ESPN.
Science Videos - A selection of engaging videos and podcasts from the creators at the New York Times.
Copernicus Project - Selection of short biology resources and videos.
How Stuff Works Science - Excellent collection of videos that cover interesting and engaging topics across the science curriculum.
Ted Talk - What an amazing place to begin some deep and meaningful conversations and thought. In fact, there are some amazing videos if you are working on the skill of collaboration. Or, check out the hundreds of other categories.
Science For Kids - Cool place for videos and activities. But wait... while you are there check out Kids Math Games and Fun English Games. You will find a gold mine of resources that can be put into a unit to help your students master content in a project.
is an online learning platform that offers thousands of ready-to-use
activities, motivating games, avatar features, online homework access with
automatic grading, in-classroom review modes, and the ability for educators and academic learning coaches to use 'as is' or completely customize the learning experience. And, it's FREE. I used this site numerous times as an educator when I wanted to enrich certain subject areas.
The online learning platform gives students access to thousands of ready-to-use activities, motivational games, avatar features, online homework access with auto-grading, in-class review models, and more. Judges appreciated the easy teacher and student interfaces. Just get on, type in a subject area, and learn!
National Children’s Book Week was observed this year from May 7-May 13. You will find everything you need to celebrate books and reading on this site
sponsored by the Children’s Book Council. Print out the official bookmark, designed by author and illustrator, Lane Smith. Best of all, use it throughout the year for literature ideas. There are a number of GREAT books for every age group on this site. If you need a free pick, be sure to peruse this site.
Best of all you can see the poster designed by David Wiesner, and encourage your students to vote for their favorite book. Activities include story starters by many children’s authors, and word-search and crossword puzzles. There is a digital toolbox for teachers and librarians, and suggestions on how to make every week a great book week. Celebrate books and the transformative power of reading!
I just found a fantastic aritcle written by David Kapuler, and educational consultant for the K-12 environmnet. With over 10 years of online educational experience, Mr. Kapuler strives to meet the needs of present day teachers wrapped in the world of technology by offering easy access tools. If you enjoy the digital age of storytelling, then due check out his latest article below.
A while back I did a post on top sites for Digital Storytelling. This has been a skill that is being taught in school districts all around the world, and is a key for developing technology literacy. With the recent wave of mobile devices and technologies, a giant step has been taken in how students develop these skills (via touch screen) in a brand new way.
- Toontastic - A wonderful free iPad that allows
children to create animated cartoon stories. They can choose from stock
characters or draw their own while animating them and recording their voice for
narration. Also, Toontastic's built-in story arc takes students step-by-step on
how to create a story.
- i Tell a Story - A excellent free iPad that works
very similarly to how Garageband creates a podcast. A user uploads a photo and
then can record their voice for narration while adding stock sound effects.
- Voice Thread App - A great free iPad/iPhone app that
compliments the Voice Thread very nicely for storytelling. A user can manage
their Voice Thread account as well as make digital stories by uploading photos
and drawing/recording their voice.
- Story Patch - An iPad app ($2.99) that is ideal for
digital storytelling. A person can create a story from scratch or use one of
their well-designed templates to complete all the parts of a story.
- Sock Puppets - A free iPad/iPhone app that is a lot
of fun for kids to create animated stories. This is done by selecting your sock,
background, and props and then recording your voice as the socks talk.
- Art Maker - A wonderful free iPad app that allows
children to create a digital story from scratch. A user selects their
background, characters, and props and then moves them around the screen while
- Puppet Pals - A excellent free iPad app that lets
users create a story by adding characters or their own photos to a selected
background. Once the scene is a setup a person can move the characters around
while recording their voice.
- Storyrobe - A fun little iPad/iPod/iPhone app ($.99)
that allows a user to upload a photo and then record their voice for
- Strip Designer - An app ($2.99) similar to Comic Life
for the iPad/iPhone/iPod. A user can create a digital comic by selecting a
layout, adding pics, and then stickers and speech bubbles to enhance their
- Comic Book - Another digital comic creator app
($1.99) for the iPad/iPhone/iPod that is similar to Strip Designer. A person
selects their layout, adds their photos, select some effects/stickers/speech
bubbles for their finished product.
- Written by David Kapular
This has to be, hands down, one of the coolest apps offered. Read Me Stories
offers a different talking picture book every day. Each time your child opens up this app, he is taught new concepts and new words. Best of all, he is offered the correct pronunciation while viewing the story.
There are endless stories available and your child gets a fun new educational picture book every day they use the app. So instead of those mind-numbing games your children engage in while you use the audio visual babysitter to get some important tasks done, why not offer them Read Me Stories instead?
Are you studying one of Shakespeare's great works? Having
difficulties digesting the plot? Well, you are not alone! Shakespeare wrote
about the common emotions in life, like greed, love, and revenge.
Unfortunately, he is backed by a language that is antiquated for our time. But
help is on the way! The best way to learn the play is by watching the play. The
characters play a pivotal role in helping you disseminate the material. Great
Plays is a GREAT way to check out clips on your favorite Old English works.
Check it out today, and type in the play you are studying.
"Take this opportunity to watch Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood in this
award-winning performance of Macbeth
, presented by PBS’ Great Performances.
Stewart gives another stunning interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s flawed
characters, and Fleetwood presents Lady Macbeth as the schemer she was. This
site also offers an educator’s guide to the movie and play, and an interview
with Sir Patrick Stewart. "
-courtesy of netTrekker