On October 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest painters, graced this earth. By celebrating his recent birthday, you can take a trip to Málaga, Spain, Picasso’s birthplace and visit the Picasso Museum. At this destination you will find a collection of Picasso’s memorable works along with a history of the museum, and a timeline of Picasso’s life. In the section containing Picasso’s works of art, you can follow his growth and change as an artist by clicking on “Decades.” See how his technique changed from the 1880s to the 1970s. See drawings, paintings, and even sculpture.
Tech and Learning recently published a well-informed article about internet documentaries. I am enclosing this article for your reference. There is nothing that makes a subject area come to life than actual footage!
Documentaries are used in education all the time to educate and inform students about different nonfiction topics. While there are a ton of sites to choose from,
I've decide to curate this list to make it easier for educators to find what
they are looking for. This list is in alphabetical order.
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment.
Over five hundred years ago today Christopher Columbus made land fall here in the America's. The American Treasures Exhibition in the Library of Congress contains five original documents which house information concerning Columbus’ voyages and discoveries. The first is suggested to be the earliest historical document of the first three voyages. The image is a map of the island of Hispaniola where the first permanent European settlement in America was located. The third is the “Book of Privileges” that contains the documents Columbus gathered to show the titles and powers Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand had blessed him and his descendants. Finally, the Latin translation of Columbus’ letter, written in 1493 describing his discoveries, was the vehicle for passing news of his discoveries through Europe. This 8-page letter is on display at the Library of Congress, and this site includes an English translation. Also included is Columbus-related document in the exhibition; an account of Columbus’ life written by his son.
My son, who is taking computer programming courses, recently ran into a glitch trying to complete a recent coding assignment. I came across this article in Tech and Learning that was extremely helpful. Not only is it an aid to students, but if you do any social blogging yourself, this may come in handy.
- taken from: David Kapuler, is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. Tech and Learning
Here's an excellent place to find free educational videos for your student. Not only is it an easy site to navigate, you'll find everything categorized by subject and rated for age-appropriate levels. WatchKnow is an Academic Learning Coach's lifeline when it comes to topics that may not be easily explained.
"WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 33,000+ educational videos, placing them
into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any
registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7.
Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and
age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are
all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new
kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. We have had a tremendously positive
response from educators to the website. If we continue to work together, we can
create an incredible, free, educational resource for students across the
world." - taken fro
I have to admit, one of my biggest concerns when my son was working online was developing his writing skills per grade level. Being a certified English teacher for grades 5- 12, I don't need to tell you the importance of ensuring your child has adequate writing skills. In class, I have numerous advantages through journaling, quick prompts, and short writing objectives to ensure my student's have ample writing practice. But, online, I found was a different story when I was accounting for my child's writing skills. After all, with 200+ students per teacher (depending on grade level), how could you possible grade it all?
I offer you a well known site to help you. Simply get your child a journal, a small copy book will do, and teach him writing skills by selecting topic a few times a week. Then ask him to hand these short pieces to you, and you can answer and ask him to expand his capabilities by jotting down a few short questions. This simple process makes super writers! Don't ask for semantics to be
I know your thinking writer’s block often gets in the way, so Write Source provides a list of writing topics and prompts for grades 1 through 12 that can get the imagination tuned for a new adventure. These prompts go far beyond the "what did you do last summer?" and encourage kids to mull over ideas for writing effective prose. So, set a new reward for great writing, and you'll benefit your student beyond words!
1066 was a pivotal year for the Anglo-Saxons and September 28 was the day William, Duke of Normandy, later known as William the Conquerer, landed on the coast of England to begin his invasion. This extensive history of the Norman Conquest includes sections on what Anglo-Saxon England was like, the major players in the conquest, the Battle of Hastings, and information about the Bayeux Tapestry. Watch a 3-D battle map and see the Battle of Hastings unfold. You can also see a panorama of what the battle site looks like today. A timeline gives a day-by-day accounting of what happened between William’s landing on September 28, and the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings on October 15. Follow the links provided to other websites to expand your knowledge of one of the most important dates in English history. - taken from Tech and Learning
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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.