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Title: Google Hangouts
Summary: Communication, learning, and fun converge nicely in Google's slick platform
Pros: It's easy to use, versatile, and can keep kids communicating and building skills outside of class time.
Cons: As there aren't any kid safety rules here, highly supervised use is recommended.
Bottom Line: It runs like a dream, works on all devices, and can be used in so many ways to enhance interactive learning.
Here's an interesting one I came across the other day:
What exactly is Juneteenth? Learn more about June 19th, its history, and its celebration. Content includes a look at why June 19, 1865 signifies the end of slavery in America, as opposed to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.
Summary: Engage young scientists with the 5E model, kid-friendly lessons
Pros: Lesson plans are very detailed and incorporate a variety of worksheets, digital activities, videos, and hands-on classroom activities.
Cons: Assessment is limited to basic multiple-choice quizzes, and standards alignment could be stronger.
Bottom Line: Engaging, interactive lesson plans help students grasp elementary science concepts.
How well do you know the history of the flag that was the inspiration for our national anthem? Take the interactive quiz and test your knowledge of the American flag by earning stars and a certificate showing off your skills. Also highlighted is information about the War of 1812 and the "Key" players in the creation of the national anthem.
Teach your students to understand more about the events of that day from an entirely different perspective - African-American veterans telling of their experiences during and after the invasion on Normandy Beach June 6, 1944. This video clip [2:11] from History Channel's "A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-day" highlights how the soldiers were amazed they were able to accomplish their mission despite the formidable German defenses.
Summary: Emoji-based coding tool demystifies web design and animation
Pros: Sequential lessons on core web technologies, great tutorials, and instant access to student-made websites and animations.
Cons: Design elements are limited to images, videos, and sounds contained in Codemoji; teacher dashboard can be buggy.
Bottom Line: Emoji-based lessons engage learning and empower kids to explore web design and animation, with instant website creation.
Summary: Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe
Pros: Projects fuse ELA and social studies while helping students make real-world connections.
Cons: You'll need to sync up with the timelines of the courses. Rubrics are limited.
Bottom Line: A thoughtful, ready-to-go platform that builds global awareness and collaboration skills by facilitating authentic, cross-cultural PBL experiences.
Do you know about ALL the negative health effects tobacco has on your body? To draw attention to these negative effects, World No Tobacco Day was established to encourage people to abstain from tobacco consumption for a day. This site contains a game that tests your knowledge of tobaccos’ harmful ingredients, health costs, financial costs, side effects, and more. By playing this game, students will learn why abstaining from tobacco is an important decision they can make for their health. They will also see how abstaining from tobacco is not only an important decision for their health but also their financial health.
Title: checkology® Virtual Classroom
Summary: Go-to news-literacy site is an excellent primer on media issues
Pros: Unique site allows for exploration of multiple lessons, while the check tool allows students to evaluate credibility of news.
Cons: Lessons can be a bit too long and repetitive at times
Bottom Line: With "fake news" a pressing concern, checkology's literacy lessons offer essential, if not totally comprehensive, skills to help students evaluate sources.
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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.