Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Library of Congress - America's Story

America's Story is hosted by the Library of Congress for Kids and Family. America's Story was designed with kids in mind. America's Story is appealing and easily navigated so that kids won't "get lost". I believe that kids will find America's Story entertaining and fun.

America's Story is going to introduce kids to amazing people such as Wild Bill Cody and Thomas Edison, along with his many inventions.America's Story will travel back in time and introduce kids to the first settlers in the United States. Kids can also explore the states and learn fun facts and interesting stories about all the states. America's Story also has many other topics for kids to explore. Kids will have the opportunity to learn how our great nation was formed and get to know the people who had a hand in the development.

The goal of America's Story is for kids to have fun while learning and I believe their goal has been accomplished. This is a great resource for the elementary classroom. America's Story is worth checking out. I hope you enjoy it.

Snag Learning

Snag Learning is a site that presents documentary films covering almost every subject area. Snag Learning is a educational tool that can be used to provoke meaningful discussions within the learning circle of the classroom. Snag Learning can be a wonderful supplemental resource for teachers to enhance lessons for their students or even for students to research to enrich their own learning.

Snag Learning offers over 1,600 documentary films that are geared toward middle school and high school students. Snag Learning has made an effort to gear their site to cater to the needs of teachers and students. Snag Films are produced by well-know educational sources such as PBS and National Geographic.

Snag Learning adds new films every week so you should make an effort to check back on a regular basis.

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Animal Facts from National Geographic

Animal Facts from National Geographic is a site I learned about from David Andrade's blog, Educational Technology Guy, who is a great resource for all educators.

National Geographic is a fabulous resource for any classroom and it hosts a great site filled with animal facts. Animal Facts is basically a collection of facts and information on just about every animal imaginable. Animal Facts is arranged by animal type (ex: birds, fish, amphibians, and mammals). Animals are conveniently listed in alphabetical order with a quick find option on the page as well.

Each animal fact page is accompanied by not only facts about the animal, but also a picture of the animal and a map that indicates where the animal is found. Animal Facts also allows users to share via Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, Stumble upon, Digg, and email which allow students to share with teachers or their peers; or teachers can share with students.

Animal Facts is a fabulous tool for the classroom. Hope that you find it useful as well.

It's a great resource for teachers and students.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Owl: The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Purdue Owl: An Online Writing Lab is creation of Purdue University. This site is a resource for all writers. The Purdue Owl is a free service that offers writing resources and instructional material. The Purdue Owl offers resources to help with any writing project. The goal of this site is to encourage the growth of all writers, no matter their skill base.

The Purdue Owl is a fabulous resource for any classroom. Teachers can use this site for in-class instruction. Students could also make use of The Purdue Owl at home and in class. The Purdue Owl offers podcasts, PowerPoint presentations, and flash videos. MLA and APA Guides are also offered.

The Purdue Owl: An Online Writing Lab also offers access to free tutoring through Owl Mail Tutors and a helpful grammar blog located at Grammar Blog.

This is a resource definitely worth putting in your classroom toolbox.

Plagiarism a Problem?

Is plagiarism a problem with your students? Need a fairly efficient way to check for plagiarism? Then The Plagiarism Checker was created with you in mind. The Plagiarism Checker was designed as a project for the University of Maryland and is a site that detects whether plagiarized text was used in homework, essays, reports, or research papers.

The Plagiarism Checker is simple enough to use. All that is required is that you cut and past your student's paper into the box provided on the site and then chose check. The Plagiarism Checker will find plagiarized text in any assignment. The Plagiarism Checker analyzes the text in segments and gives you a report on the results. The results are reported on each segment and then overall results with findings of plagiarism or not.

The Plagiarism Checker is a handy tool for the secondary classroom, in any subject area where students are required to write. The Plagiarism Checker could also be used as a student tool. While teaching students to understand and recognize when they have crossed the line into plagiarism, The Plagiarism Checker could be used as a self-checker. It is definitely worth checking out.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Google A Day

A Google a Day is a bit like a game of Trivial Pursuit with a twist. A Google a Day encourages you to ask Google to find the answer to the question for that day.

A Google a Day asks a daily question that allows you to use your own creative searching skills to locate the answer. The answers are posted the next day on the site. Not only are the answers revealed, but help hints on how best to search for the answer are also given.

A Google a Day can be used to teach students searching skills, as a daily challenge, or even a social studies or history assignment. A Google a Day doesn't ask average everyday questions. The questions are geared toward your older students, however your advanced younger student would enjoy the challenge. Your students, as well as yourself, will be challenged in a whole new. It is worth checking out.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Write Rhymes

Write Rhymes is an online rhyming dictionary. I discovered this site from @bernajean on Twitter. This site allows the writer to find rhyming words for anything being written. All the writer has to do is hold down the alt key and click on a word and as you write, hold the alt key and click on a word to find a rhyme for it. Write Rhymes will then generate a list of rhymes. The site also allows the writer to save, copy and print.

Write Rhymes is a handy resource for the Language Art classroom. This site is a tool that benefit student writers.

Thanks to @bernajean for leading me to this site!

Fact Monster

Fact Monster is a fun site for kids which includes an almanac, a dictionary, atlas, and encyclopedia. Fact Monster also has a homework help center for students.

Fact Monster covers topics such as: world and U.S. topics; people including biographies on famous people, help to write a biography, women of influence and U.S. Presidents; books, grammar and spelling, mythology, and languages. Fact Monster also contains topics in math, science, sports, games and quizzes. Fact Monster is a part of infoplease.com, a reference site. Fact Monster is fun, friendly, and attractive for kids.

Fact Monster can be used in any content area. This site would be a useful resource in any classroom, whether students are completing a research project, fact finding for a class assignment, or playing games that engage the brain. Fact Monster is a fun encyclopedia for kids.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fraboom Online Children's Museum

Talk about fun! Fraboom Online Children's Museum is a fun, educational site for kids. I learnined about from the blog Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of A Cyber Hero and from iLearn creator Kelly Tenkley.

I enjoyed navigating the site and checking out the many activities for students. While at Fraboom Online Children's Museum , students have the opportunity to learn about presidents while playing games, what cartoons that teach vocabulary on topics such as the earth, insects, life cycles and citizenship. Fraboom Online Children's Museum also offers interactive books that teach about insects, waste and the human body. The site is engaging and kid friendly.

I think one of the best things about Fraboom Online Children's Museum is that they offer live classes. A daily doodle challenge that is different everyday is offered and students can interact with teachers through a chat tool.

Fraboom Online Children's Museum would be a great site to incorporate into the classroom with a variety of content. Students can have the opportunity to work independently or activities can presented with whole class instruction in mind. Students also have the opportunity to connect with virtual teachers which could also create a environment that allows student/teacher conferences. One important thing you need to be aware of is that everything is not free. I believe the possibilities are endless. Enjoy Fraboom Online Children's Museum !

Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright

Taking the Mystery Out of Coypright hosted by the Library of Congress. This site is interactive and geared toward younger learners and teaches the basic understanding of what copyright is and who it protects.

Taking the Mystery Out of Coypright gives a timeline of the history of copyright and investigates copyright law. Taking the Mystery Out of Coypright also includes the steps to obtaining a copyright and why it would be important to do so.

This site would come in handy for any subject area, where students would be completing projects that contain images, videos, and music. Taking the Mystery Out of Coypright is also a great tool to teach students how to protect their creations from original ideas. Taking the Mystery Out of Coypright is
a great beginning for younger learners to begin understanding copyright and its importance.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Encyclopedia Earth

Encyclopedia of Earth is all about the Earth! Encyclopedia of Earth covers topics such as its environments,biomes, resources, and people. The Encyclopedia of Earth site is free and the resources are contributed by scientist and educators from universities and some high schools.

Encyclopedia of Earth is a fantastic resource for the science classroom. The site resources consist of articles, videos, and multimedia presentations.

Weather Sparks

Weather Spark is a new site that that I learned about from Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers. Weather Spark is a new site with interactive weather graphs that offer the history of any weather station on earth. This site also offers multiple forecasts, weather records, and weather averages. Weather Spark also allows the user to view global climate trends.

Weather Spark will allow students to compare weather coast to coast, read details of global climate changes, learn about weather forces, and learn about average temperatures of many places on earth.

Weather Spark is a new site in beta so they ask that you be patient while they work out any rough edges but this is a great weather tool for any science classroom.

Thanks to Richard Byrne. Free Technology for Teachers is a fabulous tool for all educators.


Toondoo is a fun website where you can create cartoons to make the learning fun in the classroom. Toondoo is easy to use with the creative license in hands of the the creator. The site has a lot of clip art options with many creative features that include format options, scenery backgrounds, and even special props. Toondoo is also a safe and secure as the user makes it. It has privacy options that user can control.

Toondoo is fun way to encourage learning, definately a site worth checking.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenber is a site that offers free e-books. Project Gutenber offers over 33,000 free ebooks to download and read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. Project Gutenber title are updated nightly so the site is always is fresh and current. The search for books is quite easy as well because search can be conducted by genre, author, title and even subjects.

Project Gutenber hosts books for all age groups, including children's picture books, children's novels, and many novels for required high school and college reading curriculums.

It is a site worth checking out.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Teachers Love Them Like Jesus

A poem for all  teachers....thanks for all you do.

Teachers Love Them Like Jesus

To love them like Jesus is the goal
Not judging the appearance but searching the soul

Teachers learn to look past the disguise
Into every child’s bright and shining eyes

To see the need for hugs all their days
To take the time to give them praise

To realize no matter how poor or unclean
Every child still has a heart full of dreams

Dreams that they’re willing share
Dreams that need nurturing and care

They need to know someone is interested in their lives
That some one is overwhelmingly pleased when they arrive

Because children are full of laughter and charm
And they need at least one place safe from harm

Jesus needed someone to cultivate their learning
And teach them with wisdom to be discerning

Who could possibly fill all their needs
Love them and hug them and praise their deeds

This problem has been around since before creation
And how to solve it – was never a question

A teacher was created from simple things
An angel with neither halo or wings

She was created for this purpose alone
To love and to hug and to see that seeds of wisdom are sown

Her heart has an incredible capacity to accept
One and all in her loving arms are kept

She takes on the jobs no one else could
Doing her best; making sure each child is understood

And when the heart of a child breaks
She feels each hurt and her heart truly aches

When Jesus looks down on the teacher each day
And sees her frazzled and nerves all frayed

Or when she is feeling lost and afraid
He will always be present to render aid

He will send an angel from Heaven above
With a reminder of his never ending love

He will always keep his teachers close
Because they love his children the most.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hippo Campus

HippoCampus - Homework and Study Help - Free help with your algebra, biology, environmental science, American government, US history, physics and religion homework

Hippo Campus is a site I learned about from the blog, The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness. I am trying to include resources from my secondary teachers and I feel this resource will be an asset in the secondary classroom. Hippo Campus focuses on multi-media content for general secondary education.

Hippo Campus allows instructions to create a page unique to their classroom needs as well as link it to a school website. This is a site worth checking out.

Middle School Chemistry

Middle School Chemistry is a site supported by the American Chemistry Society. The site has lesson plans with multi-media examples all built around the concepts of chemistry. The site has lesson of on matter, changes (physical and chemical), density, periodic table, and various other lessons.

The Middle School Chemistry would a wonderful resource for all middle school science classes. It is worth checking out.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Science Fix

Science Fix is a site created by Darren Fix for middle school science teachers. Science Fix offers lessons and videos demonstrating different science concepts. Mr. Fix shares some fun, interesting things that are going on in science. Science Fix would also be a great resource for end of year 5th grade or 6th grade students to introduce concepts that will be taught in middle school science classes. Mr. Fix has created a fabulous resource for other science teachers. Take some time and visit Science Fix.


Swayable is a site I learned about from the Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyberhero blog. Swayable is a way to create a survey or a poll; a fun way for students to make decisions and get their peers opinions.

Swayable surveys can be embedded and linked, as well as posting comments. Below is an example of a Swayable; take some time and try it out. I think you will enjoy it as much as your students will:

This Day

Nikon's, This Day, is a fabulous timeline detailing historical events on "this" day in history. This Day could be used as a daily class starter. It could also be used to teach searching skills, with students finding the details of the facts presented. This Day is visually appealing, which would be an interesting way to bring a little bit of history to your classroom.


Tagxedo is a fun word cloud site. Tagxedo word clouds can be created from text uploaded by the creator, blogs, tweets, and even tags. Tagxedo allows the user to customize their word cloud by changing color themes, fronts, and cloud shapes (which include many various shapes such as fruit, states, music symbols and animals) Tagxedo also allows the user to print and save the cloud that is created. The clouds show words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

This is a fun way for students to present their work whether it be written compositions, poetry, historical summaries, or even mathematical explanations.