Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kid Friendly Search Engines...

In the quest for finding safe search engines for our students, I stumbled upon two that are very kid friendly.

The first one is:

Goofram is a combination of Google and Wolfram Alpha.

The second one is:

KidRex offers safe search for kids, by kids.

Though these both have most like been around for awhile, I have just discovered them. I found both Goofram and KidRex to be easy to use and simple in design. Once the searches are generated the page is clean with few distractions.

In my search, I also found Dave Kapuler and his search engine board on Pinterest. There are quite a few on the board and these two are there as well. I can't wait to checking out all these new search engines. Thanks Dave!

Math Chimp

Math Chimp is a collection of online math games that I learned about from Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers. The games are engaging and helpful in reinforcing math skills. The games at Math Chimp are organized by grade level and objectives of the common core standards.

Math Chimp offers games for first grade through 5 grade and has recently expanded to 6th grade through 8th grade with an addition of about 30 games. Teachers can easily find games on Math Chimp by selecting the grade they teach and the skill being taught. Teachers can use Math Chimp as a classroom resource or as a suggested practice to reinforce the skill for students.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Math Live

Math Live for 3rd grade to 6th grade classrooms. Math Live offers about 20 lessons that are divided into four categories: Numbers, Patters and Relations, Shape and Space, Statistics and Probability.

The lessons are presented as TV episodes in a cartoon format. Each Math Live lesson is accompanied by a mathematics worksheet that students can completed independently or while watching the lesson. The lessons are divided into segments and those can be replayed or advanced through as needed.

Math Live is a math resource worth checking out.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fun, Fun, Fun...With PBS

PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games is, as the name implies, a collection of interactive whiteboard games. The PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games collection contains games for Language Arts, Math, Art, and Social Science. The PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games are fun and engaging and are developed from programs such as Curious George, Sesame Street, and Clifford, basically PBS's best programs!

The PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games are mostly for the PreK through 2nd grade classes with a few games for the 3rd grade through 5th grade classes. PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games are all age appropriate and approved by educators.

I discovered PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games from Matt Gomez on Pinterest. PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games is a resource worth having for the classroom, so take some time to check it out. Thank you Matt and Pinterest.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Living Math Books...

Living Math Book Lists is a blog that lists many, many books that present mathematical concepts based in real life situations. Living Math Book Lists are books that make math more relevant to the reader. Living Math Book Lists lists about 50 math categories which link to books relevant to the math concept. The blog links the book titles to Amazon where you can read more about a particular book. The blog author works to frequently add new titles to Living Math Book Lists.

Living Math Book Lists would be a great resource for the math class. I learned about Living Math Book Lists from the blog, Techy Things Teachers Should Try from the Bryan ISD.