Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Symbaloo...I'm Lovin' It!

Well Google is doing away with its iGoogle option, and I have to say I was a bit distressed about this news! However, I decided to stop whining and find a replacement. I had heard a lot of good things about Symbaloo so I decided to try it out. And I've got to say I am really enjoying it!

Symbaloo is a visual bookmark, which allows you to link to your favorite websites and news sources on a personal dashboard called a "webmix". I have set Symbaloo as my web homepage and my personal webmix has all the places that I visit on a daily basis. Symbaloo makes it easy to create tiles for the webmix and any link can be used for the tiles. Symbaloo is a quick easy way to bookmark your favorite sites.

I have also found Symbaloo to be a valuable resource while I am hosting professional develop sessions with the teachers in my district. I just set a new Symbaloo webmix with whatever sites or web 2.0 tools I am sharing. It makes my presentation more efficient for all involved. Symbaloo also allows you the option of sharing your webmix with others. This could also work in the classroom. If you have sites that you use on a regular basis with students or if you are introducing new sites, you could easily set a webmix that is ready to use at any time.

Symbaloo can also be accessed wherever you are are. Symbaloo stores preferences in the cloud, therefore it is accessible on any computer, smart phone or tablet. I definitely recommend giving Symbaloo a try. I think you will like it as much as I do!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Information Please....

ipl2 For Kids is a research and information site for kids. ipl2 For Kids offers a learning and teaching environment in which kids able to direct their own learning. through a variety of resources including homework help, topics on nutrition and health, current events, math, science, computers, books, and even sports. Once kids have chosen a topic, ipl2 For Kids then directs them to a resource list broken down by subject.

ipl2 For Kids also allows kids to interact with an online librarian. Many students and information science/media specialist volunteer to answer reference questions that are asked in the online environment.

Kids have questions? ipl2 For Kids may be able to help.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Phases of the Moon

Phases of the Moon is a nice site that teaches the different phases of the Moon. Phases of the Moon offers a real time calendar which shows what phase the moon is going to be in, along with a easily understood definition. Phases of the Moon also offers podcasts, games and even links to other websites about the moon and its' phases. The site also offers a lunar calendar which shows the moon phases for any month in any year.

For those of you teaching elementary science, Phases of the Moon is a nice little site, worth checking out. It could be a handy additional resource to your curriculum.

Switcheroo Zoo

Switch Zoo is a virtual zoo that allows kids to create their own animals by switching their parts. Switch Zoo offers many species of animals to choose from. Switch Zoo also offers animal games and puzzles and even the opportunity to join a zoo quest. Switch Zoo also offers music performed by using different animal voices, a section listing facts about the animals, lesson plans, and poetry. Kids can also build an online habitat in which students match the climate, vegetation and animal to a biome. Switch Zoo offers lots of fun for kids!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Try Science...

Found this neat science site today, Try Science. This site offers experiments, field trips to various science centers, games and adventures. Try Science encourages investigation and discovery. Try Science offers interactive content which they update on a regular basis.

Try Science is produced through a parternship that includes IBM Corporation, the New York Hall of Science, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and various science centers world wide.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Interactive Sites for Education

The creator of Interactive Sites for Education has done a fabulous job of collecting various interactive, educational games and simulations for Kindergarten through 5th grades. At Interactive Sites for Education, you can find games that have been categorized as Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts; as well sections on Music, Art, Holidays, and even Brainteasers.

The games and simulations found at Interactive Sites for Education work well with interactive whiteboards, are beneficial for whole or small group instruction, and even reinforcement for individual learning.

I think that you will appreciate all the work that went into creating Interactive Sites for Education and it will be come a site you bookmark and return to again and again.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Kids Finishing Class Work Early?

Have you got kids in your class who always finish early? Then KB...Konnected Kids may be what you are looking for. KB...Konnected Kids is a site that offers various interactive resources for enrichment for kids are are always finishing class work before anyone else.

KB...Konnected Kids offers activities that cover animals, math, art, science, and writing. KB...Konnected Kids also offers puzzles, field trips, games, and even fun facts. This site is very well put together and is very user friendly. Take a few minutes and look over KB...Konnected Kids. I bet you will gain a new class resource.