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Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices.
Here are the free ones:
- iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)
- Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)
- Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)
This month Curriki revamped their geometry site to accommodate viewing on mobile phones, iPads, and Android tablets.
Curriki’s geometry course features six PBL projects. Each of the projects is aligned to Common Core Standards. The course is not a self-directed course for students. The course is designed to be taught by mathematics teachers who want to incorporate PBL.
Online rubric makers can make rubric creation pretty simple, so we’ve collected a few sites that offers online rubric makers (some of them are free) that can help you out in your classroom.
HHMI’s BioInteractive is a good place for science teachers to search for science lesson plans, videos, animations, and slideshows to use with students.
The resources available through HHMI’s BioInteractive appears to be best suited for high school settings. The “click and learn” activities available on BioInteractive could be good to assign to students to view as homework prior to a lesson on the topic.
Looking for level-based virtual literary trips? Google Lit Trips is your site to bookmark!
Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.
In our Olympic Sport Activity Packs you’ll find everything you need to teach your students about four of the top events at this year’s winter Olympic games. Each sport contains an overview and history of the sport, featured athletes, competing countries, and a primary and secondary Authentic Learning lesson plan.
Check out Toasted Cheese, a blog that provides daily prompts on calendar. Some prompts are topical based on the month/date they fall on.
Also, don’t forget the Writing Prompts tumblr.
Students should be directed to reliable sources, because getting essay ideas from Wikipedia or answers to a test from a Facebook group is not necessarily the tried-and-true way to go. But fear not, there are plenty of options to choose from. Teachers’ blogs, online courses and trustworthy knowledge sources. As for the practice, the peer support social networks provide the solution. An example is Brainly.
This global social learning network embraces the idea of using new technologies in education. With successful local versions of the platform in Europe, Asia and South America, the launch of Brainly.com, the social network’s English version, introduces the concept to American students. Additionally to its peer-to-peer platform, Brainly gets involved in educational initiatives. Brainly CEO Michał Borkowski explains: “Our vision is to see students from all over the world benefiting from our educational peer support system.” The launch of Brainly.com, the company’s new English version, coincides with the release of mobile applications for iOS and Android.
Here are the four:
- Learning is fast
- Knowledge is composed of isolated facts
- Being good at a subject is a matter of inborn talent rather than hard work
- I’m really good at multitasking, especially during class or studying
- 96% of participants agreed technology allows students to share their writing with a wider, more diverse audience.
- 79% of participants claimed digital tools encourage greater collaboration.
- 50% of participants said it was easier to improve student writing with the use of technology.
Nice collinktion (collection + links) to apps, writing aids, and scoring engines to help your students become better writers.
Nature Sound Map provides a wonderful way to explore the soundscape of the natural world.
In science courses the sound map offers a nice way for students to hear the sounds of animals that they’re learning about in different regions of the world. In some cases the sound recordings combined with Street View imagery could give students a more complete picture of what it is like to be at ground level in a place.
image via rmbyrne
While all of the activities are good, the speaking and listening activities on Skillswise that I would be most inclined to use with students are the types of listening and listening for specifics games. The games in both sections require students to listen and follow a set of detailed instructions to complete tasks like delivering products to addresses, recording details of story, and responding to emergency situations.