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.
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.
Nature Sound Map - Listen to the Sounds of Nature All Over the World
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
This problem of student engagement is what drives educators at NuSkool to develop lesson plans that are relevant to students’ lives, engaging for 21st century learners, and pedagogically student-centered. The NuSkool team works to find the teachable moments in contemporary popular culture and develop them into common core aligned lesson plans that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms. Rather than eschew students’ extracurricular interests as irrelevant to learning, NuSkool makes them the center of students’ educational experiences.
Trying to find new media and integrating it into your lessons is hard work - let NuSkool do some of the heavy lifting. Registration is required for access to lessons.
Taiwanese calligrapher Shao Lan uses a pictorial and story-telling approach to teach Chinese characters. Her website, Chineasy, is fantastic: when you click on a character, related and more complex characters appear. This will be one of many resources that I’ll use when I start learning Chinese characters next month. (For now: speaking and pronunciation practice).
Learn more about her project by reading The World of Chinese’s review or visit her website.
Images: screenshots from Chineasy.
There’s a difference between using technology and integrating technology in your classroom, and this list from Teachbytes can help you visualize the difference.