Saturday, January 19, 2008

Free Tech For Teachers: United Nations Cyberbus

The United Nations' Cyber School Bus offers teachers a large number and variety of free lessons plans. The Cyber Bus provides links to country profiles, background information and explanations of current hot topics at the UN, and free webcasts of UN meetings and conferences. Probably the best feature of the Cyber Bus is list of available free lessons plans appropriate for all grades. The list includes lessons that can be conducted online (web scavenger hunts and interactive models) and off line.

Applications for Educators
The list of lesson plans an
d information available on the Cyber School Bus is exhaustive and likewise the list of applications for educators is exhaustive. The Model UN program is a great way to integrate Humanities and Science into one lesson plan. The webcasts of UN meetings and conferences is a great complement to the Model UN program as the webcasts give students a better understanding of the workings of the United Nations. Below is an image of the four items I've mentioned today.

Free Technology For Teachers: European News Outlet, Imooty

Imoooty is a new European News website. Imooty is different from other news websites because it acts like a news clearing house instead of a news provider. Imooty gathers news from each country's news outlets and provides it to users on one page. Users can select countries from a drop down list or by clicking on a map like the one below.

Imooty offers one other very convenient feature, Babel Fish website translator. Babel Fish translates pages written in any number of languages into English.

Applications for Educators
Imooty is useful for Social Studies and Foreign Language teachers.
Social Studies teachers can use Imooty to have students research current events in Europe. Foreign Language teachers can use Imooty to have students read news in a foreign language, translate, then check their translations using the built in Babel Fish feature.