Saturday, March 1, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Understanding Search Engines

Many students and adults do not understand how search engines rank results. Most of my students get to high school without understanding the differences between .edu, .gov, and .com web addresses. Students sometimes struggle to refine their search engine results. This video from Springfield College's library gives a good explanation of how search engines operate and how to refine search engines.

Free Technology For Teachers: Kids Podcasting and Blogging

I just had a classic, "why didn't I think of that" moment. In this video you will see elementary school students talking about how they are using blogging, podcasting, and the Internet in their learning process. These students have a teddy bear that they take turns taking home and taking on adventures. The students then blog about the life of the teddy bear. The students seem to really enjoy writing about the teddy bear and sharing with the world the adventures of the teddy bear. Their teddy bear is even getting fan mail on the blog. This is a great way to engage students in writing, why didn't I think of that?!

Watch the video below.

Free Technology For Teachers: NCAA Basketball and Math Education

The Apple is great place for teachers to search for lesson plans and resources.

Today as I was watching ESPN's College Game Day I thought to myself, there must be a way to capitalize on the popularity of the NCAA tournament to teach math. Not being a math a teacher, I wasn't sure how to do it, but I was sure it could be done. So I headed over to The Apple and poked around for the math and the technology lesson plan sections. With a little searching I found this lesson plan appropriate for middle school math students. If you're looking for some lesson plans, videos, or professional development information The Apple is worth checking out.

Free Technology For Teachers: T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R. - Teachers Sharing Resources

T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R. is a resource through which teachers can share lesson plans. TO.G.E.T.H.E.R. is a part of the Global Classroom website. Global classroom has an extensive list of websites related to lesson plans. T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R. gives examples from real teachers of using some of the Global Classroom links. The vast majority of the materials on T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R. and Global Classroom are designed for elementary grades. If you're an elementary teacher looking for technology integration ideas, this is a good resource for you.