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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pronunciation Animations

Pronunciation Animations from Cambridge University Press provides students with visual and audio lessons for learning to speak English. On Pronunciation Animations students can see and hear which sounds and syllables to stress in English words. The site is divided into four categories; sounds, stress, intonation, and phonemic chart. Students have a choice of listening to a female voice or a male voice for most of the words and sounds on Pronunciation Animations.


Applications for Education
Pronunciation Animations could be a great resource for ESL/ EFL students. The visual and audio segments could be used as model for a teacher-led lesson or be used as individual study resources.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Hello World
How To Say That Name
Civics Lessons for ESL Students

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Parade of Games in Powerpoint

Parade of Games in Powerpoint was developed by faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Parade of Games in Powerpoint provides teachers with games and game templates for classroom use. The games and game templates are available for download in Powerpoint format. Some of the games and game templates that teachers can find on Parade of Games in Powerpoint include Bingo, Jeopardy, and scavenger hunts.

Applications for Education
If you're looking to create a review-style game to use as a group activity, the templates on Parade of Games in Powerpoint may be a good resource for you.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Pete's Powerpoint Station
Powerpoint Palooza

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The Science and Technology of WWII

The Science and Technology of World War II is an interactive website provided by The National World War II Museum with funding support from General Electric. The Science and Technology of WWII provides students and teachers with lesson plans, timelines, essays, images, and learning activities about the scientific and technological developments that took place during WWII.

The Science and Technology of WWII could easily keep students engaged in exploring the site's content for an hour or more. The darkroom section of the website contains thirteen categories of images of WWII scientific and technology developments. The timeline on the website allows students to explore the scientific, technological, and political steps in the development of the atomic bomb. The learning activities section of The Science and Technology of WWII gives students the opportunity to learn about and send coded messages.

Applications for Education
The Science Technology of WWII provides teachers with four lesson plans that incorporate elements of science, math, technology, and history. The lesson plans are appropriate for middle school and high school use. After completing the activities in the lesson plans students can test their knowledge using the quiz in the learning activities section of The Science and Technology of WWII.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:American History in Video
An Oral History Project for Veterans Day
Nearly 400 Google Earth Files for History Teachers

PBwiki Is Now PBworks

PBwiki, a great, free wiki service that many educators use has changed its name to PBworks. According to their press release and blog, they changed the name to reflect a move toward becoming a more full-featured collaboration space for businesses and academia. If you're a current PBwiki user all of your wikis and urls will automatically redirect to the new PBworks url. The login credentials that you and your students have created for PBwiki will continue to work the on PBworks. The best news of all is PBworks will continue to give free wiki space to classroom teachers.

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Learning About the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

The Great Pandemic is a website created by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The Great Pandemic is designed to educate visitors about the influenza pandemic of 1918. One of the better features of the site is a state-by-state description of how the pandemic affected each state in the US.

To give visitors a good sense of what life was like during the influenza pandemic, the site provides visitors with an overview of life in 1918. The Great Pandemic website has a good collection of documents and media from 1918 and 1919. In this collection visitors to the site can find posters, documents, and newspaper reports about the influenza pandemic.

Applications for Education
The Great Pandemic is a good website for current events and history teachers trying to provide students with a historical comparison to the current swine flu outbreak. You may want to use this website in conjunction with a showing of this video from CNN Student News about the swine flu outbreak.

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