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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Ten Fun Educational Games for K-8 Students

One of the more frequent requests for help that I get is for help in locating good educational games for elementary and middle school students. It is with those requests in mind that I put this list together. These are all sites that I've previously reviewed here on Free Technology for Teachers.

Ghost Blasters, Math Blasters - A Fun Math Game

Find Country

Play the Cash Cab Quizzes

Grammar Ninja


Get the Glass Promotes Healthy Choices


Games for the Brain

What's In That Wagon? - An Oregon Trail Activity

Math Moves U

Pest World for Kids

Five Fun Spelling Games

April's Most Popular Content

In the month of April I published 149 items on Free Technology for Teachers. Below are the ten most popular items, based on clicks and views, published in April.

1. Kids Around The World - Culture Lessons for K-5

2. Free Music Archive

3. ProCon - Helping Students Evaluate Controversial Topics

4. Nearly 400 Google Earth Files for History Teachers

5. Interactive US Map from Learner.org

6. You Did It! I'll Be a NECC Newbie

7. Write Like an Egyptian - Penn Museum Online

8. VodSpot - Create Your Own Video Website

9. Google News Timeline - Check It Out

10. Visual Dictionary from Merriam Webster

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Story Top Story Maker

Update: It appears that StoryTop has gone offline. If it reappears, I will update this post again.

Story Top is a good web-based tool for creating digital stories and comics. Story Top features an easy-to-use drag and drop tool for creating your story. To use Story Top simply select your background, characters, and text bubbles from the menu and drag them into your story box. After selecting the basic story elements you can then add additional elements like plants, animals, and vehicles. When your story is complete you can save it in your Story Top account or send it to friend. You can also share your story with a group of other Story Top users.

Applications for Education
Story Top is a good tool for getting students online and creating stories quickly. The user interface is easy to use and offers just enough features to allow students to create digital comics that they can be proud of.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
7 Resources for Creating Cartoons and Comics
Comiqs - Create Comics to Play as a Slideshow
Make Beliefs - Multilingual Comic Creation

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