Sunday, March 7, 2010

Literacy Center - Multilingual Lessons for Pre-K

The Early Childhood Education Network's Literacy Center provides young students with online learning activities in four languages. The Literacy Center provides tutorials and games in English, Spanish, German, and French. The tutorials and games are designed to teach students the alphabet, writing the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, phonics, and basic spelling.

Each section begins with a tutorial before moving on to ask students to apply their new knowledge to an activity. For example, in the alphabet section students first hear and see each letter before being asked to form the letters. See the screen captures below for a demonstration of the sequence.
Alphabet activity 1.

Alphabet activity 2 - Student constructs letter.

Applications for Education
In addition to the online learning activities for students, The Early Childhood Education Network's Literacy Center in collaboration with Read Today offers hundreds of free printable resources for teaching early literacy skills.

Thanks to NJTechTeacher for the link via Twitter.

The Differences Between Banks and Credit Unions

In the civics course that I teach I try to work in lessons about consumer borrowing and consumer savings. One topic that always comes up in these lessons is the differences between banks and credit unions. Young Free Alberta has a series of three videos, done in the Common Craft style, explaining the differences between credit unions and banks. The videos are clearly designed to encourage students to join credit unions. Despite that bias the videos still do a good job of explaining the fundamental differences between banks and credit unions.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

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Kid's Economic Glossary
Saving Money in Plain English
The History of Credit Cards in the United States

Monkey See - Expert Advice on a Myriad of Topics is a collection of videos featuring experts sharing knowledge and how-to tips about the topic of their fields of expertise., like many other video websites, has channels or categories. The channel most useful to teachers and students is the Careers & Education channel. The following video is part of a series about public speaking found in the Careers & Education channel.

Applications for Education provides educators with a reliable video website to direct students toward. The Careers & Education channel has a lot of good advice including interviewing tips for students preparing to head into the workforce after high school. The Careers & Education channel has very solid advice for students and parents as they prepare for the college admissions process.

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