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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Poster Street - Free Posters for Your Classroom

Poster Street comes to us from the same people behind Certificate Street. Poster Street is a collection of free posters for classroom and office display. The collection is organized into seven categories. The categories of most interest to educators are Teachers, Kids, and Teens. All of the posters can be downloaded for free from Poster Street.

Try Easy Poster Printer to print the posters from Poster Street in large sizes.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for an inexpensive way to decorate or redecorate your classroom, Poster Street's posters just might be what you need.

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Explore.org Adds Video-Based Lesson Plans

Explore.org produces and hosts high-quality documentary films and photographs. The films and images focus on exploring the world and the work of non-profit organizations around the world. The films and images are organized by location and by charitable and or environmental cause. Explore.org is funded in part by the Annenburg Foundation.

Recently, Explore.org added a lesson plan section for teachers. In total there are ten lesson plans for K-12 students. Not all lesson plans are appropriate for all grades and the lesson plans are labeled accordingly. All of the lesson plans are based upon video created by Explore.

The video embedded below is an example of the type of material you will find in Explore's video collection.


Applications for Education
Explore.org is a good video resource that could be used in a global studies course or world geography course. In addition to being labeled according to grade level, the lesson plans are labeled by the themes they address. For example, there are lesson plans to address the themes of culture, environment, and animals.


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Debate Graph - Diagrams of Global Debates
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Spaaze - Online Sticky Notes and More

Spaaze is a free online sticky note service that offers some handy functions for teachers and students. Spaaze allows you to write notes, edit notes and reorder your notes. Your notes can be simple text notes or you can create notes that contain videos, images, or links. Use the Spaaze browser bookmarklet to add a note to your collection anytime you come across an interesting find on the web. The video below gives a good overview of what can be done with Spaaze.


Applications for Education
Spaaze could be used by students as a personal organizer. Spaaze could be particularly useful for students who don't have their own computers and need to rely on computer labs in order to get work done online. By using Spaaze those students can create notes of what they need to do, what they have done, and create notes about the useful things they find while researching on the web.


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Organize and Collaborate with Stixy
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Building a Video Collage With Wallwisher

Social Media and Education

Yesterday, I wrote a post regarding Chris Lehmann's talk at the 140 Characters Conference in New York. Thanks to a few people that commented on that post and some others on Twitter, I found the full video of Chris's talk. If you've never heard Chris speak before, I highly recommend taking the time to watch it now. The video is embedded below. If you cannot see the video, click here.

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