Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Resources for Environmental Education Week

Next week is National Environmental Education Week in the United States. The National Environmental Education Foundation has put together some resources for K-12 classroom use. The resources include "nature bee" quizzes and ideas for service learning projects.

In addition to the resources created by the National Environmental Education Foundation you may want to take a look at some the resources that I have previously shared on this blog.
1. View Glacier Melt in Google Earth
2. The Day the Water Died - Examining the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
3. Wind and Solar Power Estimation Activities
4. Monitoring and Mapping CO2 Emissions
5. Explore the Cycle of Recycling
6. Understanding the Water Cycle
7. Where Does Oil Come From?
8. Learning About CO2 Emissions - Game
9. Atlas of Our Changing Environment
10. Forces of Nature

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200+ Free Games for Your Class Blog or Website

Novel Games offers more than 200 games that you can embed into your blog, wiki, or website for free. Most of the games are simple logic games, basic mathematics games, and spelling games like hangman. Novel Games also offers Sudoku and Mahjongg games. Math and Reading Help for Kids has ten examples of Novel Games embedded into a third party's website.

Applications for Education
Novel Games is a great place to find games for your class blog, wiki, or website. A few fun mathematics games or spelling games can keep students and parents coming back to practice and develop those respective skills. There are enough games on Novel Games that you can rotate games in and out of your class blog to give students variety or to match the topic you're currently teaching.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Study Tag - Win Trophies for Studying Online
Play the Cash Cab Quizzes
Five Free Crossword Puzzle Builders
Five Resources for Fun Spelling Games

5 Fun, Interesting, and Educational Things on Twitter

Due to the frequent sightings of the Twitter "fail whale" and my offline responsibilities of lesson planning I wasn't able to compile my 5 favorite tweets of the day yesterday. This list is a compilation of links from yesterday and today.

Here are five fun, interesting, and educational things I found on Twitter in the last 48 hours.
1. Michelle's EdTech Cafe from @mnebel
2. 2nd Grade Students Using Blabberize from @lthumann
3. Marley and Me - Free Audiobook from @dkdykstra
4. 25 Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom from @cyndidannerkuhn
5. The Twinkies Project from @mspahr

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The Library of Congress is Now On YouTube

Through Mashable I have learned that the Library of Congress now has a YouTube channel. The Library of Congress YouTube channel currently contains 77 videos divided into six playlists. Two of the playlists contain clips of very early films from Edison and Westinghouse. Three of the playlists feature book talks and lectures. The Journeys and Crossings playlist contains short documentary style videos. Hopefully, the Library of Congress continues to add quality videos to this channel.

Embedded below is one of the videos from the Westinghouse playlist.

Applications for Education
The videos contained in the new Library of Congress YouTube Channel could be good resources for teachers of film studies as well as teachers of US History.

If you're not fortunate enough to work in a school that allows the use of YouTube you may want to try one of these workarounds or one of these educational alternatives to YouTube.

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Five Resources for Teaching About Earthquakes

The earthquake that shook central Italy is the leading segment of today's CNN Student News. The segment and offers only a brief overview of the earthquake. A better resource for learning about the earthquake is the BBC's interactive map of the region. On the map you will find videos and images of the damage caused by the earthquake.

For learning about earthquakes in general, the BBC has an animated guide to earthquakes. National Geographic offers an in-depth lesson plan for teaching elementary school students about earthquakes and volcanoes. National Geographic also has some excellent educational films about earthquakes, but if you do not have the budget to purchase them you may want to try Snag Films where you can watch full length documentaries like Violent Earth for free.

A previous resource that I have shared is Viewing Earthquakes in Google Earth. These Google Earth files allow you to see current and historical data about earthquakes. There is also a virtual tour of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake available in Google Earth.

Larry Ferlazzo has assembled a good list of resources for learning about the earthquake in Italy that you should also check out.

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Ten Problem Solving Games for K-8 Students

Over the weekend I explored a good website called Math and Reading Help for Kids. Math and Reading Help for Kids has a small collection of problem solving and logic games that could be good for elementary school and possibly middle school use. The tasks that the games ask students to perform include identifying differences between objects, moving shapes to solve simple logic problems, and typing accurately.

Math and Reading Help for Kids has some good articles about and tutorials for helping kids learn reading, writing, and arithmetic. The website also has some good articles for parents about helping their students at home.

Applications for Education
The games on Math and Reading Help for Kids are best suited to use by elementary school students although there may be some cases in which middle school students could benefit from the games.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Mind 360
Sharendipity - Create and Share Games
Physics Games for Your Blog or Website

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