Friday, October 9, 2009

Week In Review - The Most Popular Items

It's Friday afternoon and as I do every week, I've compiled a list of the most popular links of the last week.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last seven days:
1. Copyright Friendly - Copyright Friendly Resources
2. The New Glogster Edu Is Live
3. Google Apps for K-12 Education Webinar
4. Build Your Own Educational Games
5. Refine Google Search Results for Timeliness
6. TED Talk - Animation of a Cell
7. Witty Comics - Easily Create Simple Comics

The list above is based on item clicks and views. If you ever miss the week in review post, you can always check out the Post Rank widget embedded in the right column of the blog. Post Rank displays the most popular blog entries at any given time.

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Google Apps for K-12 Education Webinar Video

Earlier this week Google offered a free webinar featuring the story of a school district that saved $35,000 by transitioning its email services to Google Apps for Education. The webinar was held at at a time that might have been inconvenient for a lot of people in education. If you were not able to attend the webinar, but you wanted to, you can now watch all of the webinar in this YouTube video.

Kevin Jarrett has assembled links to all of the other resources shared during the webinar. I encourage you to visit Kevin's blog for those links.

Video - Announcement of Nobel Peace Prize

Earlier I posted some resources for learning about the Nobel Peace Prize. Shortly after that posting I came across this video of the announcement that President Obama is the recipient of the prize for 2009. The video is embedded below.
Update: the video doesn't appear to be functioning properly, but you should be able to access it here.

Learn About The Nobel Prize

As you've probably heard by now, the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 has been awarded to President Barack Obama. This announcement will undoubtedly create good conversation in current events classes. Your students will probably have questions about the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Foundation has created a Nobel Peace Prize fact sheet to help visitors learn more about the history of the prize and to address some frequently asked questions. The Nobel Peace Prize website also offers videos of lectures given by past recipients of the prize.

The Nobel Foundation has an educational games site designed to help students learn about the work of past Nobel Prize recipients from a variety of fields. For example, there is a game for learning about Pavlov's dogs.

Many Things - Lots of Things for ESL Students

Many Things is a website offering ESL students and teachers an extensive collection of games, quizzes, and other online learning activities. Visitors to Many Things will find materials appropriate for beginning through advanced ESL students. In addition to games and quizzes, visitors will find listening activities made possible through the use of MP3 recordings. Many Things also offers visitors video lessons on speaking and writing English. Embedded below is an example of the video lessons you can find on Many Things.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
The Spanish-English Sentence Database
My English Images - Resources for ESL/ELL Teachers
ESL Printables - Worksheets and Lesson Plans