Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Weebly for Education Demo Video

Earlier today I posted a review of Weebly for Education. It looks to be an awesome, new, free product from Weebly. One of the founders of Weebly left a comment on that post with a link to the video demonstration he gave on Classroom 2.0 over the weekend. The video is embedded below. The video should answer most of your questions about Weebly for Education.

Classroom 2.0 Web Show - Weebly for Education from Dan Veltri on Vimeo.

Pet Fundango - Lesson Plans Involving Classroom Pets

When I was in the sixth grade we had guinea pigs (named Chubby and Checkers) and hamsters in our classroom. It was great fun and a good lesson in communal responsibility. Each week a different classmate was selected (if the parents had consented) to take the guinea pigs home for the weekend. In fact, the weekend that my next door neighbor took Chubby and Checkers home, Chubby had babies.

Pet Fundango is a website designed for elementary school teachers who have small pets in their classrooms. Pet Fundango offers nineteen lesson plans based around small classroom pets. Some of the lesson plans require you to have a classroom pet, but most of them do not. For example, the lesson plan Fur, Feathers, and Scales can be used with K-2 students even if you don't have classroom pets.

Applications for Education
If you're an elementary school teacher considering bringing a small pet into your classroom, Pet Fundango is the site for you. In addition to lesson plans, Pet Fundango offers helpful advice about bringing a pet into your classroom.

Currate - Currency Conversion on a Map

Currate offers an interesting way to compare the value of currencies around the world. Currate uses a Google Map to allow you to quickly compare the value of two country's currencies. To compare currencies simply move the two placemarks provided by Currate onto the country's whose currencies you wish to compare. Click the placemarks and the currency comparisons will appear in a text box.

Applications for Education
Currate could be a useful little tool for teachers of global economics. It could also be useful for anyone that is planning to take students on a trip outside of their country.

Weebly for Education - It's Free and Awesome

Weebly was one of the first website building tools that I played around with when I got started on my technology integration journey. It's a very intuitive and feature rich platform for creating a free website. For those reasons, it's always on my list of recommendations to teachers who want to build a classroom website.

Weebly is now officially entered into the education market with a free service designed specifically teachers and students. Weebly for Education includes all of the intuitive website-building and blogging tools found on Weebly plus features built specifically for education. Weebly for Education offers bulk creation of student accounts (up to 40 for free) which teachers can manage and moderate. Students can create their own websites and blogs using the accounts that you create for them. Unlike a lot of free services in the website building market, Weebly does not place any advertising your website.

Applications for EducationWeebly for Education looks like it will be an excellent option for teachers who want their students to create a digital portfolio of their work. Weebly for Education could also be a great platform for introducing students to blogging in a safe and secure environment.

If Weebly for Education doesn't offer you what you're looking for, you may want to try one of these other platforms for creating a free website.