Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Learning Media - Online Math and Science Games

Learning Media is a New Zealand based company that produces curriculum materials for schools. A lot of their products are only available by purchase, but they do offer some good free resources. Some of the free resources include a collection of seven math, science, and writing games for elementary school and middle school students. In addition to online play, the games can be downloaded as a zip file for use on your PC. As James Hollis noted, these games work well on interactive whiteboards.

Applications for Education
Learning Media's collection of interactive activities include three math games, two science games, a mind mapping activity, and a cartoon activity. The cartoon activity walks students through creating a six frame storyline. In the mind mapping activity, Home Sweet Home, students create mind maps for stories and similes. The math activities are designed for students to practice their addition skills and knowledge of fractions. The science activities teach students about the rotation of the Earth and changes in daylight. The science activities are designed with a southern hemisphere perspective.

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Save the Date for a Webinar With Sir Ken Robinson

Next Tuesday, March 30, The Future of Education is hosting a free webinar with Sir Ken Robinson. The webinar will be held in Elluminate at 8pm EST, 5pm PST. You can find all of the webinar details on the Infinite Thinking Machine.

Sir Ken Robinson is the author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. If you haven't seen Sir Ken Robinson's TED Talk Do Schools Kill Creativity, I highly recommend taking twenty minutes to watch it.

Print Your Own Wall Size Poster

If you've ever created an image or found an image that you thought would make a great poster, but you weren't sure how to go about creating that poster, look no further than this post. GD Software's Easy Poster Printer makes it possible for you to create a poster up to 20 meters long and 20 meters high using your standard printer. Easy Poster Printer prints your poster in sections on standard size printer paper. The software is available as a free download. Sorry Mac users, it's a PC only application.

Applications for Education
One good use of Easy Poster Printer would be to print life size images of animals and plants to display in a science classroom. You could also use Easy Poster Printer to create a large timeline display in your history classroom.

The Waterkeepers

I missed the boat on World Water Day yesterday (insert groan here), but I still want to share a video from Snag Films that might be useful for next year's World Water Day. The Waterkeepers is a 47 minute documentary about the work of the Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance works to protect clean water sources and to educate people about protecting clean water sources.

The Waterkeepers is embedded below.

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