Thursday, November 4, 2010

Road to Grammar - 365 Grammar Quizzes

Road to Grammar is a free resource featuring quizzes, games, and lessons for English language learners. Visitors to Road to Grammar will find 365 grammar quizzes. Each quiz provides instant feedback and notes to explain why an answer is correct or incorrect. Before taking the quizzes visitors can work through a dozen practice activities and five practice games.

Applications for Education
In addition to the resources that students can use individually, Road to Grammar offers some downloadable resources for teachers. Teachers will find the collection of eight downloads offer discussion starters for English lessons, lesson warm-up activities, and some worksheets.

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Rag Linen - Rare & Historic Newspapers

Rag Linen is an online museum of rare and historic newspapers. The newspapers on Rag Linen are arranged into ten collections. Eight of those collections are based upon events in North American and US History. The other two collections introduce readers to the history of newspapers and feature publisher imprints. Select any of the collections to find background information about an event and view newspapers published at the time about that event.

In addition to the newspaper collections, Rag Linen offers a nice selection of links to videos, blogs, and books related to newspapers' roles in recording history.

Applications for Education
Rag Linen could be a good place to find primary documents that offer students the opportunity to analyze events for themselves rather than relying upon a secondary source like a textbook. One way Rag Linen could be used is to have students read the newspaper accounts of the Battle of Lexington and Concord then compare what they find in those accounts to what they read in their textbooks or other secondary sources.

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Webinar - Google Sites for Educators

If you've ever considered developing a website for your courses or you've considered having students create websites, Google Sites is an option worth exploring. There are some tricks and tips that will help you the first few times you use Google Sites. Next week on November 9 at 4:30 PST (7:30 EST) Google is hosting a webinar for educators interested in learning more about using Google Sites in education.

The topics to be covered in next week's Google Sites for Educators webinar include:

How to create a Site and add pages to it.
How to add Google Apps to your pages.
How to add gadgets and videos to your site.
How to manage your site including adding collaborators.

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44 New Academic Videos on Next Vista

Back in September Next Vista and CUE launched a student video contest. The finalists have been selected and this Friday night the winners will be chosen by the audience at CUE's fall conference. Even if, like me, you won't be at the conference, you can still check out 44 new videos produced for the contest. The new videos feature students sharing their tips and sixty second lessons for mathematics, social studies, science, and language arts. As always the videos have been screened by Next Vista staff for accuracy before going live on the site. As a social studies teacher one of the videos from the new list of 44 that I like is Math Behind Latitude and Longitude.

Applications for Education
Next Vista is the only education video sharing site that I included in Best of the EdTech Web 2010 because of the quality of content on the site and the overall purpose of the site (students helping students). If you're looking for ideas for student video projects, take a look at some of the videos on Next Vista.

There are three main video classifications that Next Vista uses. The Light Bulbs category is for videos that teach you how to do something and or provides an explanation of a topic. The Global Views video category contains videos created to promote understanding of cultures around the world. The Seeing Service video category highlights the work of people who are working to make a difference in the lives of others.

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CNN Student News - Impact of Midterm Elections

CNN Student News is recording in the afternoon before it airs so yesterday they did not have much on the impact of the midterm elections. Today's episode of CNN Student News features explanations of how the balance of power in the House of Representatives will shift and what that means for the legislative process. The episode also reports on the results of some gubernatorial races. The episode is embedded below.

One race that CNN Student News didn't cover, but was covered by CNN took place in Alaska where Lisa Murkowski ran for Senate as a write-in candidate against Joe Miller. In my Civics course we've been talking about some of Joe Miller's outspoken ideas about abolishing the federal minimum wage and repealing the 17th Amendment. We'll be reading and discussing this story today. The video report is embedded below.

Finally, the CNN Election Center has some maps representing the outcomes of elections in Senate, House, and Gubernatorial races across the country. The maps could be useful for showing students how people voted in different parts of the country.