Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Phrays - Word of the Day Writing Prompts

Phrays is a simple site that publishes a new word of the day everyday. Each word is published with its definition and part of speech. Visitors to the site are encouraged to write and submit a sentence using that word. Registered users can read the sentences submitted by others and vote for their favorite sentences.

Applications for Education
If you're in need of a quick writing prompt or vocabulary challenge word for your students, Phrays could be a handy resource for you to bookmark or add to your RSS reader.

Find and Create Molecular Model Simulations

The Molecular Workbench is an excellent site produced by the Concord Consortium with funding from the National Science Foundation. On the Molecular Workbench you can find dozens of interactive models, simulations, and lessons in biology, chemistry, and physics. Each of the lessons walk students through a concept or series of concepts using a set of models and simulations. For example, the Cellular Respiration activity is actually a series of nine lessons using simulations of the process.

In addition to the pre-made models, simulations, and lessons users can create their own using the tools provided by the Molecular Workbench.

Applications for Education
The Molecular Workbench could be a great resource for science students and teachers. The pre-made activities alone could be great supplemental materials for a science class. The option to create their own models allows students to get some hands-on practice using knowledge they've gained in their science classes.

Middle East Protests - Country by Country

Middle East Protests Country by Country is a clickable map of the middle east produced by the BBC. Click on any of countries on the map to get a quick overview of some basic information about that country. Below the map you will find a longer overview of the current state of affairs in each country and the "unrest index" as calculated by The Economist for each country.
Applications for Education
Middle East Protests Country by Country could be a handy resource for students, like mine, who are studying current events in the Middle East. In fact, I'm going to put a link to it on the blog for my Global Studies course.

TED Talk - Inside the Egyptian Revolution

Wael Ghonim is the Google executive in Egypt who was detained for twelve days by the Egyptian government for his actions in organizing voices of protest. In his ten minute talk Ghonim explains why no one is a hero in Revolution 2.0, why he protested, why he was detained, and what he learned about his country and its people from his experience.

Woodlands Games - Games for Elementary School

Yesterday, I set out to find some educational games that are appropriate for elementary school students and well-suited to use on a touch screen. I was doing this for two reasons; one I felt like I hadn't written about elementary school materials in a while and I wanted to do some more testing of the Lenovo ThinkCentre that I recently received. Kevin Jarrett had just what I needed in the form of a Tweet mentioning the math section of the Woodlands Junior School's games website.

On the Woodlands Junior School's game site you will links to hundreds of games appropriate for use by elementary school students. The games are divided into three categories; maths, literacy, and science. Each category is further divided by topics specific to each subject. In the video below you will see me demonstrating two mathematics games appropriate for K-2 students. Those games are Give the Dog a Bone and Shark Numbers.

Full Disclosure: Lenovo gave me a ThinkCentre m90z to review and is going to give one to one of you too in an upcoming promotion through Free Technology for Teachers. This contest has closed.