Monday, December 23, 2013

Turn-O-Phrase Helps Students Learn About Colloquial Phrases

Turn-O-Phrase is a simple game of identifying colloquial phrases from a set of two pictures. Depending upon which level you try there may or may not be some words to help you along. Further you advance, the more challenging the activity becomes. Take a look at one of the easier phrases below.

If you want to challenge your friends or students, you can create your own Turn-O-Phrase games after creating an account on the site.

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The one drawback to Turn-O-Phrase is that you have to sign in with a Facebook or Twitter account after you have tried a few challenges. That aside, Turn-O-Phrase could be a nice little activity for ESL/ ELL students. You could also create your own offline version of the game with a collection of pictures cut out of a magazine or printed from an online source.

Educators App Turns Your Blog Into an iOS and Android App for Free

Educators App is a new service that will turn your classroom blog or website into an Android and iOS app. The service is available to anyone who has a blog or website that he or she maintains to distribute information to students and parents. To have your blog turned into an app you simply have to email the URL of your blog to Educators App and they'll handle the rest. When your app is ready they'll send you a link to distribute to your students and their parents.

The free version of Educators App will place advertisements in the app and has limitations on customizations. The paid version removes advertisements and offers customizations for your app.

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Depending upon the platform that you use for your blog or website, the Educators App version of your blog may not be different from using the "mobile view" of your blog. For example, if you're using WordPress with a mobile theme or have a mobile version plug-in installed then you probably won't see a difference. Likewise, the mobile version of Blogger may appear very similar to what Educators App creates. All that said, for some teachers Educators App could be a good service to use to make sites and blogs available on students' mobile devices.

The Miller Center's Presidential Classroom is a Must-bookmark for U.S. History Teachers

The Miller Center's Presidential Classroom website is a fantastic resource for teachers and students of U.S. History. On the site students will find a very good reference resource about US Presidents. The Miller Center's American President pages contain personal and political biographical information about every President of the United States. Each profile links to dozens of essays about various aspects of each President's life and work. Each profile also contains images of each President. Some profiles also include audio files and video of the President.

Teachers will find the a selection of lesson plans and course syllabi on the Presidential Classroom website. The lesson plans, appropriate for high school students, cover themes and topics post 1950. Some of the topics are the Space Race, the Vietnam War, and the 60's.

The Presidential Classroom also includes a speech archive that contains the text of inaugural addresses, State of the Union Addresses, and some other notable speeches that Presidents have delivered to Congress and the American public.