Showing posts with label Grades K-12. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grades K-12. Show all posts

Friday, August 10, 2012

Story Map - An Interactive Story Planner

Story Map is a free interactive story planning tool from Read Write Think. Story Maps provides four templates for outlining stories. To use the templates students title their stories then choose one of four templates to outline their stories. The four template choices are conflict, setting, character, and resolution. Students can print their completed templates.

Applications for Education
Story Map could help students get their stories organized before moving onto doing the actual writing of their creative stories. Read Write Think has many suggested lesson plans based on Story Map. There are suggested lesson plans for all grade levels.

H/T to Ana Cristina Pratas

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hands-on Science Activities for K-12

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has a great selection of hands-on activities that teachers can use offline in their classrooms. There are activities for twelve topics. Activities for every grade level from pre-K through high school and beyond can be found on the website. To find an activity for your classroom select your grade level then select the topic(s) you want your students to learn about through hands-on activities.

Applications for Education
A couple of the activities that I liked when I was browsing the catalog were making and flying helicopters and making recycled paper. All of the activities on the site include the standards addressed, the materials needed, and directions for carrying out the activity for the first time.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Google Apps K-12 Lesson Plan Selector

Last month I posted a neat interactive chart made by Kathy Schrock that matches Google tools to the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. That chart is very helpful for selecting a Google tool to support your lesson plans. This morning through a Tweet by Kyle Pace I've learned of another useful resource for teachers interested in exploring the use of Google tools in their classrooms.

This Google Apps Lesson Plan Selector offers dozens of lesson plans that incorporate various Google Apps. You can search for lesson plans by grade level, content area, and Google product.

Applications for Education
If you're trying to develop a lesson plan in which students collaborate with their immediate or global classmates, take a look at the Google Apps Lesson Plan Selector. Even if you don't use any of the lesson plans there, you might get some good ideas to adapt for the unique needs of your students.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Free Webinar - Creating Websites for Elite Educators

Two of the great K-12 school administrators from my Twitter list of K-12 Administrators are hosting a free webinar next week. Next Thursday, May 27 Eric Sheninger and Patrick Larkin are hosting a webinar titled Creating Branded Websites for Elite Educators. Eric and Patrick both effectively use blogs and other forms of social media to communicate with their school's communities and with the ed tech community at large. See their blog here and here. The focus of their webinar is using the web and social media to improve communication with parents, students, and faculty. You can register for the webinar here.

Learn more about the webinar in the Prezi presentation below.

Click here if you cannot see the presentation.

Applications for Education
If you're a K-12 school administrator or an aspiring administrator, this webinar should provide you with some excellent information that you can apply to your practice.

Patrick Larkin was a guest blogger on Free Technology for Teachers earlier this year, his post Every Principal Needs a Blog was one of the most popular posts of the winter.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

NASA eClips - Educational Videos for K-12 Students

NASA offers numerous educational resources for students and teachers. One of those resources that I recently rediscovered is NASA's eClips videos. eClips videos are arranged by grade level; K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There is also a section labeled for the general public. The videos are short clips designed to show students the work NASA is doing and how that work impacts space science as well as its potential impact on everyday life. All of the videos can be viewed online or downloaded for use on your local computer.

Applications for Education
NASA provides viewing guides and project ideas that teachers can use in their classrooms. The videos for K-5 students are designed to show students how NASA's research helps us learn about our world and our solar system. The videos for 6-8 students are centered around the theme of real-world problem solving. The videos for 9-12 students are focused on problem solving. The project suggestion for 9-12 students is to design a cooling system for astronauts in space.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Explore Google Sky
View the Moon in Google Earth
Solar Eclipse Simulation in Google Earth

Monday, January 4, 2010

Acer and Intel K-12 School Library Makeover Contest

Acer and Intel are currently accepting nominations for a K-12 school library "makeover." The winning school will receive ten Acer Timeline laptops and two desktops. I'm not sure if twelve computers constitutes a full "makeover," but it's certainly better than no computers. To enter you must submit an essay describing what makes your school great and why your school should be chosen. You can also submit videos and images to supplement your entry. The entry deadline is January 17th. You can read all of the contest details and enter here.

In the interest of disclosure, while I do own an Acer Aspire One (it's great), I do not have any affiliation with Acer or Intel.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Google Apps for K-12 Education Webinar Video

Earlier this week Google offered a free webinar featuring the story of a school district that saved $35,000 by transitioning its email services to Google Apps for Education. The webinar was held at at a time that might have been inconvenient for a lot of people in education. If you were not able to attend the webinar, but you wanted to, you can now watch all of the webinar in this YouTube video.

Kevin Jarrett has assembled links to all of the other resources shared during the webinar. I encourage you to visit Kevin's blog for those links.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

PBS Teachers Webinar Archives

On a fairly regular basis PBS Teachers hosts informative webinars for educators. These webinars focus on strategies and methods for using PBS resources in the classroom. Last night's webinar was about using the Ken Burns National Parks series to teach social studies and science concepts. I was not able to attend the webinar, but it, like other PBS webinars, will soon be available as a recorded video on the PBS Teachers Webinars Archive.

Applications for Education
If you're a fan of PBS programming and would like learn more about using PBS resources in your classroom, check out the PBS Teachers Webinars Archive. There is something in the archives for almost every teacher. And if there isn't something in the archives that catches your eye now, check out the list of future webinar offerings.

eGlossary - A Great Glossary of Mathematics Terms

Back when I was struggling through my high school mathematics courses, I always needed a glossary of mathematics terms. I used to tell my teachers that I needed a "mathematics to English" translation. Today, there are quite a few good "mathematics to English" glossaries online for students like me. One such resource is McGraw Hill's eGlossary.

The McGraw Hill Mathematics eGlossary provides written and verbal definitions and explanations of mathematics terms. The glossary is divided by grade level. Select your grade level then the first letter of the term for which you need an explanation. The explanation is offered in text form as well as verbal (click the speaker icon to listen). The eGlossary is also available in other languages including Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.

Thanks to Ken Shelton for the link shared on Twitter.

Applications for Education
McGraw Hill's Mathematics eGlossary could be an excellent resource for students who need additional or alternate explanations of mathematics terms. For mathematics teachers, eGlossary could be worth linking to your classroom website or blog. eGlossary could be particularly valuable if you have mathematics students whose first language is not English.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Five Sources of Fun Mathematics Games
Math eBook - Math Lessons for K-12
Math Links You Might Have Missed

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Free World U - Free K-12 Flashcards

Free World U has the primary goal of creating an online learning experience for all students in grades pre-K through twelve. One of the key features of Free World U is the large collection of flashcards. Free World U categorizes the flashcards by grade level and subject area. A lot of flashcard services claim to be comprehensive, but Free World U really does have a comprehensive collection. For example, when I clicked through the high school collection I then could select eleventh grade followed by US History. From there the US History category offered a large selection of sub-categories of US History.

Applications for Education
Free World U offers a great selection of review materials appropriate for any grade and content area.

Here is a related item that may be of interest to you:
10 Places to Make and Find Flashcards Online

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Museum of Humor Offers Fun Lesson Plans

The Museum of Humor appeared today the Delicious "most popular" RSS feed. I had never heard of the Museum of Humor prior to today, so I had to check it out. One aspect of the Museum of Humor is a large collection of lesson plans for teaching with humor. In this collection there are links to fun and humorous lesson plans for every content area and grade level. In addition to the lesson plans you will find links to printable fun activities. If you're looking for a fun way to introduce a new topic or review before an assessment, check out the Museum of Humor's lesson plan database.

A quick note about the Delicious "most popular" feed; it's a good place to find new resources, but it does populate quickly and is most commonly populated with links not related to education. That said, if you're willing to sort through the list, you can find some real gems.

Applications for Education
By my nature, I use a lot of humor (okay, cheesy jokes) in my instruction. For some people though, making lessons fun and humorous is not always easy. For those people, the Museum of Humor's lesson plan database could be a valuable resource.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Comprehensive Lesson Plans for Teaching Copyright
Writing Den - Writing Tips
Free Worksheets for Elementary Classrooms

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ASCEville - Learning About Civil Engineering

ASCE, the American Society of Civil Engineers, has created a website for students of all ages to learn about various aspects of civil engineering. ASCEville is an interactive website that students can use to find out how civil engineers plan sewer and transportation systems in a city. Students can also learn about the basics of building design. Beyond the front page, students can meet "real civil engineers" and discover their dream job in engineering.

For teachers, ASCEville offers resources and links to lesson plans for all grades K-12.

Applications for Education
ASCEville could be a good resource for teachers of math and science to use to show students the types of jobs done by engineers. ASCEville could also be useful as an introduction to city planning and design.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Teachers' Domain - 100's of PBS-Based Lessons

NOVA, Frontline, and American Experience are three of PBS' hallmark series. Quite a bit of the content from those three programs is available online on the PBS website as well as on Snag Films. Teachers' Domain is another place to find great video content from PBS. But the real purpose of Teachers' Domain is to provide lesson plans and activities to match the media content from PBS and their content partners.

Teachers' Domain
offers lesson plans and activities for K-12 divided into five content categories. To help you narrow your search for lessons, the five categories, arts, language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies are divided into subcategories.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Scavenger Hunt Through History
PBS Launches a New Video Portal
The 1900 House - Exploring Life in the Victorian Era

Monday, February 16, 2009


With extreme gratitude to Mr. Byrne and Free Tech 4 Teachers, the playground has moved for one day. Over the weekend, we loaded up the Mayflower moving truck, used the dolley, and hauled all of the equipment from Wisconsin to Maine...digitally! It's time for RecessDuty to be a guest blogger!

Description: A zooming digital presentation editor. It’s Powerpoint on steroids! What did he say? STEROIDS! There'll be mandatory testing in the future. Type text, embed pictures, and insert video are all features that Prezi puts forth to creators. Unlike Powerpoint, Prezi is free and extremely portable. Because it's web based, Prezi can be created and shown on any computer with web access. If there is no web access available during your presentation, a downloadable version can be obtained to show offline anywhere. No other software needed, not even flash! Prezi also performs quite well in creating a visual organizer. As they claim on their site, "With the help of Prezi you can create maps of texts, images, videos, PDFs, drawings and present in a nonlinear way." As Prezi is in beta, when you apply, you'll be asked to explain how you will be using their site. I explained that I was a seventh grade math and social studies educator and could use it to inform students of social studies information. I was approved in less than a day!

My implementations are below, but this presentation is an incredible overview of how Prezi works. It's flat out awesome, or as the students on the playground say, "It's Wicked!"

Implementation: I have created multiple presentations for a seventh grade classroom on the History of Canada, History of United States, a chapter review, and the all important presentation to professional educators in our school district on a project that included the National Digital Vault, Animoto, and Edmodo.

As the RecessDuty supervisor always says...goPlay!

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RecessDuty is about getting other educators the resources that are successful in my classroom and any educational setting. Technology is implemented, not for technology sake, but as Daniel Pink so vividly states, "to prepare kids for their future, not our past." I hope that my efforts in finding, describing, implementing, and distributing tech information that is successfully implemented into an educational setting to other educators will enable the students we teach to be the best in the world! Revisit your youth by entering the playground now for more great resources!

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