Sunday, November 4, 2012

Touring the Mayflower and Daily Life in Plymouth

Scholastic has put together a nice little collection of online resources to help elementary school students learn about Pilgrims, Native Americans, and The First Thanksgiving.

Voyage on the Mayflower has two parts for students to explore. The first part is an interactive map of the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Students can click on placemarks on the map to read and hear about the journey. The second part of the Voyage on the Mayflower takes students "inside" the Mayflower to see and hear about the parts of the ship.

Daily Life is a comparison of the lifestyles of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag. Students can click through each aspect of daily life to see a comparison of housing, clothing, food, chores, school, and games.

Finally, Scholastic has partnered with Plimoth Plantation to produce three video tours of Plimoth Plantation, a Wampanoag homesite, and a Pilgrim homesite.

Free Printable Calendars

I keep all of my important appointments in a Google Calendar. I also write some of them on paper too just to have a visual reminder when I sit at my desk. If you use a similar system, you might be interested in these free printable calendars. From the website you can print calendars for any month of the year in 2012, 2013, 2014 and beyond. Just select the month and year then click print.

Applications for Education
If you need some paper calendars to distribute to students or if you just want a calendar for your desk, these calendars are for you. In an effort to recycle, I printed one for December on the back of some scrap paper.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Three Video Explanations of Why We Change Our Clocks This Weekend

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo shared by Kathy Cassidy

Many of us will be moving our clocks back by one hour before we go to bed this evening. We'll get an "extra" hour of sleep because of the change. Unfortunately, sunset will also be coming earlier as a result of the clock change too. Here are three videos that explain why we change our clocks.

The Week in Review - The Orange Edition

Good morning from Free Technology for Teachers world headquarters in Greenwood, Maine. As it is in a lot of places in North America, it's hunting season here. My dog Morrison wants to remind all of you who live in rural places like we do to wear your orange if you go out in the woods. We're going out for a hike in a just bit, but first I'll share the most popular posts of the week.

These were the most popular posts this week:
1. Bibliography Templates for Google Docs
2. Creative Commons in Plain English
3. Quickly Find Images for Google Presentations
4. Spend Four Weeks in D.C. as a C-SPAN Fellow
5. One Nexus 10 Feature That Could Make It a Great Classroom Tablet
6. MIT + K12 = Educational Videos for K12 Students
7. Three Good Videos About The Electoral College

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Useful New Features Added to Desmos Online Graphing Calculator

Desmos, the free online graphing calculator, recently announced some useful new features that mathematics teachers will like. Under the surface Desmos updated their infrastructure to make the calculator run up to fifteen times faster than before. On the exterior Desmos now has a share button that allows you to email your graphs and or embed them into blog posts. Desmos has added a textbox option in your graphs to help you explain what is happening in your graph. Learn more about the Desmos updates in the video below.

Applications for Education
The option to embed your graphs into a blog post could be useful when you're writing explanatory blog posts for your class. The sharing option could be used by students to send homework responses to their teachers. Students could also use the share option to ask for help from teachers, tutors, and peers when they get stuck on a problem.