Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Google Search and Common Core Standards

I had the privilege to spend today in the Rockingham County, North Carolina public school district. The purpose of my trip was to lead some learning about using Google search, Google Docs, Google Sites, Blogger, and Google Maps to address Common Core standards. In preparing for the day I reviewed some of Google's search lesson plans. All of the lessons include Common Core standards that can be addressed through the lessons. And all of the lessons can be copied into your Google Docs account.

These are some of the Common Core standards addressed in Google's search lesson plans.
  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Applications for Education
Most students think they know how to search Google, but most of them don't search as effectively as they could be searching. These lessons can help you help your students become better users of Google search. After using the Google search lesson plans you can help your students keep their search skills sharp by using these Google a Day challenges.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Teenage Life in Ancient Rome - A TED-Ed Lesson

A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome is a new TED-Ed lesson developed by Ray Laurence from the University of Kent. The video and its associated questions feature the story of seventeen year old Lucius Popidius Secundus. Watch the video below.

Applications for Education
After completing this TED-Ed lesson I might have my world history students research what life was like for teenagers in Ancient Rome who did not come from wealthy families.

H/T to Open Culture

Learn Spanish in the Spanish MOOC

From the people that brought us Study Stream language learning platform comes the Spanish MOOC. The Spanish MOOC is an open course for people that do not have any background in speaking or learning Spanish. The course will have twelve graded assignments so that you will get actual feedback on your progress. The course has conversational practice opportunities too. You can preview the course right now by using the guest login on this page

The Spanish MOOC course begins in January 2013. Registration is free and is open now.

H/T to David Kapuler.



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.