Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Word Mover Helps Students Start Poems

Word Mover is another nice, free iPad app from Read Write Think. The app is designed to help students develop poems and short stories. When students open the Word Mover app they are shown a selection of words that they can drag onto a canvas to construct a poem or story. Word Mover provides students with eight canvas backgrounds on which they can construct their poems. If the word bank provided by Word Mover doesn’t offer enough words they can add their own words to the word bank.

Applications for Education 
Word Mover could be a great app for students to use to as a story or poem starter. The app reminds me a bit of those refrigerator magnets that were popular for a while. You know, the ones that had individual words on them that you dragged around to create funny sentences. The same idea can be applied to Word Mover.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Google Earth Resources for K-12

This morning I am working with teachers who are exploring uses of Google Earth across all grades and subjects. This is the starter list of resources. Please feel free to add more in the comments.

- Google Earth Design Blog
- Google Earth Showcase
- SERC How to Teach With Google Earth

3D Model Warehouse
Uploading Data to Google Maps Engine
Public Data Explorer
Google Earth Gallery

Monster Milk Truck

- Climate Change, Flooding, Volcanoes
- Google Earth Outreach
- Projects by Subject
- Shark Tracking
- Wildlife Tracking
- KQED Science Maps
- U.S. Watersheds (complete directions for working with watersheds)

English/ Language Arts
- Google Lit Trips
- Projects by subject

- Maths Maps
- Real World Math
- Google Earth Walks

Social Studies
- Social Studies Central
- Projects by subject
- Great Explorers and more
- 10 US History Tours
- Culture and History
- GE Teach

XO Lesson Plans Aligned to Common Core Standards

XO Plans for You is a wiki developed by OLPC for the purpose of sharing elementary school lesson plans aligned to Common Core Standards. To a find lesson plan for you start by selecting a grade level (1-5) then select a content area (ELA, Math, Social Studies, or Science. The lesson plans are displayed in a grid that includes alignment to Common Core Standards and a list of the resources needed to conduct each lesson.

Applications for Education
XO Plans for You could be a good place for elementary school teachers to locate lesson plans that align to their instructional goals. The lesson plans are published through Google Documents so that you can save a copy into your personal Google Drive account.

Fakebook Gallery - A Gallery of Fake Facebook Profiles for Historical Characters

In the past I've written about using Fakebook to have students create fictitious Facebook profiles for famous people alive and dead as well as for characters from novels. Yesterday, Russel Tarr who is the creator of Fakebook sent me a message about the gallery of Fakebook profiles that he has created. The Fakebook gallery features some of the many Fakebook profiles that students have created over the years.

Applications for Education
The Fakebook gallery could be a great place to find some ideas for your own Fakebook projects.

Think + Laugh + Cry = A Good Day

This post has nothing to do with technology. However, as I've said in the past when sharing this video, I think the video below has a lesson for every teacher and student.

Tonight is the conclusion of Jimmy V Week on ESPN. This annual event raises money for the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research and honors the legacy of Jim Valvano. Take eleven minutes to watch the video below. It might be the best thing you watch this week. I've watched it dozens of times over the years and it gives me chills while being inspirational every time I watch it.