Sunday, August 4, 2013

Smart Kit - School-Safe Games and Puzzles

Smart Kit offers a large collection of games, puzzles, and riddles for students of all ages. The content of the collection ranges from simple drilling-style games to challenging word puzzles. Smart Kit offers fifteen categories of games. The categories of most interest to educators are probably the math puzzles, physics games, and word puzzles categories.

Applications for Education
In addition to the online games, Smart Kit offers a selection of games and puzzles that can be printed for offline use. The printables collection could make Smart Kit a good resource for teachers whose students have limited access to the computers in their classrooms.

Combine These Strategies To Help Students Find Appropriate Reading Materials

On Google's advanced search page there is a tool for refining searches according to reading level. This tool on its own can be very helpful in helping students locate materials that are appropriate for their reading abilities. It can also be helpful to combine use of the reading level refinement tool with a domain level refinement. For example, if my students are studying the American Civil War they might search for materials hosted on a ".k12.me.us" domain and refine that search according to reading level. See the screenshots below for examples.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from the Free Technology for Teachers world headquarters in Greenwood, Maine. Now that August has arrived those who aren't already back in school are starting to think about it. Over the next couple of weeks I'll be featuring some "back to school" specific posts, I hope that you will find them useful.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Geology Hikes - A Model for Blogging and Mapping
2. Wildfires and Climate Change - Video
3. Is Your Message Clear? Have Someone Else Illustrate or Animate It
4. 7 Ways to Create and Deliver Quizzes Online
5. Three Responses to "But I Don't Have Time To Blog"
6. The Difficulty With "Best" and "Must Use" In Professional Development
7. Lessons In Computational Thinking

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Science 360 - A Good Collection of Science Videos

Science 360 is an educational video site hosted by the National Science Foundation. Visitors to Science 360 can search for videos according to topic. Science 360 also gives you the option to browse for videos according to series. Some of the series that visitors will find on Science 360 include climate change, sustainability, engineering, and the science of sports. A sample video from Science 360 is embedded below.



Thanks to Jo Villis for the link.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Hi - Narrative Mapping of the World

Hi is a simple name for an interested map service. Hi is one part mapping service and one part social network. The idea is that Hi users will upload and geo-locate pictures on the service. When users upload their pictures they can include a short caption which Hi calls "sketches" or a longer post about the location which Hi refers to as "moments." Hi moments are essentially geo-located blog posts that other Hi users can comment on.

Applications for Education
Hi could provide an interesting way for geography students to discover what other people find interesting about various cities and landmarks around the world. If you wanted to create smaller Hi-like collection of stories you could have your students create stories in placemarks on Google Maps.

H/T to The Next Web.