Thursday, June 11, 2015

Newswordy - Short Lessons About News Buzzwords

Newswordy is a neat website that features a new buzzword of the day everyday. Each buzzword is picked from the currently trending topics being discussed on news programs, political talk shows, and news websites. Each buzzword of the day is accompanied by quoted examples of that buzzword being used and links to articles and other media in which the buzzword of the day was used. You'll also find some links to the buzzword being used on Twitter. You can find previous buzzwords of the day by clicking on the very small archive button in the upper right corner of the Newswordy homepage.

Applications for Education
If you teach any current events lessons, Newswordy could be a handy resource for finding articles that provide students with the context of the buzzwords that they might be hearing in newscasts.

DIY Sun Science - Learn About UV Rays and More

Yesterday, I featured three good resources from the Lawrence Hall of Science. Today, I have another resource to add to that list.

DIY Sun Science is a free iPad app from The Lawrence Hall of Science. The app features directions for hands-on lessons about the sun. The lessons are a mix of activities that students can do on their own and activities that they should do with adult supervision. All of the activities use common household goods. Some of the activities that you will find in DIY Sun Science are measuring the sun, making UV detectors, detecting solar storms, and cooking with a solar oven.

At the end of the directions for each activity in DIY Sun Science you will find short video lessons related to the focus of the hands-on lesson. You can also just jump to the video section of DIY Sun Science to access the videos without going through all of the directions screens.

Student Blogging Activities and Tools That Don't Rely on Text

When we think about blogging we often think about writing. But the great thing about blogging is that it doesn’t have to be limited to written text. In fact, publishing podcasts or publishing short videos on a YouTube channel can be considered blogging too. Creating and publishing infographics and or interactive images is another form of blogging that isn’t completely reliant on text. The handout embedded below highlights tools students can use to create blog content without relying on text. (Click here if you cannot see the embedded document).

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Three Good Resources from the Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley offers some good resources for students and teachers. On I recently reviewed DIY Lake Science produced by the Lawrence Hall of Science. The free iPad app is designed to help students learn about lake ecosystems. In the app students will find a small simulation of a lake ecosystem. Students can change the depth of the lake, the temperature, and the general climate around the lake to learn how those changes alter the ecosystem. After using the simulation students can learn more about lake ecosystems in the DIY Lake Science video library.

If your students don't have iPads to use in your classroom, take a look at 24/7 Science. 24/7 Science is a website produced by The Lawrence Hall of Science for the purpose of sharing science games and hands-on activities for elementary school students. 24/7 Science has two basic sections, a game section and an activities section. The games section offers twenty-five online games for students to play independently. The hands-on activities section offers thirteen hands-on science learning activities that students can do with the supervision of their teachers or parents to learn about plants, animals, and Earth science.

Monster Heart Medic is another iPad app from the Lawrence Hall of Science. Monster Medic takes students on a virtual journey through the cardiovascular system. Sabba Quidwai recently wrote a nice review of Monster Medic here.

How to Schedule Blog Posts on Blogger, Edublogs, and Kidblog

Scheduling blog posts to appear in the future is one of the best ways to maintain a steady pace of posts appearing on your blog. On a classroom blog scheduling posts is a great way to keep certain content hidden until your students need to see it. For example, I have often scheduled posts containing practice quizzes for my students to take after completing a lesson. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to schedule blog posts in Blogger, Edublogs, and Kidblog.

Topics like this one and many, many more are covered in my course Blogs & Social Media for Teachers & School Leaders