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Eight years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech, including some Web 2.0 apps.
Here are this week’s choices:
Improve student writing with originality reports and rubrics in Classroom is from Google. I really like the Originality Reports, and I particularly like that both students and teachers can see them. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources To Teach About Plagiarism.
Education Technology: Schools Are Using Apps to Collect Student Data, Track Attendance is from Teen Vogue. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.
Three Google Forms Tutorials for Beginners is from Richard Byrne.
Copy a Folder in Google Drive is from Alice Keeler. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive.
Labxchange is a new site with virtual science simulations and much more.
Sandra Cisneros’ novel “The House on Mango Street,” popular in classrooms for years (and great for English Language Learners), is going to be made into a television show.
Read all about it in the NBC News story, ‘Narcos’ producer to adapt Sandra Cisneros’ ‘The House on Mango Street’ for TV.
Speaking of Sandra Cisneros, you might be interested in these previous posts:
I’m adding this new USA Today video to The Best Sites For Learning About Earthquakes:
I thought that new – and veteran – readers might find it interesting if I began sharing my best posts from over the years. You can see the entire collection here.
I first began publishing “Best” lists in at the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008 (there are now 2,200 of them!).
Here are the sites I identified as the best in their respective categories for that year, along with my original commentary. Surprisingly, they are still online. Even though I wouldn’t say any one of them is still the “best” available (except, perhaps, for Henny Jellema’s site – that is an extraordinary one for Beginning ELLs), I think – apart from Tumblr – they all still provide good learning experiences (however, a handful require Flash, which can be problematic these days):
Best Web 2.0 Application For Education:
Tumblr — This “micro-blogging” site upgraded their service this year. It’s a great place for students to easily post a whole lot of their work. Students can have individual or group “Tumblrs.” A student can also share their password with a small number of students who can leave comments.
The Best Web 2.0 Application For ESL/EFL Learners:
VoiceThread — You can upload pictures and create an audio narrative to go along with them. In addition, audio comments can be left by visitors. VoiceThread also provides a great deal to teachers by allowing them to get their premium services for free, including allowing them to create a zillion VoiceThreads for free. Happily, they’ve finally incorporated the feature of allowing you to include images off the web just by inserting its url. It’s that new feature that made me choose VoiceThread as number one.
The Best Online Learning Game:
This really consists of two music games by the same creator — Luke Whittaker. One is called Sound Factory and the other is A Break In The Road. I’m not going to even going to try to describe these wonderful games here. You can read my post and try them yourself.
Best Internet Site For English Language Learners:
Henny Jellema’s Online TPR Exercises — You’ve got to see this site to believe it. I can’t imagine the amount of work that went into creating the exercises. However, as he cautions, it’s critical to combine using his online activities with physical TPR lessons.
Best Social Studies Website:
HippoCampus has great (and complete) online and accessible textbooks for many subjects, including History and Government. Their resources include extraordinary multimedia presentations.
Best Science Website For Student & Teachers:
California Science — It’s from MacMillan/McGraw Hill and has some great online activities. However, what makes this site stand-out (and my ESL/EFL bias is clear here) is that it contains translations in many languages (including Hmong!) of the science concepts taught in the textbooks.
Best Math Site For English Language Learners:
It’s actually three sites, all from the extraordinary Learn Alberta organization. The three math sites are Math Under The Sea, Math 5 Live, and Spy Guys Math. Instead of explaining each one, I’m going to suggest that they’re definitely worth the time to just go and check out.
Best News/Current Events Site For English Language Learners:
BBC Learning English — It was a tough choice between this and the Voice of America, but the BBC won out because its design is much more attractive and has images.
Best Article About Education:
I’m ranking Richard Rothstein’s great article in the latest issue of The American Prospect as number one. It’s called Leaving “No Child Left Behind” Behind. The title says it all.
Best Reference Website For English Language Learners:
There are several winners from this list.
The Language Guide For Beginning English Language Learners.
Harcourt’s E-Glossary for students just entering the Intermediate stage.
Visuwords is a unique, and fun, way to find synonyms in a visual display. It’s free, and it also functions as a dictionary.
Information On Countries & States:
Best Place To Learn Web 2.0 Basics:
Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos.
Best Website To Help Beginning Readers:
The Best Website For Intermediate Readers:
Into The Book — This is an absolutely incredible resource designed to help students learn reading strategies — visualize, predict, summarize, etc. For the past couple of years it had only been partially completed. In the course of examining sites for inclusion in this list, though, I found that all its exercises were finished. Users are led through the process of learning each reading strategy with interactive exercises.
I know I’ve heard concerns from some students who have heard about the Coronavirus in the news, and thought I’d put together a quick list of accessible resources. I’ll be adding to them as new ones become available.
You might also be interested in:
Here’s what I have so far:
Many in China Wear Them, but Do Masks Block Coronavirus? is from The NY Times.
How Worried Should You Be About the New Coronavirus? is from Slate.
How the new coronavirus differs from SARS, measles and Ebola is from The Washington Post.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers is from The Centers For Disease Control.
Q&A: What is coronavirus? What you should know about the virus behind the outbreak in China is from The L.A. Times.
Mapping the spread of the new coronavirus is from The Washington Post.
Tracking Where the Coronavirus Has Spread is from The NY Times.
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