Thursday, April 7, 2011

Forces of Nature

http://www.cehwiedel.com/cohr/
Many people use online website magazines to get their information. There are also teachers who use web magazines in their classrooms. This is an easy way to have access to tons of information with the click of a button. Natural Geographic is a great web magazine for teachers to use as a recourse for their classrooms. It has great information about world wide information and much more. There is also a section on the environment that teaches about what is going on in the world, why, as well as talks about the environment cycles.  There is a section that teaches about natural forces and hidden within all the links is an interactive natural forces page where you can create your own natural forces. It includes a series of questions on all four natural forces, tornadoes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and tsunamis. The page answers these questions and then follows up with an educational activity on what components are needed for these forces. They must have all the right components or the force will not create. I thought this was a great way to teach about the environment as well as shedding some light on how great web magazines can be to use in a classroom. Check out this interactive Forces of Nature at NaturalGeagraphic.com
 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

PhysicsGames.Net

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83955435@N00/48011845By: Old Shoe Women
I think that students and teachers need to find a middle ground, one where kids can play and also learn at the same time. Well that is just what PhysicsGames.Net is slowly finding, a middle ground. This site is where kids of all ages can play games dealing with physics. It may be leaning a bit towards the play side of things, but I think it’s a start. If everyone looked at play as learning and learning as play, then everything someone did in life could be educational and enjoyable. Computer sites like this one can help students and teachers find that middle ground so that everyone wins. Right now schools allow students to get online and play games on this site as well as other sites that are leaning towards learning within games. Hopefully in the future our entire education system will revolve around play! Check out this site now at PhysicsGames.Net.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Freerice!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/guspim/2036713939/
By: Gustavo Pimenta
Have you ever felt there should be more to learning than just having it benefit a student? In my field experience classroom the students have a choice to during free time to go to an online cite where they can do more than just learn. This cite is a multiple choice based answering system and for every one answer you get correct they donate rice for the hungry! Each answer is worth ten grains of rice which is then donated through the World Food Program to help hunger. There are many different subjects students can choose from, the more answers they get right the harder the questions get.  Once they stumble upon a questions the cite keeps them on that level for a longer period of time, helping them through related questions. This not only helps students learn but can change the way a student looks at learning. When the goal for a student is to get questions right, not to get a good grade, but to help hunger in the world. A more positive outlook is created while the students learn in content areas of art, chemistry, English, geography, language learning and math. To check out this cite for yourself click on this link to Freerice where there is more than just learning taking place.



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Worth1000?

http://mediaspin.com/blog/

Check this site out! I was surfing the web and stumbled upon this site and found some really amazing stuff. After clicking around I realized this site is a contest site, where people can enter their own creations. The contests I was interested in the most were the effects contests, where you can digitally alter, change, and design your image. I started to look more into different links on the site and there are so many different contests to enter, mostly it is based off of computer generated images. There are photographs people have taken themselves or just images they have altered. This could be something interesting to get a class of technology students involved in, using computer skills they are learning in their classes in a contest. The contests and images I have seen so far on the site have a wide range of interesting themes, subjects, and/or ideas. check out the site for yourself at Worth1000.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Scribd!

http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2010/08/thats-code.html
Have you Scribd yet? Scribd is in an online document sharing website that is full of great information to use for a classroom. It involves sharing documents of all kinds such as a word document, a presentation, multiple pages of information, pictures and more. It gives you the ability to find pages of a document that you need for your classroom, or even a whole powerpoint and be able to share it with a class. You can become a member and get involved in all the great aspects it has to offer. Or you don't have to have an account and still have access to using the information you need from the site. It also allows you to add and share your own documents and presentations. Watch this Youtube video to get a quick overview of the site, or click the hyperlink to go strait to the site Scribd.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDKppLo38A&feature=player_embedded

Wednesday, February 9, 2011