WWW – Study Jams

This Week’s WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) is ….Study Jams!

Study Jams

 

Each Study Jam is made up of a video, slide show, or step by step tutorial for a Math or Science topic, all tailored to kids.  These are great for introducing or reviewing a concept on an Interactive Whiteboard, or for giving students individual instruction and/or practice on a computer or netbook.  

To make learning even more fun, some concepts have an accompanying karaoke song so kids can sing along if they’d like!  (Tools of Measurement has a good beat, and you can really dance learn about measurement to it!)

Key vocabulary words with definitions are also provided, and there is a “test yourself” section for each concept where kids can practice what they’ve just learned. 

Explanation are clear, graphics are large and bright, and the characters are appealing.  You can browse the broad categories (Addition & Subtraction, Geometry, Fractions, Measurement, Plants, Animals, Human Body, Matter, etc) or search for a specific topic. 

The site has no ads, and requires no registration or login.  So what are you waiting for?  Go start Jamming!

 

As always, a link to this week’s WWW is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb, along with all of the previous WWW websites.
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WWW – Academic Skill Builders

This Week’s WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) is….

 

A couple of my teachers mentioned to me last week that their students really needed a review of basic math skills, so I’m recommending Academic Skill Builders as a fun site for kids to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as money, fractions, time, and more.  There are some geography and language arts games, too.

There are both single-player and multi-player games available.  Multi-player games can be public, allowing anyone to join in; or they can be protected by a password so that only selected students may play.

These games can be played on student computers, on a class set of netbooks, or on the interactive whiteboard.  The graphics are bright and cheerful, and the instructions are easy to understand.

The games are (and according to the site, always will be) free, but additional features are available for a fee.  If you’d like to be able to customize game content, track individual student progress, and print reports, you can sign up for a subscription. 

Right now, the site is in beta testing, and they are waiving the usual $199 subscription price in return for your feedback.  Once the site is ready to launch fully – and I don’t know when that will be – beta testers will receive half off the first year’s subscription price.

 

As always, a link to this week’s WWW is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb, along with all of the previous WWW websites.
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WWW – Writing Fix

To draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, NCTE has established October 20, 2010, as the National Day on Writing.  So,

This Week’s WWW is…. 

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Writing Fix

http://writingfix.com

 This site is part of the Northern Nevada Writing Project, and is full of resources for modeling and teaching writing across the curriculum.  I honestly can’t believe how vast and detailed the resources are, and because the links are all to original material published in-house, there are no dead links on the site!

Use the blue navigation buttons on the left of the Writing Fix homepage to find lesson plans for different writing genres, the writing process, the six writing traits, and more.  You will also find interactive writing prompts, writing lessons inspired by picture books and chapter books, and samples of student writing. 

And don’t forget to give back!  They accept submissions of writing lessons and student writing from teachers and kids all over the world!  A lesson template is provided, and if your lesson is published on the site, you’ll receive a free book!

Happy Writing!

 

 As always, a link to this website is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb, along with all of the previous WWW websites.

 

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WWW – Animoto

This week’s WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) is…

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http://animoto.com/education/features

 Animoto is a free video creation web tool that allows you to upload your digital pictures and/or video, add music, and mix a presentation by simply clicking a button.  Use their music, or upload your own (copyright compliant) songs.  No video editing skills needed!  Their motto “fast, free, and shockingly easy” says it all!

 Sign up for a free account and begin creating your own 30-second videos to embed or link to, or become a member for $30 per year and create longer videos which can be downloaded as well as linked and embedded.  You can also apply for a free Education Account and receive some of the paid features for free.  (It may take several weeks for your application to be approved.)   

(**Note: Our school has a subscription to the royalty-free music website SoundzAbound which provides access to hundreds of songs for teacher and student projects.  This music can not only be used in classroom presentations but can also be posted to the Internet without violating copyright law. ) 

  Click this link to my Library page and see the animoto video I created using photos from ADE’s Living Literature Day.  You can see other examples at the animoto website.

 

A link to this website is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb along with all of the previous WWW websites.

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WWW – Pics4Learning

This Week’s Weekly Wednesday Website:

pics4learning

 

 

 http://www.pics4learning.com/

This week’s WWW is Pics 4 Learning, which hosts a library of thousands of images for students and teachers to use in the classroom without worrying about violating copyright law.  All of the photos have been donated to the site with full permission for educational use.  No worries about blocked sites or inappropriate search results ~ everything here is safe for students! 

You can search for specific images or browse by subject.  Download and save the pictures, or use copy-and-paste to insert them into a document.  Perfect for flipcharts, power points, newsletters, and web pages, as well as student projects! 

The quick tips in the Recipe 4 Success tutorial make it easy to use the resources, and citation information is included with each photo so you can teach your students to be responsible users of someone else’s work.  You can also share your own photos in just two easy steps.

   

**As always, a link to this website is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb along with all of my previous Weekly Wednesday Websites.  Note:  I have reorganized the WWW archive to make it easier to use.  Now all of the sites are categorized in separate tabs so you can easily find past favorites.

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WWW – JMS Technology

Normally I wouldn’t present a site this full of resources as the WWW (I prefer to dole them out in more manageable chunks, complete with analysis and/or explanation of how to use the tool), but since this is the final WWW for the year I want to leave you with something to keep you going all summer! 

JMS Technology is the place to find every kind of Web 2.0 tool you might possibly need, nicely categorized and annotated, complete with logo icons.  (And you know how I love me some logo icons!)

Decided to store your important documents “in the cloud” in case of a hard drive crash?  Check out the File Storage sites.  Want to experiment with podcasting this summer?  Take a look at the Audio Tools.  Need to add a spark to some tired lesson plans?  The Teacher Resources list includes links to games, lessons, and ideas for every subject.  Or, if none of these float your boat, there are 16 other categories to choose from.

Spend some time exploring here, and you’re guaranteed to find some fun new toys to play with!

Click here to visit the archive of all the WWW sites I’ve shared so far.

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WWW – RIF Reading Planet

This week’s WWW: RIF Reading Planet

As summer vacation draws closer, teachers and parents begin to worry about the Summer Slide, which refers to the loss of skills kids suffer over the summer when they fail to engage in any learning activities. 

Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slip backwards.

One way to interest students in reading over the summer is to lure them in with fun, online reading activities.  Enter Reading Planet!

RIF Reading Planet

 

Kids can visit the Activity Lab, the Game Station, and the Book Zone for reading fun, and then click on Express Yourself to do a little writing.  There’s also a Summer Reading Fun page with great ideas for families to keep the reading going at home.

Kids do not have to register to use the site, but if they do join they get access to additional features like contests, an online reading log, and opinion polls.  Many of these activities work great on an Interactive Whiteboard, too, so you can use them in your classroom.  Happy reading!

 

Click here to visit the archive of all the WWW sites I’ve shared so far.

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