Gayle Grass contacted me the other day to let me know that you can download a collection of no-cost ebooks featuring Iris The Dragon. From the site: “One dragon, four seasons, and lots of drama and challenges down by the riverbank. Download your reader format and start the discussion. All books are medically vetted, endorsed, and represent a superb resource for kids, parents, teachers, and health care practitioners to discuss mental health issues.”
The URL: http://www.iristhedragon.com/bookstore.html
Welcome back for another year of TheTeacherList.ca — the 18th year, that is! Let’s start off with this suggestion from List Member, Joan McNeil, who told me about WunderMap. She thought the site is pretty cool with the layers that you can select to overlay data to your map. You can access weather information, webcams and more. There’s a Trip Calculator that has some possibilities too.
The URL: http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
For the last recommendation of the school year, have a look at this quick video clip that shows how sound waves make polystyrene balls appear to defy gravity. It’s a great discussion on sound waves, frequency and standing waves.
The URL: http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/outrageous-acts-of-science/hi-fi-2/
And with that, we conclude the 17th year of The Teacher List! I want to thank everyone who has signed up, sent in recommendations and passed on the recommendations to your friends and colleagues. Have a safe and relaxing summer. We’ll catch up again after Labour Day in September.
I found this on Ian Jukes’ Twitter feed. From the site: “Before you turn in the key to your classroom door and head out into the sun for the summer, there are three courageous questions you might want to ask parents at the end of this year.” Might make for some interesting end-of-year reflection.
The URL: http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/06/3-courageous-questions-great-teachers-ask-parents-end-year.html
This is kicking around Twitter this morning. From the article: “Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we’ve assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.” Author Andrew Miller has assembled a long list of tools and sorted them by Best Practices for PBL Assessment, PBL and Standardized Tests, Research on PBL Assessment, and Additional Resources.
The URL: http://www.edutopia.org/pbl-assessment-resources?utm_content=resource-roundup&utm_campaign=pbl-assessment-resources&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_term=link
My work pals, Noel Taylor and Karly Kulpa, passed this one on. The Polona Typo project, based on the new Polona API, (Polona.pl is a National Library of Poland website) makes it possible to type, share and print your own sentences using thousands of letters from the books, posters and maps created over more than six centuries.
The URL: http://typo.polona.pl/en/