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/
Teacher List Member, Charlie Gerancher, suggested a look at GCF Learn Free. Says Charlie, “GCF Learn Free is a fantastic resource. It has a wealth of videos and interactive tutorials. I just used one of the videos this week to discuss the parts of a computer system.” From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, at no cost to the user.
The URL: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/
Did you know there are more than a million different insect species in the world? When you see that crawly in your house or your picnic is invaded or you want to identify-before-you-squash, check out InsectIdentification.org. Students may browse by category or use the simple form to narrow down their options. The content is user-generated and donated, so it’s really just a best guess, not a scientifically sound identification – but fun nonetheless!
The URL: http://www.insectidentification.org
I got this site from my pal, Bill Lomax. Raise Your Flag helps students identify areas of interest and to find companies that are hiring in those areas. It caters to youth who probably don’t have a degree or diploma or perhaps who don’t have much idea of what they want to do. It might be a good time of year to have this one in your back pocket!
The URL: http://raiseyourflag.com
Edmonton teacher, Corey Lee, suggested this site quite some time ago and it got lost in the shuffle. CultureUnplugged.com is a grassroots collection of new media stories told by global citizens. From the site: “In brief, Culture Unplugged, by and for global community of conscious storytellers, culture explorers and world citizens to reflect on issues and life experiences in contemporary world – a new media studio focused on producing as well as promoting socially & spiritually sensitive stories/films that does not merely express but pulsate to energize, enchant, enlighten, engage or embrace the humanity in us all.”
Given the content of socially conscious storytelling and film, please take the time to preview any content that you plan to use in your classrooms.
The URL: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/
Back in January, I recommended a site that talked about shortcuts and thinking about a few math concepts in a different way. My thanks goes out to Edmonton teacher, Stephanie Gower, who offered me some conversation and a look at another resource that addresses why math shortcuts out of context can be troublesome. Nix the Tricks is a no-cost download pdf book that looks at common math tricks and remedies for teaching them in class. At first glance, the site uses phrases like ‘buy the book’ but know that the download is a Creative Commons licenced, no-cost one.
The URL: http://nixthetricks.com/