Let’s Talk – 3 Great End-of-Year Questions

letstalkI 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

Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

pbl_assessmentThis 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

Polona Typo Project

polonaMy 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/

GCF Learn Free

gcfTeacher 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/

Insect Identification

bugfinderDid 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

Raise Your Flag

raiseyrflagI 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