November 2008 Archives
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Destination Impossible is a game from the BBC where the player has to follow a series of instructions to get around a town.
www.MrsP.com is a fun, new children's entertainment site that celebrates reading and books.
The site features TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P, an adventurous redhead who brings Story Time to life with her video library of classic children's stories -- all of which offer special read-along options. Mrs. P's Magic Library has animated games and is a meeting spot for an assortment of quirky, comic characters.
MrsP.com has no ads, and admission is absolutely free -- with no subscription fees.
Visitors to Mrs. P's Library will need a high-speed connection to enjoy all of its features. Her Library is open 24 hours a day, welcomes everyone and has one simple message: reading is cool.
Incredibots is a new online game that is called part of the "physics-based" genre. In these kinds of games (it seems to me, at least), you basically build things that then do weird things. A full explanation of this particular game can be found at Jay Is Games.
The key element here that makes it relevant to language-learning is that players can create a film of their "adventure," include a text description, and embed it in a teacher/student blog or website.
If you're interested in connecting music to other areas of the curriculum, this page is for you! It contains links to all of my free arts integration resources, multimedia activities, and homemade instrument projects. Enjoy!
DAEL promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving.
The American Museum of Natural History has an excellent feature called Science Bulletins.
It has an extensive collection (and appears to be regularly updated) of short interactives and videos about important science issues. They are surprisingly accessible to English Language Learners, and the videos provide closed-captions.
CREATE A "PHOTROPISM": At Phototropism you "create sculptures that react like plants to weather conditions." You can then email the link for posting. It's cool -- in a very weird sort of way.
We are an online spelling program that makes practicing for spelling tests fun. SpellingCity.com has:
- A REAL person who says each word and sentence
- Thousands of free spelling lists. Or save your own!
Team resources for online collaboration. Powerful new features designed to let you work better together. Share resources with your team, co browse the web, annotate shared documents, video phone, skype calls ... share ideas, communicate & sync like never before. 'team-skrbl' is the next best thing to being in the same room.
Welcome to the Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (i.e. switches, alternative keyboards, touch screens, and dedicated AAC devices). The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format.