K.Boklaschuk: October 2009 Archives

Videos can be a good teaching resource, but they need to be used as part of lesson rather than being the lesson. Annenberg Media provides lesson plans that model using video as a part of the lesson rather than using video as the lesson. Lesson plans are categorized by content and grade level. Most of the lesson plans include free online videos. To find lessons that include free online videos look for a small "VOD" symbol attached near the title of each lesson plan. Clicking the VOD symbol will launch a video player in a new window.
Teacher Professional Development and Teacher Resources by Annenberg Media
LitCharts is a service that provides condensed outlines and summaries of classic literature. The outlines and summaries are far shorter than those you would find in Sparknotes or Cliffnotes. Most of the outlines and summaries are ten pages, give or take a page or two. What I like about LitCharts is that they color code the themes addressed and symbolism within a particular work. The color coding makes it easy to quickly pick out the themes and symbols in each chapter of a book.
LitCharts.com | LitCharts Study Guides | The faster, downloadable alternative to SparkNotes
Part of the history of Canada is the history of its correctional system. The way our approach to crime and punishment has evolved reflects the political and social changes that have shaped our country.
Correctional Service of Canada - Educational Resources
There is no doubt that Canada's correctional system is closely tied to the judicial bodies and legal framework that govern our society. By studying the various aspects of the correctional system, students will gain a better understanding of the various roles, social justice issues, rights and responsibilities, as well as develop their ability to analyze legal issues.
Correctional Service of Canada - Educational Resources
The various aspects of Canada's correctional system provide a wide variety of issues well suited for sociological analysis: the impact of the socio-economic structures on oneself and others, the benefits of social organizations, and the various ways groups and individuals interact. The "Social Studies" modules enable students to examine their opinions and judgments on social issues and develop a well-informed, critical approach to viewing the world around them.
Correctional Service of Canada - Educational Resources

Woopid Video Tutorials

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Watch free technology training videos! Get help and answer your computer and gadget questions with thousands of video tutorials for PCs, Macs, and tons of different applications.
Woopid Video Tutorials
A search engine that provides results colored coded based on readability levels
Twurdy Search - Search for Readable Results

ZoomIt - AWESOME!!

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If you do ANY presentations, this is a must for all your computers!!!!! Here is a link to a great tutorial on how to use it:


ZoomIt v4.1 By Mark Russinovich Published: October 21, 2009 Download ZoomIt (267 KB) Introduction ZoomIt is screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. I wrote ZoomIt to fit my specific needs and use it in all my presentations. ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows and you can use pen input for ZoomIt drawing on tablet PCs. Using ZoomIt The first time you run ZoomIt it presents a configuration dialog that describes ZoomIt's behavior, let's you specify alternate hotkeys for zooming and for entering drawing mode without zooming, and customize the drawing pen color and size. I use the draw-without-zoom option to annotate the screen at its native resolution, for example. ZoomIt also includes a break timer feature that remains active even when you tab away from the timer window and allows you to return to the timer window by clicking on the ZoomIt tray icon.
Not sure if this is appropriate for everyone to use but the questions are good. Use at your own discretion.
Fling the Teacher is a website containing 68 history quiz games. All of the quizzes have at least fifteen questions and a few of the games have more than 100 questions. The average is 30-45 questions per quiz. Prior to starting each quiz game students can create their own custom game character.
Fling the Teacher - Interactive History game - www.SchoolHistory.co.uk
Play Educational Games, Solve Problems & Puzzles! At The Problem Site, you can play educational games and daily puzzles, find interesting reference pages, and engage in fun problem solving activities. There are word games, math games, math problems, mystery quests, and many other free educational resources.

The Problem Site: Problem Solving and Educational Games

Arcademic Skill Builders are research-based and standards-aligned educational games that offer an innovative approach to teaching basic academic skills. We incorporate features of arcade games and educational practices into fun online games that will engage, motivate, and teach your students.

Arcademic Skill Builders: Online Educational Games

New Online Curriculum The online curriculum provides teachers with a user friendly way to access outcomes and indicators dynamically linked to resources, and support materials (as they become available).
Saskatchewan Curriculum
WordAhead now gives teachers the ability to create custom playlists of vocabulary videos. The playlists can be shared via email, a posted link on a blog, or by posting a vocabulary video widget on a blog or website. The teacher section of WordAhead also offers advice for having students create their own vocabulary videos.

World History For Kids Online Textbook Use the links below, or to the left to open a chapter of our free online world history textbook. Brought to you by the KidsKnowIt Network, the Totally Free Children's Learning Network.
World History For Kids - By KidsPast.com

Teens and the internet

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In 2002 the Pew Research Institute conducted a study of teenagers and how they are using the internet in education.   Below are some excerpts from the 37 page report.  It's an interesting read for educators and community members. ......

Some statistics on teen internet use for school:

  • Nearly every online teen (94% of 12 to 17 year olds who report using the Internet) has used the Internet for school research;
  • 71% used the Internet as the major source for their most recent school project
  • 58% have used a Web site set up by school or a class;
  • 34% have downloaded a study aid; and
  • 17% have created a Web page for a school project.

Teens and the internet - 180 Free Technology Tip #29
Science Netlinks offers dozens of lesson plans and online learning activities. The lessons and activities are cover a wide variety of science topics. All of the lesson plans are sorted by grade level, but you can also sort the lesson plans by science benchmark standards. A series of icons also indicates if each lesson plan has a printable worksheet, e-worksheet, or is an interactive experience.

Science Netlinks: Lesson Index

Google: Building Maker

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Google Building Maker is a new tool for creating buildings for use in Google Earth. Building Maker provides basic shapes and models for creating your 3D model. To use Building Maker you must have the latest version of the Google Earth browser plug-in installed. The video below demonstrates Building Maker better than I can describe it.
Building Maker

KidRex - Kid Safe Search

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Link to Learning 9-12

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Grade 9 Science Geography Math English French Computers
Grade 10 Science History Math English French
Grade 11 Sciences Math English & Literature History Geography Economics
Grade 12 Sciences English & Literature
Link to Learning 9-12

Link to Learning K-8

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Link to Learning

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"DocVerse will literally change the way you think about working with other people on your documents.  It is the FIRST product to allow multiple people to edit the same document at the same time.   It lets you share documents with each other easily over the web and automatically tracks version history, eliminating the pains of using back-and-forth email attachments".
DocVerse | Group Collaboration Bliss
They say today's educators are overworked and underpaid. Luckily, the web offers tools to make your professional life more manageable and less stressful. These add-ons might not change your salary, but we're sure they'll ease your workload.
99 Awesome Firefox Add-ons for Educators - Online Courses


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Do you have a great idea? See what others think about it!!!

Very neat
Place Spotting is a website of geographic riddles. Place Spotting is based on the Google Earth platform. Place Spotting users can create their own geographic riddles or try to solve riddles created by others. The search feature on Place Spotting lets users search for riddles based on level of difficulty, language, region, or creation date.
placeSpotting.com | The online map game | solve
Classtools.net allows you to create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!
ClassTools.net: Create interactive flash tools / games for education
Use this game to learn your directions.
Cyberchase . Games . Cyberchase and the Eye of Rom | PBS Kids