Friday, February 12, 2010

Fabulous Finds for the Classroom

There are so many great resources on the web for Educators! After attending several Ed Tech Conferences - I worked with our Media Specialist - Ms. Boggs - and we came up with our list of fabulous finds for the classroom - ones with that great WOW factor.
Ms. Maddox's List of Fabulous Finds:

Sticky Notes Video: (share with students for inspiration for Media Video Contests)
DEADLINE post-it stop motion - Senior project from student at Savannah College of Art

Save on Textbooks (for your classroom or for college textbooks) Rent them! - - Discount code:
CC105813 - to get a 15% discount

American Rhetoric - Online Speechs (Full text, Audio, and Videos)
Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.

Great alternative to Microsoft Office - and it is Free!
Open Office -

Thinkfinity - Verison's website with Lesson Plans, Interactives, Video Podcasts (great for whiteboard use!)

Faces of America - PBS Series
About the Series:
What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the new PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Harvard scholar turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans — professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her Majesty Queen Noor, television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.

Be sure to check the Educators Link for Fantastic Lesson Plans for all Subject Areas and Grade Levels.

Lakota Winter counts - The Lakota Indians marked the passage of time with a memorable events with a symbol on their calendar called Winter Counts. The Smithsonian has a online database of the winter count images, history about the Lakota, interviews, and teachers guide.
Immigration Explorer - Select a foreign-born group to see how they settled across the United States.

Thanks to Rhonda Boggs for sharing these sites:
Glog - online poster maker
Etherpad - Web based Online Word Processor for Collaboration

Slideshare - Share Powerpoint, Word - Youtube for Powerpoints!

Stopwatch - different clocks and timers
Blabberize - Add voice and animation to pictures!