Day Six Deals for the Dead of Winter


Google Tools for School: Jen Dorman (“cliotech“) compiled this comprehensive list of resources for understanding and using Google Earth. The educational applications are abundant for all grade levels and subjects. Each link takes the user to a video tutorial.

Corkboard: If you ever brainstorm with students using the whiteboard or post-its, you might want to try this site. The site automatically generates a unique web address for each visitor, which they can then share (via Moodle!) with others. Users can post notes. The teacher can move those notes around. Brainstorming and collaboration made easy!

FutureMe: We want our students to set goals and stay on track. This site allows them to compose an email to themselves that will be delivered to them at a date they specify. Teachers could incorporate this during extended projects or even year-long to help kids set and meet goals, and also to experience the occasional “gut-check” for progress on life goals.

Icebreakers: As we approach the first day of classes for the second semester, some of you will take on new rosters. If you are planning any time for team building, this site may be useful for you.


21st Century Walk-Through: Use technology to facilitate the walk-through observation. Data is instantly compiled in a spreadsheet. Provide more timely feedback to the teachers. It’s a win-win!


Richard Byrne’s Post on Best Foreign Language Resources for 2011: This is a very nice list of resources provided through Richard Byrnes’s blog, Free Tech for Teachers.

iMendi: Learn basic conversations in various foreign languages. This could be a good addition to Moodle resources.


Doodling in Math Class: This is a collection of videos that explore math concepts through a narrative while a student doodles in math class. The one on factoring is especially good.


Richard Byrne’s List of Art and Music Resources for 2011: Again, from the blog Free Tech for Teachers, this is a great list for art and music!


RawScripts: This site allows students to write scripts with proper formatting. Work can be exported. Worth a look!


FoldIt: I am not going to pretend that I understand the technology or science behind this, but the concept it stellar — play a game to gain an understanding of protein folding while simultaneously contributing to scientific research. Read all about it!

eSkeletons: This visually-terrific site from the University of Texas at Austin allows visitors to view bones online.

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