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With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. Google has created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use and search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond.
Google: Search Education. Lesson Plans - On this page, you'll find Search Literacy lessons and A Google A Day classroom challenges. Our search literacy lessons help you meet the new Common Core State Standards and are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.
Five Things Today's Digital Generation Cannot Do and What You Can Do To Help - Carl Heine's 21st Century Informational Fluency
The Right Question Institute - The Right Question Institute provides a wide range of innovative educational resources that make it possible for all people, no matter their level of education or income, to learn to think and act more effectively on their own behalf.
Google Proof Questioning: A New Use For Bloom's Taxonomy - So, what is a "Google-proof question?" It is a question that can not be directly answered via Google (or any other search engine) because it requires, analysis, interpretation, and investigation. Writing such questions can be challenging. A helpful tool is Bloom's Taxonomy.
Right Education Educator Resources - This resource page has been developed to help educators deepen their understanding of the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) and
21st Century Information Fluency - The 21 st Century Information Fluency Project (21CIF) began in 2001 when the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy received funds from the
Common Sense Media - They are a national, nonpartisan voice on issues that shape the media's impact on kids. There are tips on everything digital - plus reviews of 14,000+ movies, games, websites, apps, and more. There are free educator resources from cyberbullying to plagiarism, their digital literacy programs teach skills, safety, and ethics.
Glean Comparison Search - Researchers need the skills to explore all sides of their research topic. Young researchers often search exclusively for material that confirms their pre-existing notions of their topic. This results in confirmation bias.
Use comparison searching as a tool to help your students become aware of confirmation bias. Comparison searching enables students to develop more thoughtful and nuanced understanding of their research topics and the way they themselves ask questions and search for information. The process asks students to actively consider and evaluate two or more disparate results sets.
Primer for Google Forms - from Charlene Chausis
Google Docs/Drive for Teachers- Good source for setting up and using Google Docs
Research in Google Docs - the support page for this tool
Search Curriculum - helping kids search much more efficiently
Google Shortcuts - Google provides shortcuts for finding commonly sought utilities and information, which you may have previously found offline or on specialized sites.
Symbaloo - Organize and share the best of the web with your students, organize teaching resources all in one place
Live Binders - Physical 3-ring binders used to be the easiest way to organize all your educational resources. But now so much of what you want to organize is online. LiveBinders not only replaces the old 3-ring binder, but also opens up new opportunities for collaborating, organizing, and sharing that were never possible before.
audacity - a free open source cross platform software for recording and editing sounds
instructions for using audacity to create MP3 files
Audio Editing Tools
Here are some online tools for doing basic audio editing. Some are more functional with more editing features than others, while some are more distinctive.
Textbooks - free textbooks online, standards aligned and customizable from CK-12. CK-12 Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to improving learning at a concept level for K12 students all over the world. They use many modalities; text, audio, video, image, quiz and interactive. They offer
- Collaborative learning via a community where authors, teachers, and students create, access, share, rate, recommend, and publish
Flexible platform that helps teachers to design & distribute relevant learning material
- Common Core and NSES aligned digital FlexBooks serve as core text
- Take a quiz and track your progress
- Bookmark, highlight and take notes
- Study guides to help students prepare
- We support content in multiple formats on multiple devices.
Curriki - For many years, Curriki has been the leading K-12 global community for teachers, students and parents to create, share, and find free and open learning resources that improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes. open educational resources, free online textbooks, and more. Join the party!
Wordle - Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
Word Sift - WordSift was created to help teachers manage the demands of vocabulary and academic language in their text materials. They especially hope that this tool is helpful in supporting English Language Learners. They want WordSift to be a useful tool, but they also want it to be fun and visually pleasing. They would be happy if you think of it playfully - as a toy in a linguistic playground that is available to instantly capture and display the vocabulary structure of texts, and to help create an opportunity to talk and explore the richness and wonders of language!
Geographical Tools Across the Curriculum
Google Maps - various views - maps, satellite, traffic, terrain, Earth; photos and writing assignments
The Gallery - Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery.
World Wonders Project - explore cool places around the world
See the Oceans - Street View of the underwater!
Google Lit Trips - Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.
The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students.
CREATING YOUR OWN MAPS
support, Maps handout for educators
tutorials on maps on YouTube
ePals - connect with classrooms around the world
iLEARN - global projects and conferences (fee to join)
OTHER SITES ABOUT WHICH YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW- MORE FANTASTIC
Free Tech For Teachers - Richard Byrne not only finds good stuff, but explains their possibilities
Android for Schools - Byrne's blog specific to what Android can do
File Hippo - great site for downloading freeware
Contxts - send your contact info by text message
Fresh Brain - a place for teens to be wildly creative (organization died, but site lives on)
Classroom 2.0 - one of the best sites for collaborating with colleagues
Mini Geek Fest - from AzTEA
TED.com - finest connection of inspiring talks I can name
Teachthought.com- TeachThought is primarily interested in exploring new learning models, including blended learning, project-based learning, self-directed learning, and the role of play in learning while also supporting existing K-20 educators as they seek to improve their own craft in practice today. So, a balance of reality and possibility.
Visible Tweets - interesting way of visualizing a search in Twitter
Geogebra - free mathematics software
Khan Academy - straight-forward tutorials on many levels of many different classes
Flip Teaching - Dr. Ramsey Musallam's work to make flipping easy and effective
EduRealms - Lucas Gillispie's work to explore gaming and learning
Specs for Student Devices - guidance on BYOD from Doug Johnson at the Blue Skunk Blog
DIGITAL MEDIA: VARIOUS FUN TOOLS TO GET GOING
Metamark - making the nasty URLs more reasonable
Prezi - Power Point on steroids
Glogster - multimedia posters
BigHugeLabs - a variety of multimedia
Library of Congress - for images, sound files, documents and more