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Visit TED for more inspirational videos

Visit https://www.teachingchannel.org/ to browse the resources

Cindy A. Strickland

You will need Acrobat 7.x + or Foxit Reader 2.0 for these .pdf files

Plenary session: The "Flavours" of Differentiation

Workshop: Differentiation for Interest & Learning Profile


More YouTube videos related to Differentiation

Differentiated Instruction http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/different.htm

Learning Styles

Multiple Intelligences 

Project-based learning

edutopia.org/project-learning - video

Ten Free Project Based Learning Resources That Will Place Students At The Center Of Learning by Michael Gorman

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21centuryedtech Blog filled with resources- Mike

Edutopia PBL - Edutopia is a site containing outstanding educational content for teachers. It contains an area devoted to Project Based Learning. Edutopia defines PBL, "as a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups." The site contains a brief article, along with videos entitled "Projecty Based Learning Overview" and An Introduction To Project Based Learning. The Edutopiamain PBL web page contains real life examples and this Big List containing article and blogs relating to PBL activities, lessons, practices, and research. Upon review you will note that Edutopia does live up to its statement "What works in public Education".

PBL-Online Is a one stop solution for Project Based Learning! You'll find all the resources you ne​ed to design and manage high quality projects for middle and high school students. This site includes information on how to Design your Project. It assists teachers in planning rigorous and relevant standards-focused projects that engage students in authentic learning activities, teach 21st century skills, and demand demonstration of mastery. It also provides a search for projects developed by others (small collection) or the ability to contribute projects to the PBL-Online Collaboratory and Project Library. Teachers can Learn what defines Project Based Learning and the PBL-Online approach to successful project design. There is also an area to Review research and find tools to support effective Project Based Learning. There is also an area to purchase the BIE //Project Based Learning Handbook// andStarter Kit which are a foundation for the PBL-Online website. A nicecollection of videos is also available on the site. The PBL-Online is maintained by the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) which is a non-profit, research and development organization dedicated to improving the practice of teaching and the process of learning.

BIE Institite For PBL - The main Buck Institute of On-line Resource Site is a must visit for anyone serious about PBL. There is some good information on the professional development . Explore the BIE Project Based learning Handbook, order a copy, or just explore the links on the page. Be sure to check out the downloadable documents and forms found in the book. There is also a web resources link page that will supply abundant information. There is an excellent forum page that and another area with Advice From Teachers.This is truely a great site to become more informed on Project Based Learning and works well with other other BIE site.

4Teachers.org PBL - This site has a contains some useful information on supplying sound reasoning for PBL in school. Especially interesting are articles on Building Motivation and Using Multiple Intellegences. One very useful resource in this site is the PBL Project Check List Section. Writers of this site maintain that these check lists will help teachers start using PBL, by creating on-line downloadable age-appropriate, customizable project checklists for written reports, multimedia projects, oral presentations, and science projects. The use of checklists assists in keeping students on track and allows them to take responsibility for their own learning through peer- and self-evaluation. Be sure to check the main 4Teachers Web Site for all of their great sets of tools including other resources that can support PBL. This site is published by Altec which also has a host of resources.

Houghton Mifflin Project Based Learning Space - This site from publisher Houghton Mifflin Contains contains some good resources for investigating PBL and was developed by the Wisconson Center For Education Research. Included is a page on Background Knowledge an Theory. There is also a link to a small number of comprehensive projects. Last for those attempting research there is a large numbers of professional articles related to project based learning.

Intel® Teach Elements: Project-Based Approaches - If you are looking for free, just-in-time professional development that you can experience now, anytime, or anywhere, this may be your answer. Intel promises that this new series will provide high interest, visually compelling short courses that facilitate deep exploration of 21st century learning concepts using and PBL. The program consists of animated tutorials and audio dialogs to explain concepts, Interactive knowledge checking exercises , offline activities to apply concepts. You can take the PBL course online, or order the Intel PBL CD, Take a moment and read more about project design. Intel provides an awesome data base of stories that relate to project ideas. Anyone interested in project based learning must explore the Intel site, one of the most up-to-date resources for PBL on the internet.

New Tech Network - I have personally visited the New Tech Schools in both Napa and Sacramento California. I was impresssed with more then the technology. A positive and effective culture for learning is what New Tech does best and it is based around PBL. Take a look at the news releases on the New Tech site. Some that caaught my interest were Wall-to-Wall Project-Based Learning: A Conversation with Biology TeacherKelley Yonce » from Learn NC, The Power of Project Learning » from Scholastic, and Students as Smart Mobs along with It's All about me both from Phi Delta Kappa. Last check out the New Tech video entitled NTN School Overview and I Am What I Learn for a good informative look at PBL and New Tech.

High Tech High School - These high schools also operate using a project based learning model centered around 21st century skills. I have included projects they came up with from a $250,000 California grant to institue PBL in non-charter public schools. You will find a description of the project along with the seven major projects and various others. The included PBL assessment page is also very interesting along with how PBl supports literacy in the High Tech Model.

GlobalSchoolhouse.net - Great site to begin PBL using the web while cooperating with other schools.   Harness the ability to use the web as a tool for interaction, collaboration, distance education, cultural understanding and cooperative research -- with peers around the globe.  Start out with an explanation of what Net PBL really is. Find out how to make partners. Be sure to check out all the videos and tutorials.


  Cooperative learning for the classroom

Kagan Cooperative Learning-Structures for Success Part 1



 The following is a sampling of videos available on topics of interest for education from YouTube:



Brain based education: Fad or breakthrough--high quality

Brain based education: Fad or breakthrough--high quality

1 year ago 14,783 views



What is Brain Education?

What is Brain Education?

2 years ago 6,052 views



Brain Based Instruction

Brain Based Instruction


How the Body Works : The Regions of the Brain

How the Body Works : The Regions of the Brain

2 years ago 207,145 views


The Human Brain - Carl Sagan

The Human Brain - Carl Sagan

1 year ago 22,695 views


Stress and Memory

Stress and Memory

2 years ago 63,513 views


5 Practices of Highly Effective Classrooms-Sample

5 Practices of Highly Effective Classrooms-Sample


More Google videos available...

Multiple intelligences


Decoding multiple intelligences

Decoding multiple intelligences

2 years ago 18,991 views



Differentiation Video

Differentiation Video


Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction

2 years ago 38,087 views


differentiate Instruction

differentiate Instruction

1 year ago 8,828 views


Differentiated instruction- scaffolding model

Differentiated instruction- scaffolding model

1 year ago 9,553 views




Scaffolding as a Teaching Strategy

Scaffolding as a Teaching Strategy

1 year ago 8,997 views



Scaffolding the Writing Process

Scaffolding the Writing Process

9 months ago 485 views


Ken Robinson - Differentiated Teaching -

Ken Robinson - Differentiated Teaching -

1 year ago 29,127 views



Ken Robinson - Thinking Heads

Ken Robinson - Thinking Heads

1 year ago 8,086 views



Sir Ken Robinson - A kinaesthetic tribute

Sir Ken Robinson - A kinaesthetic tribute

2 years ago 6,407 views


Riz Khan - Schools killing creativity? - 10 Sep 08 - Part 1

Riz Khan - Schools killing creativity? - 10 Sep 08 - Part 1

1 year ago 21,594 views

AlJazeera English


Class Management

Teacher Links: kittyk70.tripod.com/teacherresources.htm

The Honor Level System
11 Techniques for better classroom discipline

Adjustments in Classroom Management
exerpted from
Classroom Success for the LD and ADHD Child
Suzanne H. Stevens

Behavior Management Forms
Point charts, awards, certificates, behavior contracts, and more.

TeacherVision Classroom Management
Lots of info, such as room arrangement, behavior management, and classroom organization.

Ideas that Worked
From Teach-nology, real teachers who have tried and true methods for dealing with behavior in the classroom

About.com List of Sites
List of websites concerning
discipline and classroom

Behavior & discipline techniques

ProTeacher Discipline Plans
20 or so links to how to handle discipline in your classroom

You can Handle them All
A guide for dealing with over 100 kinds of behaviors

Classroom Management 101
Online resources and suggestions for lesson planning, discipline, and more.

Put an End to Homework Horror!
Ideas and suggestions for keeping students interested and on task.

Interview & Advice from Fred Jones
Author of 3 classroom management books and seminars

Creating a Climate for Learning:  Effective Classroom Management Techniques

Classroom Management Ideas
Get organized with these ideas from I Love That Teaching Idea

Teaching ESL to Children with Communication Disorders
/ Lynne Thomas, Lynne McGinnis & Emilie Brouillette

VCC's TESOL Department, in partnership with the University of BC and MOSAIC, has produced a series of teacher training videos to be used in TESOL courses and for professional development purposes. The videos,which are practical snapshots of real Canadian ESL classrooms at work, cover such topics as Introduction to ESOL Levels, Teaching a Communicative Lesson, Teaching a Grammar Lesson and Communicative Activities. The project, coordinated by Anita Schuller and funded by the BCcampus Online Program Development Fund, includes a blog that will allow for interactive use by students and other interested parties.

To view the blog, go to http://blogs.ubc.ca/vcctesol



Technology:                                 Pedagogy ▲




Web 2.0 technologies in ESL

By édith guilbeault

PDF of Presentation


Technology worthy of classroom consideration  / Ron Mastine

My first Photo Novelette (Roman) / Ron Mastine

A collection of Videos on Web 2.0 / Language learning / IT

ITC and Language learning Videos

21st Century Learning and Teaching

A variety of videos pertaining to education

Videos that discuss aspects of Web 2.0



Of Teachers and Computers: Integrating Technology into the Second-Language Classroom
Walcir Cardoso   walcir@education.concordia.ca


  Technological tools for teaching grammar
Walcir Cardoso  & Laura Collins


Moodle as a tool to teach ESL competencies within the MELS Reform
Walcir Cardoso                        Maria Contente
walcir@education.concordia.     cayo_maria_ibo@hotmail.com

link of the online training tool with the teachers from your school board: http://eslinsight.qc.ca/ICT_ESL_Classroom/index.html

From our 2006 SPEAQ convention - here is the presentation of Paul Sweeney, E-Learning Manager for the British Council’s Teaching Centre Network.

Making (a little) Sense of Technology and Language Learning

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.

Of the many aspects of teaching and learning to be covered during the SPEAQ convention, few topics cry out to be made sense of as much as the multiple issues around the role and uses of technology.
Against this background Mr. Paul Sweeney will overview the recent history and trends in technology supported language teaching, report on wider trends of educational technology in the UK educational sector such as e-portfolios and personalized learning before moving on to discussing how ESL /EFL fit into this broader context. Be warned: this will contain no answers, only frameworks which attempt to situate language teaching and learning in a changing world!
Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.



Video Tutorials:

ELT/ESL Training Videos including:

Teaching Channel

Dave's Cafe Video

Word Magnets
TEFL Clips
Visu Words
Click n Learn
Great Vocabulary Site
Spelling site for kids
Brilliant New Listening Site
Talking Bot
Brilliant fun dialogue building site
Excellent Vocabulary Site
Guess most common words in English-Excellent
Superb talking Dictionary
Great Reading Content
Click and Learn
Great Drawing Tool
Great Pronunciation Tool
Brilliant Video Dictionary
Vocab. building tool from Google

Educational Video sites:

Let’s countdown the Top 10 educational video sites on the web.

No. 1 - Teacher Tube: The name says it all. It’s YouTube for teachers. Educators can post their videos and find ones made by others. The site is very extensive and takes the No. 1 spot in our list.

No. 2 - Edutopia: This site is done by George Lucas (yes the Star Wars guy). Here you’ll find some great lesson plans, lectures and inspirational videos.

No. 3 - EduTube: Yes, another “Tube” site, but this one has a bunch of great educational videos for science. Topics include animals, biology, chemistry, space and technology.

No. 4 - Classroom Clips: Teacher submitted videos, plus some great video quizzes too.

No 5- Scholar Spot: This site is great, even if you are not a teacher or a student. The coolest part is you can sort by people. Want to find education videos about President Obama, Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr.? This is the spot. Plus, this site has a college version in the works.

No. 6 - Nova Teachers Watch Video Online: Since Nova films tend to be a little long, this site lets you sort through small clips from the television program television series Nova.

No. 7 - Discovery Education: The Discovery Channel for education has a large selection of video learning content, including Bill Nye (The Science Guy). The only downside is you have to create a login and password to use the site.

No. 8 - C-SPAN Video Library: If you a Politics or government teacher, students can learning about how government works right here. You can sort through individual videos easily to play just the clip you need

No. 9 - History Channel : This site houses most of the great content you are used to seeing on the cable network. Biographies and historical documentaries and much more.

No. 10 - Biography.com: Yet another cable network that’s making learning easy with their website. Biography.com has an endless supply of clips on famous figures in history, all broken into nice bite-size segments of 10 minutes or less.


RefSeek's guide to the 25 best online resources for finding free educational videos. With the exception of BrainPOP and Cosmeo, all listed sites offer their extensive video libraries for free and without registration.


Instructional videos providing answers to common questions.


 Academic Earth

Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars.


 Big Think

Video interviews with 600+ thought leaders in a range of fields.



Short-form online video lessons by professional educators. Free math lessons.



Aggregator of free, online video lessons and documentaries.



Aggregator and host of educational videos.


 Futures Channel

High quality multimedia content ideal for use in the classroom.



Professional and user-generated how-to videos.


 Internet Archive

Collection of more than two-hundred thousand free historical videos, many academic.


 iTunes U

Free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more accessible via Apple iTunes.

Apple iTunes - Apple iTunes Software


Professionally developed programming for K-12 classrooms.


 Math TV

Professional video lessons in mathematics. Covers basic math through calculus.


 MIT Open CourseWare

Lectures and course materials for students, teachers, and self-learners.

ocw.mit.edu  |  Also see: OpenCourseWare Finder

 MIT World

Guide to more than 700 interesting MIT lectures.



Aggregator of high-quality educational videos from around the Web.



3,500 videos from distinguished researchers and scholars.



Free videos from your favorite PBS programs, including NOVA and Frontline.



Educational video aggregator with a very simple user interface.



Video sharing platform for schools featuring original content created by students.



Library of free, full-length documentary films.


 Teachers TV

Engaging, professional videos and practical resources for educator development.



Online aggregator of educational videos.



Fascinating presentations by the world's leading thinkers and doers.



Collection of videos from professors, professionals, coaches, teachers, and consultants.



Comprehensive online directory of educational videos aggregated from across the Web.



Search engine and directory of free how-to videos.


 Open Yale Courses

Free access to a selection of introductory Yale courses.


 YouTube EDU

Free lectures from more than one hundred colleges and universities.

www.youtube.com/edu  |  Also see: Talks@Google

Additional sites that are not free but offer outstanding content:

 BrainPOP Provider of original, animated educational videos. Subscription required. www.brainpop.com

 Cosmeo 30,000 video segments from Discovery Education. Subscription required.www.cosmeo.com  |  Also see: Discovery Education Streaming general interest

 Hulu Joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp. Features TV shows and movies.www.hulu.com  |  Also see: PBS, National Geographic

 Metacafe Specializes in short-form original video content. www.metacafe.com

 Vimeo Upload, share, and explore user-generated videos. www.vimeo.com

 YouTube Hosts millions of user-generated and professional videos. www.youtube.com


Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching - a pdf document you can view or download. It explains possible sites and related activities and projects

Welcome to Classroom20.com, the social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education.

Teaching & Technology

Larry Ferlazzo has a great website full of resources for ESL / social studies teachers. His blog (to which you can subscribe via email) is updated daily with new links, and he also offers a monthly top ten newsletter.

EFL Classroom 2.0. offers materials, links to resources and lots of discussion.

The ICT4LT website is a collection of training modules in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Language Teachers,

Instructional Technology: http://www.sabine.k12.la.us/vrschool/intwebcl.htm

Edutopia Online: The Big List on Technology Integration - The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) offers courseware modules, articles, interviews, professional organizations, and resources to show teachers how to weave computers into the curriculum.

Best Practices of Technology Integration - Access K-12 lessons that use technology. Written by practicing teachers and "kid-tested", the lessons encompass Fine Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, and Technology.

Technology Integration: Unit Planning - What does the research say about using technology effectively? This site reviews how to design an effective technology lesson, construct the assessment, identify instructional resources, and plan for classroom management.

Technology Integration - Linda Burkhart provides guidelines, tip sheets, interactive projects, and strategies for K-8 students and special needs students. Topics include the one computer classroom, utilizing Web information, assistive technology, and instructional uses of the Internet.

Technology Integration Projects for Students - This site lists various ways to use computers, such as conduct research, dialog with experts, publish products, discuss ideas, use multimedia resources, enhance project-based learning, and reform learning. Each category has supporting Web sites.

Technology Integration - This site holds a wealth of information from keyboarding lessons and game templates to classroom applications using a digital camera and software tutorials. Also available are virtual activities, Web page design tips, links to student sites, and how to use Windows and interactive whiteboards.

The Benefits of Information Technology - This article by John Kosakowski discusses the advantages of using technology in the classroom.

Tools for the TEKS: Integrating Technology in the Classroom - Wesley Fryer offers a variety of articles and ideas for jumpstarting instructional planning.

Planning Lessons that Use Technology - This site offers advice on assessing your technological resources and planning activities within your comfort zone.

Understand Your Acceptable Use Policy - This site includes a lesson plan and handout for teaching students about AUPs.

The Traits of an Effective Technology Coach and Signs of a Robust Program - This site discusses the many roles coaches can play, such as cheerleader, sidekick, or judge.

Bringing A Nation Online: The Importance of Federal Leadership - Both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government are working to bridge the digital divide. This report examines the data in A Nation Online and highlights the gaps between those using technology tools and those who are not.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: The Digital Divide - This Foundation has become partners with state library agencies and U.S. public libraries to provide access to technology and training. Find out more information on grants and how to help students achieve.

Digital Divide Network - The Digital Divide Network provides research, data, and news on technology equity in America. Find out about community technology centers in your state. The site also serves as forum for sharing experiences with colleagues around the world.

Community Technology Centers' Network - CTCNet is a national network of community technology centers that provides resources and information about the digital divide.

PBS Digital Divide - This PBS series was designed to raise awareness about access to computers; software and Internet content; and model programs. The campaign looks at the divide from the perspectives of both race and gender.

170 Ideas and Resources for Teachers - Integrating Technology into Planning and Curriculum compiled by Virginia Seale

Tech Planning

Linux In Education Portal

Berkeley Logo 5.3 released (freeware)

Teaching with Electronic Technology

Collaborative Projects - Collaborative projects often are the most memorable learning experiences for students. But the projects must be well-designed and run by teachers who are knowledgeable and well-trained, especially if they are online projects. A number of web sites provide proven models for online collaborative projects. These projects have been improved and honed over a number of years and iterations. Moreover, they come with built-in contacts to students and teachers all around the world who are working on the same projects and therefore can provide extremely valuable perspectives and enhance the collaborative aspect.

Learning About Technology - Intel Education

Arnold Pulda, Worcester Public Schools, Worcester, MA

Time Management in the Computer Room

New York Times Daily Lesson Plan and Archive by New York Times and Bank Street College of Education

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Myths and Realities About Technology Adoption Among Teachers By Arnold Pulda

Intime - offers educational/technological support to K-12 grade teachers in technology integration in the classroom. View instructional videos and download lesson plans for free.

Online K-12 Projects

Key Pals

Mind Tools - Also Check School of Information Science Technology

"Excel" in the classroom

Bell Atlantic Resources for Teaching with Technology

Teaching with Electronic Technology

PTI Curriculum Units Online - The Pittsburgh Teachers Institute offers teachers the opportunity to develop curriculum units for their classrooms. The units, from 1999 to 2001, are designed for all levels of students and cover integrated units in Mathematics, Science, English and the Social Sciences.

CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. Each CyberGuide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites and a rubric.

Staff Development for Curriculum / Technology Integration

A Hotlist on One-Computer Class

One-Computer Classroom - Thanks to Janine Scott of University of Southern Mississippi for compiling this hotlist (made with Filamentality) for ideas for the one-computer classroom. This is a great resource to kick off a staff  development period, with small groups exploring each site to come up with creative ideas for using computers in education. 

CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. Each CyberGuide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites and a rubric.

Teachers Leaders and Leading-Edge Computer Users: Are They the Same?

Online Debate:  Technology's Role in Schools

School Technology and Readiness: A Focus on Digital Learning, CEO Forum on Educational Technology

Technology and Reform: Realizing the Possibilities For Education

Fulton High School A+ Schools Program

Evaluating Technology-Based Curriculum Materials, ERIC Digest

The Troubles With Technology: A Study of Teachers Struggling to Use the Computers in Career-Oriented Classrooms

Does It Compute? The Relationship Between Educational Technology and Student Achievement in Mathematics

Curriculum Administrator - Best web curriculum sources

Curriculum Web Site awards 2001

Gradebook Assistant - download Excel template

Internet Learning Center

Technology in the Classroom

The National Math Trail an interactive, Internet-based project

Collaborative Projects - hundreds of collaborative projects that have been reviewed and written about at Education World. Educators are encouraged to submit their collaborative project for listing within this resource.

Making Connections - A new Louisiana sponsored Web for teachers.  This project provides links to software products, web site resources, lesson plans, and assessment items to the Louisiana Content Standards.

Graphic Organizers using Inspiration

KEY PALS - long list of links to sites for connecting and communicating
Internet E-Mail Resource Page - Teaching readers that e-mail is much more than just sending a message
Internet keypal exchanges
Teachers Net - Teacher Chat, Forums, News, and Resources
Ed's Oasis Discussion Board

The Ten Stages to Web-Use Nirvana

Self Directed Learner's Cross Cultural K-12 Internet  Guide

Education with New Technologies: Networked Learning Community - Developed by teachers and researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this site explores issues of improving teaching with technology integration, integrating new tools with classroom practice and curriculum, and collaboration with colleagues locally and around the world.

CLEARINGHOUSES OF ONLINE RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS - For a thorough list of online resources pertaining to education and technology, go to "K-12 Educational Resources" on The Technology Education Lab site and be sure to bookmark it! This annotated directory has links to Web sites, listservs, newsgroups, and online forums related to curricular applications of technology. Another helpful site to visit is Teachers@Work--in New Zealand--(http://teachers.work.co.nz/), with a searchable database of 1,000 useful Internet sites for educators that have been reviewed and rated. Betsy Kelaher (bkelaher@ascd.org) is an associate editor with ASCD's Editorial Services.

ED's Oasis - What teachers have been looking for. A comprehensive instructional resource.

Microsoft's K12 - wealth  resources, free downloads, and information for the classroom.

Production Studio - NSU's Ed Tech resources through Main Street on the Web - How to use the digital camera, create multimedia, and many other useful tips for classroom development.

Sabine's Designing and Creating a Web -  How To for creating and maintain a classroom web

Puzzlemaker - Need a sponge activity or extra credit handout for your lesson tomorrow? Want to spice up a newsletter or flyer? This site lets you create your own mazes, word searches, crosswords, number blocks, math squares, and more. All you do is enter information and click the "Create" button, wait a few seconds, then print your customized puzzle.

Quia - learning activities-- This learning game collection provides a fun way to help students review a wide variety of topics in general subject areas of math, science, foreign language, economics, and music. Visitors can create their own java-enabled flashcard drills, matching games, concentration, and word search puzzles using a simple (and free!) editing tool. The editor creates the Web pages and publishes them for all to share. This is a handy way to help students memorize factual information.

Funbrain.com - Activity - Funbrain.com is the home to interactive, GamesSpell Check, and Wacky include Math Baseball, Fun Match, Change Maker, Tales.   Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School

Calling Students Back: Using Technology to Support Engaged Learning This article includes tips for creating an engaged learning environment, designing project-based activities, and using online K-12 curriculum resources.

Productivity in the classroom-Lessons at a Glance Lessons at a glance is a quick reference for what each of the lessons is about, what grade levels it is appropriate for, estimated time allotment, software needed and subjects covered.

Hero of the Year Activity - In this Web-based activity by 4th-grade teacher Rebecca Pilver, elementary students research selected Web sites to select a Hero of the Year, then design a commemorative stamp. This is a nice example of how elementary educators can make use of existing Web sites in their interdisciplinary lessons.  Grade Level: Elementary

Issues in Technology Integration - Keep up with the latest school-technology issues--or participate in discussions of them. How do you wire your school for Internet access? How do you ensure equitable use of educational technology? How do you meet the challenges of introducing computers to reluctant staff or students? Three Web sites with articles, columns, forums, and links on these subjects are The Electronic School, and The Well-Connected Educator.

The Learning Connection: Schools in the Information Age - This extensive research report examines, "how educators are grappling with the difficult interplay of technological change and educational values" and "identifies key factors that make the connection work, and reviews major players in the education technology arena." Companion site What's Working in Education goes into greater detail about lessons learned in the field.  Grade Level:  Adult/Professional   

Molding the Web, Profile of Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee - Scientific American offers a profile of the man credited with inventing the World Wide Web. Currently Berners-Lee directs the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, out of MIT, but more important than the clout or awe these statements inspire is the spirit of the Web embodied by this man. Use this article for inspiration and for evangelizing the real use and power of the Web. Look to quotations like these: "The Web can help people to understand the way that others live and love and are human, to understand the humanity of people" "It is important to realize that the Web is what we make it." "If you are worried that your children are going to read low-quality information, teach them. Teach them what to read. Teach them how to judge information."  Grade Level:  Adult/Professional  

ICONnect - Learn to Use the Internet as a Curriculum Resource

ThinkQuest is an annual contest that challenges Students, ages 12 to 19, to use the Internet as a collaborative, interactive teaching and learning tool.

Teaching with Electronic Technology - The World Wide Web sites collected on this page reflect my interest in the considerable variety of uses for computing and related forms of electronic technology in teaching. I have arranged them in no strict order, but have tried to proceed from the more general and theoretical resources to some instructive examples of specific applications of technology to teaching and learning. Like many other websites, this one tends to change and grow as I find time to revise and update these links. I am grateful to those who have made suggestions and introduced me to additional sites on teaching with technology. 

Keypals--Intercultural e-mail classroom connections; for teachers seeking partner classrooms for e-mail exchanges

bioSURF - This resource from Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley is organized around their book, Biology: The Web of Life, and includes links and activities for each unit. "Learning Links" are categorized by chapter, and news, community, and career links are also offered for each unit. A "Teachers' Lounge" helps educators connect to background information, tutorials, software, and activities to help augment instruction. Units include "The Basis of Life," "Genetics," "Change and Diversity," "Monerans, Protists, and Fungi," "Plants," "Invertebrate Animals," "Vertebrate Animals," "Human Biology," and "Organisms and the Environment." This is a great example of how the Web can augment a textbook. Grade Level:  High School  

The Catapult Museum - Small and specialized, this intriguing, well-illustrated Website touches a lot of bases: ancient warfare and mechanics, Rome, Medieval times, the Wright brothers, traps, and basketball shoes. The text describing each type of catapult provides fresh and factual background for a school homework theme. The organization of the content here, which is around a very small topic, shows the power of the Internet to bring information together for study in totally new ways. A school textbook would not have this kind of depth on the subject, and to find it in a library would involve bouncing all over the stacks.

Curriculum Associates - Learning Online, an Internet/activity book program which covers topics in all curriculum areas, and draws on Internet resources to enhance the lessons.

Distance Education at a Glance... - This outstanding site from the University of Idaho guides educators through all phases of developing and delivering a course at a distance. Guide topics include an Overview, Strategies for Teaching at a Distance, Instructional Development, Evaluation, Instructional Television, Instructional Audio, Computers, Print, Strategies for Learning at a Distance, Research, Interactive Videoconferencing, the Web Copyright, and a Glossary.     Grade Level:  College, Adult/Professional

Six Paths to China - Building on his original WebQuest, Searching for China, Tom March has fully revised this popular site to provide more scaffolding for student cognition and more effective use of the Internet. Tom also created "Six Paths" to China which incorporates five more Web-based activities on the topic and stands as a living example of the strategies he explored in the article Working the Web for Education . 

Tales From the Electronic Frontier - In this exceptional WestEd publication, ten teachers share "actual classroom experiences using the Internet in K-12 science and mathematics." Each story is followed by questions and issues, making this an ideal resource for teacher preservice or inservice instruction on classroom use of technology.
   Grade Level: College, Adult/Professional  Content Area(s):  Education (Teaching and Learning, Educational Technology), Technology (Internet)

American School Directory - Schools wishing to create Internet pages can use GeoSystem's Map Quest software to add maps, and free lifetime e-mail accounts are available for teachers and students.

Integrating the Internet - find primary resources, projects, a weekly newsletter, units of study, and a tutorial to help you plan projects and class homepages.

Scholastic Technology Guide - QED Education Network, a service for educators. The service offers forums where educators can debate issues, success stories including curriculum information and teaching strategies, news stories of interest to K-12 educators, a teacher registry, and offers for products and services.

The Web for Educators -- Resources for Making the Most of the Web

Levels of Technology Implementation - A Framework for Measuring Classroom Technology Use

In Search of the Giant Octopus - A research team, which traces its project's start to the clean-up of spilled oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska, has built a scientific treasure trove of information and color photos around the knowledge it gathers. Being in touch here with scientists at work lets younger students learn that the octopus takes crabs home for dinner and tosses the shells out of his den on to a midden pile, while those in the grad school can note that the biggest crab in the Octopus dofleini diet is the Telmessus cheiragonus. There is a new section (July 1997) called "On Rocky Shores" with educational projects for K-12. A sample: the "Life's a Beach" puppet show, starting Olivia Octopus.

The Roman Forum - Here is a place to learn not only all about the history, religion, daily life and major players in the Roman Forum from 100 BC to 100 AD. This Web site was created by a high school class in Hengelo, the Netherlands, and is an exhibit of excellence for what students can contribute to cyberknowledge. The students who created Roman Forum invite you to correspond with them by email. They were coached by three teachers: of Latin and Greek, of English, and of German and Computer Science.

Harnessing the Power of the Web for Classroom Use: A Tutorial

Reasons to Use the Internet in Your Classroom

Microsoft in K-12 Education

WebCT -- A tool that facilitates the creation of sophisticated World Wide Web-based educational environments

Bat Thematic Unit - Use this site to get ideas for a thematic bat unit or find a fun Halloween activity for your elementary students. Sections cover basic information, resources (web links, books, etc.), projects & activities (be sure to try the BatQuest!), art, science, conservation, literature, environment, sports, and even a Bat Quiz. Even with some sections unfinished, there is still plenty to do at this site. Created by students of CSU Hayward's Educational Technology Leadership Graduate Program. Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School Content 

The "Professional Cartoonists’ Index site" - The site includes current, updating cartoons from twenty four of the best editorial cartoonists in the world, like Pulitzer Prize winners Jeff MacNelly, Mike Luckovich, Signe Wilkinson and Mike Peters. The most compelling use of editorial cartoons is to interest students in discussions of current events. Our lesson plans include games, like scavenger hunts, tic tac toe and cartoon bingo, which engage students as they explore and interpret the symbolism in cartoons. We include all necessary pages to print out as student handouts. I’m hoping that English and Social Science teachers, who seem to make the least use of their school’s computer labs, will take advantage of our resource. There is no cost. No catch. It is kid safe and RASCi rated. Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School

Telecommunications In The Classroom: Keys to Successful Telecomputing

Answers to Commonly Asked "Primary and Secondary School Internet User"Questions - User Services Area of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) documents questions most commonly asked about the Internet by those in the primary and secondary school community, and to provide pointers to sources which answer those questions.

Hewlett Packard E-Mail Mentor program - This e-mail project facilitates mentor relationships between HP employees (worldwide) and grade 5-12 students and teachers throughout the United States. "HP employees motivate students to excel in math and science and improve communication and problem solving skills. In addition, students are encouraged by their mentors to pursue their unique interests and link these interests with their daily school experience." Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School

Welcome to the ideas page -- Teachers will want to look at this site

Project OWLink -- A collaboration between Rice University and Texas area public schools that attempts to create new models for teaching and learning with tele-distance and the Internet. Includes online lessons, resources, schools on the network, and training materials.

WEB66 - Designed to facilitate the introduction of this technology into K12 schools.

CCCnet -- Computer Curriculum Corporation, Two-way communication medium for educators

Lightspan Partnership

The Puzzle Depot - This site is devoted to "puzzles, board and logic games, skill contests and trivia as well as related books and software for recreation and K-12 education. You'll find crosswords, riddles and word puzzles, logic and strategy as well as board games." Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School  

AskERIC - Educational Resources Information Center

The Teachers' Lounge - Teacher resources

Virtual Classroom - Eastern New Mexico University



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