My last post dealt with infographics. That is one type of image that students will come across as they navigate on the web. What else is out there that we should be preparing our students to recognize? Here are 10 sites (articles, lists of resources, tools) to help you teach visual literacy:
A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods – I’ve shared this with you before, but I continue to be amazed by the amount of information in this graphic.
The Visual Literacy Toolbox from the University of Maryland has some interesting online activities – From reading political cartoons to creating a map of a Utopian Society by clicking and dragging certain elements in the SimUtopia app.
Demographics and Deception Learn how maps and statistics can be used to persuade you. Many articles like this can be found at the Learn NC site by searching for visual literacy.
Concept Mapping/Mind Mapping is an important skill for our students, and so is collaboration. Mind Meister and Mindomo allow for collaborative mind mapping. (Here’s an example of a Mindomo on Information Literacy.)
Stairs to visual excellence
Do you like Wordle? Check out this blog post with some tips, tools, and alternatives for word clouds.
Have fun exploring!
Busy as a bee? Busy as a beaver? How about busy as a teacher? Meeting the demands that are placed on today’s classroom teacher are nearly impossible given there are only 24 hours in each day. Teachers need lessons that align to standards, meet the needs of diverse learners, and fit in with the culture of the classroom and school. There are several databases of lessons that allow teachers to search based on multiple factors including content, type of activity, and length of lesson. Let’s look at the interface for four of these sites.
- Keyword Search
- Standard Search
2. Zooniverse – Real Science Online
- Choose a Science Topic to see projects.
3. Discovery Education Lesson Plan Library
- Browse the library in different ways.
4. McRel Lesson Plans
- Choose Subject Area
- Choose Lesson Plan Library
- Browse Lessons (Labeled by Grade level)
5. PhET – Free Physics, Chemistry and Math Applets
6. eThemes – My first choice for finding online resources!! These resources are age appropriate, the content has been checked for accuracy, and the pages have been checked three links deep. You can also request to have an eTheme created for your specific topic.
Complete lessons or online tools – math and technology go hand in hand. Here are resources to help you integrate technology into your classroom so you can help your students meet the math standards.
Databases of Math Lessons:
- Discovery Education – Online Database of Math Lesson Plans for grades K-5
- Skill Builders – Select grade level and subject to find web resources
- Illuminations Lesson Plans – Choose grade range and content standard
- Gail Holmes set up a table for each grade level that matches CCSS with web resources. Great site!
SHHHH…..Secret Search Tip:
- Delicious – Online Social Bookmarking Site (A Search on this site brings back results that other people have looked at and decided they wanted in their bookmark list.)
Have you seen the current model for tech integration for Mt. Blue RSD? How can we manage these and get our students to meet our curriculum standards too? The answer is in the question. We want the best of both worlds – and that’s the idea behind technology integration. Here are some sites to get you started with meeting the common core using technology –
Gail Holmes matches online tools with CCSS standards in this wiki. Each subject area and grade level are represented in this resourceful web site.
A Guide to Aligning the Common Core State Standards with the Framework for 21st Century Skills – 48 page PDF, with great examples of lessons that meet both sets of standards.
Woodstock Schools K-5 Framework for Integrating Technology. Activities and Links matched to CCSS – includes list of equipment needed and different levels of integration example lessons.
50 Ways to use a Document Camera in your classroom! Learn about the Point 2 View Document Camera here.
What is a Bamboo Slate and why would I want one? Read this blog post to find the answer.
Here is a smattering of communication/collaboration tools that we will review with you. The session is only an hour long, so we will be moving pretty fast. Follow along with the links below, or sit back, take notes, and check out the links later – your choice. Comment below to let us know what resonated with you so that we can delve deeper into that part in a future session! Enjoy….
Mainely Integration Team Box
Learn Central (Register for a free VRoom)
Sample Voice Thread
Ideas for Using Voice Thread
Learn About Prezi
Sample MATH Prezi
Sample History Glog
Glogster EDU Pricing Chart
Here is a smattering of math/science tools that we will review with you. The session is only an hour long, so we will be moving pretty fast. Follow along with the links below, or sit back, take notes, and check out the links later – your choice. Let us know what resonated with you so that we can delve deeper into that part in a future session! Enjoy….
Before the Lesson:
Delicious – Online Social Bookmarking Site (Try searching on this site!!)
Discovery Education – Online Database of Lesson Plans & Teacher Resources for grades 9-12
Illuminations Lesson Plans – Math
Science Net Links – Click the “Filter Your Search” button below the search box.
During the Lesson:
Math, Physics and Engineering Java Applets
After the Lesson:
Follow up Video Lessons:
- Hippocampus – Online curriculum for Math and Science – Set up your classes
Comment on this post to let us know what you would like for a main course!