Visual Literacy

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:

Have fun exploring!

 

 

 

 

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Infographics

Infographics are very popular in media today; they show information in a unique, interesting, informative way. There are many sites that allow you to create infographics, like visual.ly, and some have a database of infographics, like Daily Infographic. THIS IS NOT a site to send students to! But there are some really interesting infographics there for you to look at and choose to use with your students.

Here is one example of an infographic:

The World as 100 People

How could you use this in your classroom? What other types of infographics would you like to see?

Online Lessons and Projects

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.

1. Thinkfinity

  • Keyword SearchThinkfinity Keyword Search
  • Standard SearchThinkfinity Standards Interface

2. Zooniverse – Real Science Online

  • Choose a Science Topic to see projects.

zooniverse screen capture

3. Discovery Education Lesson Plan Library

  • Browse the library in different ways.
    Discovery Lesson Plan Library

4. McRel Lesson Plans

  • Choose Subject AreaMcRel 1
  • Choose Lesson Plan LibraryMcRel 2
  • Browse Lessons (Labeled by Grade level) McRel 3

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.

Elementary Math and Technology

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:

Math Tools:

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.)

Meeting the Standards with Technology

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.

Communication and Collaboration

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….

Wall Wisher

wall wisher

http://www.wallwisher.com/embed/mainelyintegration

Team Box

teambox

Video Tutorials

Mainely Integration Team Box

Twiddla

Twiddle this page!

VRoom/BlackBoard Collaborate

Intro Video

Recorded Demos

Learn Central (Register for a free VRoom)

Voice Thread

voice thread

Sample Voice Thread

Ideas for Using Voice Thread

Prezi

prezi

Learn About Prezi

Sample MATH Prezi

Glogster

glogster

Sample History Glog

Glogster EDU Pricing Chart

Technology & Math/Science

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….

The Buffet:

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 Tools:

Science Tools:

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!