Not only does Commoncraft have great instructional videos for learning about social networking tools, but they are also available in a number of languages! Learn about Twitter in French, or Spanish. Great for language teachers.
"Info on what your representatives are doing in Ottawa can be hard to find and use. We're trying to make it easy. Browse MPs, or find someone quickly by entering a name or postal code above. See what your representatives are saying, and what laws they're proposing."
This is a very interesting site for Secondary Socials Studies teachers, as well as anyone who wants to be better informed about the actions of our federal government and our representatives. Users can enter their postal code to see who their MP is. This allows you to view votes, statements and press sightings. There are also links to the official government site that gives email addresses and individual website URLs.
Looking for ways to invite "far-flung" authors to your school? How about arranging a "Virtual Author Visits" to Your Library or Classroom. This site offers directions for Authors and directions for Teachers & Librarians: http://skypeanauthor.wetpaint.com/
"The mission of the Skype an Author Network is to provide K-12 teachers and librarians with a way to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual visits."
"At Film Education, we believe that film is a powerful tool that can help learners understand and access their world and other worlds – real and imagined. Part of our remit is to encourage young people to learn by viewing, and to be critical consumers of what they see: an ability to appreciate and analyse film is an empowering skill and one that is increasingly important for young people.
The combination of sound and moving image in film provides a unique means of accessing settings, subject matter and styles that might otherwise prove difficult to comprehend. The perspectives offered by the camera lens also provoke reaction and response: elation or disquiet; sympathy or indignation; wonderment or comprehension – and, more importantly, a desire to find out more."
This site allows the visitor to click on any of the short video clips to create a "jam session" in the key of B flat. This could be a great project for a Music Composotion and Technology class to recreate, or even used as a way to illustrate musical improvisation for students.
Try it yourself, and forward this to your music teacher!
"Amidst the doom and gloom these days about librarians and other educators being devalued and discarded, this story was a bright moment. So few people know how many times we do this type of thing..." Steve Patnode.