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Youth Privacy Educational Tools for Elementary and Secondary Students

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myprivacy, mychoice, mylife
(Also available in French)

"Young people today are sophisticated users of the Internet, using this medium with ease and enthusiasm. While the opportunities are tremendous, we want to ensure that they understand the impact that these technologies can have on their privacy, and provide them with tools and information they need to make smart decisions.

This is why we developed a video contest and teaching lessons to encourage young people to learn how to build a secure online identity so they don't put themselves at risk."


22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity

Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

"Creativity is vital for a classroom to be successful. There is a common misconception that the word "creative" has to do mostly with the arts. But being artistic is only a small part of creativity. While any classroom environment would benefit from a teacher blessed with the gift of artistic talent, creativity is many other things."



Ten careers that Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago

Preparing our students for tomorrow?

Interesting clip, especially for those working with high school students. As technology advances and society changes, careers that weren't imagined or that may have been limited to a specialized few emerge as legitimate choices. Check out these ten fields of study that hardly existed a decade ago.



Instructables - project ideas for your students

DIY projects of all kinds

Browse some of the many ideas on Instructables to get some fun and educational DIY projects for your students. You will have to be selective, and remember, not all ideas on this site are for all age groups. (You might want to try out an idea first yourself before trying it in the class.)


What Makes Project Based Learning Effective?

Musings on PBL

"Working with their friends (COLLABORATION), taking charge of their learning (OWNERSHIP), solving real problems (CRITICAL THINKING) and allowing students to create (CREATIVITY) all lead to the students learning in a FUN environment."


Get better Google search results - 5 tips

Pointers for Google Searching
(from Hongkiat )

A nice summary of some of the basic Google search techniques.


Tri-Fold Brochure with Powerpoint

Instructions to make a PPT-based flyer

If you have Powerpoint installed on your lab or class computer, you can use it to make easy, attractive flyers. Your students can use it to design and print handouts to enrich a presentation. (ie Countries Expo, Science Fair, etc)
You could even create your own template (visit link, and choose "download original" to view a sample) and students can download it and begin creating right away.


The nine elements of authentic learning

A useful model of authentic learning

Dr. Jan Herrington's (Murdoch University, Australia) work involves research and teaching in the School of Education. She presents nine elements of authentic learning that can be used to design learning environments in different educational settings. (All 9 of the clips can be viewed from this link.)

While the content is focussed on post-secondary environments, it has some application for 6-12 learning.


"drawz it" - from Tammy's Tip of the Week

Simple Online Drawing Tool

This is a relatively straightfoward contender in the online drawing world. It looks like the site has been around since 2007. The creator says "my hope is to create a powerful and easy to use web drawing tool that you can use to create and edit images, and use them all over the internet." No login is required. Rudimentary layers, a selection of stamps and shapes, fonts and sizes, and the ability to upload images or point to a URL are all welcome features.

While still in "beta" (for almost 5 years), it is an easy tool to use, and artists can easily download, email or embed their creations.

(See Tammy Worcester's Tip of the Week for more details.)


First Nations culture and music in Canada - Drums

Native Drums - Teachers Homepage

"Canadian Teachers of grades 9-12 classes can find free, downloadable, printable Teachers Resource Kits directly relating to provincial curricula. These materials are usable as is or customizable for use in the classroom, and include lesson plans, references to background materials, in-class exercises, quizzes, and grading rubrics. We hope you find these materials useful!"



Magazine for YA librarians

Voice of Youth Advocates

"(VOYA) magazine is the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading. Also viewable in digital format. Some 350 books are reviewed in each issue of VOYA, more than 2,200 per year. In addition, a growing number of online exclusive reviews appear on VOYA's website."


Read to Me & ABC

An alphabet "curriculum" for pre-K and K

Here's a home-schooling mom's blog recounting her goal to read through the alphabet with her son. Lots of activities, book suggestions and fun along the way. Some of her ideas would work quite nicely in a K class.


Youtube Collection for k-12

Clips "vetted" for K-12

Check out this collection of Youtube clips that have been flagged for K-12 classrooms. There are a number of useful resources here. (Always preview first!)


Teaching Kids to read with Starfall

Starfall - Reading Support opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.


Five efforts to innovate the concept of “library”

The Library Rethought

Here are five brave efforts innovating the concept of "the library" in ways that make it as culturally relevant today as it ever was.

Design, NYPL, Internet Archive, Library of Congress.



Locating London's Past

London's Past mapped on John Rocque's 1746 map.

"This website allows you to search a wide body of digital resources relating to early modern and eighteenth-century London, and to map the results on to a fully GIS compliant version of John Rocque's 1746 map."
Video tutorials walk your through a step by step "how to use" lesson. Great for historical study!


Global Education Streaming clips

some good videos for global ed.


Young People around the world

Videos (some in French) showing young people and how they live in various countries. Clips highlight often difficult living conditions. (Produced for World Vision - does promote World Vision projects.) Preview before using.


Language learning drills

Memrise encourages the inclusion of different ways to think about a word and pronunciation guides. It also keeps track of what you've studied, how you've performed, and what you should do to keep that knowledge from slipping away. Memrise allows for the embedding of videos, audio, images, etc. (Log in needed - create a free account.)


Flash Cards - virtually

Use your phone or ipod to study!
A mobile device that's already flash card sized can be a great solution for drilling.

Apps like gFlash do a great job of turning a Google docs spreadsheet into a study aid on the go.

There's also a number of sites that crowdsource knowledge sets, like the popular Quizlet, which has both mobile and web-based applications and user-generated flash cards for a wide range of topics.


eSchool News 2011 Year in Review

End-of-year publication from eSchool News!

Here's an early holiday gift from the publisher of eSchool News: A look at the top educational technology stories of 2011.

Inside this publication:                        
  • How "Bring Your Own Device" spells salvation to budget-punished schools 
  • Why iPads have turbocharged the digital textbook revolution     
  • Why new web-search formulas could have a profound effect on students and society                
  • How teachers are turning learning upside-down--with promising results   
  • Why new research could encourage the growth of 3D learning in classrooms                                                        

K-12 Conference on iTunes U

The K-12 Online Conference Video Presentations

"The K-12 Online Conference is a free, online, annual professional development conference offering asynchronous and synchronous opportunities for educators around the globe to share innovative ways web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. The conference takes place in the Fall each year, and generally includes four different strands to represent multiple perspectives: getting started, classroom implementation, leadership and strategies for more advanced users. Student voices are included throughout the presentations."


The Basic Elements of an Avalanche

How Do Avalanches Form? Grades 6-12
"Consider what factors combine to create this dramatic, destructive force of nature. Join an avalanche forecaster as he completes his daily field observations and evaluates the risk. - There are two basic elements to an avalanche: a steep, snow-covered slope and a trigger that causes a weak layer within the snow pack to collapse. This video segment adapted from NOVA reveals that the shape of the ice crystals of snowflakes within a snow pack is also a critical factor."

(You can sign in to create a free account, or use this as one of your 3 free views.)