From wonder into wonder; existence opens. Lao Tzu
This is one of my favourite quotes and the basis for this fabulous website. Simply provide your email address and Wonderopolis will send a Daily Wonder to your inbox or use the search box and find topics that are relevant to your immediate program.
The site has great media links, vocabulary activities, reads the text to your students and even has extension activities. As well you can develop that skill of creating big questions & see ways to explore topics! An easy way to bring more non-fiction and media literacy directly into your classroom...for free!
This is a book shelf of Halloween themed books that are available in our library and within the forum of Biblionasium. This site is the Goodreads or Shelfari of elementary schools their students. There is even a Parent Letter ready for you, if you wish to use it.
Like BitStrips it allows you to create a classroom with individual student accounts and gives you and your students a place to track and share reading, as well as challenge your students. They can even create online Readling Logs for the year with a click on a book title, but don't read what I have to say, listen to Mr. Banks, a third grade teacher, tell you all the details of your FREE educator account. Make sure you click on him! Engage your students and create "Book Buzz" around your classroom and in the homes of your students.
Okay...this isn't a website, but I was asking Tim Ralph about online platforms for video editing programs and he assured me that with Windows 7 and the updated version, we can use Movie Maker in our schools with confidence. Our students, especially our boys, will love creating book trailers, advertisements, newscasts and more with videos, images and music. Just follow our fairly easy, updated Copyright Guidelines and you'll be rocking and rolling with this. Out with the XP diva version of Movie Maker, which was demanding and never performed properly, and in with the new!
If you want a place for students to share images, ideas, information or quotes on an online forum open to laptops, desktops, phones, iPods & more then Lino is for you. It's scary how easy this can be. (Bad connection...I know!)
Simply create the site and drop it on your students' desktops in the icon you created with Teacher Tools or connect it through Reach/Moodle so all your students can access it from whatever device they are using.
In fact, click on my Which Site Do You Like? Lino right now and let me know if there is a site you'd like help exploring or implementing into your classroom programming! Just click on a sticky in the top right corner & talk to me. I'd love to work with you...