I can’t speak for all of you, but my week has flown by. Best of all, we get back from one vacation and turn around and have another. Teaching is a fine profession indeed.
I thought I would pass a couple of sites and other assorted tech related things your way for your leisurely perusal. These sites were also posted on the Tek Tok Blog.
**April Fools’ Day
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**Did you know SAS has its own iPhone App? It’s true, you can download it for your iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device here:
**Firefox 4 is out and available for downloads. In fact, it just set a record for most downloads in a day. You can read about it and download the new version if you would like here:
Giggle Poetry, as the name suggest, approaches poetry with a sense of humor. Poems from Bruce Lansky and other poets are archived for students to enjoy reading or to use as examples. Included are fill-in-the-blank poems, poetry contests, favorite poems, school poems, and more. Teachers will love the easy-to-follow instructions for writing limericks, nursery rhymes, and list poems. These could be used as a supplement to the writing curriculum. The site also provides poems to read and rate whether they should be published. A special Poetry Teachers section includes information on how to teach students to write poetry, poetry that students can perform in class, and fun activities to involve students. This site is sure to put a smile on your face and a giggle in your heart.
**Reading Remedies is for teachers (and especially parents) to use to diagnose potential reading difficulty and support beginning readers. There are quick assessments provided in six reading areas (rhyming, blending, segmenting, sight words, word attack, and fluency) and then followup activities for teaching each skill. The app has been featured in the New and Noteworthy education section of iTunes since it was released last Thursday.
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**Decimal Place Value Pirates
Get ready for some rip-roaring adventure as your students conquer these pirates, using their knowledge of place value. The timer’s on, and students will have to correctly identify ones, hundredths, tens, tenths, etc. in order to move ahead.
**Escape from KNAB
Students find themselves on planet Knab in this online math game, where they must save points to buy their return tickets to Earth. Budgeting is a going concern with this game, great for some practical financial skills for seniors – and for high school students in general.
A famous quote awaits – but first you have to solve the cryptogram!
Students of all ages will set their claws into this math site and spend many hours exploring math concepts in these activities. This is not your typical drill-and-practice math site; rather, it is one that encourages exploration and creativity and shows students that math can be fun. Activities cover everything from the simple concepts of addition and subtraction to the more complex concepts of probability, statistics, and geometry. Students can explore shapes and patterns in the art gallery, design spirographs, manipulate animations, send in their story problems for publication, and much more. The crafts section offers ideas and suggestions for students to explore geometry. Math Cats Love MicroWorlds is full of interactive explorations that will increase the student’s knowledge of such concepts as probability, symmetry, and polygons. The “4 Older Cats” (parents and teachers) section offers an idea bank of math activities submitted by teachers.
“Mathcasts are screencasts (screen movies) which are created and shared to improve the learning and teaching of mathematics.” Narration is combined with screen writing to demonstrate a variety of mathematical concepts. This site contains a collection of mathcasts that have been submitted by teachers, students, professionals, and children. Both teachers and students of grades four through twelve will find these useful in demonstrating and understanding mathematical concepts. Topics include everything from reading and writing whole numbers to calculus. Information on how these may be used in the classroom is available as well as information on how users can create their own mathcasts.
That should just about do it for this week. Happy Friday.