Monday, November 22, 2010

Better Research Results

I can be very difficult for students to digest all of the information that they see while researching.  Here is a Slideshare presentation by a couple of folks at SweetSearch that might help out.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Timelines Made Easy

Timetoast is a site that I just have recently taken the time to explore.  I have found that it is extremely user friendly.  Timetoast allows for creating of new timelines, exploring new timelines created by others, and searching by category.  Users can also include links and images that might be associated with the events in their timeline.  Here is a link to a timeline that shows technology over time.  Uses in the classroom are endless, especially when relating to social studies/history.  Also, embedding is easy with the share feature that is shown right below your finished timeline.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Shelfari...and a Few Alternatives!

I am sure that many of you have either used, or heard of Shelfari.   Shelfari is a social netoworking site for book lovers.  You can search for books on the site by subject, series, author, etc.  Currently my 6th grade class is compiling a list of "must reads" for other sixth grade students.  They are extremely excited to share their book list on Shelfari.  If you have checked out Shelfari and don't find it to your liking there are some alternatives.
22Books is a site similar to Shelfari in that you can create and share your own book lists.  Your lists can be shared via link or embedding code.  Users can also browse lists that have already been created. 
Goodreads is similar to Shelfair and 22Books.  You can create your own book list, explore video, author bios, and have discussions with other.  Goodreads also has an option for taking pre-made quizzes.  This might be useful to challenge the knowledge of the readers in your class.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Power Points Galore!

Today I came across Pete's Power Point Station.  This site provides educators and students alike with a huge varity of links, ppt's, images, etc. to use in the classroom.  There are more than 1,800 topics listed!  Most of the power points that I found were of good quality.  Some may need a little tweeking.  It's definitely worth browsing when you have a spare moment.