Monday, November 23, 2009

Need an App?

I needed ideas for a book project our 7th graders are doing, and none of my usual line-up--Animoto, VoiceThread,ToonDoo, etc.--would work. So I posted asking for ideas on LM-Net. 800 emails later, I found a "cool" link--cool tools for school that gathers many of the Web 2.0 apps into one well-organized wiki.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

What in the World?

I'm attending the Model U.N conference at Brown this weekend, and found a wonderful resource for teaching global issues: Choices.

Created by the Watson Institute for International Studies, the program offers curriculum units on topics ranging from global environment and nuclear weapons to historical hot points such Weimar Germany and the rise of Hitler. Each unit includes lesson plans and primary source documents as well as engaging interactive role-plays. Units are available as books or pdf downloads, and are pretty reasonably priced.

Even if your budget is strapped, the website offers an exciting collection of video resources--scholars online--that are short, informative and excellent for classroom use and discussion. All you need to do is create a free account.

You'll also find supplemental materials and teaching tools. Well worth checking out!

As educators, we have almost a moral imperative to move students beyond an ethno-centric view of the world to a more global perspective. These resources help make that an easier task.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Want a Google Wave Invite?

At last, I am finally on Google Wave. I will work with it today and blog about it later this week.

In the meantime, I have some GW invitations I will give to the first five people who ask. Just send me your email address.

Here's a quick explanatory video

Or here's the official, 7 minute intro

Weighty Issues in YA Lit

This thoughtful post by Elizabeth Bluemle on the depiction of fat kids/people in books is a must read for everyone.