Wonderful Wednesday Weblinks

Hi everyone,

I hope those of you involved with NAPLAN have not found the week so far too stressful and that your students have and will make it through to the end of the week.  Welcome to this week’s crop of weblinks.

Favourite of the week:  General knowledge/Geography/Equity/Social Justice.

This is a fabulous way of looking at countries  from a different perspective.  You could also use this as a quiz with your class and then show them the answers. Might surprise some.

Web Tools for Teachers by Type:  Just click on any of the buttons in the top of the page and another toolbar pops up underneath with more buttons.  I can probably stop doing WW weblinks  after this.  Fantastic one to bookmark.

This is a great website involving students in online quizzes accessed via the internet to cover any subject.  Some quizzes  are already made up, or you can make up your own.  There are clues and step by step guides on how to set up a quiz using this simple free program.  Looks quite good.

iPads and field trips.  Whilst I believe this field trip was done with the primary setting in mind, it could be equally well adapted to a senior field trip with some tweaking. 

I’m including this as I know some classes are looking at documentaries this term.  It looks interesting in the context of genocide and bullying and how they are often linked.  Teachers would have to go further than this weblink to access the documentary but if it looks like it might be interesting, then I can investigate further for you.

Concerns over Google Drive and privacy regarding content and ownership.

This is an absolute cornucopia of  fascinating science ideas  and snippets.  Something for everyone!  Your students may be interested in the article about the effects of sugar on the brain.  I’m passing this onto my kids.

A reminder for those of us with Twitter accounts to remember to spring clean our accounts.

100 ways to use Twitter in the Classroom.  This is another repeat, but sometimes people have different needs at different times, so I thought I’d include this one again.

Useful Twitter hashtags for teachers.

If you have any students studying the Incas and they need some interactive help, then try this.

Online learning which looks quite interesting.  The first one is free and may be handy for any of you new to Web 2.0 tools.

Especially for our Special Needs Teachers.  This is a pinterest pinboard of all things to help any students with special needs.

Read Write Think.  A reminder for teachers about this great resource.  This link goes directly to Year 12 lesson plans, but you can hit the left-hand side tool bar to find any year level for lesson ideas.  Wonderful site.

I know Japanese is the language taught here, but just in case there are some staff interested in other languages, this could be useful

The teaching channel has heaps of videos with great ideas for teaching different subjects at different year levels.

PROFESSIONAL READING/VIEWING:

Michael Fullan speaking for 5 mins on What Doesn’t Work in School Reform

Handy for anyone wanting to link technology to Blooms  taxonomy.

David Jaffe has an interesting take on studying for exams or not as the case may be.

Interesting article that counters the argument for explicit instruction.  Maybe it would be great if all students came with a label denoting what works best for them!

Finally, the thought for the week is:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive.  And then go and do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Harold Whitman

Cheers and have a fabulous week,

 

Linda

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