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100 Free Web Tools for Elementary Teachers — Polar Mammals — Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears

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Top 50 Elementary Teacher Blogs

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Our Top 50 Elementary Teacher Blogs feature the best blogs by elementary teachers that provide insights, inspiration, and ideas for teachers.
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321 Free Tools for Teachers - Free Educational ...

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Would you be interested in the ultimate list of free tools for teachers? At the following post you will found 321 Free Tools for Teachers separated in 18 educational technology categories. Enjoy!
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Save Time. Plan online with VolunteerSpot Today!

Save Time. Plan online with VolunteerSpot Today! | Elementary Education Tools | Scoop.it
Save time (and stress) and say goodbye to reply-all emails! Plan online with VolunteerSpot's FREE, easy signups and scheduling. Great for school, nonprofits, teams, faith groups, workplace and more!
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Radio WillowWeb

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Preview and download the podcast Radio WillowWeb on iTunes. Read episode descriptions and customer reviews.

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Brianna Watson's curator insight, March 5, 2013 9:06 PM

Love the fact that the children are the ones that are discussing the different topics.  

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Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips | Elementary Education Tools | Scoop.it

"Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many national parks and museums have apps designed for onsite visitors. These navigational tools are also great for classrooms who can't make the trip. In fact, a variety of free apps can be used as virtual field trips so that children can travel the world from your classroom!"


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Blake Fetty's curator insight, September 3, 2013 2:42 AM

Could be awesome for task-based learning... "Voy a tomar un viaje a... vamos a.... etc..."

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“The most powerful and positive learning outcomes occur in those contexts where students’ knowledge and interest are well matched to the nature of the learning task” (McInerney & McInerney, 2010, pp. 104-5). Resources for younger children need to be meaningful but something which they can access easily. My idea for this resource is to use the Sphere 360° Photography App to virtually explore where the students’ families are from. Firstly, the teacher would need to ask the students where they were born, because it is highly relevant and students tend to be more engaged when learning is about them.  Then open up the discussion to include where parents and grandparents were born; which town/city and especially which country they were born in. It doesn’t matter if they children are incorrect or are unsure of where their parents/grandparents are born because the focus of this exercise is to discuss different places in the world families have come from. It could be a good idea to write down the names of students, which family member and where they were born (i.e. Gregory- Grandmother, Switzerland). This gives the students some vocabulary relating to place and family which they can refer back to. This discussion is necessary to get the students thinking and engaged.  Use the app to “visit” these countries, inform the students that they are going on an overseas trip to where their mother/father/grandfather/grandmother/etc. were born!

 

McInerney, D.M. & McInerney, V. (2010). Educational psychology: Constructing learning. (5th ed.). Sydney: Pearson Education Australia.

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ICT continues to be a growing medium in the pedagogical toolbox of teachers. Johnson and Gilbert (in Gilbert & Hoepper. 2014) agree in stating that 'ICT provide unprecedented opportunities for engaging students in learning in new ways' (p158). They further this notion by stating that ICT resources enable teachers 'to do things that are not otherwise possible and leading to better teaching' (p158).

 

This resource (with particular attention to Sphere) could be incorporated with an IWB that supports AirPlay (or any software the supports mirroring of iPads) for the teacher to display photographs of different countries, cities and even homes both around the world, including right here in Australia. The teacher can connect with the homes and origins of the children and their families which will make learning personal and engaging for the students. This will make the task authentic and learning meaningful for them. Motivation and engagement with tasks has been shown to increase when it is interesting or enjoyable for the individual (Ryan & Deci. 2000). Whilst viewing an image, students are provided with an opportunity 'to discuss their own family, including family members, household tasks and what adult members do for children' (Board of Studies, NSW. 1999. p31). The students can also be given opportunity to talk about their heritage, and whether they have history of migration to Australia in their family or even just simply talk about the changes in their neighbourhood or if they have ever moved house.

 

Use of the ICT technology can create some excitement and engagement around a simple activity such as talking about their home and their heritage.

 

 

 

Board of Studies, NSW (1999). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 units of work.

Sydney: B.O.S. Retrieved from http://k6.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/1419e875-2290-415f-8add-7440c5ff3188/k6hsie_unitsofwork.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

 

Johnson, N.F. & Gilbert. (2014). Using information and communication technologies. In Gilbert, R. & Hoepper. B. (2014). Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences. History, Geography, Economics and Citizenship in the Australian Curriculum. Fifth Edition. Melbourne: Cengage. (Chapter 8).

 

Ryan, R.M., & Deci, E.L. (2000) Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation: Classic definitions and new directions. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 25, 54-67.

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8 New Great Educational Web tools for Teachers ~ Educational ...

8 New Great Educational Web tools for Teachers ~ Educational ... | Elementary Education Tools | Scoop.it
I haven't posted in the section "educational web tools " for a couple of months now but I know most of you were away for the summer anyway. However, the curation and bokmarking process of new educational websites I come across in my ...
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Book Adventure | Free Reading Program

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Read, click, and win with Book Adventure – a free, motivational reading program available to children in grades K-8.
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Classroom Technology News | Educational Apps | Bloom's Taxonomy | techlearning.com

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The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.
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Elementary Education Blog | Diary of a Public School Teacher!

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Posts about Elementary Education Blog written by Oldschoolteach
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WatchKnowLearn - Free K-12 educational videos

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Free K-12 educational videos … organized. Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory. Organized, reviewed, rated, and described by teachers. Ideal as a supplement to a curriculum or for independent study.
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Fun Games for Kids | Free 3D Games Online | JumpStart

Fun Games for Kids | Free 3D Games Online | JumpStart | Elementary Education Tools | Scoop.it
JumpStart 3D Virtual World is an adventure based learning game for kids. Kids can learn, play and socialize in this safe and secure environment filled with fun.
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Sea Turtle Conservancy :: Saving Sea Turtles since 1959

Sea Turtle Conservancy :: Saving Sea Turtles since 1959 | Elementary Education Tools | Scoop.it
Sea Turtle Conservancy, formally known as Caribbean Conservation Corporation, is dedicated to protecting sea turtles through research, education, advocacy and protection of their habitats. Support STC and adopt a sea turtle.
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10 Wonderful Virtual Field Trips for your Students

10 Wonderful Virtual Field Trips for your Students | Elementary Education Tools | Scoop.it

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Pandas Live

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In collaboration with the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, CNTV has set up 28 cameras in five parts of the base, capturing the true life of these lovely pandas.

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