Students can develop transferrable knowledge and skills as they engage in learning experiences that require them to construct knowledge. In order to facilitate these types of deep learning experiences, an adjustment in traditional instructional practices is necessary.
In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it’s a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests.
What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions?
Levels: elementary to advanced. Ages: kids; teens; adults. Type: quite a few uses for the famous word cloud generator, and some links to many more. Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing; pronunciation.
Twurdy is actually based on Google, but it analyses Google results for readability, so it can help you to find more lower level texts for learners without you having to read through every result from Google to see if it's simple enough.
I know what you’re thinking... How can I join my love of ABBA with Henry VIII? At this site two history teachers sing about history topics to the tunes of pop classics. See the lyrics, hear the songs and watch the YouTube videos - http://youtube.com/user/historyteachers. It's a quirky, fun way to introduce history topics.
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