YouTube has an education section that's walled-off from its entertainment areas so districts may feel more comfortable giving teachers access.
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The school-friendly site Awesome Stories offers many prescreened, safe educational videos. One feature of news videos is a great advantage for teachers of English language learners, hearing-impaired students, and others with special needs. The Federal Trade Commission has begun requiring closed-captioning in online videos. If a school or district does allow access to YouTube, tools like these help teachers use it best:.
Veengle lets teachers create preloaded "playlists" of videos to show in class. Veengle also makes it easy to crop any video so a teacher can show only the most relevant portions. Safe Share lets anyone show a video from YouTube without showing the surrounding ads or comments.
Masher and Animoto help teachers get kids into creating videos for curriculum-related projects and presentations. Teachers who videotape student presentations and skits can use such sites to share them with schoolmates, family, and friends obtaining parent permission, of course. Students become more concerned with the quality of their writing when it's viewed by an audience besides their teacher. These strategies and web tools help develop such an audience:. Any document, including one in Microsoft Word, can be uploaded to the Internet with a free application like TxtBear.
Just click on your file and you'll receive a URL address that goes right to it. Once a teacher or student has that URL, he or she can easily share it in a variety of ways. A teacher might create a free class blog using Edublogs or Kidblogs , write a general post about what the class is studying, and have students paste the URL addresses of their written pieces on that subject to the blog as comments. Other students can comment about classmates' posts.
There are many good websites on which students can share writing they've created for class with people throughout the world—with minimal work required from the teacher. Students can post their book reviews on safe sites like Library Thing and others. The history site Timelines lets users contribute content text, photos, and videos to "timelines" of past events. People can vote on which timelines they like best, but everyone's contributions remain displayed.
Students can add their comments about current events on most online websites that feature local, national, or international news. The New York Times has a "Student Opinion" site where students 13 and older can voice their views on the news. Why not develop a sister class relationship with students in other states or countries and have kids exchange writing?
Many sites help teachers easily make such global connections for short or long-term projects. Many teachers encourage students to demonstrate their grasp of reading strategies by highlighting passages or writing in the margins of a text. Two great tools, Webklipper and Bounce , let students do this digitally with online material, using a virtual sticky note, visual marker, or drawing tool.
An online page annotated in this way can be e-mailed to someone or posted on a class blog.
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Into The Book introduces and reinforces reading strategies in an engaging, interactive way. Some sites let a user identify topics that interest him or her and then provide a continually updated, attractive display of articles on those topics, personalized to that user and readable on a computer or mobile device. Trapit , Pulse , and Muse are all excellent. I like Muse because it lets users make these "personalized newspapers" public; students can not only read what they like, but also share their favorite passages or texts with classmates—and sample what their classmates are reading.
The articles are typically generated from reputable news sources so that no inappropriate articles will show up, and this content typically isn't blocked by school content filters. Awesome Stories has a huge collection of nonfiction stories about history, film, and other topics. The website SpeEdChange shares other good online resources.
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McDougal Littell's Class Zone has animated maps, online activities, and animations—all with audio support for the text. Click on a subject and a state, and you'll be amazed at what the site offers. Nussbaum's site contains an incredible number of resources on every aspect of U. The Digital Vaults from the National Archives are filled with historical and primary source materials. Teachers and students can use these public resources to create their own poster or movie. Many textbook publishers make multilingual summaries of chapters in social studies or science textbooks available.
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Even if the textbook that you're using doesn't offer this service, summaries from similar books often help English language learners. The resources listed here should take any teacher or student even a technology novice no more than several minutes to grasp. We have the research capacity and the intellectual muscle. We have the plan, the people and the passion. With your generous support, we will create healthier communities — in our region, across our nation and around the world.
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