“learning music is often recommended for developing creative intelligence. The ability to sense and visualize the world comes naturally from a deep appreciation of the arts.
Playing interactive musical games on the web could be a stepping stone to find out if your child has an ability for music. If the enthusiasm to learn about music is there, deciding on a more specific musical education becomes easy. Leaving aside all these serious thoughts on musical education, let’s also note that music is great fun. In tune or out of it, it is a way of self expression. Play on these ten interactive learning websites that feature fun and games with music.”
Here’s a website which has some Free Children’s Story Audio Books
Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010
“Compiled on 17 October 2010
from 545 contributions from
learning professionals worldwide”
- Google Docs
The following article from NYT, “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction” is an important read for any educator or parent. It raises some interesting questions about how the current generation manages so many digital distractions, and how this could be beneficial or detrimental to their learning.
Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.
Researchers say the lure of these technologies, while it affects adults too, is particularly powerful for young people. The risk, they say, is that developing brains can become more easily habituated than adult brains to constantly switching tasks — and less able to sustain attention.
“Their brains are rewarded not for staying on task but for jumping to the next thing,” said Michael Rich, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and executive director of the Center on Media and Child Health in Boston. And the effects could linger: “The worry is we’re raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently.”
But even as some parents and educators express unease about students’ digital diets, they are intensifying efforts to use technology in the classroom, seeing it as a way to connect with students and give them essential skills. Across the country, schools are equipping themselves with computers, Internet access and mobile devices so they can teach on the students’ technological territory.
Twurdy is a great search tool for students, providing results from Google based on readability and age-level appropriate content.
From their about page:
Everyone has different reading abilities. Some people searching the web are university professors and others are 5 year old children. Twurdy has been created to provide people with access to search results that suit their own readability level.
What does it do?
Twurdy uses text analysis software to “read” each page before it is displayed in the results. Then Twurdy gives each page a readability level. Twurdy then shows the readability level of the page along with a color coded system to help users determine how easy the page will be to understand.
Twurdy’s goal is to provide web searchers with information that is most appropriate for them. This will mean that 10 year olds doing school assignments don’t have to click through difficult material to find something they can use. It will also mean that phd students do not have to click through websites designed for kids in order to find what they are looking for.”
How many of you have considered using Skype during your lessons? Having conversations with people, outside of ISM, is a great way to enhance your lessons. I’m sure you can think of something in your curriculum that could be enhanced through a Skype conversation.
Need some ideas on how you can use Skype in your classroom?
Now, you just have to find someone to Skype. The links below will help.
- Skype Education Blog– Join a free directory that connects teachers and helps them use Skype to enrich students’ educational experience.
- Skype an Author– Do your students have questions that they would like to ask an Author? This site allows you to find an Author who is willing to talk to your class. It is free if the conversation is less than 15 minutes.
- Skype in the Classroom – a Ning community of educators looking to make connections
- Around the World in 80 Schools– help this teacher make connections with other schools around the world
- The EduSkypers Phonebook
- Skype for Educators– bring experts into your room
- Connect with other Classrooms –participants listed by country
- ePals– join collaborative projects and connect via Skype
If you need any assistance in setting up a Skype call, be sure to contact the integrator in your division and they will be happy to help.
Okay, the Bowie reference makes me very old indeed, but this video will show you how to change your Display Name and upload a new avatar in under 2 minutes..
How could these type of technologies impact education in the near future? What will the classroom of 2020 look like? Five years ago, there was no iPhone, Touch, iPad. What will exist five years from now? How will these technologies enhance education or challenge the integration of technology into an existing curriculum?
“With over 1600 videos, it is easily the most exhaustive collection of instruction on the Internet allowing learners to know that they can fill in almost any of their “gaps” with the content on this site. The content is made in digestible 10-20 minute chunks especially purposed for viewing on the computer as opposed to being a longer video of a conventional “physical” lecture.”
“The Khan Academy is all about using video to explain the world, so what better way to explain the Khan Academy than through videos. If you watch four or five of the videos below, you should have a pretty good idea of how we got started and how we hope to empower everyone, everywhere with a free, world-class education.”
Here’s a great wiki full of resources, links, and ideas for Science teachers: http://ict-in-science-education.wikispaces.com/