10 Interactive Learning Websites For Some Fun & Games With Music

10 Interactive Learning Websites For Some Fun & Games With Music

“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.”


Fascinating article, “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction”

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.

Read the full article here.

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.

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“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: Search engine for students

Twurdy is a great search tool for students, providing results from Google based on readability and age-level appropriate content.

From their about page:

“The philosophy

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.

The Goal

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.”

A Fair(y) Use Tail

“Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles.” via Standford Law School

This ties in well with a site that Fred had passed around, called “Teaching Copyright“. The course may not be applicable to your individual subject, but the content surely is!

Khan Academy

Khan Academy – utterly amazing:

“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.”

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Check it out here.

Most active MS and HS ISM blogs in 2010

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Twenty ten is only 5 weeks in, and yet there’s been a flurry of activity on some of the MS and HS WordPress blogs here at ISM. It’s wonderful to see so many teachers utilizing this tool for communication and collaboration. Here’s a quick list for some of the most active blogs thus far in 2010:

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The Top 50 Educators on Twitter to Follow in 2010

The Top 50 Educators on Twitter to Follow in 2010

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Love or hate it, Twitter is an important tool to understand, even if you don’t participate. It has become a vast resource for finding information, tips, and communication for educators around the world. Distance-Education.org has compiled a list of their top 50 education related twitter accounts:

“With the tough economic times of today and unemployment rates spiking across the world, there are scores of people making education their number one resolution for the New Year. With this in mind, we wanted to create a list of educators who are utilizing Twitter to help others reach their educational goals.

We have spent hours scouring over our followers at twitter.com/onlinecourse. We’ve examined over a thousand candidates, looking at their tweets, followers, interaction with users, the length their account has been active, the quality of the sites they link to, and even the general appeal of their tweets. And, after careful consideration we have compiled this list of the Top 50 Educators on Twitter who have made strides not only in social media, but in the classroom as well. The tweets from these educators are encouraging and provide a wide swath of resources that can help you accomplish your education resolutions this year.”