Friday, May 11, 2012

Tech Tuesday for May 15

Happy Tech Tuesday everyone. I have some great resources to share with all of you, so let's get to it.

US Govt Educator

Here is a great blog that also has links to World History and US History. Some of the information is cross posted on the three sites, but the sites come highly recommended by Mrs. Nardone at Grosse Pointe South, so I promised her I would share with the rest of you.

It's been a while since I've been in Social Studies, but these blogs have many great resources for teachers looking to engage their students in many different ways. These blogs are worth saving on your computer to view when you have some free time. There are great ideas that might be perfect for you to use next year.

Google Scholar

Here is a great site that teachers might need as they work on advanced degrees or students could use for their research papers. Google Scholar is a search engine that allows you to search scholarly papers. Seems pretty simple because it is. The link at the top takes you to a site that explains how it works and provides a link to Google Scholar. This is just another awesome tool for teachers to add to their tool belt.

Little Alchemy

This is a little fun site that would work on your SmartBoard. It will come up blocked for students, so you will need to access it from your teacher station. Using Fire, Wind, Water and Earth, you can create 270 objects. Your job is to find all 270 different combos. I played for a little bit and it's fun. I could see this being used in Science classes across the district. Check it out.

Social Media for Administrators

Do not let the title fool you, this is really for everyone. Our district has passed new policy regarding the user of Social Media. Students are using it. Parents are using it. Businesses are using it. Schools need to be using it. These blog posts were put together by my friend George Couros. Although Canadian (kidding), he is an expert in educational technology and these posts are worth reading as we enter the Social Media age in Grosse Pointe Pubic Schools.

Give these tools a try!

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