The Kitchen Pantry Scientist

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The Kitchen Pantry Scientist is a great site for quick and easy science experiments. The site is created by Liz Heinecke. The Kitchen Pantry Scientist offers experiments covering biology, chemistry, food, and even physics. Along with the experiment instructions, a video or pictures are included to help explain how the experiment works. The Kitchen Pantry Scientist posted an experiment on how to make film cannister rockets. Not only are detailed instructions offered but the following video accompanies the instructions:

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist not only offers fun, simple experiment ideas, but hot topics of science in the news is also an option on this site, along with the “The World Around Us”, and a video library.

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist has been created for teaching kids about science with simple easy things we have around our households. The Kitchen Pantry Scientist would be a fabulous resource for the elementary science class. A special thanks to Larry Ferlazzofor introducing me to this site.

Youngzine

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Youngzine is an online source of news, sports and entertainment for elementary age kids. Students will find stories that interest them, as well as videos to watch. The news stories provided by Youngzine contain a Google map that placemarks where the story is taking place so that students can place visually place a story on a map. Youngzine offers students the chance to read about current events and news shaping stories written specifically with young kids in mind. The Youngzine material is engaging and interactive.

Youngzine not only offers articles on world and current events but you can also find articles on science, technology, earth, society, and art. Youngzine also offers a students a fun place to play games, watch videos and read funny, engaging comic strips.

Teachers are can register their classes with Youngzine. With class registration not only are student reading the material but they can begin to interact with the materials as well. Students can post comments on articles, rate articles, and participate in class discussions online created by the teacher.

Youngzine is a safe site. The creators work hard to maintian that safe reputation by keeping the material appropriate and on age level. Youngzine can be a great resource to compliment the academic material that you are presenting in your class. It is definitely worth checking out.

WatchKnowLearn – Free Videos

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WatchKnowLearn is a great site with thousands and thousands of free videos organized into a directory categorized into subject areas. All videos included in this directory were based on teacher suggestions. All videos include titles, descriptions, age level suggestions, and ratings. WatchKnowLearn resources include videos from YouTube, Google, Hulu, National Geographic, and various other sites.

WatchKnowLearn offers high quality videos that are kid safe. The videos cover all subject areas covering grades PreK to 12. WatchKnowLearn requires no registration and is free to teachers for classroom use and to students for home use.

WatchKnowLearn is definitively worth spending time and finding the perfect videos.

Pics4Learning

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Pics4Learning offers copyright friendly images for educational use. Pics4Learning allows teachers and students to use images found on its site for any type of multimedia projects for educational purposes.

Pics4Learning has thousands of images that have been indexed and sorted for more efficient use. Each image from Pics4Learning contains all the information needed for appropriate citation as well. All the photographers, while retaining the rights to their work, have allowed the use of their photos through this collection. Pics4Learningis definitely a resource to have for you classroom.

Starfall

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Starfall is a wonderful website for young and/or struggling readers. Starfall is free and promotes reading with phonics and phonemic awareness. This site is designed for students in Pre-K through second grades, as well as students in special education and English language learners.

Starfall begins with the basics of letters and their sounds. Starfall names the letters and their sounds so that beginner readers can see and hear the letter. Starfall then associates the letter with a word that begins with the letter. Students are able to practice hearing and reading words with the letter sounds they are working on. The practice is fun for the kids and Starfall provides positive feedback for the readers!

Starfall then moves on to making words to match prictures, reading sentences, and short stories all the while engaging the reader with bright and fun images and providing positive feedback. Starfall is self-directed so that students are able to move at their own pace. Starfall also offers printable materials to help practice writing letters and to reinforce letters that readers are currently learning.

Starfall is definitely a site worth checking out.

How Many Words Do You Know?

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How many words do you know? Would you like to find out? Then Word Dynamo is for you!

Word Dynamo is an excellent game site from Dictionary.com . Word Dynamo is a fun way to enhance vocabulary skills. First, Word Dynamo has the user answer 10 questions to obtain a word score, and then the fun begins!

If an account is created in Word Dynamo then the user receives a customized homepage so that personal progress can be tracked. Word Dynamo covers words from all subject areas including SAT and ACT words. This sites offers challenges appropriate for all ages. In the word challenge games are designed specifically for the users skill level and as levels are mastered then new challenges are unlocked. Word Dynamo allows users to practice vocabulary skills with activities offered that include matching, crossword puzzle, writing, listening, and flashcards.
In Word Dynamo you can create an account, then receive a customized homepage that tracts your progress.

I learned about Word Dynamo from Kelly Tenkely’s blog iLearn Technology. I highly recommend Word Dynamo and iLearn Technologyand find out what you have been missing.

Cloud Computing…

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A couple of weeks ago a colleague asked me to explain cloud computing…with a job title of Technology Integration Specialist, it is something she expected me to know. So I answered her question with, “you know it’s when you create and save work online.” After that conversation I decided I probably needed to at least learn the basics of cloud computing.

After a lot of searching and watching video after video, I began to feel I would never understand cloud computing and therefore would remain inadequate to answer any further questions. Then I came across this video: Cloud Computing – How it all Works. This video offers a nice, simple explanation about cloud computing.

Nice and simple seem to work for me…I now feel like I know something about how it works and can now at least offer an explanation to my colleagues.