Only two days into the July holidays and I have found some great resources I want to share with students and teachers. I’ve been playing around with the new Google+, which seems to me a more suitable social networking tool for schools than Facebook, due to the ability to share in ‘circles’ and customise who sees what. Google+ isn’t fully functional on the iPad yet, but I think there are some well-paid and very clever people working on that.
Web 2.0 Tools:
- Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning from the American Association of School Librarians – what’s different about this list is that it is categorised and aligned to standards.
- Animaps allows you to create informative, animated maps using Google maps as a base for photographs and annotations. You can also do this in Google maps, but Animaps seems to have more options for photos and text. This would have been great for my Year 8 class’s “Rock Around the World” project, where they used a wiki to identify and write about different types of rocks around the world (Wave Rock in WA, Grand Canyon in USA and Cappadoccia in Turkey for example).
- Buncholinks allows you to create a group of web links and send them easily by email or post as one link on Twitter. How is this different to Diigo or Delicious? Probably less useful because you can only save up to 10 links, but the ability to email specific links to a group of people might be useful.
- A Cleaner YouTube is a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox and Safari that removes the related videos, so there is less chance of students coming across inappropriate material.
- Dear Photograph, What Was There and HistoryPin work on the principle of placing an old photograph in the present day and writing notes to accompany it. Georgina Pazzi had the great idea to use this concept for visualisation and goal setting. Students place themselves in an existing scene and create a new scene of the future with themselves in it. It might also be useful for science projects – changes in our environment over time including deforestation, erosion, succession.
- Overstream allows you to add subtitles to online videos – ask students to explain a science concept shown on YouTube, Vimeo or other online video site.
- ZooBurst allows students to create “3D” pop-up books online. Teachers can create logins for students, without a student email address. It reminds be of StoryJumper and Kahootz, in that you can search for backgrounds and clipart and add them into your page. You can also upload your own images.
Web sites for Science Teachers:
- Teacher Tackle Box is a site where you can search by subject, theme and topic for webquests, thinkquests, favourite links and Trackstar tracks.
- Seven Online Science Projects, for all grade levels, allows students to share data with others around the globe.
- Twig is a UK education site for short videos on all science subjects. Only some are free – you need to subscribe for access to the entire library.
- ScienceTV has a list of tips and suggestions for creating science videos in classrooms.
I hope you find some of these tools interesting and let me know how you have used them in your classes to improve learning outcomes – I’ll keep you posted at Technoscience with examples of how these tools can be used with middle years science classes.