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November's Top Ten Teacher Resources
posted by: Tim | December 01, 2012, 01:04 AM   

>>> Originally Posted by Melissa Pratt on the AAE Blog


It seems as if this month has just flown by, and while much of it is a blur, the following resources still stand out in our minds.



LearnistDescribed as Pinterest for learning, this robust site allows educators to create “learnboards” on a particular topic and then add multiple resources about that topic to them.

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet – This funny little youtube video is a great intro to Twitter and how educators can use it in their professional life. – This is a great option for teachers who want a place to organize their schedules and materials, along with connecting with parents and students.

Tectonic Plates! – This great activity from PBS allows students to learn about tectonic plates first hand by manipulating them in a computer simulation.  There’s also a ton of resources that they can browse through.

Migration Migraine – I loved teaching with games, and if I had run across this while teaching, I definitely would have used it.  This fun little game will help your students understand bird migration.

Lewis & Clark – Mapping the West – This site is filled with primary sources and information on both history and cartography.  It’s a great resource for American history or geography teachers.

Build a Roundhouse! – The BBC always releases high-quality resources and this site is no different.  The page features a high quality animation that gives step-by-step instructions on building an iron-age house. Students will learn just by watching the animation, but I must admit there’s a part of me that thinks it would be cool to try out – or to at least make a model.

SciStarter – Ever want your students to feel that their science projects are connected to a larger body of research?  Look no further.  SciStarter is a site where everyday people, including students, can connect with researchers and participate in activities that promote scientific research.  In one activity students can use an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to explore the ocean floor and take photographs.  In another, students can participate in a research project where they guess whether the laughs they hear are real or fake.  Many projects are low-cost and include teaching materials.

TED – Ed – If you’ve never watched or listened to a TED talk, you’re missing out.  TED-Ed is a collection of educational videos created by the experts behind TED.  The website then allows educators to “flip” the video and create a lesson around it for students to complete at home.  If you don’t have time to create your own lesson, don’t worry, you can use one of the over 14,000 lessons already on the site!

Khan Academy’s iPad and iPhone apps – Like with TED, if you’re just hearing aboutKhan Academy now, you’ve been missing out.  Khan Academy is the website that put the concept of flipping school on the map.  Now they’ve released an app for iPad and iPhone products that will make it easier than ever to reach your students with their apps.

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