3DToad.com – Crazy name, I know!
But this website is definitely worth checking out. They have a variety of real life images that you can rotate 360 degrees. There are some great real-life, non-clip art science pictures (including dissections) and physical education images.
During a team meeting recently Zach S. told me about this website called, Draw a Stickman (http://www.drawastickman.com/). After checking out the website I could see why Zach thought it was so great. Draw a Stickman is a site where you have to literally draw a stickman and follow the directions given to you. It becomes an interactive tale with a hero, a villain, and a cool story.
How can it be used in the classroom? It is a great way to start a story and students can fill in details, vivid verbs, adjectives, etc. to tell the story. Students can focus on pinpointing parts of a story such as characters, details, setting, moral, etc. I think it allows for a lot of flexibility and creativity for students with the story. It is definitely worth checking out!
This week I want to feature a couple of website I found that have interactives to use in the classroom. Much of the content is geared towards literacy and math, but the last link also includes other content areas. While I think that most of the interactives are most appropriate for elementary or middle school, I think some ideas can be adapted for high school as well. Take a couple of minutes check it out. Add it to your favorites, Diigo, or Delicious sites!
Skype has announced a new initiative in response to the thousands of teachers who have been using Skype in classrooms! http://education.skype.com/
Skype in the classroom provides a collaborative environment where teachers can create an account to connect with other teachers, get new ideas for and collaborate on projects, and get plenty of tips and inspiration in their resource section.
Skype in the classroom is a free global community that invites teachers to collaborate on classroom projects where they might use Skype, and share skills and inspiration around specific teaching needs. Skype in the classroom is a great way for students to learn about and experience other cultures, learn new languages and collaborate on global projects, all without leaving the classroom.
Popplet is a website that combines the best of online sticky note services like Wallwisher with collaborative mind mapping functions. Popplet allows you to create a wall of multimedia sticky notes that you can share with others. Your stickies can include videos and images that you pull from other online services. You can also upload media from your desktop to your sticky notes.
Edmodo is a secure, interactive, education-based, social networking website that provides an online component to the classroom. Teachers have the opportunity to seek online communication and collaboration opportunities with students and other educators have another free resource at their disposal.
Teachers and students can post classroom materials, share links and videos. Students can comment and post assignments on the site as well. I definitely think it is one worth checking out!