Thursday, April 24, 2008

Super Interactive Websites for Your Arsenal

My vacation started on Thursday last. I have been relaxing and surfing like crazy. I don't get the opportunity to really snoop around much on the web while I am at work, so this is a real treat. I recently came across so many great ideas and observed my colleagues trying exciting and interesting things in their classrooms. I would like to share a few of these ideas with you.

Voicethreads. If you haven't had a chance to check this out yet, you really should. You can pose a question to your class and each of your students can post an audible answer (a very simplistic example). If you go to the site spend a minute watching the demo, you'll love it.

Jott (For your personal edification) This is not necessarily a classroom thing, per se, however, it is awesome. Set up a jott account; list your contacts and then while you are on the road, if you happen to remember something you want to tell someone and you would rather not call you can jott it to them. Call your jott account, Jott will send them an email based on your voice message.

Zip Code Census
. If you assign your students a project like describing the population of their town or a city in the USA you can have them visual see the census immediately by using the tool at this website.

. Imagine a story. Write it down. Illustrate you know what you can do at TikaTok with your students. Did I mention that you can get a hard cover copy of the book for about 20 dollars.

This is just the beginning. There is so much more, but before I present the rest, check these out and I will offer more soon.
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