TL2014 – Resources you may find useful… 09/11/2011
Civil War Interactive Poster | Teachinghistory.org
“As explorers of the past, we can look at a variety of sources—maps, letters, diaries, objects, music, images, and more—to piece together a sense of the Civil War’s complexity. The images and related resources from this poster are designed to get students thinking about how primary sources can help uncover stories about the past. As the poster illustrates, it takes many sources to create a more complete picture of the Civil War.”
Google Family Safety Center
Google has created an entire ‘handbook’ for parents about safety online while using Google, the most popular search engine. This page includes directions for parents to change the browsing settings for Google to restrict inappropriate material from Google and YouTube. There is also information and videos about topics that should be discussed with children about online safety including meeting stranger’s online, cyberbullying, sharing too much information online, and malware (programs that can harm computers). The best part of this website was the videos of actual parents who work at Google and their advice for keeping their kids safe online. One of the best tips they provide is that computing devices should be in central locations in the house so that parents can keep an eye on the computer and Internet usage.
“As today’s tech-savvy teens become increasingly involved with technology and the Internet for learning, work, civic engagement, and entertainment, it is vital to ensure that they understand their legal rights and responsibilities under copyright law and also how the law affects creativity and innovation.”
iTunes U – Learn anything, anywhere, anytime.
iTunes U boasts over 350,000 pieces of digital content from over 1000 institutions: lecture podcasts and videos, as well as course documents, slideshows, and movies. In addition to higher education materials, iTunes U offers some K-12 resources as well as what Apple calls “Beyond Campus” — materials from museums, libraries, and public radio and television.
Schools, technology, test scores, and the New York Times | Dangerously Irrelevant
“We have schools and classrooms that are still doing what they’ve always done, but with some additional infrequent and marginal uses of new learning tools. We have educators who don’t really know how to use the tools very well and who also have little access to those tools, reliable IT support, and/or regular integration assistance. For some reason we expect changes in certain learning outcomes to occur anyway, despite these environmental factors and despite the fact that those outcomes may not be what the schools were striving for in the first place. And, if we don’t see those outcomes, we’re going to claim it’s the fault of the technologies themselves rather than human and system factors and then we’re going to claim that traditional analog learning environments are just fine in a digital, global world.”
WhoIs Project: A Tool to Investigate Information Authority, Authenticity, Ownership and Perspective
The WhoIs search tool is designed to help students evaluate the source of the information on a particular website.
Glean Comparison Search: An Educational Research and Search Tool
The GLEAN Comparison Search engine is a tool that allows users to compare search results for “positive” and “negative” perspectives side-by-side.
Tucoola offers educational games for kids that is divided into two sections: individual and together (to play w/ parents). These games are designed to enhance skills in children. If a parent chooses to register then can track their child’s progress too
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.