Some Teacher Resources I Like…
I love it when I find helpful websites. So… I’m passing some along to you. I gravitate to creative and inspiring sites, books and articles. If there are any you think the Corn Dog Art creative community would benefit from, please send me a message (click contact in the menu) and share it.
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Websites for Teachers
- Dave’s ESL Cafe, resources for ESL and EFL teachers
- Grammarly, online grammar checker, also searches for possible plagiarism
- ESL Library– hundreds of lessons and materials for ESL students of all ages
- The Purple Crayon, Harold Underdown writes about Children’s Books and the publishing business
- Scholastic Art Magazine, Classroom art magazine subscription
- Educator Labs– Allows you to request specific educational information for free!
- English Homework Help Resource Guide– Super list of English resources- save time and energy!
- How to Make a Whiteboard Video, a short tutorial describing how you can make a video using what looks like a white board, from the website of entrepreneur Pat Flynn
- Classroom Questioning Techniques, four levels of questioning strategies
- The Power of Storytelling, Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal, says science backs up the long-held belief that story is the most powerful means of communicating a message
- Creative Learning and Entrepreneurship, Yong Zhao’s website with fascinating topics involving creative, entrepreneurial and global 21st century education
- Education Closet, arts integration and innovation written by educators
- The George Lucas Educational Foundation, dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.
- Animoto, create amazing videos and slideshows
- 35 FREE Apps for Teachers! what else can I say? Cool stuff
- ReadWriteThink.org, searchable lesson plans, worksheets, calendar activities, and more
- Busy Teacher, worksheets and lessons for ESL teachers
- Literary Devices, list of literary devices and their meaning
- Royalty Free Music, cool collection of royalty free music (if you give credit) for classroom projects and lessons. Various licensing options available.
- Library of Congress for Kids and Families, The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. An amazing resource!
- Read.Gov for Kids and Educators, part of the Library of Congress, The Center for the Book has resources for children, educators and parents encouraging all to read.
- PBS Learning Media, numerous online lessons, multimedia teaching materials and professional development
- USHistory.org, (from the Independence Hall Association, Philadelphia), U.S History, American government and Ancient Civilizations
- NASA for Students, multimedia online resources, divided into grade levels
- Bloom’s Taxonomy, higher level thinking skills and how they connect to learning outcomes
- Scholastic Teachers, many teaching lessons and resources
- ESL Teaching Resources, variety of ESL resources for any level
- TeachingDegreeLink, resources for new teachers and those who aspire to be one
- Academic Earth, open courseware from the world’s top universities
- Online Courses, FREE online courses in all subject areas, collected from universities
Apps for Education
- Kahoot.it online quizzes, polling, kids can ask each other questions, web based.
Can upload pictures and kids can respond.
- Nearpod interactive mobile presentations that teachers create and customize themselves.
- Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
- Show Me share tutorials and lessons on a white board screen
- Explain Everything draw, annotate, record, play, and share presentations
- Educreations create and share video presentations with your iPad or browser
- Knowmia video presentations and interactive assignments that impact students both in and out of the classroom.
- Movenote make and send online video presentations
- Survey/Anyplace allows you or your students to create surveys and analyze insights
Sites that integrate visuals well (video, art, graphics, photos):
- Sumopaint very cool graphic app- seems easy to use when you need graphics in a pinch
- Lucidchart collaborative diagrams, flow charts, layouts, etc.
Stupeflix make movies using your photos and videos. Tell your story with text, maps.
- Tellagami: Tellagami is best used to create animated movies which include user’s voice. Looks great for ELLs. Users can create characters and a scene, add dialogue, save or share.
- Pixlr web based photo editing tool, variety of versions available
- Scratch create stories, games, and animations to share
- Haiku Deck simple, fun presentations
- Adobe Voice storytelling that is fun and easy
- Story Creator create beautiful storybooks- easy for primary grades
- Stop Motion This looks like fun! Paint tools, themes, music, photos- you’ll be busy for hours.
More editing and presentation Apps for education:
- Citelighter research, organize, highlight, and save. Organize writing assignments, make templates, allows for teacher feedback in progress, works with Google Docs
- Baiboard: Baiboard is a service that allows real-time interaction among users with its feature-rich tools. Users can visualize, collaborate and share multi-page whiteboards. For the classroom teacher this can have many uses, as well as having students make their own presentations based on their research. Baiboard is also available on Mac, iPad and Android.
- Dragon Dictation looks good for ELL, it transcribes what you say- annunciation is the key!
- Notability sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, record a lecture, jot travel notes, or teach a class
Articles & Books
- Strong Arts Strong Schools, by Charles Fowler- excellent fact-based documentation of art and its positive influence in schools
- Of Paint and Poetry: Strengthening Literacy Through Art by Judith Jester, National Writing Project. After freeing herself of a bias toward print-only learning in English class, Jester found that correlating skills between visual and language arts helped her students generate lively writing and discussion.
- What is Creativity and How Should it Be Taught? Ronald Beghetto’s Educational Leadership article describing ways creativity can be taught
- Activities for Creating Pictures and Poetry by Janis Bunchman and Stephanie Bissell Briggs. Authors correlated the lives and works of visual artists and poets
- The Potential of Picturebooks by Barbara Z Kiefer, explores the structure, art and layout of picture books and the many applications they have in the classroom
- Dynamic Art Projects for Children by Denise M. Logan, user friendly step-by-step directions for elementary art projects. Many basic materials are used.
- Color and Light by James Gourney, professional art text demonstrating the concept and application of light in art
- Talking, Drawing, Writing, Lessons for Our Youngest Writers by Martha Horn and Mary Ellen Giacobbe, integration of storytelling, writing and drawing, all of which inform and support each other. Detailed lessons-appropriate for elementary teachers- very inspiring!
Art and Education Blogs
- Education Closet, lessons and inspiration regarding integrating the Arts into your curriculum
- Edutopia.org, all things cutting edge educational, with an arts angle
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