I had the privilege yesterday of leading the Smackdown at the 38th Annual School Administrators of Iowa Conference.
The links and resources were flying furiously, and we did our best to capture them all:
SweetSearch, A Search Engine for Students, via @AngelaMaiers
Hello Slide – give voice to your presentations via @jenwoodley24
Flash Panel, Cloud Management for Google Apps via @jenwoodley24
Blue Jeans Video Collaboration in the Cloud via @jenwoodley24
http://www.graphite.org/#.UgOdh9iCdaE.twitter Ingredients for Effective Teaching via @principaljgross
Symbaloo, bookmarking site utilizes titles via @ahuseman
Duo Lingo, Free Language Education for the World, via @jenwoodley24
Cedar Valley West School to Work, via @rcunningham78
Powtoon, A new kind of animated presentation tool via @jensigirst
Sites for Resources:
Iowa AEA Pinterest Board via @iowa_aea
findingDulcinea via @AngelaMaiers
Cybraryman, Resources for all things cybrary via @ahuseman
NY Times Learning Blog, search by content area for lessons/stories via @jenwoodley24
Connected Principals, a network of principals via @jenwoodley24
Symbaloo – Shannon Miller’s Resources, via @jenwoodley24
FreeTech4Teachers, Emerging technologies/resources via @jenwoodley24
101 Great Sites for Social Studies Class, via @AngelaMaiers
Ted 2012 Remix, via @AngelaMaiers
The 5 Best Practices to Consider When Using Facebook with Students via @crescerance
Additionally, at previous SAI Conferences, I have been asked to share tools and resources that will be useful when adopting the Common Core. Here is a list of resources I’ve assembled with my colleague and partner Mark Moran, CEO of Dulcinea Media, creator of findingDulcinea and SweetSearch:
SUGGESTED RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTING THE COMMON CORE
Evaluation of Online Material
- Wiggio: An free online collaboration tool that enables students to create groups, each with a unique web address, host web meetings, manage events, share files, send emails, text, send video messages and voice blasts.
- Edmodo is a social network designed for students and educators.
Bookmarking and Note-Taking Tools
- Evernote is a tool that helps students and teachers manage digital information. See the Evernote for Schools blog.
- Symbaloo enables teachers and students to save their favorite websites as clickable “tiles” on a single page.
Tools for Students to Create and Publish Content Online
- WordPress is free blogging software widely used by professionals. WordPress.com is a free, hosted version, while WordPress.org is a more flexible version that requires your own Web host. This post explains the difference between them.
- KidBlog provides teachers and students with a secure, private classroom blogging space.
- ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screen recording and editing software for the Mac.
- Camtasia also offers screen recording and editing software for Windows and the Mac.
- We Video is a collaborative video creation platform.
- YouTube Teachers makes it easier for teachers everywhere to find, make, share, and use videos educationally.
- SchoolTube is the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing platform for students and educators,and is endorsed by many national education associations.
- Vimeo is also a video-hosting platform that provides lessons for making videos.
- Prezi is a unique online presentation tool that enables students to create and share.
- SlideRocket is also a collaborative online presentation tool.
- SlideShare is a place to publish presentations; it is one of the most visited sites on the Web.
Search Engines and Other Discovery Tools for Teachers and Students
- SweetSearch is a curated search engine that searches only 35,000 authoritative resources. It heavily emphasizes primary source materials in its search results.
- Science.gov “searches over 50 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.”
- Europeana explores the digital resources of Europe’s cultural institutions.
- Wolfram Alpha is a “computational knowledge engine” that is great for math and science. It has created a guide for educators, complete with examples of how it can be used in the K-12 classroom.
- Twitter is a real-time discovery and interaction platform. Read Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom.
USING PRIMARY SOURCES
Advice for Teaching with Primary Sources
- Primary Sources: At the Heart of the Common Core Standards
- Using Primary Sources on the Web, Reference & User Services Association, American Library Association, 2003.
- Top Ten Tips for Facilitating Effective Primary Source Analysis, Stephen Wesson, Teaching with Library of Congress.
- Smithsonian Source offers advice and examples for teaching with primary sources for topics in American history.
- Center for History and New Media offers several dozen case studies teaching world history with primary sources.
- The Primary Source Librarian, a blog dedicated to teaching with primary sources, by Mary Johnson, librarian.
- Curriculum specialist Glenn Wiebe offers the “DESCRIBE” method for analyzing a primary source document.
- Canton’s Class, “Using Your Life to Teach Primary Sources.”
Websites, Directories, and Search Engines for Finding Primary Sources
- National Archives’ Teachers Page provides eight links as starting points for locating documents. The site is searchable by topic, by state and by historical era. There are also focused lesson plans and activities available. The Archives also manages the online collections of the presidential libraries of all U.S. presidents since FDR. Visit the DocsTeach section, where students and teachers together create their unique activities, which build specific competencies such as historical comprehension or chronological thinking. The “Eyewitness” section hones in on particular events and episodes in history.
- Library of Congress also offers a teacher’s page. Browse pre-organized primary resource sets or search by state, or use the Today in History feature to find primary sources relating to a specific event. The LOC even offers a self-directed teaching module to help guide your search. The LOC’s American Memory project is a goldmine for U.S. History teachers. When using it, note the subject heading of the resources you find and the key terms you use, as links are deactivated from time to time.
- The World Digital Library is searchable by place, time (as far back as 8,000 B.C.), topic and type of item, such as books, journals, maps and sound recordings. The site was developed by the Library of Congress, in partnership with UNESCO.
- The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers its own collection of primary sources, as well as thiscurated page of links to websites containing primary sources for history.
- The University Library for California State University has curated primary sources across 11 categories; the “Event Specific” category is particularly useful.
- The Institute of Historical Research at the University of London has a number of digital projects that assemble primary sources from British and Irish history.
- The University of Sydney has curated links to primary sources for Australian history.
- 101 Great Sites for Social Studies Class, findingDulcinea, 2011.
- 9 Sites to Find Interesting Interviews, findingDulcinea, 2011.
- Political Cartoons in America, by Christopher Coats, findingDulcinea, October 23, 2008.
- findingDulcinea Web Guides: Native American History, The American Revolution, The Civil War, The U.S. in World War II, Civil Rights Movement and Slavery in America.
- CybraryMan’s Primary Sources, a collection of links for teaching with and locating primary sources, aggregated by retired teacher and librarian Jerry Blumengarten.
- Newspaper and Magazine Archives
- Google Newspapers offers the ability to search thousands of historic newspapers at once.
- Time offers archives back to 1923; free to subscribers
- The Atlantic andThe New York Times offer a mix of free and paid articles going back more than a century.
- The Paris Review offers author interviews from the past six decades.
- The New York Times Learning Network bundles many of its articles into pre-packaged lesson plans
- British Pathé offers more than 90,000 images and newsreels, both silent and with sound, dating back more than a century; also on YouTube
- Chronicling America enables users to search and view newspapers from 1836-1922
- The National Library of Australia’s Trove enables users to search historic Australian newspapers, recordings, images and other media
- Rag Linen is an online museum and educational archive of rare and historic printed newspapers
- Sports Illustrated Vault offers all the magazine’s articles since its 1954 debut
- Cornell University and University of Michigan libraries’ Making of America projects are collections of journals and newspapers from the antebellum, wartime and reconstruction periods
- Wisconsin Historical Society has scanned every issue of Freedom’s Journal, the first newspaper owned and operated by African-Americans