Sample Links, Web Pages and reference sites for K - 3

Intro to the November Learning Team
and the Digital Farm

Every child in America needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders in the 21st century.

· Web Literacy and On-Line Safety — the world's largest Internet safety and help group
WiredSafety provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. We help victims of cyberabuse ranging from online fraud, cyberstalking and child safety, to hacking and malicious code attacks. More about us...

WiredSafety- other information on Evaluation:

· Researchers
Google -

Google News -

Google reader -

Custom Search Engine Creator -

Mrs. Gray's Research Sites for Kids - (Try these queries: global warming, pollution)

NoodleTools -

NoodleQuest -

Think Together is now part of ThinkQuest. A learning platform where teachers and students create learning projects, participate in a website competition, and browse a library of student projects.

· Blogs
e-Pals Blog

Student Created Blog Policies [[

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Determining The Top Education Blogs

So, thanks to Postrank, here are the top 50 education blogs based on engagement over the last 30 days:
**Bloglines** - Aggregator of choice. Ability to connect people together.See what people like Will Richardson and Bernie Dodge are reading, which really sets Bloglines apart.

.Google Reader – RSS aggregator. www.**google**.com/**reader**

Blogs: The versatility of blogs is what makes them so valuable. Blogs provide opportunities to reach out to a range of community stakeholders including administrators, other teachers and students, parents, and the community at large. Blogs have the power to give kids an authentic audience and It gives students a voice.

Kinder Blog:

Edublogs.TV, the newest tool from the Edublogs, the best educational blogging tool in the world. Edublogs.TV is a “video-hosting site dedicated to education.” You can upload videos, such as educationally useful ones from YouTube, and then Edublogs.

Tutorial Designers
Abbott and Costello - Math - Explain this math problem:

Math Demos:

Eric Marcos - proportions -

Jing -
Scratch Tutorialsexternal image clip_image002.gif .... Designed specifically for youth, it allows them to create their own stories, animations, games, music and art. At the same time, they apply math concepts, design, problem solve and collaborate. To learn more about Scratch or download the program yourself, go to <>.

One of our writing standards is to explain how to do something. We had so much fun with the Scratch program that we decided to make computer tutorials so others could learn the basics, too. Click on a link to see what you can do with Scratch!

**Scratch - Making Buttons** Video created Aurelio D. and Gavin B.
**Scratch - Making Backgrounds**
Video created by Grace H. and Natalie W.

iLearn Technology An edublog about integrating technology into the classroom
Simple Science is a collection of informative science music videos for use in the elementary classroom. The videos can be used to reinforce science learning objective and science concepts. The videos can be watched from the website for free or purchased on DVD. Simple Science video topics include: adapting, micro organisms, forces, changes, dissolving, how we see, changing circuits, keeping healthy, life cycles (flowers), gasses, water cycle, sun, earth, moon, changing sounds, moving and growing, habitats, keeping warm, solids vs. liquids, plants, friction, teeth, circuits and conductors, materials, rocks and soil, magnets and springs, light and shadows, air, atoms, DNA, Earth, electricity, insects, and magnetism. .
How to integrate Simple Science : For introducing or reinforcing science concepts. The songs and videos break down science concepts so they are easy to understand. Use Simple Science with a projector for whole class instruction or set up a science center on classroom computers where students can stop by and watch the videos.
Videos on Technology In Plain English
Find out more

Skype -
Peyton Teaching with UStream -
Arapahoe High School -
World Summit Blog -
DPS 109 -
Celeste's Story
ePals -

Brand New To ePals Tips for Starting ePals Our ePals Friend from Arlington Choosing a project Travel Buddy Exchange e-Pals

Travel Buddy Exchange

• Sat, 01:10 — sandim1

• I would love to set up a "travel buddy" project for 1st or 2nd grade level students in my school. Years ago, I had done this via snail mail and would like to update it using ePals email.

• Basically, 2 classes (one from each school-preferably far away) would exchange a small doll or stuffed animal and send it to the other school along with a blank journal notebook. The receiving school would send the doll and journal home with a different student each night and the family would write down what "the doll" had seen or done that day.

Your group will be assigned a topic-research it and select a spokesperson to present the material

Discover the world—and expand yours! On Geography Central
Human Rights - ePals Student Voices are Heard
ePals Projects for Classroom Collaboration: People and Culture
ePals Projects for Classroom Collaboration: Global Warming
ePals Projects for Classroom Collaboration: Habitats
ePals Projects for Classroom Collaboration: Maps
ePals Projects for Classroom Collaboration: Natural Disasters
ePals Projects for Classroom Collaboration: Water
ePals Projects for Classroom Collaboration: Weather
ePals Search For Classrooms Available Now
ePals Search For Projects for Classroom Collaboration
ePals Teacher Forums and Projects Forums
What specific features are a part of ePals?

Demo - CILC Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC):CILC provides consulting services and develops tools and resources to improve learning through Video Conferencing and Collaboration

Collaboration Generation: Teaching and Learning for a New Age-Edutopia


Official Scribes
Google Docs -
Google Docs for class notes, group projects -
Darren Kuropatwa - Scribe of the Day - Scribe Post Hall of Fame Wiki
The Life of Shakespeare -

**Google Docs and Spreadsheets** - Google’s Docs and Spreadsheets’s collaborative. While editing a document, you can invite other people to work on it with you. Windows or Mac, Firefox or Explorer, ( SIX words to define my life…Listen for LOGIN Directions and passwords

Project page here:

Web 2.0 Tools : Communication Tools - - Google

Demo -Talks Johnny Lee: Creating tech marvels out of a $40 Wii Remote Video on Remote Control White Board

Cool things to do in Google Maps:

50 Things to do with Google Maps Mashups

**See 50 MORE Things to do with Google Maps Mashups!**)

After you've seen them all, learn how to record your own tours in Google Earth 5.0!
Try this

Google Sky To help you explore the far reaches of our universe, we have teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you a new view of the sky. Using Google Maps this tool provides an exciting way to browse and explore the universe. You can find the positions of the planets and constellations on the sky and even watching the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Google Mars We've included three different types of data in Google Mars:
Elevation - A shaded relief map, generated with data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) on NASA's spacecraft. Visible - A mosaic of images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera. Basically, this is what your eyes would see if you were in orbit around Mars. Infrared - A mosaic of infrared images taken by the Thermal Emission Imaging System

Google Moon:
Apollo Series These six missions of the Apollo Program,
which lasted from 1963 to 1972, were the first and last times that Mankind has set foot on another world.

Google Earth: Top ten fun things to do


Google Workshops For Educators

Welcome to Google for Educators

At Google, we support teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. That’s why we’ve assembled the information and tools you’ll find on this site. Learn more about Google for Educators.

Education Edition - Common Questions

Here is a list of commonly asked questions about Google Apps Education Edition. For additional information, please go to the Google Apps Education Edition website.

General Information

**1) What is Google Apps Education Edition?**
Google is currently offering schools a hosted solution for their email, calendar, and chat through Google Apps Education Edition, our integrated communication and collaboration solution. Our offer includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Sites, and Google Docs and Google Video, all using your own school's domain. Google Apps Education Edition includes:
  • Gmail: Email storage and search tools that help your students find information fast and instant messaging from right inside their accounts.
  • Google Calendar: Students can organize their schedules and share events and calendars with others.
  • Google Talk: Students can call or send instant messages to their contacts for free anytime, anywhere in the world.
  • Google Docs: Share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Collaborate in real-time with your team or with your whole school. You can publish final documents to the entire world, too.
  • Google Sites: Work together to keep related documents, web content and other information in one place, on one site.
  • Google Video for education: A video hosting and sharing solution that enables schools and other organizations to use video as an effective medium for internal communication and collaboration.
**2) Why Google Apps?**
Here are the Top 10 reasons for using Google Apps.
**3) What other schools are using Google Apps for Education?**
To see a list of some of the schools using Google Apps, please navigate to this page.
**4) How much is Google Apps for Education?**
Google Apps for Education is free. We plan to keep the core offering of Google Apps Education Edition free. This includes user accounts for incoming students in the future. As you may know, Google was founded by a research project at Stanford University, and this is just one way we can give back to the educational community. o see the available features included in Google Apps Education Edition please navigate here. For more information, you can review our Terms of Service. If you would like to purchase Google Message Security and Compliance for filtering or archiving purposes, this will have a per user fee depending on the services you choose. Each package is listed here.
**5) Will there be advertisements with Google Apps?**
There are no advertisements used with the Google Apps Education Edition. you have an account for only alumni at your schools, you are required to enable advertisements. Gmail also offers web clips at the top of your inbox which show you news headlines, blog posts, RSS and Atom feeds, and relevant sponsored links. Each clip displays the source from which it was received, how long ago the clip was published, and a link to access the entire story or page containing the clip. You may want to create custom RSS feeds for your University. If you have an Education domain and choose to Hide all advertisements for this domain in your domain's Google Apps control panel, then sponsored links will also no longer be shown as webclips. Your users will still be able to customize their webclips for news headlines, blog posts, RSS feeds, and Atom feeds.
**6) How much storage do users get with Google Apps Education Edition?**
Each service has different limits associated with it. Please see below:
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Web 2.0 Tools : Communication -Collaboration - Projects

Demo -Talks Johnny Lee: Creating tech marvels out of a $40 Wii Remote Video on Remote Control White Board

· Web 2.0 Tools : Communication Tools - Podcasts

· Podcasting


Why Podcast ?
Allows students and teachers to publish to a global community ..with global content
Distribute information
Share performances
Improve verbal skills
Oral presentation
Skill development
Address Multiple intelligence
Adjust to various learner skills
All learners can be successful

Ideas -Podcasting
• Writing
• Poetry
• Scientific experiments
• Social Studies reports
• Interviews
• Foreign Language
• Public Speaking
• Lecture and Notes
• Tell me about your first….
– Day at school
– Love
Travel Guide
• My Town
• Science Experiments
• Writers workshop
• Lectures
• Student dramatizations
• News Broadcasts
• Meetings
• Beginners guide
• School Concerts

Demo - Audacity with Podcasting -

Demo - Listen to a sample PODCAST from WGBH …CLCIK HERE [[: Jr. and Louise_short.mp3|:]]


Demo - Jamendo Free Music

· Professional Development

Demonstration Videos to understand Web 2.0
Don Tapscott on The Digital Generation

EduHound Site Sets are collections of topic-based online education resources Thousands of free lesson plans that meet state and national standards


· Demo -Talks Johnny Lee: Creating tech marvels out of a $40 Wii Remote Video on Remote Control White Board

Demo - Curriki is a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world. An online environment with free distribution of world-class educational materials Lesson plans, teaching activities, works Register to Join Curriki


Demo - Take a look at Web 2.0 educational site for quiz creation:

Teachers as Curators of Learning

Quick: Name ten excellent Web sites related to the grade level or subject area you teach.
Scott McLeod, coordinator of the educational-administration program at Iowa State University, recently posed that question on his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant. Many of the comments his readers left echo McLeod's assertion that the Internet delivers "a paucity of high-quality online resources for educators."

Engaging Digital Learners
Credit to Ellen Wagner @ eLearning solutions at Adobe Systems.
10. Rule: Help­ students focus and capture their attention.
9. Rule: Keep your learners’ interests aroused; you want them to stay for a while!
8. Rule: Motivate them to change. Do things dif­ferently.

7. Rule: Give students choices.Engage them with new ideas, information, and each other.
6. Rule: Connect them with community. Social learning is alive and well!
5. Rule: Induce them to participate. It provides a sense of feeling personally engaged.
4. Rule: Enable opportunities to contribute. New learning will be more relevant to each and every contributor.
3. Rule: Make learning an experience to remember.
2. Rule: Make learning personal.
1. Rule: Help students feel connected to the Global community

Wikis: Wikis and Wiki platforms, are the most powerful of the Web 2.0 tools. You can do anything with a Wiki," from embedding all kinds of content to promoting collaboration to creating an entire community all on a single platform. CREATING a WIKI:
PB WIKI Sign UP HERE: for educators:

CLICK HERE >>>>> Wiki

Student Created Wikis

The King Lear screenwriting project

Student Wikis - Samples here--what do you think???

· Visual Literacy

· 360 Cities brings interactive, panoramic photography to the mainstream.

**Picnik** A image editing sites in the world of Web 2.0, but Picnik stands out for a few reasons. The site is well laid out, easy to navigate, and incredibly intuitive.. Picasa Cooliris- photo storage – demo

Demo - **Flickr** - The premiere social photo sharing site of the Web 2.0 world. Packed with 2.0 features, contacts, comments, groups. Favorites are Spell with Flickr, Memry, and Flickr Toys collection. Search for Creative Commons images that students actually have the rights to use in their presentations and digital stories is invaluable… Add to your list for online video editing… a site that provides “free video and photo sharing”

Demo - Bubbleshare - An easy photosharing site that some teachers in my district used with students, including showcase at conferences

Demo - PhotoBucket Photobucket offers image hosting, free photo sharing and video sharing. Upload your photos, host your videos, and share them with friends and family.


PhotoShow - **** "turns photos into musical slideshows" - wide range of elegant templates, add captions. Audio only from music on site. Audio from list of music only. (FREE for 30 DAYS)

  • GROUP A: One True Media - **** "...effortlessly combine photos and video clips with words and music to personalize your story. Quickly share with our Online Slideshow or get as creative as you want with our Video Montage." Upload images and audio for story track. Embed in blogs or directly post to YouTube/Google video, mySpace, Google Groups. Great template choices.

  • GROUP B: Moblyng. It seems easy to make a slideshow and it continues to allow you to invite others to collaborate on your creation. The only negative with that last change is that, if students are using a public or school computer, they need to click “Clear Your Personal Info” so that others don’t have access to it.

  • GROUP E: My Jugaad, New Web tool that allows you to easily make slideshows of webpages and post/share links to them. You’re also able to write descriptive notes about each slide

· Contributing to Society
Pitot House -
Kiva -

Student Kiva Group -

Our Kiva Page -

Free Rice -

Pay-It-Forward: I'm collecting donations for my Kiva Micro-loans Security Pro Funding Pool...

"...everyone who wants to make a difference should just go ahead and get their own foreign policy and stop waiting on change from above."-- Thomas Barnett

Inspired by my friend Gunnar Peterson, I've committed to begin funding Kiva Micro-loans in the next 30 days with a goal to fund up to $1,000 by year end.
What does Kiva do and what is a micro-loan?

Microbank project teaches lessons in applied philanthropy, capitalism

Pocket Entrepreneurs Benefit from Teenage Philanthropists

High school students make microfinance loans to grow small businesses around the globe.

by Suzie Boss


Students' mission: Bring laptops to Kenyan children

Pflugerville woman's group awarded grant for 10-week trip to deliver and help children learn technology.

Students Take Action in the Community

When New York City's 1.1 million public school students return from summer vacation, they can look forward to rolling up their sleeves and getting busy improving the world, or at least their corner of it. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as part of his recently announced initiative known as NYC Service, has asked every principal to come up with a plan that weaves community service into the curriculum.

· Curriculum Reviewers

Room 208 Podcast -

Tech Savvy Girlz -

iTunes -

· Social Connections
Taking IT Global This section of TakingITGlobal focuses on online community building and cross cultural dialogue. Total Members: 237,543 TRY the following:
· Discussion Boards Discuss everything from the digital divide to peace and conflict with hundreds of other TakingITGlobal members!
· Member Stories Are you inspired, informed and involved? These people are! This section is dedicated to showcasing the personal perspectives, ideas and issues facing TIG members.
· Member Search Browse through TakingITGlobal's vast youth network! You can find members based on location, language, interests, and more.
· E-Cards Let a friend or family member know you're thinking of them on their birthday or other special occasion with one of the free e-Cards in our collection!
The Global Education Collaborative
Helping Teachers and Students Reach the World..... This is a community for teachers and students interested in global education. Contribute by adding media, conversation, and collaborative project ideas. Make sure you post an intro in the forum!

· Welcome to iConnect iLearn in the 21st Century,

· Demo - **** - Social bookmarking engine…(online bookmarking), it connects people to websites

Proof of Concept Projects

Most of GLI will be about merely exposing you to exciting ways Google tools can be used in education. When you leave, we hope you will run with some of these ideas and implement them in your classroom—or in your role as a professional developer. Several of the activities you will participate in today will be interactive, but one in particular will require you to learn-by-doing as you create something new: the proof-of-concept project.
In the last day of GLI, you will be able to put into practice something you've learned. You will choose a tool (or tools) that you're interested in and then work with a partner (or two) to create a project that illustrates how the tool might be used for a specific educational purpose.
Reading the following steps will help you complete this challenging activity:
1. As you participate in GLI, consider which of the tools you might want to explore in more depth.
2. When we begin the proof-of-concept projects, select a partner (or two) from within your team. You will work with this person (or these two people) to create a "mock up" of something you might use in your role as an educator—or that students might create themselves.
3. Keep an open mind about collaborating with others who teach different grades or different subjects—or who have other roles as educators. You may be pleasantly surprised by the results of collaborating outside your own professional silo. Remember you need to have a product in 30 minutes, so don't let little details (or big egos) bog you down.

With your partner(s), spend about 30 minutes creating a proof-of-concept that meets the

1. following criteria:

o Utilizes at least one Technology or Google tool
o Is tailored for a specific educational purpose
o Illustrates how you or students would use the tool
o Demonstrates the concept sufficiently that other educators might implement it
o Is incomplete ;)
1. This is an exercise in "rapid prototyping." You will need to exercise your creativity and put your innovative streak to work. We look forward to seeing what you produce.
2. Each group of partners will have 15 minutes to share their project with others on your team.
3. Finally, your team will share one of the projects with the large group.
4. Each of your projects will also be mentioned to the large group so that others might contact you if they are interested in your project.
5. Ideally, we'll also get links to all the proof-of-concept projects to share with other educators!

Have fun!

Drill earth

Google earth education

Google Mashups

Class examples: