WWF- Schools for a Living Planet provides Lesson Plans and Community activities to connect our young Canadians with environmental issues at a local, Canadian and world-wide level. Select your province or territory at the top of the page to localize your lesson plans. Use the Lessons and Resource Link to access lessons, worksheets, and classroom activities for your grade level. Get Involved with community environmental hands-on on initiatives to engage your active learners. Don't miss out on up-to-date enviromental information for your classroom by signing up for the WWF online newsletter.
The Canadian Geographic website offers excellent teaching support about the environment for your classroom. They will continue to add to their Canada's Energy Resource over time. These resources can support Ontario teachers with the new Grades 1-8, Social Studies, History and Geography curriculum and the secondary Canadian and World Studies curriculum. Connections can also be made to the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum. View the Ontario Environmental Education Scope and Sequence of Expectations document to find coorelations to other Ontario curricula.
On this site you can:
- Book the use of giant floor maps to use with teacher ready lesson plans and support material- Topics: Energy Production and Transmission, Parks Canada, War of 1812
- Access the Energy Glossary
- Test your Energy IQ - a good pretest and introduction to the study of energy in Canada and the world
- Access the Energy Mix Library - information on Canada's energy Demand, Production and Transmission (more resources to follow by Oct, 2013)
- Participate in the the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge - 25 environmental lesson plans and activities for your classroom and community. Topics include: energy saving ideas for travel, the classroom, your household, our use of power, carbon footprint, media literacy- spreading the word about conservation, green inntiatives, our water use.
Leigh Cassesll, an Ontario Canada elementary educator has created The Digital Human Library- dHL. She has gathered over 175 Digital Human Library members that provide curriculum related digital visits for students from Kindergarten to grade 12. With increasing costs for fieldtrips outside the school combined with the time for travel and issues with safety, virtual fieldtrips can provide you with real-time connections to the world.
Register for free to access over 175 subject specific digital field trips. Provide your students with 21st Century learning opportunities through Skype or other videoconferencing technology. Imagine your students sharing stories of adventures to museums, archaeological digs, art galleries, and festivals, or explaining what the class learned from an optometrist, farmer, and musician!
On the You Remember That site you will find a collection of video clips, print media and advertisements from the 1930's to the present. If you use items from this site for classes preview and have the link set up prior to use with students. Some of the material on the site is not appropriate for children.
Mark Warner, the creater of the Ideas to Inspire site has gathered links from teachers around the world on many topics. You will find slide presentations with weblinks and how to guides for Math, Geography, IT use in the classroom, Language activities and more.
This Teachers' Ultimate Digital Kit 30+ Great Educational Technology Guides is a goldmine of information for online resources for the classroom. You will find teacher's guides for using blogs, Facebook in education, wikis, Skype, iPads, Pinterest, Graphic Organizers, Google Forms and more.
Masterpiece provides a number of excellent teacher's guides to support their films in the classroom.
- Teacher's Guides - Download the entire teacher's guide 'Film in the Classroom' or sections. Individual film guides are also included on this page.
- Using film to interpret literature
- Language of film
- Film basics
- Language of film - glossary and activities to introduce the concepts are provided
- Adaptation: Novel to Film
- Exploring screenwriting
- Literary elements: Characterization, Themes, Motifs, and Symbols, Setting, Point of View, Tone and Mood
- Film scavenger hunt outlined
- Theme/Plot Elements
Special Note: The films used as examples are for an older audience- secondary and college students. However the ideas can be adapted to junior and intermediate students. With modifications the concepts can also be used with primary students by watching age appropriate media.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning blog is a resource of free educational web tools and mobile apps for educators.
Med Kharbach provides this well researched blog about Web 2.0 tools for teachers. You can sign-up to receive new updates to his content. This is another treasure trove for 21st century teachers. This is a blog that I follow with great interest.
Visit Edtechvoice.com Blog to find a repository of tutorials, lessons, and links to using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom.
Editors, Buffy Hamilton (The Unquiet Librarian) and Kristin Fontichiaro have gathered a compilation of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors.
In the book's foreward, Dr. R. David Lankes laments that the "future of school libraries and school librarians hangs in the balance," and that even with all of the research supporting the important effects of the school librarian, "communities are presented with a false choice: reduce the number of teachers in the classroom or lay off the librarian." This, he says, is a "false choice because school librarians are teachers – their classrooms beyond the four walls of the library and extending into every classroom; indeed into every student’s home with resources and assistance."
Download this free eBook- School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come
Reveille is a short film about a couple of American Veterans and the dedication they share in paying tribute to the Flag of the United States each morning. One veteran served in the Navy and the other served in the Army. The rivalry and respect they have for each other is entertaining to watch.
Have the students watch the video and keep notes in a storyboard format about the beginning, middle and end. Then they can write a response about the emotions that this video depicts between the the soldier and the sailor. What is the message of the script writer?
Will Richardson talks about the education system for our kids in the 21st century. He poses the consideration that we need to teach our kids differently not better. He defines better as "...raising the needle on test scores". He interprets this as schools = test prep. Do take the time to have a listen. He gives us lots to think about as educators.
The 2012 Social Learning Summit is a one-day virtual conference being held as a partnership of Classroom 2.0 and the Discovery Educator Network, on Saturday, April 21st, 2012, from 9:00am - 3:00pm US Eastern Time. The conference theme is the use of social media and Web 2.0 in teaching and learning. This is a free event, with a focus on inclusion and participation. All sessions will be publicly available to attend through the online Blackboard Collaborate platform, and every session will be recorded and made available immediately following the conference. More information is available at http://www.sociallearningsummit.com
The goal of C21 Canada is to witness an accelerated pace of 21st competencies, instructional practices, and digital resources and services being integrated into Canada's learning systems.”.
Read the C21:Shifting Minds35 page pdf document.
Shifting Minds means: 1) Understanding we need to shift what we teach and how we teach to engage, empower and position learners for success; and 2) shifting Canadians' attitudes to the imperative for 21st Century.
Visit This Side of the Mirror Blog by Janet Lee Stinson. Janet Lee has held many teaching postions and shares her insights to literacy instruction, teaching practice and has recently posted suggestions for getting that full-time teaching contract.
This prezi -Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and Web 2 Tools provides links to great tools at each level of the hierarchy of this revised Bloom's Taxonomy.
David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer has created infographics on his site Information is Beautiful. His creations visualize information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words. Use the dropdown menu to select from a number of topics to explore. Have fun!
Visit The Noun Project site to find black and white generic symbols of things commonly found and understood around the world. A good source of icons for educators looking for graphics for special education communication tools.
Kenny Mikey has created a Vimeo video for the Palm Beach County and Broward County School Library Programs that explains the value of the Library Media Specialist in our elementary and secondary schools. It is a great PR video for all Media Library Specialists and Teacher-librarians to use to spead the word of their role to support student success in our schools.
Register for free with ReadWord.org to access literacy lessons with books and passages to use with the provided lessons on: (use left-hand menu)
- Author's Purpose
- Cause and Effect
- Classify and Categorize
- Compare and Contrast
- Drawing Conclusions
- Explicit Information
- Fact and Opinion
- Figurative Language
- Main Idea
- Point of View
- Pronoun Reference
- Vocabulary in Context
- Grad 5 & 6 Novel Units
This site is a treasure trove for Language Arts/Literacy teachers.
Create your own comic strip online. Created by Bill Zimmerman. Art by Tom Bloom. No site registration required.
The site also includes:
- Teacher Resources
- Comic Book Diary Idea
- Story Ideas
- Black History Month Digital Write-able
The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) released findings on Wednesday of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University, which explored the values of quality school libraries to education in New Jersey.
“The findings show that New Jersey school libraries and school librarians contribute in rich and diverse ways to the intellectual life of a school, and to the development of students who can function in a complex and increasingly digital information environment,” said Dr. Ross Todd, lead researcher in the study and CISSL director. Full study can be read at http://www.njasl.org/
Every four years we are compelled to talk about leap year with our students. Visit readwritethink.org to access preselected sites to help you develop your lessons.
Visit readwritethink.org to access preselected online links for your students to explore. There are ready-made lessons for you for grades K-12.
Teachers, take this opportunity to sign-up with EcoKids.ca to receive Class Kits.
There is a limited number of Class Kits available for free, so make sure to order yours before we run out. The deadline for ordering is Friday, February 24, 2012. The kit contains an eco calendar, book marks and stickers.
You must register (for free) to receive the Kits. When you register you will find a goldmine of resources that include lesson plans (K-8), ESL and FST lesson plans, hands-on activities, literacy resources, graphic organizers, word games, puzzles and games, tips & facts, colouring pages.
There are student links on the site as well.
gettingboystoread.com is a great site to review to get some teaching ideas and booklist to engage boys in literacy. Post this on your library website for parents. There are a number of suggestions posted to provide them with quick and easy ideas to implement.
The tag line on this site says it all-- Jump into your favorite links in only2clicks.com Watch the video on this page brought to you courtesy by Demogirl.com
This site is a quick way to make go-to links for your students. Link pages to your school library or class website.
Best Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers - Register for Free (4:00-5:00 pm EST)
In this webinar Richard Byrne will share some of his favorite free Web 2.0 tools for discovering new academic materials, hosting online discussions, and having students demonstrate what they've learned. This webinar will offer tools and tips for all K-12 teachers across all content areas.
Richard Byrne is a full-time high school social studies teacher in Maine and author of the award-winning blog, Free Technology for Teachers
Joyce Valenza PhD has created a goldmine of resources for teacher-librarians (library media specialists) using LibGuides. Check out her poster "What Do TLs Teach?"