Wednesday, December 22, 2010

PaperRater: check for grammar mistakes and plagiarism

PaperRater, free, allows you to upload a paper and check for grammar, plagiarism and even gives writing suggestions. Would be helpful for students writing papers or for teachers to check a paper. Simply copy and paste the text into the form.

DocsTeach

DocsTeach is a website published by the Foundation for the National Archives has over 3000 primary sources selected from the National Archives, you can create your own activities based on their templates using the documents or use an existing activity such as We The People, comparing a draft of the constitution with the final version.. Primary sources are US History and cover 1754-present.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Interactive Holiday Websites Dec 24-Dec 26

A Couple of fun websites for this weekend's holidays Christmas and Kwanzaa

Christmas December 25
Send a Call from Santa
http://sendacallfromsanta.com/
This is actually pretty good, you can specify what you want Santa to say from google voice, preview it and have the message go to email, facebook, twitter or to a phone. Its pretty funny. Worth looking into. No login required.

The Gingerbread Man with Everything...
Looking for something holiday-ish, free and fun to do with your students, have them create a gingerbread person. Sponsored by SPRINT so we can look at their ad while we do it, this is a cute website. No flour, sugar, frosting or candy needed for these cookies, just click and drag. http://sprintsweets.com/. I would recommend it for all ages. No login required.


Norad Santa
http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html
Track Santa, begins Dec 24th. Visit the North Pole to play some fun games. Download google earth to track Santa around the world.

Elf Yourself
http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/
Upload a picture of yourself and you become an elf, upload up to 5 photos.


Kwanzaa December 26

Kwanzaa Paper Dollshttp://www.makingfriends.com/friends/f+kwanzaa.htm
Print, color and make your own Kwaanza paper dolls.



Kwanzaa Jigsaw Puzzleshttp://www.dltk-holidays.com/kwanzaa/puzzles/index.htm
These are really fun. Put together a Kwanzaa jigsaw puzzle online.

Coloring Pages and Activitieshttp://www.abcteach.com/directory/seasonalholidays/kwanzaa/

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Go!Animate 4 Schools NEW!

Go!Animate just launched a FREE educational version called Go!Animate 4 Schools. I was really excited to learn about this becuase a bunch of teachers have expressed interest in cartooning tools. It is really brand new so there are only a few educational examples, but looks amazing. It is drag and drop scenes, characters etc... so is easy for younger children. I love the text to speech feature so students don't have to fiddle with microphones if they aren't available. I signed up for a free school account so if you are interested, contact me and I can add you.

These are the features of the free teacher account

Teachers...
-1 free teacher account
-100 student accounts
-teachers have the ability to create characters

Students can...
- Make animation up to 2 minutes long

- Upload own music

- Text-to-voice and voice recording

- Create up to 3 characters per student

The plus version gives you a lot more for $12 per year.

Here is a sample...



GoAnimate4Schools.com: Animation class begins by Lindsey Stevens

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate4Schools. It's free and fun!

If you would like to use this with your students or create your own animation for teaching

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Google Earth 6 NEW!

Google, has upgraded Google Earth by adding 80 million trees, more historical images and updating the street view which makes it more realistic and seamless when on the street view.

To download http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html




Monday, December 6, 2010

Figment.com launched today


Figment.com, a new literary website for teens launched today. It looks interesting. Teens can write and contribute to the site and they can also read other stories, poems etc...

NY Times Article


Its worth a peek at. Might be great for students to encourage them to read or write.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Adding a signature to your email

This video shows you how to add a signature that appears on the bottom of every email you send!

(NOTE: I made in error when recording this, when you go into Mail Identities, your name should already be there, click on your name and then follow the directions. You DON'T need to click 'new'.)

Glogster PD