Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Internet Safety

Before we get started with our 1 to 1 computers this year, you may want to use one of the following sites to teach your students about Internet Safety.

Safety Land- An interactive city that teaches Internet safety.  Students help the Safety land hero catch a bad Internet character by searching buildings in the city and answering Internet safety questions.

Kidsmart- Covers a wide variety of topics including chatting, networking and file sharing.  Includes videos to help teach the lessons.

Webonauts by PBS-Webonauts Internet Academy is a web original game for PBS KIDS GO! that gives kids 8- to 10-year-old an opportunity to have some fun while exploring what it means to be a citizen in a web-infused‚ information-rich world. It is an engaging experience on its own but becomes all the more powerful when parents and teachers use game play as a springboard for conversations about media literacy and citizenship in the 21st Century.

Professor GarfieldLessons on online safety, cyber-bullying, and fact or opinion and forms of media.  Each section includes a video, game, and quiz.

We plan to teach online safety, but also to hold many conversations throughout the year on digital citizenship.  If you find a site for teaching Internet Safety please share it with us.    

Monday, August 15, 2011

Google Shared Spaces

I discovered something fun from Google called Google Shared Spaces.  There are some great spaces to embed or share with others.  Here is one I made called Yes/No/Maybe.  Go ahead and cast your vote.

Embedded from Google Shared Spaces. Create your own space.

There are several other options which would be fun for students to embed into their own blogs or share by email.  I recommend checking out Google Shared Spaces for your classroom.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Online Picture Dictionary

Ipicthat is the world’s first free online dyslexic talking picture dictionary, aimed at people who suffer from dyslexia, specific learning difficulties and poor readers.

I like that each word in the dictionary has an audio pronunciation that breaks down the sounds.  The tabs on the left offer the dictionary, scenarios (examples are kitchen, street, classroom etc), rules (examples are silent e, long and short vowels, spelling tips etc), and letter sounds (a wheel of the abcs with an image for each letter).
See below:

Check out this online version of a picture dictionary.