Technology Gems, Ideas, and Facts
Friday, April 9, 2010
Gem ~ a website or application that might work well for you or your students
Looking for a new way for students to interact with vocabulary? Try Lexipedia. The tagline for the site is “where words have meaning.” Type in a word (in English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, or Italian) and you’ll be presented with a color-coded concept map of the word and other related words. The colors refer to parts of speech, which are then listed in tabs on the left side of the screen. Mousing over a word brings up a small window with a short definition, usage, and an audio file to hear the word’s pronunciation. This is a great way for students to explore new words. (http://www.lexipedia.com/)
Idea ~ a way to enhance your LFS lessons with technology
I’ve shared quite a few resources for finding and making graphic organizers, but how about making your graphic organizers 3-D? Larry Ferlazzo has created a list of the best teacher resources for foldables. When I was teaching first grade my students made countless four-folds, eight-folds, and flip books, but these sites provide lots of ingenious ways to fold paper so that students can interact with content in a new way. (http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/06/07/the-best-teacher-resources-for-foldables/)
Fact ~ Just a bit of information
Earth Day is April 22nd. I’ve been collecting some links with information and activities for all grade levels. Discovery Ed Streaming also has many videos related to Earth Day. Don’t forget to check out our own Rec. Department’s E-Day activities as well.
Have a great weekend!