Technology Gems, Ideas, and Facts
Friday, May 14, 2010
Gem ~ a website or application that might work well for you or your students
Simulations can be an effective way for students to apply knowledge and skills they’ve learned throughout the year. Big Picture Small World has a page dedicated to games that involve students in real world problems such as world hunger, global climate issues, energy, and world politics. High school and middle school students can use these games as a way to explore these issues and learn more about our world. (http://www.bigpicturesmallworld.com/funstuff/biggames.shtml)
Idea ~ a way to enhance your LFS lessons with technology
Admongo is a new site from the Federal Trade Commission designed to teach 8-12 year-olds about advertising with the goal of making them “more discerning consumers of information.” The site features an interactive game that takes kids through a variety of advertising scenarios and teaches them about strategies that advertisers use. There is also a curriculum developed with Scholastic, Inc. that focuses on using critical thinking skills. This could be an interesting way for students to practice extending thinking skills such as compare/contrast, error analysis, and constructing support. (http://www.admongo.gov/admongo.html)
Fact ~ Just a bit of information (or something fun)
Having students do a book report to wrap up the year? Check out this list of 10 Technology Enhanced Alternatives to Book Reports to try something new. If you want some help, just let me know!
Have a great weekend!