I just found MapEnvelope today. This unique site has you identify a location on Earth and then uses Google Maps to create a printable / foldable envelope with that map. You not only can identify the site - you can also add a personal message. This could be very fun for any type of report (image the subjects that could use the concept "where on Earth is this?" I've attached an envelope with the address for Intel Hillsboro OR on it!
Thanks for finding this Glen.
I saw one last night, that looked interesting. You can upload videos and have your students insert comments, say comment on an experiment. I have not played with it yet, but intend to. http://www.viddler.com/
If you ever need to generate rnadom numbers, lists, and etc. for class activities, then you will want to check out Random.org.,
http://www.random.org/, an online true number generator service that generates randomness via atmospheric noise. Use it for all kinds of number selections, everything from deciding who goes next even to flipping a coin. There are some heavy explanations of how it all works, but the main thing is that it works right. Having been around since 1998, the site says this mostly free service has generated over 909,667,129,243 “acts of randomness” equivalent to the contents of 166.8 CDs or 23 DVDs. I am sure there are other sites, services, and software that will do the same thing, but this site just strikes my fancy, and I think you might like and share it as well.
Here's a site to add to your graphic organizer list: Spicynodes
Spicynodes allow you to add text, links, documents, images, and video to organized nodes to visually engage your audience. I had students from a 5th grade class to lead a presentation to teachers on how to use this resource in the classroom. I video-taped these students. They demoed the site and then gave examples of how teachers could use it at different grade levels with different content. These kids did an awesome job!
More fun websites to try out:
While we are well in to this school year, I realized I did not add Furly to the list. This awesome tool allows me to shorten several website links into one link. I find this helpful when I want to provide students several links related to what we need to do on the computer. One of the best uses for me has been to make it easier for students to do webquests. They enter one url and are able to visit each of the webquest urls.
From a classroom management perspective Furly is fantastic! There is a slim goldenrod bar at the top of the browser window. This bar has right and left arrows for students to navigate webpages. As the teacher, I like how easy it is for me to recognize students who might be off-task because their browser window is missing that goldenrod bar.
Do you back up your files? I need to do better at that. Have you ever wondered if things you put online are backed up? Get a free back up service at http://www.backupify.com/
I use it to back up my Google, Picasa and Twitter files.
Check it out. Makes me feel better that I am backing up at least something!