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Classroom Activities Collections


Many Topics
Mostly Lesson Plans
Web-Based Contests, Projects, and Collaborative Activities

Also see WebQuests

Knowitall.org http://www.knowitall.org/ "ETV's educational Web portal, a collection of fun, interactive websites for K-12 students, teachers and parents."
African American History Collection Now Available on Knowitall Media http://scetv.org/education-blog/african-american-history-collection-now-available-knowitall-media%20


MANY TOPICS

NBC Learn
General information: http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn
See "Access NBC Learn from Blackboard" on the USC site http://uts.sc.edu/academic/blackboard/nbclearn.shtml


ETV Streamline SC
http://www.scetv.org/education/streamlinesc/
“ETV, partnering with the SC State Department of Education and the K-12 Technology Initiative, created StreamlineSC to improve and manage learning resources in South Carolina schools. The resource is available for free to all South Carolina public, private, and home schools.”

Know It All
http://knowitall.org/
This is “ETV's educational Web portal, a collection of fun, interactive websites for K-12 students, teachers and parents.”

PBS Kids
http://pbskids.org/

The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)
http://www.thegateway.org/
The Gateway is an “effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.” The Gateway is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Many of the resources are free.

Blu Web’N
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn
This is an online library of “…Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects).” Blu Web’n has been around for a long time, has a large collection, and is very well respected.

CyberGuides: Teacher Guides and Student Activities
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyberguide.html
CyberGuides are “supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature”. They are from the San Diego County Office of Education on the Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE) web site. You can choose a grade level or other subject area from the menu on the left side to get to the CyberGuides.
Example: Dragonwings by Laurence Yep www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/drag/dragtg.html

Web Links
http://www.enc.org/weblinks/?ls=ho
This list of print and non-print resources is from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse.

EdHelper
http://www.edhelper.com/
This excellent educator resource site includes thousands of lesson plans, worksheets, and WebQuests, organized by subject. It also provides additional information useful to educators.

Sites for Educators
http://techlearning.com/outlook/reviews/sites_for_edus.jhtml
This resource, which is part of Technology & Learning magazine’s web site, has links in the following categories: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Art, Reference Sites, Monthly Memos and Seasonal Sites.

MERLOT
http://www.merlot.org/Home.po MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected there along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.

Cable in the Classroom: Videos
http://www.ciconline.org/video
Links to online videos from a variety of cable channels

Interactive Websites
http://www.fsdb.k12.fl.us/rmc/content/interactivesites.html
These are not specifically for use with interactive whiteboards, but would work well with the technology.

Starfall
http://www.starfall.com/
Highly recommended site for early learners. Very interactive.

Teaching Resources from the Classroom of Laura Candler: File Cabinet [various content areas]
http://home.att.net/~teaching/filecab.htm

New Breed Software
www.newbreedsoftware.com
“Parents and teachers can download open source games and activities including arcade and educational games for use in the classroom or at home."

Apple Learning Series
http://ali.apple.com/als/kitshome.shtml
“Each Learning Series segment provides step-by-step application tutorials, educational resources, and curriculum ideas correlated to several state and national standards.”

Virtual Library on the History of Art
http://www.chart.ac.uk/vlib/teaching.html T

Federal Resource for Educational Excellence
http://www.ed.gov/free/index.html

Interactives
http://www.learner.org/interactives/index.html
“"Interactives" provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students' skills in a variety of curricular areas.”

AmbleWeb
http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/index.htm
The Ambleside C.E. Primary School site has a site full of interactive activities. Two of the main areas are called Numeracy Hour and Literacy Hour. ClickON is an area with interactive activities in various content areas. They also have Quizzes, Jigsaws, and the CyberKids Club, which has games that they have made.

CyberChase Games
http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/allgames.html

GCompris
http://gcompris.net/
“GCompris is [a free] educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational.”

Schoolsplay
http://www.schoolsplay.org/ or http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=181294
This is a “new project based on childsplay [which is a “suite of educational games for young children”] and it will become a program that offers various educational activities and the "fun and games" activities ...” [It] uses “more object oriented (OO) design.” It was developed to run on the OLPC XO laptop.

Cognitionplay
http://schoolsplay.wikidot.com/website:cognitionplay or http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=181294
This is a “variant of Childsplay [which is a “suite of educational games for young children”] but tailored to be used in a hospital to treat patients with mental diseases. The differences is mainly in the selection of activities, looks and sounds. The patients would be older or elderly people so the look and feel is less 'childish' than in Childsplay. The development of this variant is done in cooperation with a therapist from a Austrian clinic.”

MES English
http://www.mes-english.com/worksheets/
“MES English offers free printable resources that can be downloaded “for teachers of young learners” This includes flashcards, worksheets, and games, with the focus on language development.”

SEN Teacher
http://www.senteacher.org/Home/
“SEN Teacher offers a substantial collection of “printable” downloads. There are links to websites that provide information about a wide range of disabilities. There is also significant list of websites that offer free online resources.”

BrainBashers
http://brainbashers.com/
"BrainBashers features delights such as puzzles, logic and mind riddles, online games, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, stereograms, jigsaw puzzles, optical illusions, brain teasers and so much more. There's Common Answers and so many games to play, you could be here for days!"

Arcademic Skill Builders
http://arcademicskillbuilders.com/
“Arcademic Skill Builders are research-based and standards-aligned educational games that offer an innovative approach to teaching basic academic skills.”

Kids KnowIt Network
http://www.kidsknowit.com/
Free educational Websites For the young, and the young at heart.”

Pogo
http://www.pogo.com/
“Pogo is a great place to play free online games, including online puzzle games, online word games, online card games, and online board games.”

Mrs O’s House
http://www.mrsoshouse.com/
“The activities cover a wide variety of topics and offer many levels of difficulty.”

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet
http://yucky.discovery.com/flash/

Ed Heads – Activate Your Mind
http://www.edheads.org/
Edheads brings you high quality, free educational activities for your classroom” Silly things, mostly related to science and health. There are some interesting resources, too.

Brain Den
http://brainden.com/
Riddles, puzzles, illusions, brain games, etc. – some general, many related to math.

Toon University
http://www.toonuniversity.com/default.asp?f=t
The site is pretty busy, but if you can get to the ACTIVITIES link at http://www.toonuniversity.com/g_cat_m.asp there are some interesting materials.

Fun Brain
http://www.funbrain.com/

Kids Click – Web search for kids by librarians
http://www.kidsclick.org/
“KidsClick! was created by a group of librarians … as a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites.”

SparkTop
http://www.sparktop.org/intro.html
“SparkTop.org is run by the Professor Garfield Foundation (PGF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the FREE delivery of fun, engaging educational content. Jim Davis, creator of Garfield the Cat, had to overcome asthma and a stutter as a young child and feels that ALL of us have some challenge to overcome as we learn.”

FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)– Kids Page
http://www.fbi.gov/fbikids.htm

CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) – Kid’s Page
https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/index.html

Thunk
http://www.thunk.com/
You can make and send secret (scrambled) messages. There is also information about secret codes.

Kids Know It Network
http://www.kidsknowit.com/


MOSTLY LESSON PLANS


Lesson Plan Library
http://teach.utk.edu/
Project ImPACT

TeacherVision
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/
“Lesson plans, printables and more”

WEB-BASED CONTESTS, PROJECTS, AND COLLABORATIVE ACTIVITIES


Internet Projects Registry
http://www.gsn.org/gsh/pr/index.cfm
“This is the original clearinghouse for collaborative projects from across the globe - projects hosted by the Global SchoolNet Foundation, other reputable organizations, and outstanding partner projects conducted by teachers worldwide!”

ThinkQuest
www.thinkquest.org
“ThinkQuest is an international website-building competition, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation. Teams of students and teachers are challenged to build websites on educational topics. These websites are published in the popular ThinkQuest Library…”
Example of a general topic in the Libraries area of the site: ThinkQuest for Computer Ethics
http://www.thinkquest.org/library/site_sum.html?lib_id=1529&team_id=26658

CyberFair
http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/cf/
“International Schools CyberFair is an award-winning, authentic learning program used by schools and youth organizations around the world. Youth conduct research and publish their findings on the Web. about their local communities and then publish their findings on the World Wide Web. … Students evaluate each other's projects by using a unique online evaluation tool. … CyberFair encourages youth to connect the knowledge they learn in school to real world applications.”You may want to begin by looking at the “At a Glance” area of this site, You can see examples by “Looking Back” through the years.

Curriculum-Based Telecomputing
http://virtual-architecture.wm.edu/Projects+Resources/
This is by Judi Harris, who is one of the leaders in the area of developing and promoting telecommunication projects in education.

Telementoring Web Page
http://mbhs.bergtraum.k12.ny.us/mentor/index.html
Many of the actual projects may no longer exist, but the examples should give you some good ideas. The guidelines would still apply to a project you want to do.

Farming in Space
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ltc/farming/farming.html
This site includes an invitation to join NASA’s International Space Station Challenge.

Global SchoolNet
http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.html
“The original resource for global project-based learning, problem-based learning, and online collaborative learning”

Collaborative Projects
http://www.k12science.org/collabprojs.html


Destination ImagiNation
http://www.idodi.org/index.php

“... students work in teams to solve mind-bending Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments.”