Teacher Resources

Google Search Education

Google Search Education is a set of lesson plans designed for students to teach search strategies, including use of apporpriate search terms, use of filters to narrow searches, evaluation of sources, and much more.  The lessons are broken down by topic and skill level. Incorporate one of more of these lessons into your research projects, and contact your librarian to provide additional expertise and resources.


PTHS Resources for Differentiated Instruction

PTHS Resources for Differentiated Instruction

Links and information on databases and online encyclopedias available at PTHS.  Because these resources include features like text to voice, they are a great way for special education and general education teachers to provide resources, materials, and instruction to students at all levels.


PicMonkey

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a free, online photo-editing tool. The nice thing about PicMonkey is that you don’t have to create an account to edit photos.  Once you are on the website, you can upload, edit, and save images back to your computer in three easy steps.  This is a quick way for students to prepare photos for projects without downloading an additional program or registering for an account.  Basic photo-editing tools include crop, rotate, resize, and color and brightness adjustment.


Google Docs for Teachers

Google Docs for Teachers

Google Docs for Teachers is a free ebook written by Richard Byrne and posted on his blog, Free Technology for Teachers.  It gives step-by-step instructions on creating, sharing, and publishing with Google Docs. This guide is primarily for teachers who have little or no experience with this tool.  However, it could be used to help generate new ideas for teachers who already use Google Docs in their classrooms.

The ebook contains information on using documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms (surveys), and quizzes.  The instructions all include screenshots to help explain each topic.  If you are looking to learn Google Docs basics, this is a great place to start.


How can you Use Web 2.0 to Enhance your Project?

How can you Use Web 2.0 to Enhance your Project?

This blog post focuses on integrating Web 2.0 tools into the classroom.  There are links to several web tools as well as ideas for using those tools to facilitate and manage project based learning. 

 


Pinterest for Educators?

Pinterest for Educators?

Pinterest for Educators? is an article by Eric Sheninger posted in Edutopia that discusses how the social networking tool Pinterest can be used by teachers and administrators.  Pinterest is a relatively new website that allows users to “pin” web resources like images, links, and videos into an electronic bulletin board.  The article explains how Pinterest works and how it can be used for professional development and to engage students.  The comments section of the article also includes how other teachers are using Pinterest in the classroom.


E-Learning Tools and Resources

E-Learning Tools and Resources for Schools and Education is an interactive graphic that provides links to hundreds of web2.0 resources that can be used in the classroom.  The graphic is organized by topics, including wikis, blogs, presentation, office suites, videos, audio files, photo-editing, and much more.  This is a great resource to use when you are looking for new project ideas and online tools.


WikiSpaces Tutorials

WikiSpaces Tutorials

This website includes over 20 videos on how to use the wiki tool WikiSpaces.  There is an introductory video as well as a video on using wikis in education.


Vocabulary.com

Vocabulary.com

Vocabulary.com is a site to assist students in learning vocabulary.  The site includes a vocabulary challenge, a dictionary, and a variety of vocabulary lists.


Museum Box

Museum Box

Museum Box is a tool that allows students and/or teachers to add pictures, videos, text files, and movies to a virtual box.  This is a great way for students to display research.  Museum Box is similar to Glogster, but is still free!