I found Hands Symphony on one of my favorite resources, KB Connected. I think that it is a great site for composing a tune to email to someone you care about while at the same time spreading life-saving information about CPR. Even if you aren’t planning to e-mail your composition, your students will have fun with this creative way to make music. I thought it was appropriate to post a site sponsored by the American Heart Association on Valentine’s Day:)
Valentine’s Activities for the SmartBoard, created by SmartBoard Smarty, can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers. My GT 2nd graders were completely engaged by the Sudoku activity. Do not be alarmed by the title of the site. There are many great resources here that are absolutely free. You do have to register for an account (which is also free) in order to download them, but I have found many quality materials here that make registering well worth my time. This particular one is in SmartBoard format, but there are also Powerpoints, Word Documents, and PDF files. While you are visiting Teachers Pay Teachers, you might want to think about starting your own “store” on their site. Their biggest seller, Deanna Jump, has made over $500,000 by selling her self-designed materials here!
It is difficult to describe this mysterious, whimsical game, so I will quote the iTunes summary, “Explore a dream-like world of eleven beautifully-constructed environments in this iPad adaptation of the classic desktop adventure. Equal parts puzzle game, playful toy, and living picture-book, Windosill rewards playful investigation with mysterious and beautiful surprises.”
My nine year old daughter saw me trying to solve a level, and soon we were both deeply engrossed in finding the solution. We completed the game together, and then she wanted to start it over again from the beginning. Her perseverance in trying to puzzle out each level was admirable.
Vectorpark, the company responsible for this game, also has other iOS apps, which you can view here.
Ever heard of Speed Dating? The concept is to meet with a person for a few minutes, chat, and then move on to another person. The short discussion with the potential date allows each participant to determine if he or she thinks it is worth pursuing the relationship any further.
The other day, I saw a variation on this idea that, believe it or not, is perfect for education. It is called Speed Booking, and the students are given the opportunity to learn a little about a group of books so they can decide which ones pique their interest. If this post piques your interest, check out the details at iLearn Technology!
Although I have not participated in these Synergy challenges before, the e-mail from them in my mailbox the other day intrigued me. I think that students would be excited by the Winter Challenge, which is to design and produce a game. The deadline is April 1, 2012. There is no entry fee. See the website for the rules and a great rubric that you might want to download even if you aren’t planning to enter the contest!
I have never been good at building things, or at solving spatial puzzles, for that matter. But Bridge Builder is an intriguing problem-solving game that your students will enjoy. The object is to use the provided triangles to create a bridge for the motorcycle. You can rotate the triangles and change their size, if you wish. This game, though internet based, reminds me of the Bubble Ball app for iDevices I have reviewed in the past. Bridge Builder is part of the website called Toy Theater, which offers many learning activities for younger students in several different subjects.
You Can Do the Rubik’s Cube has a surprising number of resources for using this “toy” for learning. Frustrated by this endless cube of fun? There are downloadable teacher resources that integrate math, as well as solution manuals. There are activities for all ages, including The Candy Game for ages 7-17. In addition to the free materials, there is an education kit available, a t-shirt, and links to competitions for schools and youth groups.