77 Web Resources for Teachers to Try this Summer is a web booklet created by Richard Byrne of Free Tech 4 Teachers. If you have not had time to check out his blog during the school year, this is a nice sampling of some of the great resources that he offers daily. You may have heard of Google Earth already, but have you heard of Google Body Browser? Or, how about Classics for Kids, which offers lesson plans for teaching about classical music? The summer is a great time to explore these sites, and to think about their applications for the classroom.
When Richard Byrne allowed some of us to guest post on his Free Technology for Teachers blog last week, I was fascinated by the variety in the posts. This one, in particular, struck me. The simplicity of the idea makes me regret that I haven’t tried this before now. But I certainly have plans to incorporate it in my classroom soon, thanks to the author, Alison Anderson. Ms. Anderson basically encourages the use of videos and photography in the classroom. This is not new to me. But I love the ways she incorporates them. For example, she takes pictures of the kids “in action” during class, then posts them, and assigns this homework: “Narrate what was happening and what you were thinking about in these 5 pictures of you in class today.” What a great reflection piece! I highly recommend that you read the rest of Ms. Anderson’s article to find out more ways to use cameras in the classroom.
When I wrote about the Interactive Bulletin Board my class posted in our hallway utilizing artwork, poetry, and QR codes, I promised an update on the results. The final article, with a few more details, appeared as a guest post on Free Technology for Teachers, hosted by Richard Byrne. You can check it out by clicking this link. Richard Byrne’s blog is one of my favorite resources, so I am really excited that he allowed me to share this idea with a wider audience. Thanks, Mr. Byrne!