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Monday, March 30, 2009

That Quiz

Here is another great resource to give a chance to your students to get a little bit more practice in math, language or geography: That Quiz! The tool is totally free to use. It includes a series of randomize quizzes in arithmetic, about fractions, probability, time, money, measure, place value, graphs and geometry. Most quizzes can be configured to increase or decrease the level of difficulty and students get immediate feedback. When it comes to languages, students can practice English, Spanish, French and German. The language quizzes include definitions, translations and verbs. In geography, the students can get quizzes for the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. The quizzes include countries, rivers and capitals all with an actual map of the continent. It is an excellent way for your students to get unlimited practice when studying. It is perfect for parents who want some "extra work" to do with their children. I hope you like this site.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Food Chains

This nice Flash animation about food chains will enhance your ecology lessons. At first, the student is presented with information about energy, producers and consumers. Then the student can complete three food chains: one for woodland, another for a river and finally one for seashore. The animation is offered for free by Crickweb from the UK.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

YouTube Edu

In the past few months, I presented many video sharing website that looked and worked like YouTube, but that were dedicated to education rather than general video. It seems that YouTube has decided to do that by itself by now offering a section on YouTube with videos from colleges and universities called YouTube Edu. The videos are mostly professionally produced and although some are mostly promotional about programs offered at these colleges and universities, some of them have good educational value. Many of these videos could be used in high school as a way for students to explore careers and post-secondary education.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Positive and Negative Numbers

If you are looking for a great slide show to help your students understand positive and negative numbers, I found a great one on Docstop. The slideshow is composed of 29 slides and is based on a number line. It also includes real life examples to help students better understand the difference between positive and negative numbers. The slide show also includes explanations on how to add integers. By registering with the Docstop website, you can also download the document on your computer.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Study Stack

Today, this resource is a little treasure for your students who need some help with studying. Both students and teachers can use it. Study Stack is a website that lets you enter data that you need to memorize for a test (or just because you want to remember it). Once the data is entered, you can easily produce flashcards, study stack, study table, matching exercise, hangman game, crossword, word search game, unscramble game, fill in the blank and a bug match game. The best thing is that you can even export the data and games for various portable devices such as the iPhone or the iPod. You can also get embed code of the flashcards to include them on your website. Your Study Stacks are available to other users and you can access the Study Stacks produced by other users. You need to create an account to produce your own data, but the site is compatible with Facebook connect. Students can access your content without creating an account. On the picture to the left, I created a Study Stack about the Canadian provinces capital.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Math Vids is a website dedicated to providing high quality, instructional, free math videos to middle school, high school, and college students who need math help. There are videos about various subjects including basic math, algebra, statistics, trigonometry, geometry, differential equations, linear algebra and calculus. There is also a section with videos "Just for fun" presenting concept that are not necessarily part of the curriculum but are still interesting for any math enthusiast. Videos are produced by teachers across the country. You can even become a contributor to the site. Videos are reviewed by users as well as by the staff with a star rating system. You have very limited access to the videos if you don't sign up to the site. Signing-up is free and gives you access to watch unlimited videos. If you prefer to have access to download the videos to watch them off-line and if you want to see them in full screen, then you need to get a premium membership. However, if ads don't bother you, the free version works very well. Videos are added on a daily basis.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

SuperKids Math Worksheet Creator

You are a parent or a teacher and you need worksheets to give some drill to your child or student. It takes you a while to try to prepare random ones in your favourite word processor? Well you won't need to do that anymore with SuperKids Math Worksheet Creator. With this free online worksheet creator, you can quickly print a sheet to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, fraction, order of operations, percentages, rounding, averages, exponents, factorials, prime numbers and many more. The great thing is that you can configure the worksheet the way you want. As an example, you can mix addition and subtraction, you can choose minimum and maximum numbers, you can choose to have only integers or to have decimals, you can choose whether you want common denominator or not, etc. And the best thing, you can also print the answer key!

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Common Craft Show

If you are trying to teach modern computer science concepts to your students, especially those that have to do with web 2.0 in your computer science classroom, you will probably like The Common Craft Show. It is a series of videos produced with a white board and a few drawings on paper. But the simplicity works well as it makes concepts that are somewhat complex easier to understand. The videos are said to be in plain English so even your grandma could understand concepts like social media, twitter, web search strategy, phishing scams, podcasting, online photo sharing or blogs. The free versions of the videos are for "non-commercial" use, meaning that commerical organizations can't display the videos without their permission. However, if you need to use them for commercial use, there is a video store where you can purchase a license. I hope you will like these little videos... I do!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The visual dictionary

This resource is a little treasure for all teachers and their students! The visual dictionary is now available on-line and is entirely free! It is not an imitation here. It is the real one published by Merriam-Webster and that is also available on paper and on CD-ROM. I already own the version on CD-ROM of this dictionary and I find it very difficult to always have to reinstall it when I reformat my computer or when I switch computer. Now, all I have to do is to bookmark the visual dictionary and it is available from any computer.

This is a very useful tool for students, especially those who better understand when looking at a picture. The dictionary is also useful when we can think mentally of an object, but we have no idea how to call it. As it is the case for the CD-ROM version, the dictionary is divided in 15 major themes such as plant kingdom, animal kingdom, house, food, science, arts, etc. The dictionary also include the audio version of each word, which is very useful for students who don't have English as their first language. I hope you will add a shortcut to this site on your computer desktop on in your web browser.