Friday, June 12, 2009

Five for Friday: Looking At Things Differently Edition

I guess it should not be so weird to me that these links tend to naturally have a common theme, however loose it may be. I'm probably subconsciously picking them out because my mind is focused on the topic (and in this case, looking at things from different angles is something I try to do constantly). Without further pondering, here we go:
  1. Meet Me At The Corner - Take your students on virtual field trips (in the form of video podcasts and other educational clips) to New York City and beyond on this new, growing website. For teachers looking to have their students create short-form video content, there's also a lot of "how to" videos as well. The site is geared towards children ages 7-12.
  2. All My Faves [Education] - This new portal isn't really a search engine so much as is it a directory of top sites in the most searched-for categories. The sites are listed by logo, in order of popularity. This Education page lists sites from 31 subcategories in one place, which at first might look overwhelming, but could prove convenient when looking for the best of a given topic. It's a novel approach worth exploring.
  3. What Do You Do On The Last Day Of Class (Part Two) - Larry Ferlazzo shares reader suggestions on a topic we're all thinking about, as well as links to evaluation forms and similar resources.
  4. Sam Loyd: Classic Puzzles and Riddles - Wired:GeekDad honors a famous creator of puzzles and riddles that would be great challenges or brain teasers for students in just about any class.
  5. Ear Plugs to Lasers: The Science of Concentration [NY Times via Lifehacker] - I read an article like this and think not so much about concentrating on my personal work (like this website), but how to apply this in the classroom on a micro and macro level. Do we need to fundamentally reconstruct the school day, or just our lessons?
Share your thought and links in the comments. Thank you as always for reading!