Free Technology for Teachers: GeoSettr – Create a Street View Geography Game

Free Technology for Teachers: GeoSettr – Create a Street View Geography Game.

Richard Byrne recently posted about GeoSettr. This is a fun activity to get students familiarized with different parts of the world. It takes pictures from Google Streetview and you have to guess the location on the map of the world. It is good from a science perspective as well because you have to look at the weather, types of trees, and various landforms. These clues allow you to make an educated guess of the location on the map. You receive points based upon your answer. The closer to the actual location, the more points you receive.

Once you are finished, you can send the link to someone else through email. This allows you to compare results to see who was most accurate. For those of you that are Edmodo users, your students could post the link of their challenge directly on the message board on Edmodo. This would allow anyone in the class to meet the challenge.

via Free Technology for Teachers: GeoSettr – Create a Street View Geography Game.

Teaching American History – American Revolution Interactive

If you are looking for a great resource for teaching the American Revolution, check out teachingamericanhistory.org and their interactive map for the American Revolution .

Here you can find a map with each location listed in chronological order. At each point on the map, a short description of the significance is given. The interactives are broken into three sections: 1775-1778, 1778-1781, and Treaty of Paris.

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TerraClues – Google Maps scavenger hunt game | Teach Amazing!

TerraClues – Google Maps scavenger hunt game | Teach Amazing!.

Mark Brumley recently posted the above link on Twitter, and I was glad that I was able to come across it. (If you do not follow him…do it now!) TerraClues is a free resource that utilizes Google Maps to create a virtual scavenger hunt. You can create clues, the students have to figure out the location of the clue, and they move on to the next clue.

Mark suggests that this would make a great opportunity to familiarize students with a specific area in the world whenever they are reading a novel or studying history. When I read Number the Stars by Lois Lowery to my fourth graders, this would have made a great resource to build their schema.

To add to his post, I came across a Youtube video that shows how to create your own education accounts so that you can track student progress.

I also came across a video for how to create your own “Terrahunt.” If you are one that would rather see full directions before jumping in headfirst, this one is for you.

via TerraClues – Google Maps scavenger hunt game | Teach Amazing!.

Mission-us.org

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Mission-us.org is a website intended for students from fifth to eighth grade. It primarily focuses on two areas of American history. The American Revolution and the Civil War era.

What is exciting about this website is that it provides lessons plans/curriculum guides that will assist you in implementing the materials in your classroom. You are not left rooting through the materials to determine what comes next. With it completely laid out for you, implementation should go fairly smooth. I would recommend having a student or two try it out to see if it is something that would be of value to you.

The students participate in a role playing game of characters living during this time period. It gives the student the opportunity to see with their own eyes what the era was like and deepen their understanding of our history. Imagine how much easier it would be to read from the textbook or articles if they had a good amount of prior knowledge developed.

It is well worth your time. Students can create accounts on their own. They only have to create a username and password. No email addresses or other personal information is necessary. It is not available on the iPad.

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Sell Lemonade for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

When I taught fourth grade, I did an entire math unit on Coffee Shop from coolmath-games.com. Students had to figure out how much it cost them per cup based upon the recipe they set for their coffee shop.  They would determine what price they could set based upon the recipe to maximize their profits. They had to also consider factors such as the weather. The kids really enjoyed this activity, and for many of them it really stretched their thinking to crunch the numbers rather than just play the game itself.

Setting a specific purpose for a game is powerful. Yes, the students could have very well played the game just for entertainment value. However, that would defeat the purpose of school now wouldn’t it? I’m all for teaching the students to use these devices…

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Free Technology for Teachers: Shmoop Now Offers History, Math, and Literature Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Shmoop Now Offers History, Math, and Literature Videos.

 

Shmoop is a resource that is more geared toward upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. They now have short videos about various mathematics, historical, and literature topics.

The link I provided is to another blog post about the topic. I have to agree with the author that the videos are not very comprehensive. Sometimes the videos are just plain silly. However, I think they would be a fun way to introduce a topic to the class.

As always, make sure you view the content first before showing it to your class. 🙂

via Free Technology for Teachers: Shmoop Now Offers History, Math, and Literature Videos.

American History Time Line for iPad on the iTunes App Store

American History Time Line for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

via American History Time Line for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

This interactive timeline provides a great resource for students to view the events in American history. Students can scroll along the timeline to view icons of different events, tap on the icons to read about the events, and also compare it to the major world events that have taken place along the bottom of the timeline.

The app helps to put history into perspective for our young students. I recall timelines as one of my favorite things when looking at a history book. Imagine how much I would have enjoyed it had I been using an iPad with this application?