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Dinosaster- coming to a screen near you!

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Content - Science

CultureStreet   Activities   DinosasterHere is a game that combines dinosaur facts with extinction- Dinosaster!  With easy keyboard commands, your younger students will learn more about these prehistoric giants.

From Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers- for the complete post, please click here.

 

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What’s down there?

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Content - Science, Content - Social Studies

Journey to the Centre of the EarthJourney to the Centre of the Earth allows you to see what’s below the earth (and sea).  Before the students started, it might be interesting to give them a few of the items and have them rank them in order- so what do you think you would see first- an underground city in Turkey, the deepest underwater cycling, or a European spider crab?


From Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers- for the complete post, please click here.

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Google Add on for improved pronunciation

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Content- Cross Discipline, Google Tools

Speech Recognition is a free add on to Google Docs that allows you to convert speech (in many languages) to text.  After you have installed the add on, just open it to get started.  Once you select your language, you will want to focus on your pronunciation- if it is excellent, you will see the correct words appear on your document.  If you accent if off, you will not get the word you wanted.  Please read the blog post by Shaun Johnson.  He found his students accents improved using this applicationSpeech Recognition.

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Best class pet ever!

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Content - Science

And I know about class pets ( cleaning the rabbit cage every week was not a highlight and then there was the time I had to adopt out all the baby hamsters!).  And then there was the time the hamster escaped… good thing the ants never got out!

My friend April used to get chick eggs- and I have to admit, they were cute when they hatched.  But soon they outgrew their surroundings and had to go to the farm.

Discovery Education has solved that problem with their Virtual Class Pets site- watch the chicks (or penguins) without the need to clean the cages!  New chicks are added every month. 

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

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