Five Sites for Busy Educators -K-12

5 Sites for Busy Educators By Marjan Glavac
Site: http://www.thebusyeducator.com
About: Marjan is currently a gr.6 home room teacher at Wilfrid Jury Public School in London, Ontario, Canada where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information about Marjan Glavac, his books, keynotes, training and seminars, visit him at his site at http://www.thebusyeducator.com.See Authors Posts (16)

Each month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher and co-author of “How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom”, presents The Busy Educator’s Monthly Five — five websites for educators that are easy to read, simple to use and worthwhile to know.

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TEACHING IS
http://www.teachingis.com/
A video that shows what teaching is all about

DEXTER’S DISCOVERIES (TEACHERS)
http://dextr.xanga.com/http://www.xanga.com/DEXTR
This is a blog of lesson plans, links, and ideas for teachers.

POPSCI.COM (PARENTS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS GR. 4-UNIVERSITY)
http://www.popsci.com/Popular Science has been a leading source of science and technology news since its inception way back in 1872. PopSci.com first came online in 1999, and in 2008 underwent their biggest redesign yet.

TINAFAD – HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS AND MATH SIMULATIONS (GR.10 -12 http://www.tinafad.com/TEACHERS) http://www.tinafad.com/
This educational website uses computer simulations to help high school students understand physics and math.

BOOK REPORT SANDWICH STATION (TEACHERS, STUDENTS GR. 3-5)
http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/sandwich.asp
This resource from Scholastic.com is a great way to support student writing with http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/sandwich.aspprompts for plot, setting, character, and personal response. Students can add a graphic before printing the final draft.

Next Vista for Learning

What’s NextVista.org?

An online library of free videos for learners everywhere – our goal is to gather a set of resources to help you learn just about anything, meet people who make a difference in their communities, and even discover new parts of the world. Next Vista for Learning wants to post your educational videos online, too. Everyone has an insight to share and yours may be just what some student or teacher somewhere needs!

Education Week: New Technology Could Offer Savings, Educational Boon

New Technology Could Offer Savings, Educational Boon

By Ian QuillenPremium article access courtesy of Edweek.org.

The recessionary pressures that have forced school leaders to make painful program and personnel cuts may also have accelerated the quest for savings through innovation—and enhanced the allure of educational technology as a vehicle.Online curricula, distance learning, netbooks and cellphones in the classroom, and Web 2.0 tools—think Facebook and Skype—as a means of student collaboration have all gained luster as the drive to do more with less overlaps with the demands of educating a generation of digital natives.Still unclear, though, is just how significant such innovations are likely to prove as a cost-cutting strategy, whatever their educational value.It’s a front-and-center issue for administrators involved in educational technology, so much so that the theme of this spring’s Consortium for School Networking conference—hosted by the Washington-based advocates for the nation’s precollegiate and postsecondary chief technology officers—is how to use the financial climate to their advantage.

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Can Quora Find Answers to Work-Related Questions?: Online Collaboration «

Can Quora Find Answers to Work-Related Questions?

By Aliza Sherman Jan. 9, 2011, 7:20pm PDT 3 Comments

I’ve been looking at Quora for the last month, trying to figure out if it might be valuable for web workers.

What Can You Do On Quora?

In simple terms, you can ask a question on Quora and include some details for your question; comment on a question; answer a question; add a followup question, or flag a question. You can also publish a post to Quora, but for now, let’s just focus on the Q&A portion of the site.

Using Quora can be very confusing at first. Finding a topic, for example, isn’t immediately obvious or intuitive. Your only option seems to be “Add Question” in the field that appears at the top of the page. If you start entering a question, the site begins looking for questions with similar words, presenting them in a drop-down menu.

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