Larry Ferazzo, of Edublogs, lists what he considers the best learning games of 2013. They include World Geography Games, Inca Investigation, The China Games, Plan It Green Live, Broken Picture Telephone, Jay Is Games, Earth Picker, Lifesaver, Room Escape Maker, GR8CTZ—Great Cities of the World, and LocateStreet. This is the second of the 2013 lists. The first list features Wonderground, Pursued, GeoGuessr, Depression Quest, The Republica Times, Breakaway, Quandary, and Review Game Zone. The Edublog includes links to the recommended games. You’ll also find links to the best games of previous years.
Open new worlds of knowledge by going to iTunes Virtual Field Trips. There, you’ll find “trips” to museums, historic
sites, historic site apps, National Parks, National Parks apps, Libraries,
Library apps, Performing Arts, and Performing Arts apps. There are Mummy
Chamber videos from the Brooklyn Museum, Musee du Louvre HD app ($2.99), Beyond
New York Sight (audio, Manhattan), Garden Grounds New York Botanical Garden
(free, audio/video), Guggenheim app (free), Smithsonian Mobile app (free),
National Parks by National Geographic app (free), Treasures of the New York
Public Library (audio), Today’s Document from the National Archives app (free),
MoMA Audio: Kids (free), A Jazzy Day: Music Education Book for Kids app
($4.99), and much more. By the way, A
Jazzy Day has garnered great reviews.
Students love to connect with other students for global
learning projects, but sometimes it’s difficult to find the perfect
collaboration partner. You might want to look into ePals, since it could be
called the standard when it comes to global communication. It’s easy to get
started with global projects with ePals.
All you have to do is to fill in the form, and you are ready to use this free
global learning community. You’ll get help finding classroom matches according
to the language you wish to use (English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, or
Chinese) and the age level of your students (1-7, 8-10, 11-13, 13-16, and 17+).
You can create your own collaborative project or join projects started by other
teachers and students. ePals’ Schoolsafe eMail, Web 2.0 tools, and resources
are available to help you and your students connect and interact with other
classes around the world.ePals sponsors
and partners include National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and Cobblestone & Cricket magazine. To
learn more about ePals, watch the video available on the ePals opening page.
Geographic’s MapMaker Kits you and your students can download, print, and
assemble wall-sized maps of the world, United
States, Asia, Europe, American, Africa, Australia &
Oceania, and the Polar Regions. What are
called “Mega” maps can be assembled by your students on the floor or tabletop.
There are also one-page outline maps for individual use.MapMaker Kit Activities such as Mapping
Watersheds, Mapping Blue Whale Migration, and Explorers of the Americas are
available to give you suggestions for use of the MapMaker Kits. The free kits
come with directions for assembly, but the maps can be assembled by students in
for ideas related to geography, ePals, life in China, using Skype in the
classroom, or understanding cultures? Try Edutopia’s Pinterest pinboard Around The World. Or how about
information on edible schoolyards, project-based learning, design, art
integration, technology, and loads of other topics? There are 82 pins so far on the Students Like Tech board, some of which
include information about using games for learning, tech tools with feedback
for students, ultra cool educational sites, teaching with tablets,
back-to-school apps, and where we are in digital learning. Other Pinboards
target Common Core, school supplies, mobile classrooms, careers, Halloween,
reading lists, . . .
If you are one
of many of us who love National Geographic, you might want to take a look at
online resources and books available from National
Geographic and GALE Cengage Learning. You’ll find National Geographic
Magazine Archives from 1888-1994; National Geographic Magazine Archives from
1995-present; and National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World. Every
page of the magazines is available along with full-text books, hundreds of
videos, maps, atlases, and over 600 downloadable images. —It’s a perfect
resource for engaging student assignments and course transition to online
The TL (Technology & Learning) Advisor Blog has selected Common Core Apps for Special Needs students. Part I of the selections features Apps that meet all of the Grade One standards, and some for other grades as well. They include Explain Everything ($2.99), Popplet ($4.99), Feel Electronic (Free), MeeGenius (Free), Inspiration Lite (Free), Inspiration Maps (Free, Full Version $14.99), 1st Fiction ($2.99), Wordweb Audio Dictionary ($3.99), Tumblebooks to go—Munsch-6 pack ($5.99), and National Geographic Kids (one free sample, individual magazines $3.99, subscription $19.99). Find out more about each of these Apps that can be put to work for Special Needs children by clicking on the TL Advisory Blog. Also make sure to look for Part II of the recommendations.
Geography teachers should appreciate Britain from Above, a free gallery of over 16,000 historical aerial images of the United Kingdom, 1919-1953. To find images, you and your students can search by clicking on an interactive map or entering a place name. There are sections to help you with browsing through the photo galleries; finding photos you or your students would like to view; and adding comments, photos, and adding keywords. Why not explore the castles of England and Scotland, classical architecture, railways, canals, unidentifiable photos, coastlines, islands, ...?
The iPad app Octopus Planet 123 ($2.99) takes children ages three and up on a trip around the world. While on the trip, they learn about animals, habitat, and number systems. Children have fun as they take on comparing, taxonomy, sequence, matching, shapes, ordering, classifying, adding, and counting. The app is available in the iTunes Store in fifteen different languages.
Octopus Planet 123 LITE is free and offers a good way to try out the app.