Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Content-related Websites!

It's time to move away from the more philosophical discussions and share some more practical tools and websites I've come across recently.

Language Arts:

  • Lit Trip-this is a mashup of literary works and Google Earth. You need Google Earth installed and then you download the .kmz file that has been created for books like The Kiterunner or The Grapes of Wrath. Of course, it would be useful to have students learn how to create their own Lit Trip.
  • This tool allows anyone to add text bubbles to any video clip. You could use it as a way to add comments or evaluations to a video or maybe translate into another language.
  • Ottobib is just but one site that makes MLA or APA citations a breeze. There isn't a high school student out there who shouldn't be taught how to automate this once time-consuming task.
  • Microsoft recently launched the Encyclopedia of Life. The site's mission is to document and chronicle every living plant and animal. It's an amazing resource.
  • If you are familiar with Google Earth, then try Google Sky. Along the same vien, for all astronomy lovers, Microsoft also launched World Wide Telescope.
  • Another wonderful science site, but interesting to just about anyone is a 3D human anatomy website called @ http://www.visiblebody.com/. The is a downloadable product that has amazing zoom, transparency, rotation, and other 3D capabilities.
Social Studies:
  • Having students create their own historical timelines can be a very useful strategy. This is getting easier and more detailed at www.xtimeline.com.
  • The National Archives has opened it's digital vault. A wonderful resource for primary documents.
  • Government teachers might find the Dirksen Congressional Center's archive of lesson plans useful.


  • The National Gallary of Art has a nice BRUSHter program for digital painting.
Have Fun!


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