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Happy New Year!  Hard to believe it’s 2010 already.  Just in time for the new year, I have a large list of links to share.  Mrs. DeStefano is at a workshop today and has been sharing the cool sites she is learning about with me.  There are some great sites for students and teachers here, so dive in and explore!  All links will open in a new window.


Global Trek: Virtual Travel Around the World – This is a fantastic website that lets students go on virtual field trips to many different countries.  As they travel, they keep a travel journal about what they learn.  Scholastic provides reflection questions that students can answer in their journal, or you can provide your own.  Students can create usernames and passwords (no email required!) so they can work on their journals over time.  Journals can be printed when completed.

Read Write Think – A wonderful list of online applications and games to help support literacy learning.  They have everything from character trading cards to fractured fairy tales!

BBC Bitesize Games for Literacy – Another good source for online literacy activities.

ABCYa! – Online computer activities for K-5 students.

Daily Writing Prompts – Awesome prompts grouped by month.

Math Nook – Math and puzzle games, worksheets, teaching materials, and more!

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives – Lots of great online math manipulatives.

APlus Math Games – Another good site of math games.

Math Playground – Even more math games!

KSNN – NASA’s Kids Science News Network

Tux Typing – A free typing tutor program.

Brainy Betty – Free PowerPoint backgrounds and templates.

In Pictures – Online, picture based computer tutorials.

Zamzar – Free online file converter.

Google Lit Trips – Use Google Earth to explore and enrich well known literature for all ages.

SwitchZoo – Morph and create new animals in this photorealistic zoo!

Clipart ETC – A good source for free clip art.

Jigzone – Create online jigsaw puzzles.

Nature Songs – Free source of nature photos and sound files.

Phillip Martin Clipart – More free clip art.

Find Sounds – A search engine for audio files.

Primary Source Learning – Find sources online, organize them into collections, and share with students as online lessons.

CyberBee – Online teaching and learning resources.

Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright – Copyright instruction from the Library of Congress.

A Fair(y) Use Tale – Great video showcasing fair use.

Jenuine Tech – Creative projects for the PreK-6 classroom.

CIESE – Online tele-collaborative projects.

BigHugeLabs – Awesome photo based activities. They have some great resources for educators.

Stained Glass Collage – Turn your photos into a stained glass like collage.

Wordle – A fun way to visualize your writing!

Zoho Polls – Fun, free polls.

Vocaroo – Record and send voice emails.

BBC Schools Science Clips – Science activities online.

Exploratorium – The museum of science, art, and human perception.

Weather Wiz Kids – Weather information for children.

University of Illinois – Some great teaching and learning sites.

Mouth Power – National Museum of Dentistry.

You Be The Historian – Learn how historians learn about the past.

Map Puzzles – US and world geography puzzles.

Google Geography – A useful wiki on using Google Maps in education.

Stately Knowledge – Learn facts about the states.

Mystery States – 51 printable Mystery State work sheets. Each sheet offers five clues to help students identity of one of the 50 U.S. states.

Math Is Fun – Another great math resource.

Computer Lab Favorites – Activities from Scholastic that can be completed in the computer lab during a normal class period.