Monday, September 29, 2014

High 5

Students at High 5 today should log into a special class I created at code.org.

Here is the link for Course 1

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is one of my all favorite sites for reviewing apps, games, movies, website, books, TV shows and music. 

They also have great resources for teaching kids about Digital Literacy and Citizenship. This link has an index to iBooks curriculum, downloadable lesson plans and printed materials.
"Our Student Video Library has more than 20 videos that are each 2-4 minutes long. Use them in conjunction with their corresponding lesson plans, or use them to jumpstart a conversation with your students"
I especially like the one called Pause and Think Online with lyrics such as:

"From your head down to your toes. From your feet up to your nose."
  • think with  your head,
  • feel with your heart,
  • balance with your arms,
  • listen to your gut,
  • use your legs to stand up to bullies… when you’re online.
A few other featured video titles are Oversharing: Think Before you Post, Digital Animation 101 and Copyright & Fair Use.
 

Kids Sites : Your Guide to the Best Kid Sites on the Web

While researching websites for an Online Safety lesson this week, I came across this gem of a resource for links to lots of other sites called Kids Sites. Here's what they say on their About page:
"Before a site can be listed on KidSites.com, it goes through an extensive review process. Attributes we look for in the sites that we list include quality content, good presentation values, and most importantly, subject matter that is safe and suitable for children to view.
In addition, it's important that the content on the sites we review be free for visitors to access and use. KidSites.com does not include sites in its listings whose sole purpose is to sell products or services."
Here is what the main page link with lots of Categories looks like:



While the Online Games category has a few of my favorites, most of the recommended sites are new to me. Check them out and see if you find a new favorite.
 
There are even some links to Fun Online Coloring pages.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Time for School!

Excited for the first day of school and to get back to work with students!

Here is some of the work students created in one of our favorite programs, Paint. If you have a desktop or laptop PC look for it in your start menu. If you have never used Paint, today would be a good day to try.