48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers
A large number of northern hemisphere and worldwide schools are drawing to a close for the 2011-12 academic year, and doors will be closing as students and teachers go for their summer adventures. Enjoy this collection of fantastic resources for kids and instructors that will keep you blissfully occupied and learning throughout the summer months. No particular order or coolness is implied by the listing of these items here.
Wishing you a wonderful summer!
1) The Magic Tree House is a fictionalised account of a fictionalised account of a fictionalised account of a magical tree house.
It goes without saying that if your pupils enjoy the Magic Tree House series (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? ), they’ll enjoy The Magic Tree House website even more. Students walk up the tree and into the tree home, where they will find some fantastic puzzles, entertaining games, and quizzes based on any of the 45+ MTH books available.
2) Toporopa is a type of lizard.
Can’t afford to spend your summer vacation schlepping around Europe with your family? No need to be concerned; simply open Toporopa in your favourite web browser and discover everything there is to know about the geographical, political, historical, and economic elements of this magnificent continent.
3) ReadWriteThink is a three-step process. Printing Press ReadWriteThink is responsible for a large number of excellent educational tools. Students can create a booklet, a flyer, a brochure, or a newspaper with relative ease while using the Printing Press. There is a helpful guide that walks you through the process, and the emphasis is on writing in this case. Each publication includes a space for a photo, but you will not be able to upload one from your computer. This area has been designated for pupils to create a picture once they have printed their work. Even though I believe in the power of imagination, it would be wonderful to have the option of including a photograph or graphic.
4) Make a Spelling Mistake Using Flickr
With Spell With Flickr, you could enter any word and it would generate a pictorial representation of that word using images from Flickr. It was a straightforward website that everyone could use. Since then, the website has been taken down.
5) Freeology is a term that refers to the practise of giving away free things.
Teacher’s resource Freeology offers a wide variety of free graphic organisers, forms, calendars, certifications, worksheets, and more that may be downloaded or created by the user.
Tagxedo is a website similar to Wordle that allows kids to construct visually appealing word clouds. It is the opportunity for users to save their creations (without logging in) as either a jpeg or a png that distinguishes Tagxedo from Wordle in my opinion, and this is where Wordle falls short.
7) Get to Know Your Tables
Find out more about Learn Your Tables, a fun interactive website that allows kids to practise their multiplication and division facts. If you have an interactive whiteboard (which you won’t have during the summer, but it’s a nice idea to consider about next school year), Learn Your Tables is perfect for introducing themes and providing extended material on individual computers or in a lab.
8) The Sistine Chapel is a virtual reality experience.
It is presented to you by your friends at the Vatican, who have created an astonishing 360-degree interactive panorama of the Sistine Chapel for your viewing pleasure. At a reasonable level of detail, you may soar about the magnificent artwork and zoom into the frescoes to your heart’s content. This site would be excellent for students of art history and religious studies, among other subjects.
9) Awesome Math Image Source: http://www.edtechideas.com
In my opinion, Cool Math is one of the best math websites out there because it is “built for the pure fun of mathematics.” An abundance of entertaining games, riddles, calculators, and lesson ideas may be found on this interactive website.
10) Bob the Scientist
Science Bob is a fun, interactive website that offers a variety of different places for children to explore and learn about science. In addition, there are films, experiments, science fair ideas, and a research assistance page that contains many wonderful links to other websites. Keep in mind to click on the “Whatever you do, DON’T CLICK HERE” button at the bottom of the page (or not).
Grammaropolis is ranked eleventh.
Grammaticopolis is a fun and interactive website that assists kids in learning about the many elements of speech.
12) Math is a live event
For upper elementary children, Math Live is a terrific site that is full of cartoon math tutorials on subjects such as fractions, multiplication, area and perimeter, tessellations, probability, and a number of other topics. Math Live is available in both English and Spanish. The glossary section contains an incredible selection of arithmetic ideas that have been animated to aid in better understanding.
13) The Web of Animal Diversity
The Animal Diversity Web, maintained by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, is an online resource including information on the natural history, distribution, categorization, and conservation biology of animals. Students can read the information on particular species from the Kingdom Animalia and uncover hundreds of photographs of certain animals by searching for specific animals in the Kingdom Animalia database. This website is fantastic since students may join up to become contributors, which is something that is not often the case with other websites. Teachers must complete and submit a request form in order to do so.
14) Convert PDF to Word
It is a very easy website that allows you to accomplish exactly what its name implies: convert PDF documents into fully editable Word documents. You simply go to the website, upload your pdf, choose between.doc and.rtf as your output format, input your email address, and click convert. Once the PDF to Word conversion is complete, the word file will be emailed to you. There is no registration required, and the turnaround time is roughly ten minutes.
15) Children’s E-Learning Resources
In addition to some outstanding interactive learning activities that are interesting and fun, e-Learning For Kids is a fantastic website. Students select their grade level and then choose from a list of games organised into subjects after clicking on their grade level.
16) Rhymes.net is a website dedicated to rhymes.
Rhymes.net is a straightforward search engine that provides rhyming terms in response to whatever you type into the search box. The rhyming words are broken into syllables to make it easier to use, and there is a list of photographs for each word that you search for to make it more visually appealing. Even better, Rhymes.net generates citations and bibliographies on the fly, saving you time and effort.
NeoK12 (number seventeen)
NeoK12 is a superb collection of films sorted by subject that have been independently vetted by K-12 instructors and are available for free on the internet. The videos are all (at least the ones I’ve seen) from YouTube, and all of the advertisements have been deleted, as have all linked videos, which is fantastic news for educators! There are also quizzes, games, and puzzles available, as well as a clever presentation maker that can be used by teachers or students to produce presentations on the website. The explanation on how it works is also really interesting.
SweetSearch (number 18)
SweetSearch is a secure search engine designed just for students. A typical search engine searches billions of websites and returns tens of millions of results, some of which come from reputable Web sites and some of which do not. A total of 35,000 websites have been assessed and authorised by a team of Internet research professionals at Dulcinea Media, along with its librarian and teacher advisors, before being included in SweetSearch’s search engine results.
19) THE CELLS ARE ALIVE!
Living cells and organisms have been captured on film and computer-enhanced images have been captured for educational and medical research purposes for the past 30 years. Jim Sullivan has maintained and updated the site constantly and on an annual basis since May 1994, and it now receives more than four million visitors per year, according to his estimates.
20) Become infected with the science bug
The educational objectives of Catch the Science Bug are to increase science literacy and environmental consciousness by adhering to national standards and guidelines for content, to use a variety of teaching methods to engage students of all ages and abilities, and to encourage life-long learning by featuring scientists who serve as role models.
SafeShare is number twenty-one.
Safeshare is a fantastic site for displaying YouTube videos without being interrupted. Entering the URL of a YouTube video is all it takes, and Safeshare will eliminate all of the distracting associated links and comments from the video’s initial viewing page.
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ABCya! is a fun website with a variety of entertaining games and activities. Alternatively, there is a beautiful word cloud generator that is very similar to Wordle and that generates visually appealing word clouds. The advantage ABCya! offers over Wordle is that you can save your word cloud as a.jpg file without having to register first.
Ribbon Hero 2 (number 23)
Ribbon Hero is an add-on for Microsoft Office that allows you to play a game within a Microsoft Office application (for example, Word), which teaches you some of the program’s unique features while you are using the application. Users that participate in Ribbon Hero get points for completing various activities within Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other programmes.
24) The Role of Invention in Play
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has created a fascinating interactive website, Invention at Play, which you can visit here. In response to the question of what motivated them to become inventors, many adults recall their own childhood experiences. The Invention Playhouse takes this fact into consideration and provides excellent exercises to improve problem-solving abilities, visual thinking, teamwork, and discovery.
25) Virtual Piano (also known as a virtual keyboard).
As a computer teacher, I can see that this website has a great deal of potential to be successful. Virtual Piano is a beautiful-sounding piano that you may play by simply typing on your computer keyboard. Using the key-pattern that is provided, you can learn to play “Für Elise.” Because this is a beta version, I anticipate that there will be more song selections and, hopefully, more learning connectivity with the computer keyboard as time goes on.