The Search for Resources
Technology writer Mitch Kapor compares trying to find appropriate resources on the internet to trying to drink from a firehose. Having a SYSTEM for finding information and a couple of "go to" resources in your back pocket will make life much easier when it comes time to create lesson plans for a 1:1 classroom environment.
One of the best ways to stay up on the latest online resources is to check out what web sites OTHER teachers are using.
Digital Resources for EVERYONE!
Some of the best teacher sites on in internet are what are refered to as content aggrigators. These are sites that collect some of the best resources on the web and make it easy for teachers to find what they're looking for.
General Curriculum Sites
Thinkfinity This site allows teachers to search for lesson resources either by key word or by AZ State Standards.
Annenberg Learner Not just lessons, but also fantastic digital resources on a variety of different subjects.
Internet 4 Classrooms This sites active community of teachers make sure that it's up to date on the latest and greatest internet resources.
SUSD Coaching Resource Links This ever-growing collection of helpful links is hand picked by our district technology coaching team. Found a site you like that's not on the list? Let us know and we'll add it in!
IDEAL Learning Network Sponsored by a partnership between Arizona State University and the AZ Department of Education, this site is a great place to locate lesson plans for all the core subjects.
SMART Exchange- A fantastic site where teachers share the interactive SMART Board presentations which they have created.
YouTube for Teachers- Not just videos, but also a collection of lesson plans, games and projects.
Watch Know Learn- A community of teachers and students who share various types of interactive media specifically targeted AZ content objectives.
Khan Academy- What started out as a one-man operation with a handful of instructional videos, has grown into a who community of educators staring not only instructional videos, but also interactive quizes, games, project ideas and more!
SchoolTube- A great place to see both instructional and project related videos my by teachers and students in grades 3-12.
Slide Shows and PowerPoints
Slide Share- Lots of diffreent slideshows for all subject areas grades 6-12
Pete's Powerpoint Station- Similar to slide share but focused more on upper elementary grades 3-5.
Core Subject Resources
Although these links are associated with the various subject areas, there's plenty of crossover potential. For example, even though National Geographic is listed under Social Studies, this site has lots of great Science links as well. Explore, Innovate and Imagine! Take what you need and share it back to the community.
Current Events http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn
Paying It Forward
"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listed, and a push in the right direction...it's also the cornerstone for all human progress." John C. Crosby
Now that you've had a chance to review some of the resources available to you, take a moment to share them out so that we can ALL get better at creating lesson plans for the 1:1 classroom.
Click on the link below and share AT LEAST TWO resources which you found helpful during today's training.