Image taken by Sarah Klockars-Clauser
Today I wanted to share with your several sites that have images you can use in your classroom with your students that are copyright-friendly. I hope you find them as useful as I did. :)
Flickr Storm To view images that have a creative commons license click on the advanced search just below the search field. Great for visual learners. However, like any site that isn't created for education you must be careful when allowing students to search on their own.
Openphoto This site beautiful images, use categories in the middle of the page to browse or click on the search bar at the top to search for specifics.
Pics4Learning A site full of copyright-friendly images for students and teachers.
Public Domain Pictures Tons of beautiful pictures at this site, you can add your own if you are a budding photographer.
I also wanted to share some ideas for using these photos. One of my favorite ways to use photos is when I am teaching students new vocabulary words. A quick presentation with the word and an image that describes that word seems to work really well all my students but especially the low readers or the ELL students.
How do you plan to use these sites in your classroom?
Friday, February 12, 2010
Image found here: http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/193424
There is a cool tool on the web that allows you to create a synchronous guide to a series of web sites. You can also make an annotation on each website to give more information or pose a question. This site is called Jog the Web and I love it. This tools makes going to multiple sites with students quick and easy.
It is really easy to create an account and begin creating your own jog. They even allow you to try it out before creating your own account. There are also other people's jogs that you can have access to and use with your students if they work with your content.
To create your own jog, you start by giving your jog a title, description and topic. Then you begin adding pages to your jog. They also provide a web browser extension for you to easily add sites to your jog. When adding a page, you will need to have a title for it, the web URL or address and a comment (if it's needed). On the comment section this is where as a teacher you cold add a question or task for students to do while on this page.
Here are several ways you could use Jog the Web with students:
- Researching on the web in a safe way
- Doing a scavenger hunt on the web
- Teach students to evaluate real and bogus websites
- A different way to do a Web Quest
- Use it with Center time in Math or Reading
- Use it during Computer Lab time
- Use it to differentiate instruction