Symbaloo for Clinton Elementary
If you are looking for another way to visualize tectonic plates and volcano creation, then check out the Discovery Channel’s Volcano Explorer. This virtual volcano is pretty cool and a lot less messy than creating one in your home!
As our 4th grade students read The Diary of Anne Frank, I am compelled to share the Anne Frank timeline and website. http://www.annefrank.org/en/
There is an interactive timeline with plenty of primary sources and connections between Anne’s letters and what was happening in the world. Additionally, you can take a 3D tour of Anne’s house that is recreated from actual photos.
Attending the New Jersey School Librarians conference opened my eyes to even more interesting websites. www.Symbaloo.com combines web page bookmarking with icons to assist our most visual learners.
How does it work?
Symbaloo allows you to take bookmarked web pages and create your own icons. You can make collections for home, school, work etc. After you are finished, you can embed the information into another page or share the sites wth others.
This week the 4th Grade students completed their introduction to Google Maps in the computer lab and also analyzed a variety of atlases and paper maps. The key to the discussion was asking the 5 W’s and an H.
Who developed the map/atlas?
What is the purpose?
When was it created?
Where would you find one? (classroom, car, library)
Why was it made?
How would you use it?
We asked the same questions of Google Maps. This will build towards our analysis of resources for research projects when students will have to combine paper and online resources.
Making internet safety talks fun!
Starting in the 3rd grade, all students sign an acceptable use policy form that discusses the correct ways to use the internet in school. I accompany that signing with a lesson on safety, how to judge a website’s validity and basically how to be a media saavy “detective”. This year, I also added a free Brain Pop Jr. web video that the students really seemed to like. In fact it was so popular that I had the 2nd graders view it. The discussion following the video was frank and informative. Here is a link to the video in case you are interested.
Here is a tutorial for www.ipl.org, a great resource for questions by reference librarian volunteers and library students.