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|Top 10 Sites for Images and Clip Art
Finding images on the internet for classroom use has been a problem problem for many educators, for reasons such as copyright privileges, inappropriateness, etc.
However, keep in mind that most of the sites listed below do not have built-in filters for images. These image search engines should be used either by educators (adults assisting students) or go in hand in hand with a school district filtering solution and Acceptable Use Policy.
1. Pics4Learning – Very popular site to find free, safe-to-use images for teachers and students.
2. Cyclo.ps – Search engine that searches the most popular free image engines around and provides one-stop shopping.
3. School Clip Art – Great site for free school clip art.
4. Ookaboo – Creative commons (free) site for finding great images for class work.
5. Picsearch – Excellent image search engine, if used with a district’s filtering solution.
6. Veezzle – Wonderful free stock photo search engine.
7. Google Swirl – Innovative way to search for images and see their relationships with each other (use with Google Safe Search enabled).
8. Free Photo Bank – Easy way to find creative common images.
9. Open Clip Art – Great way to find free clip art.
10. Find Icons – Nice site for free icons.
Top 10 Safe Search Engines
The other day I received an email from an educational listserv requesting safe search engines for students. After thinking about it (and having just done a list on Top 10 Search Engines other than Google) I was able to come up with a number of them that meet this need.
However, keep in mind when dealing with students and surfing the internet that no site is 100% safe — even when using filtered search engines. That being said, when choosing search engines for students’ use, consider starting with following sites:
Creating Digital Comics has been one of my favorite thing to do with students when trying to integrate technology. While this can be done with any number of applications, such as Comic Life or Toon Boom, there are many online alternatives (mostly free) that offer a nice solution as well.
Some great resources for Science
Here are some great resources for science on Science Lab Safety, Research and Science resources.
- Flinn Scientific Science Safety resources – great resources for science safety including science lab safety contracts and rules.
- Lab Safety Resources from California State University, Northridge
- Lab Safety from Utah Public Schools
- Lab Safety Institute
- CT State Department of Education Science Safety manual via Bridgeport Public Schools Science Department
- http://www.bridgeportedu.com/SCIENCE/index.html – Secondary Science – Curriculum – Science Safety
- Science Lab Safety Rap Video on TeacherTube
- Science Lab Safety Video on TeacherTube
- Science Fair Central – Great resources on projects, research, and more –http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/?campaign=SFC
- Discovery Education School – lesson plans, puzzles, and more –http://school.discoveryeducation.com/
- Science of Everyday Life – a great site with great resources. The best way to teach students about science is to show them how it relates to real life.
- Discovery Education Web 2.0 tools and tech for teachers.
- Lots of Discovery Education Resources
- Science web resources for teachers
- The Science Spot – lots of resources for science teachers
Ten Ways to Get Smart With SMARTboard
“What can I do with a SMARTboard?” was the biggest question I had from teachers after we got our brand new interactive whiteboard.
I decided to present a workshop on the SMARTboard at our district level Professional Development Academies and found that most of the teachers, being new to the SMARTboard, were not even sure how to use an interactive whiteboard instructionally with their students. The teachers were not as interested in learning the SMART Notebook software as they were with using the SMARTboard for integrated, interactive lessons. It is my job, as the Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, or ITRT, to go into the classrooms and model lessons, constantly providing templates, samples, and resources to my teachers. The idea is that they can learn the software as they become more aware of what they can do with the SMARTboard with their students. My ultimate goal as an ITRT is to help guide them towards more independent use of technology.
The workshop sessions started out with a quick overview of the SMART Notebook software. I showed them the Page Sorter and Gallery. I had one teacher come up to the SMARTboard and develop an “All about Me” page using the clip art from the Gallery and the pens to write anything she wanted about her interests. The volunteer and the other participants got to experience the use of the SMARTboard as if they were students. We explored the templates and backgrounds available in the software.
We continued the training with examples of different ways you can use the SMARTboard instructionally with the students. I called volunteers up to the SMARTboard for at least one example of each of the ten ways to use the tool.
Listed below are the top ten ways in which I have used the SMARTboard with students and teachers. Please note that I have given examples of each including the grade level in which I have used them.
- Notetaking and Brainstorming ~Give students time to brainstorm on a given topic. Record these shared ideas. Once recorded, these ideas can be dragged and dropped to other areas for grouping. With the SMART Notebook software you can also extend the page to add more notes to the same page, or insert blank pages. Written text can be converted into type-written text which is helpful if you decide to print these notes for your students to use as a study guide.
- American Revolution ~ use KWL charts, for example — Grade 5
- Communities ~ For example: What can you do in a suburban area? What can you do in an urban area? What can you do in a rural area? — Grade 2
- Graphic Organizers — Circle maps, Tree maps
- Games ~Many teachers will use a laptop hooked up to a television or an LCD projector to play games using technology. Try a game of Jeopardy using the SMARTboard! The students can choose their topic and the dollar amount by touching the SMARTboard.
- Number Line Addition with Kenny Kangaroo — Grade 1
- Jeopardy Games, Hollywood Squares, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? — all grades
- United Streaming ~Our school system has a subscription toUnited Streaming through our local public broadcasting station. At United Streaming you can view and download educational movies, images, lesson plans and teaching tools related to any and every topic! You can view whole movies or just clips of movies.
- “Water: A First Look” — Water properties — Grade K
- Interactive Flannel Board ~As a preschool and kindergarten teacher I used a flannel board quite often to tell fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes. The SMARTboard makes a wonderful, easy-to-manipulate flannel board for the younger students.
- Hickory, Dickory Dock, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty — Early Start/Preschool
- Click-and-Drag activities ~Most of the activities I do with the SMARTboard involve click-and-drag activities. I sometimes call them electronic worksheets, but they are a great way to review concepts the students have already learned.
- Continents and Oceans — Grade 2
- Measurement Tools — Grade K
- Needs/Wants and Goods/Services — Grade 1
- Interactive worksheets ~There are Websites that allow you to create your own worksheets which can then be printed out. Why not create the worksheet for use on the SMARTboard? It could be used as a guided practice lesson or independent activity at the “SMARTboard Center” in your classroom. Students could work in pairs and check each other’s work or you could provide answer sheets for self-checking.
- Plant Parts — Grade 4 ~ label the plant parts
- A+ Math — create worksheets online
- 100th Day Worksheet — Grade 1
- Board Games ~Flash animated dice allow students to play board games using the SMARTboard. As a classroom teacher I constantly developed my own board games, using file folders for students to play, especially when learning and reviewing math concepts.
- Pick a Path COLBlm — Grade 2
- Graphic Organizers ~If you have been a teacher for a while you probably use some kind of concept map or graphic organizer in your teaching. The SMART Notebook software includes some templates of graphic organizers such as Venn Diagrams which are great for comparing and contrasting two things. I have also used triple venn diagram to compare and contrast three things such as the three main Native American tribes our students must know — Sioux, Pueblo, and Powhatan.
- Triple Venn Diagram — Indian Tribes — Grade 2
- Animal Adaptations — Grade 4
- Interactive Websites ~The Internet is full of interactive websites for students to use. We have used these sites in whole group lessons as well as with individual students at the computer center.
Top 10 Alternatives to YouTube
- School Tube – Excellent safe place for students and teachers to share and view video.
- WatchKnow – Wonderful site with 1000’s of videos for students in multiple subjects, organized in a clear, precise way.
- Neo K-12 – All videos on this amazing site are a 100% safe. Also, there is a complete suite of educational tools for educators to choose from, such as quizzes, presentations, and more.
- Snag Learning – An interesting site that brings documentary-style films to engage students in discussion and classroom participation.
- Qwiki – A very new (alpha) site that brings an innovative twist on video experience. While the content is still growing, one can’t help but notice that amount of promise that is shown here.
- Explore – Great site, similar to Discovery Streaming for educational video. Users can either view on the web or download for their own convenience.
- Kids Tube – Excellent filtered site for kids’ videos.
- Teacher Tube – Excellent site for educators to find videos for students and share in the wonderful educational online community.
- Vimeo – A nice very popular alternative to YouTube. I recommend using with a filter of some sort, or view all content before introducing to students.
- Clip Blast – A huge collection of videos can be found on this nice site; must be used in a filtered environment for safety reasons.
We all know that Google offers a great search program, and you might even use other apps like Gmail or Google Calendar, but have you realized what Google has to offer for educators and students? Using Sites, Google Earth, Wave, and more, you can turn your classroom into a place where you can share, collaborate, and publish on the world wide web. Read on to find out how you can put Google to work for your class.
These are just some of the advantages that Google apps have to offer for educators.
Here’s how Google will help your students, other teachers, and more collaborate and share with each other.
Google News has great applications in the classroom.
These are a few of the ways Google’s Search can be put to good use.
These ideas will help you better use Google for communication.
Use Google to get organized with these tips.
Here are some great ways to use Google Maps and Earth for education.
Books & Literature
Here you’ll find out how to use Google to get more out of books.
Find photos, create models, and more with Google Images.