Thursday, February 12, 2009

education teacher websites

There are many teachers around the country who have created their own web sites for their classes. Find and research teacher web sites, and answer the following questions: What did you like in the site? What didn’t you like in the site? Do you think you would ever create your own Web site? Why? Follow the instructions below: 1) Click the “Teacher Web Sites" link above. 2) Click on the "Add New Thread" button on the top of the page. 3) In the "Subject" area, write the name of the Teacher Web Site. 4) In the "Message" area, write a short paragraph or two answering the above questions. 5) Please include the URL in the message area to allow other users to browse the web site from within the message. The URL must contain HTTP://www.xyz.xxx (please test that the url works). For this discussion board assignment each student must do two things: 1) Add a thread using the above directions. 2) Reply to THREE other threads explaining why you agree or disagree with the opinions given regarding the Teacher Web Site. (Of course, you will need to review the web sites to render an opinion.) The following sites are examples of Teacher Web Sites: Mrs. Schiavoni's Fourth Grade – http://www.mrsschiavon.homestead.com/ Mrs. Dingman's Third Grade - http://www.mrsdingman.homestead.com/home.html Finding Teacher Web Sites: A good place to find teacher web sites is by going to Google - http://www.google.com - and typing the keywords “ Teacher Web Site”. PLEASE NOTE: You must find a TEACHER web site, NOT a school web site. There are many teacher web sites within school web sites. You must make sure that the site you are evaluating is that of a classroom teacher, and not an overall school web site. For examples, please look at the above examples of teacher web sites. Ground Rules: 1)Only one student can choose a particular teacher web site. First come, first served. 2) Correct English is required. Each paragraph must have a topic sentence and conclusion. 3) There must be a URL in the message section. The URL must contain http://www.xyz.xxx (please test that the url works). 4) Forty points will be deducted for URL’s that don’t work!
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Your Favorite Educational WebsiteIn this discussion board you are asked to research educational web sites and find your favorite website. Describe what you like in the site and why it is useful to educators?Follow the instructions below: 1) Click the “Your favorite Educational Website" link above. 2) Click on the "+Thread" button on the top of the page. 3) In the "Subject" area, write the name of the Educational Web Site. 4) In the "Message" area, write a short paragraph or two answering the above questions. 5) Please include the URL in the message area to allow other users to browse the web site from within the message. The URL must contain HTTP://www.xyz.xxx (please test that the url works). For this discussion board assignment each student must do two things: 1) Add a thread using the above directions. 2) Reply to TWO other threads explaining why you agree or disagree with the opinions given regarding the Educational Web Site. (Of course, you will need to review the web sites to render an opinion.) 3) First come, first served (students can not review a website which has already been reviewed)4)You can not use a website that was reviewed in previous discussion boards.Finding Educational Web Sites: A list of sample educational websites can be found at http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide website.
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Adaptive Technology PresentationFollow the instructions below: 1) Click the "Adapative Technology Presentation" link above. 2) Click on the “Add New Thread" button on the top left of the page. 3) In the “Subject” area, put the name of the product you have picked. 4) In the "Message" area, write your name, as the author of the presentation. 5) In the "Attachment" area, attach your Powerpoint presentation. Ground Rules: 1) A particular product may only be reviewed by one student. First come, first served. Reserve your product by putting your product in the "subject" area. (You can complete your work later by modifying the thread.) 2) Please post a reply to at least TWO threads, containing your evaluation of the student's posted presentation.

Subject: http://larryferlazzo.com/index.html
Subject: http://larryferlazzo.com/index.html
Larry Ferlazzo is an english and social studies teacher in Sacramento. I liked how this site had different sections for each subject, blogs and even a teacher subpage. I also enjoyed the effects that were on the homepage and the photos that were added. Some of the other pages had empty space with a lot of links. This means a lot of information but I feel there is just too many links on this page. No one is going to go through 100 links on one website. I would make less links and maybe add some more photos or perhaps even a class schedule or lesson plans.

I will definitely make my own website when I become a teacher. I think it is a great way for students to communicate outside the classroom. Some students may be too shy to say they do not understand something. Through e-mail, they could ask any question they may have. I would also like to include school work for the semester on this page incase some of my students were absent. This way, instead of trying to call their peers, they could just log into the site and find out what work needs to be done.
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http://www.mrcoley.com
Brent Coley a 5th grade teacher, has created an ideal website for parents, students and teachers to use as a model. His website includes news and notes about upcoming events in the school and classroom. He includes his daily homework assignments, in case a student is absent or forgets to copy it down. He also has a create link called the daily blog, where he selects a student everyday to write a short article about what happened in class that day, and then the students post it on the website. This is a great way to have the parents keep up with what is going on in the classroom everyday. His website integrates technology in so many ways, including ways to download stories and times tables onto the students IPODS! I thought that this was just an amazing site, with so many links and tips. There is even a link on what they are serving for lunch everyday. He includes tips about all subjects, and even a short homepage about himself.
He seems to believe that his website will connect him to his students parents and create an open dialogue and communication between parents and teacher. I agree. I would definitely use Mr. Coley's website as a model for creating my own website. It is a great way to incorporate technology into the classroom, and creates a much easier way to stay in contact with students parents.
My only hope is that I could create a website that looks half as good as Mr. Coley's!

Wow, Mr. Coley has created an incredible website! As Nicole said, it is an ideal model for how a teacher's website should be. The daily blogs keep the students involved with the website. The parents section informs parents of classrrom rules, daily schedules, lunch menus, and provides homework tips. My favorite section is where he posts the Student of the Week. I especially like that past students of the week remained posted as well. This is really a great site!
http://www.mrcoley.com Wow!! How did you find this website!!!
“Great Content, Time and Effort Well Spent. Pleasing to the Eye, Links For the Teacher and Administrator as well as the Student, Interactive and Engaging.”
These are all things that describe the http://www.mrcoley.com website.
I happened to take away a great idea for my future website through Mr, Coleys Classroom Cash and interactive pages entitled “ Classroom Income Tax” In order to get a sense of the real world of income tax, the students of his class are required each trimester to file a classroom income tax return based on the Coley Cash they earn during that trimester. Just like in the real world, students have the opportunity to deduct certain "expenses" to reduce their taxes owed. They also have the choice at the end of each pay period to withhold money to go toward their taxes at the end of the trimester.
He is a teacher that really gets students involved in a lesson in class as well as on line. I will using some of these ideas when developing my website. Check out his use of sample tax forms using Adobe Acrobat. It really looks like the real thing (http://www.mrcoley.com/pdfs/2008-2009%20Tax%20Table.pdf)



Milena, thank you suggesting the http://www.enchantedlearning.com website.
Though at first , It didn’t seem like there was a high budget for development of this website, However, like I said about other teacher websites or any website is it’s all about the 4 Cs –Content, Content, Content, and Content. This website sure had a lot of choices of content. Listed below is the tree like selection of content that you might find on the website.

Overview of SiteWhat's NewEnchanted Learning HomeMonthly Activity CalendarBooks to PrintSite Index
K-3CraftsK-3 ThemesLittle ExplorersPicture dictionaryPreK/K ActivitiesRebus RhymesStories
WritingCloze ActivitiesEssay TopicsNewspaperWriting ActivitiesParts of Speech
FictionThe Test of Time
BiologyAnimal PrintoutsBiology Label PrintoutsBiomesBirdsButterfliesDinosaursFood ChainHuman AnatomyMammalsPlantsRainforestsSharksWhales
Physical SciencesAstronomyThe EarthGeologyHurricaneLandformsOceansTsunamiVolcano
LanguagesDutchFrenchGermanItalianJapanese (Romaji)PortugueseSpanishSwedish
Geography/HistoryExplorersFlagsGeographyInventorsUS History
Other TopicsArt and ArtistsCalendarsCraftsGraphic OrganizersLabel Me! PrintoutsMathMusic

Presently as an after school educator for children on the Spectrum, I found some of the printouts from the Music tab and Rebus tab pretty engaging, and something educators should use with their classes.

What did you like in the site? What didn't you like in the site? Do you think you would ever create your own Web site? Why?
Ms. Selvaggio's website is interesting. I am not really a big fan of Earth Science, but visiting her website made me a little hopeful of "getting it".
The first thing that you see on the website is a Buffalo running (it's a cute graphic) but it is a little confusing/ When I see buffalos I automatically think about history (Native Americans, Dancing with Wolves kind of references). But when you read on you realize that this is a science webpage. Ms. Selvaggio has many interesting links, many of which I think are helpful to her students. She has links for Class notes, Review, Cool sites, tours, a place to post a message and a link to her email address.
Upon further searching you see that in the class notes she has uploaded the notes for specific units. The only thing that made me question the site were the dates on the class notes link. The notes are posted with a 2006 &2007 dates. Does that mean that the website has not been updated since 2007 or are the notes themselves from 2006/2007.?
The current date and time are located at the top of the webpage, but that does not mean that the information is up to date. All in all I think it is a good idea to keep a webpage. This way the students have access to the class even when they are not in school. This eliminates the absentee problems many teacherts face. (statements like "I was absent that day, I didn't get the notes, etc.) and it enhances student responsibility. All a student has to do is open the teacher webpage and view the assignment and the corresponding notes.
I pesonally would not create a teacher website. I think that maintaining a website is a lot of work and unfair to the students is i could not properly maintain it. Another reason why I would not create a teacher website is because I woek in a district where ver few students own computers. As I stated before I think it is a good idea to have a website in order to eliminate student's stating that they didn't know what to do. If my students do not own a computer having a website really doesn't resolve that issue. Students need to be able to have a computer that will allow them internet access.

Ms. Selvaggio's webpage is located at:
http://schoolcenter.brentwood.k12.ny.us/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=522
http://schoolcenter.brentwood.k12.ny.us/education/components/calendar/calendar.php?sectiondetailid=3827
http://larryferlazzo.com/index.html
Larry Ferlazzo is an english and social studies teacher in Sacramento. I liked how this site had different sections for each subject, blogs and even a teacher subpage. I also enjoyed the effects that were on the homepage and the photos that were added. Some of the other pages had empty space with a lot of links. This means a lot of information but I feel there is just too many links on this page. No one is going to go through 100 links on one website. I would make less links and maybe add some more photos or perhaps even a class schedule or lesson plans.
I will definitely make my own website when I become a teacher. I think it is a great way for students to communicate outside the classroom. Some students may be too shy to say they do not understand something. Through e-mail, they could ask any question they may have. I would also like to include school work for the semester on this page incase some of my students were absent. This way, instead of trying to call their peers, they could just log into the site and find out what work needs to be done. http://larryferlazzo.com/index.html
http://larryferlazzo.com/index.html
Content!!! - is the Key!!!
As educators, our districts have limited budgets; and we have to work with the tool s, time , and technology that we are given..

Neil , I also liked how the site had a sections for the various subjects ( Eng, SS, Math, Science) in the right column and selections going across the top of the screen, so the viewer does not have to scroll down too much. The running picture slideshow was also a nice effect.

You should also take a look at the link in the Math Section which provides a Customizable Percentage Worksheet / Quiz ( here is the link) (http://www.themathlab.com/Algebra/percent/percenttest.htm)

http://www.historyteacher.net/
Though I do not intend to become a history or social studies teacher, I do have a great interest in both subjects.
I went through Google.com with a “ teacher website “ search went to the 11th page, and tried the following link , and so should you - http://www.historyteacher.net/, a Clear, Concise, and Complete Website from the Creative mind of Horace Greeley HS’s ( Chappaqua NY) , History Teacher- Ms Susan Pojer. http://www.historyteacher.net/
There is so much content for HS History , Regents and AP Classes, .
In addition, she posts a link to over 200+ powerpoints that she has done, which can help with ideas on themes in our edse 650 class http://www.pptpalooza.net/
I also liked her link to What Happened Today In History from the Library Of Congress- http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/today.html
This kept my interest, and I am sure would keep the interest of any student- K-GradStudent….

There is just so much in the website, you would need 2 years to get through half of it.

I will also make a website when I become a teacher. A teacher website is effective in so many ways. It is a great way to archive lessons that you have done for future classes and for the virtual classroom, and allows for students to approach technology, research, and the world wide web without fear as an “interactive facilitator of education “ while being entertained.
Also, the discussion board exercise that we are going through now , in addition to the whole “Blogging” craze, helps peers communicate and clarify a common subject. Where were blogs and discussion boards- years ago?
E-mail and Applications like Yahoo Answers would definitely be included in my website. Where students or anybody could ask questions that they may have and have them answered by the community or by the teacher.
In addition – I would like to share these additional sites on classroom teacher blog websites with you. While going through my google search looking for teacher sites , I found this great tool for educators. Put this in your favorites. The site is a blog spot for teachers to share ideas through google . The site is called Cool Cat Teacher Blogspot - - http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2008/06/notes-from-google-teacher-academy-note.html and http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/ and http://flatclassroomproject2008.wikispaces.com/
Also see” the flat classroom project” - The Flat Classroom Project is a global, collaborative project using Web 2.0 tools to foster communication, collaboration and creation. For inspiration and content material it draws on the work of Thomas Friedman and 'The World is Flat'. Read more about the project background and view 2006 and 2007 archives. http://flatclassroomproject2008.wikispaces.com/


http://www.camden.rutgers.edu/~wood/edwebsites.htm
Teachers are busy people. I've therefore limited this webpage to just a few educational websites that I think are particularly useful and easy to use. There is a wealth of internet-based teaching resources at these sites. This web page was originally created for Project Village, a collaboration between Rutgers and the city of Camden, and is maintained for other teachers and education students as well.


Blue Web'n, part of AT&T's Knowledge Network Explorer, is an excellent beginning place for thinking about the different educational uses of the internet. It is based on a useful typology of web-based tutorials, activities, projects, lesson plans, hotlists, resources, and references and tools; see its quick definition page for an elaboration of these distinctions. This is one of the best education sites on the internet.

Math and Reading Help for Kids is a user-friendly directory of hundreds of articles and resources to help parents and children make informed decisions about school related issues. This website also recommends children's tutoring and educational games to help kids improve math and reading skills. There is a wealth of practical advice and information here, useful for teachers as well.

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is hosted by the California State University Center for Distributed Learning and offers a growing collection of online teaching resources from around the world. While anyone can view the online collection, membership (available for free upon registration) gives users rights to post new resources and to comment on existing ones. The focus is on university-level teaching, but many of the resources could be used at the secondary level as well.

EduHound is maintained by T.H.E. Journal (Technological Horizons in Education) and provides a useful classification and listing of a broad range of educational sites. Teacher-related topics such as standards and assessment and educational software are included. T.H.E. Journal is available online and also by free subscription.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators provides an easy-to-use, subject-based list of sites on the internet that can be used to enhance both classroom activities and professional growth. There are a lot of very nice websites collected here, as well as useful "slide shows" for teachers about using the web.

EdHelper.com provides links to a large number of online lesson plans organized by subject. It also includes on its entry page a useful set of links to recent articles on education-related subjects.

The Busy Teachers' WebSite K-12 offers specific lesson plans and projects for many subjects, as well as opportunities for classes to participate in ongoing "interactive web projects."

EDSITEMENT: The Best of the Humanities on the Web is sponsored by the National Endowment of the Humanities and includes an excellent array of NEH websites under the categories of Art and Culture, Literature and Language Arts , Foreign Language, and History and Social Studies.

Educational Resources and Lesson Plans includes just that, including lesson plans designed to make use of the internet and a variety of other useful resources.

180 Technology Tips for Educators provides 5-minute instructions on how to do all sorts of useful things with computers and the internet.

Room 108 contains links to all sorts of online educational games and interactive sites in the music, science, math, social studies, and more. An unusual and very entertaining set of resources.

The New York Times Learning Network offers a lesson plan related to a current news story as well as a very useful archive of previous ones, along with news quizzes and other teaching resources. The Times also maintains a useful general purpose page used by its newsroom to navigate the web.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence provides long lists of educational resources from government agencies and government-funded projects by subject area. The lists are not annotated, but there is an abundance of excellent resources here.

Educator's Professional Development (EPD) provides a database for professional development opportunities around the world for K-12 and university educators: conferences, workshops, institutes, and more. The database may be searched by region, date, educational level, subject, and more. A great resource that connects educators with global possibilities.
Teacher Preparation Program at Rutgers-Camden
This website is maintained by Robert E. Wood, Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at the Camden campus of Rutgers University.
Send comments and suggestions to Robert E. Wood (wood@camden.rutgers.edu) October 11, 2008

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