A big thanks to Janet McFadden from National Library, Services to Schools who blogged yesterday about the top 25 websites for teaching and learning 2011 http://bit.ly/n3jot0. This is a great list which I spent some time working through yesterday and selected my top 6 to alert my teaching colleagues at school to. I have added them to my Online Teaching Tools Livebinder folder http://bit.ly/q3CVeu
Here are my 6 in no particular order:
Edistorm: An online brainstorming tool – http://bit.ly/npqyn5 This provides a great way for groups and classes to discuss and organise ideas.
Geo Cube: A fantastic visual design which makes you want to explore the site. It has excellent geography resources. http://bit.ly/puci4a
Dipity: A timeline generator http://bit.ly/rly52G
Myths and Legends: http://bit.ly/rgBFGs This site is all about the art of storytelling, including good examples and how to design your own.
National Archives Digital Vault: http://bit.ly/nINFKm While this is an American archive it has many excellent digital resources suitable for a number of units taught here at school, particularly in our Social Sciences department.
Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception http://bit.ly/oV54ga So much to explore on this site! Sits particularly well with Science and Social Sciences departments.
If you want to read the full list you can find it here: bit.ly/qGlAQj and it will provide links to the 2009 and 2010 lists. It’s interesting to look at them and see how many you’ve heard of or are already using. Last year’s list includes Livebinders, which is my new favourite curation tool at the moment. I love it. It’s easy to use and has so many uses. Here’s a link to get you started if you’re not already using it. http://bit.ly/o3h99t
I’d love to know what your top pick is. Which one you’re already using and which new one is the next one you’re going to try.