Monday, January 18, 2010

Combating Hunger, and other sites for meaningful learning

Free Rice, Food Force, and Free Poverty are "games" that kids can play.  Successful gamers help furnish rice, food, and clean drinking water to needy persons throughout the world.  Posted at various points in time on Instructify and other blogs too numerous to mention.  Free Poverty tests students' Geography knowledge; Free Rice tests students' vocabulary skills; and Food Force is an exciting arcade-style game that reinforces cross-curricular concepts, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills.  Found these through the Instructify blog.

Skype An Author Network - Skype is a free VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) application that allows you to conduct free voice and video chats with other Skype users.  Using Skype and a web cam, and by contacting like-minded authors participating in this network, you and your students can interact with authors to go in-depth into their stories, learn more about "the craft" of writing, and so on.  More authors will be added as the site grows.  It's like getting nationally known guest-speakers to visit your classrooms for free!

Stressed out over Studying? Here's a great article from the Counseling Services at Kansas State University.  I learned about from Tech & Learning magazine's online edition.

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