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Supplemental Material?

Are you in need of supplemental material for your lesson?  Are you teaching on insects, comets, or the cold war and you need to find educational videos, links, or documents on your topic?  Then this website may help you a lot.  It’s called Neok12.  Why is Neok12 great?

  • It’s free
  • It has a lot of resources on tons of educational topics
  • It lists links according to specific educational topics, which makes it easy to navigate.
  • It provides educational games, videos, and lessons for students of all ages.
  • The videos provided have been watched and reviewed by educators – so they are sure to have appropriate information and educational quality.
  • Teachers can create accounts to allow space for students to store presentations they have made through neok12.

Another website to view for supplemental material is called WatchKnow.  WatchKnow was created for the purpose of education.  The videos have been reviewed for educational purposes.  There is a detailed description of what each video is about, which will help you decide whether it covers the content you need or not.  There is also an age range guess and a reviewed area.  WatchKnow was ranked in the top 25 websites of 2010.


Charts, Maps, Cartographers…

At the school where I teach we use eight basic thinking maps to assist students in organizing their ideas.  Each of these maps or charts has a specific purpose – maybe to compare or contrast, maybe to show cause and effect… Why are these maps important though?

When students are able to create maps to organize their thoughts they are taking their learning and writing to the next step.  These maps allow for students to often see connections they would not have seen otherwise.

Lucid Charts is an online program that allows for students to make graphs and charts.  It easy very easy to use and free of cost.  Students could be on in minutes and start working on their own maps.


Your own Online Museum

I think you’re going to really like this website.  For the last… who knows how long… I have been going to my team at school and saying, “so I discovered this new website.”  I have begun to realize how overwhelming all these websites can be.  Which do you choose to use? Is it based on ease of access?  application? fanciness? engagement/student interest? …

Well, I recently discovered this website called: Museum Box.  If you haven’t seen it yet – it’s worth taking a look at.  Musuem Box is a platform for allowing students to organize information and store it in a ‘musuem’ like setting.  Each box contains six sides where students can place images, movies, documents, or links pertaining to that topic.  The site is built especially for teachers, even allowing teachers to build student accounts.

So how can this be applied in the everyday classroom?  Musuem Box is great because if students have book reports, or presentations of any kind that allow for them to use web-based resources – they can organize that information in Musuem Box and present through the website.

An example?  Okay: Suppose students are learning about the Revolutionary War and you want them to understand key people, events, artifacts, or dates.  You could have students use the web to access pictures, videos, or links that they could put on their boxes.  Students could also write documents or find primary sources.  I see musuem box as an opportunity to be more creative with presentation – and allow for students to figure out what’s important and what isn’t as important.