You Tube is a great resource to use because children love to see themselves on camera or Video. Children can create their own video by either recording themselves acting out a play or talking about something, have the teacher record the children in discussion or they can splice together different shots to make their own video and share it with the You Tube. You Tube can also be a way to introduce or extend learning in the classroom through videos that are posted. You should however check the video or contact the person who posted the video to ensure you have the right to show this video in a classroom. Also prior to setting up an account which should be in the teachers name, unless the students are over 13 and have permission from their parents to do so, to protect what is being shown and distributed within the school setting and also to limit the availability of the students from getting on be keeping the password secret and or changing it frequently.
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Open Office is almost everywhere you look from word processing to spreadsheets to multimedia presentations to drawing. Open Office can be used for so many different tasks associated with education and throughout ones life at this time it is a great way to help children to learn correct ways of typing, mapping, sharing information with others and many other things that children young and old can explore with.
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Internet gaming such as FunBrian is a great way for children to gain more knowledge of areas of study they are engaged in while in and out of the classroom. Games are entertaining exciting ways for children to learn while they don’t feel like learning. Games can range from small letter or math games to large around the world searches to find someone or something. I feel even the Xbox or Wii that children have at home have some helpful games to engage children and teach them. Internet games such as funbrain.com focus’ on math and reading in their game choice along with having some nonsense games for the children to play. http://www.funbrain.com/
The site http://www.emergingedtech.com/2009/09/10-free-educational-game-sites/ also has a list of 10 free educational game sites, including FunBrain, having to do with all the areas of education. There is a game that can extend all areas of education.
The following link is a podcast the teaches basic concepts of many different math areas that are introduced in the elemetary school classroom. The one I have attached has to do with Pi. The podcast gives the history of Pi and why the greek letter pi is used.
There was no new technology introduced in this podcast, but there was new information about pi was introduced for new learners of math.