100 Incredible Open Lectures for Math Geeks

And this site is definitely going to make Math teachers everywhere happy! :) Not only can you use these amazing open lectures to increase/sustain your content knowledge, you might want to slip a segment or two into your lessons themselves. Sometimes, students might prefer talking heads of various kinds once in a while instead of ours. ;)

Picture 3If you’re a student, this site should be of interest to you as well! Like the previous site, links are organised into topics such as “Basic Math”, “Calculus”, “Algebra” etcetera. My hands are shaking slightly as I type this as I have never been a Math student, let alone an excelling one at that! But if my teachers had threw in a video or two from these sites, perhaps my interest may have been tweaked more!

Access all the lectures here!

100 Incredible YouTube Channels for History Buffs

Picture 2If you haven’t heard of Onlinecollege.org, then it’s time you surf your way to the website! This post and the next will feature two articles from the many (and I mean, many) articles from the site. This one will interest you if you’re a History, Social Studies (or even Literature) teacher. 100 Incredible YouTube Channels for History Buffs! Who knew there were so many YouTube channels just on History, huh? I wish my History teacher had used some of these. Then again, teachers today are lucky because of the vast amount of resources available online at your fingertips. One YouTube channel that might interest you is LearnHistory. The good thing about this site is that the History channels are arranged according to theme. Example, General History, Art History, Music History et cetera. I hope some of these videos come in useful to you!

Curriki!

CurrikiKindly meet my new favourite site: Curriki!

I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it too. According to the website:

“Curriki is more than your average website; we’re a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world.

Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of ‘curriculum’ and ‘wiki’ which is the technology we’re using to make education universally accessible.”

So, I did a bit of clicking around and it did not disappoint. Definitely helpful especially when you’re burnt out or desperate for a fresh burst of energy. The material is categorised in 4 broad categories: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Material in each category is arranged according to age and grade levels. You can also browse the resources according to Topics. Example, under Language Arts, material is arranged under topics such as Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Journalism, Literature and Phonics amongst others. Resources are also rated by members so you can identify a great resource from a good one. But as we know, even a bad resource can be a great one if worked the right way. Do check out the site here. And oh, membership is free. :) Gotta love Web 2.0.

The Facebook Classroom

Almost everyone is on Facebook. And chances are, you’re wondering whether or not to add your students. That is a truly tough decision that is yours to make (unless there are explicit school policies regarding this). However, one teacher espouses the notion that a teacher can have a public profile to share with students that will facilitate learning. Why not? Here is how you may want to go about doing this.

15 Facebook Applications that are perfect for online education.

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Examples include:

  • weRead – Share the books you’re reading, and see what others think of books with this application.
  • StudyGroups – Get your students into groups to discuss their project
  • Webinaria Screencast Recorder – Record a video for students, and share it with this application.

Hope some of these come in useful to you. : )

100 Must-Read Blogs on the Future of Learning

It has been a crazy month hence the lag in posts! But we’re back with an awesome link. Here is a page with 100 (yes, hundred) must read blogs on the path that education is going towards. Don’t be intimidated by the number though. Some very awesome reads await. Some links that will interest you:

And our personal favourite:

Enjoy!

Click here to read all!

Singaporeans Not Welcome in Own Country – Potential GP Topic?

Shared this with some colleagues today and thought that this might make for some mature and critical discussion with upper Secondary and/or Junior College/Pre-Tertiary/Tertiary students. Whilst an obviously sensitive topic, this might train our students to think critically and allows the issue to be discussed in a more conducive setting, i.e. the classroom, instead of online where flaming and often unvalidated comments abound. Teaching point or danger zone?

Saw this and thought our kids would love to discuss this in the classroom. There’s a whole lot of debate going on right now about the place of Singapore Citizens as opposed to PRs or “foreign talents”. Makes us question the very definition of citizenship, and how what it means to be Singaporean is rapidly changing. Here are some links to may get us started.

Latest statistics: Citizens constitute only 63 per cent of Singapore’s population http://temasekreview.com/2009/09/28/latest-statistics-citizens-constitute-only-63-per-cent-of-singapores-population/

Blog: http://singaporeanskeptic.blogspot.com/2009/09/singaporeans-are-not-welcomed-in-their.html

Racial Harmony: Tan Hong Ming

Sweet Malaysian ad on Racial Harmony.

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