Web Site Options for Summer Break

By Troutner, Joanne | Teacher Librarian, June 2009 | Go to article overview

Web Site Options for Summer Break


Troutner, Joanne, Teacher Librarian


It seems the June column has turned into a tradition of providing a range of options for teacher-librarians to explore during summer vacations. This year's group includes a couple of excellent photo compendiums, some Web 2.0 and student project options, information on copyright, primary source collections, and other fun learning items. Enjoy them as you recharge for either a new school year or to continue after a short break!

Begin your learning adventure by checking out the range of Life magazine photos hosted by Google and the media library of the National Marine Sanctuaries. Life magazine conjures up the essence of classic pictures for many of us veteran teacher-librarians. There are millions of photographs, many of which were never published, housed at http:// images.google.com/hosted/life. The index page provides access by decade and subject. A searching hint is also included to help users stay within the Life collection. Information for "Works Cited" and legal usage is found on the picture page. The National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library, https://marinelife.noaa. gov/media_lib/index.aspx, is a second wonderful option which provides images for print and the web as well as video clips. The collection can be searched via keyword, type of media, category of marine life, and sanctuary. Most of the images and video clips can be used in any type of project. Information on the license and usage rights is given before the download starts. This site is a great teaching tool for helping students to understand intellectual property and its uses.

Mathematics in Movies, http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/ mathmovies/index.html, provides a quick index to over 30 movie clips for use in math classes. Designed by an instructor in the math department at Harvard University, the site includes both Flash, iPod, .m4v options for each clip along with a brief description of the math included. Watch a few and explore the other links at the bottom of the page to discover even more movie options. Then plan on how to share these great finds with your math colleagues!

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Another great item to share with your math teachers is Mathcasts, http:// math247.pbwiki.com/FrontPage. Here is a library of teacher-and student-created tutorials on a wide range of math concepts. Items range from helping kindergarten students learn about number sense to high school calculus units. Users can contribute their own mathcasts to the ever-growing library. Help students and fellow educators explore the great content tools and the technology options found at this site.

Looking for the answer to who won the Nobel prize for medicine in 19867 Or what about who garnered the Hugo award for the best short story in 2007? Try this one stop shop for Awards and Honors at http://www.awardsandhonors.com/. Not only will you find a wealth of literature awards but categories for arts, architecture, beauty, education, entertainment, government, sports, and more. Current events and news are also found in each category. This is a good quick resource for students.

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Experiment with this wonderful online photo tool--Web Photo Resizer, http:// webresizer.com/. Designed to help sharpen and make photos load more quickly, this tool does not require registration and is free. Hence, the perfect tool to share with students! The image is uploaded, then the picture can be cropped, sharpened, or resized. In addition, you can easily add a border or turn a color picture into black and white. This is an excellent addition to your list of project development tools.

As you continue to refine your lessons concerning copyright, take a look at these two options. First watch the videos at the Ball State University site, http://www.bsu.edu/library/collections/ copyright/students/. These options talk about intellectual property and student rights related to copyright. …

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