As spotted on the Scout Report’s weekly roundup reviews of high quality educational, research-oriented sites and networking tools, here’s a sampling of featured sites that provide teachers with a trove of resources. To learn more about The Scout Report, visit their site https://scout.wisc.edu/report.
New York Public Library: For Teachers ·http://www.nypl.org/voices/blogs/blog-channels/for-teachers
“The New York Public Library (NYPL) is one of the nation’s great centers of learning, and this blog channel For Teachers upholds and expands that standard. Here educators will find pages and pages of education-related blog post containing links to teacher resources, student projects, primary sources, and professional development opportunities. For instance, Andrea Lipinski’s post, #WeNeedDiverseBooks: A Few of Our Favorites, provides an argument for books that showcase the experiences of characters of different races, languages, sexual orientations, abilities, and other areas of diversity. She then lists over a dozen favorites, including the story of a teenage girl caught in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake of 2010. Indeed, this resource from the NYPL can broaden the understanding of library opportunities and resources available to educators across many fields.”
“This virtual warehouse of science-related blogs covers a staggering range of topics, from health habits to exoplanets. Readers may like to scout the site by subjects, which include Life Science, Physical Science, Environment, Medicine, and others. Contributing bloggers are culled from a wide array of scientific disciplines and write about a range of topics that they find most interesting. Greg Laden’s popular entries, for instance, can be found under Life Science one week, Physical Science the next, and Environment the week after that, depending on the topic he tackles. Laden’s most recent writings have examined the history of neuroscience, dark energy, and even Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Educators are sure to find much to enliven their lesson plans within this excellent, variegated, ‘digital science salon.'”
EUROPA: Teachers’ Corner ·http://europa.eu/teachers-corner/
Educators teaching the history, economy, culture, and politics of the European Union will find many helpful resources on this fact-filled, attractive webpage from EUROPA, the official website of the European Union. Teaching resources have been sorted into four age groups (Up to 9 Years, Ages 9 to 12, Ages 12 to 15, and Ages 15 and over) and branch out to cover a variety of topics. For instance, the Up to 9 Years category features downloadable booklets, posters, a coloring book, and links to websites and online games on topics such as Food and Agriculture, Energy and Environment, and Safety. From the home page, readers may also explore a whole section dedicated to the Best Teaching Material on the EU, Useful Links, EU Games and Quizzes, and platforms for networking.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: Download Teaching Modules ·http://www.fairchildgarden.org/education/kids-families/downloadable-learning-modules
“For decades, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG) has been ‘exploring, explaining, and conserving the world of tropical plants.’ Educators unable to tour the physical location in South Florida will welcome this phalanx of edifying materials. Here they will find Course Units on a variety of topics, including School Gardens, Ethnobotany, Basic Botany, Plant Adaptations and Conservation, and Tropical Botany. Each unit includes handouts, vocabulary lists, suggested homework assignments, lecture resources, and other activities to facilitate instruction and learning. For instance, Unit II: South Florida Plants and Ecosystems offers lecture resources and handouts, such as Native Plants for Your Garden, and activities like Life Under a Log and Native Plant Key. Free and easily downloadable, these teaching modules are a welcome find for educators looking for new and exciting ways to teach basic botany to elementary and middle school students.”
“TeachArchives.org, a site developed by the Brooklyn Historical Society, seeks to be ‘an innovative resource for teachers, administrators, librarians, archivists, and museum educators.’ Based on a four-point teaching philosophy detailed in the About section of the site, the project is designed to bring students into contact with primary sources in a fun and accessible way. The Articles section is a great place to begin, featuring a detailed How To section with exegeses on crafting learning objectives, choosing documents, creating handouts, and many other helpful areas. Success Stories are also available here and provide a space where experienced educators offer insight on such topics as Digging into the Collections and Engaging First Year Students. Next up, the Exercises section offers specific activities to engage students with archival materials. For instance, in Melissa Antinori’s exercise, Bite-Sized Research: Annotating Civil War Correspondence, students read and analyze letters from the mid-19th century, creating annotations along the way that clarify places, people, and terms mentioned in their assigned correspondence.”