Thursday, December 22, 2011

Math Teachers: Looking for 3D Geometrical Prisms? Here are 10 Sites Where You Will Find Them

One of our math teachers came to me the other day and asked me if I could find him images of 3D geometrical prisms, especially those he could print out and have his students put together. As I surfed the web for him, I started to put together a list:

3D Geometrical Shapes- Help with Math.com has lots of pre-drawn 3D shapes for your classroom

3D Shapes-print and put together a heptagonal pyramid, play the 3D Shape Game and more; for younger kids

Geometric Shapes to Print 

Google Sketch-Up Math Project- 3D shape printable templates

K6 Geometric Shapes-explains volumes and surface areas; color images

Interactive Geometry: Prisms

Interactives: Geometry 3D Shapes- in color!

Name the 3D Shapes- worksheet for younger kids

Paper Models of Polyhedra- have your students download and put together a 3D model; many to choose from

Prisms with Examples- color diagrams

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Web 2.0 Tools: 20 Easy & Creative Ways to Bookmark Online

If you are like me, you have hundreds of  bookmarks, some organized, some not so organized. Since every day brings more and more information, we are definitely in need of a way to not only make bookmarking easy, but to be able to access them wherever we are. I love the idea of a central location for everything. I can access the information at home, at work or even on my smartphone. I'm sure you will find one or two from the list below. Do you use any particular tool for bookmarking that you like?

Aboogy- Personal bookmarks combined with your choice of search engines presented in clean and simple layout

Bookmark Commando- access bookmarks from anywhere in the world; reports if links are no longer valid

Del.icio.us- social bookmarking

Diigo- allows you to bookmark and more

Evernote- does much more than just bookmarking; one of my personal favorites for organizing my life

Google Bookmarks

Historious- one-click save

iKeepBookmarks- allows you to create folders of your bookmarks; set up a page for your school with your bookmarks; see sample here

LiveBinder It- every time you find a link you want to save, instead of clicking on 'favorites' you can click on 'LiveBinder it' and save directly to an existing or new binder.

MyBookmarks- access bookmarks from anywhere

My Home Page- looks like Only2Clicks, with thumbnails of your bookmarks displayed

Only2Clicks- thumbnails serve to identify sites; organize by tabs

Pinterest- online pinboard combines personal bookmarks and more

Quick Bookmarks

SiteJot- simple online bookmark manager

StumbleUpon- bookmark your favorite sites or have StumbleUpon find new sites for you based on your preferences

Symbaloo- like Only2Clicks, this is a visual bookmarking tool

Yahoo Bookmarks- access from anyplace in the world

Xmarks- works with IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers; syncs your bookmarks

Zootool- visual bookmarking

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Student Essay: 22 Sites to Find a Topic

10 Offbeat College Essay Topics- from CNN

50 Argument Essay Topics 

101 Persuasive Essay Topics 

400 Writing Topics- from About.com

The Argumentative Essay

Bad Essay Topics for College Admissions-topics to avoid

Choosing a College Essay Topic: What You Write About Says Something About You- from College Board

Essay Map- online tool assists students in writing their essay; (students must already have a topic) from Read WriteThink

Essay Topics- current listing of 67 ideas

Essay Topics- from Enchanted Learning (for younger students)

Essay Topics for Kids- for younger kids up to grade 8

Expository Essay Topic Ideas for High School Students
- from Yahoo Voices

Five Paragraph Essay Topics for Middle School- explains four different types of essay topics with a few sample ideas

General Expository Essay Topics- 61 choices including Describe the Likely Consequences of Selling Drugs, Explain Why Some Kids Skip School.

Good Argumentative Topics for College Students 

History Essay Topics for 8th Graders 

How to Write an Essay: 10 Easy Steps

Middle School Writing Prompts- list of 10

Persuasive Essay Topics- covers all grade levels K-college; different types of persuasive essays

School Essay Topics for Sixth Graders- from eHow

Student Essay Topics and Types- covers expository, narrative, reflective, literary, definition to name a few.

Writing-Middle/High- long listing covers resources for writing and reading
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