Online Puzzles have long been a much loved learning tool for educators. Giving your students a variety of puzzles enhances their educational experience at school.
Some of the skills that are improved by playing with puzzles:
- Cognitive skills: To help with problem solving and reasoning skills. 2. Fine motor skills. 3. Hand-eye coordination. 4. Social skills: Puzzles can be done alone but are also a great tool for cooperative play.
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/puzzles/ is a web page that contains a collection of small computer programs which implement one-player puzzle games. The actual games in this collection were mostly not the author’s invention; they are re-implementations of existing game concepts within his portable puzzle framework. The online games are easy for students to access. Kids with love the challenge.
One forum that I recommend to my colleagues is ProTeacher Many teachers have gotten creative and refreshing new ideas, that it make this site a win-win for all that review it daily.
Discussion boards by grade level, allowing you to communicate and collaborate with teachers around the globe who teach the same age students as you. Perfect for brainstorming your new lesson ideas.
Discussion boards by topic, such as Guided Reading and Literature, Science and classroom management, allowing you to share and collaborate with other teachers who teach the same topics, no matter the age of the student.
Live chat, allowing you to sit and have a conversation with other educators beyond the walls of your school, thus expanding your knowledge base on the topic.
Collections of teaching ideas and lesson plans on hundreds of topics, with information contributed by teachers around all over the world.
Blogs, and lots of them, with thoughts from specific teachers, and sometimes comments from readers.
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Direct links to 3rd grade
Nowadays, technology has become so essential, so advanced in society that its integration into classroom instruction is imperative. At Regan Elementary teacher Chris Chadd is a big believer in the benefits of technology in the classroom. A quick review of the posting on Ypress.org Chris states “I feel like it’s my job to prepare my students for what they’re going to face tomorrow, and it’s a scary future. I mean, we don’t know what we’re going to have to face, but I guarantee that technology is going to be in that future.”
Technology changes teaching in the capacity that it allows teachers to more thoroughly engage the students in specific assignments. Technology allows teachers to gain and hold on to a student’s attention and interest. It opens the door to a wide range of teaching possibilities and addresses special needs concerns, and equity within the classroom. Using visual and auditory technology through computer lessons or games may enhance all students learning abilities whom learn by visual, tactile, and auditory styles.
Even Ehow.com makes a good point for computers in the classroom. The article states: “Visible benefits have been seen in students who are exposed to more technology in classrooms and who use more technology at home for school-related purposes. Some students showed faster learning with a greater depth of understanding.”
Take a look at this blog http://anncarnevale.edublogs.org/ Bits ‘n Bytes is a blog created by Ann Carnevale (Instructional Technology Specialist), and geared for the elementary teachers. It is intended to be a vehicle for sharing information and news related to technology use and integration, as well as some of the best and most useful websites.
Or this one, where Elementary technology is taken to a new and exciting level. Think pupil podcasts, biology blogs and high-tech, video-integrated online reports, all within the elementary classroom.
Lastly take a moment to review my collection of documents/weblinks in my LiveBinder site. This collects the currentWashington State’s standards for educational technology and the trends for K-12 technology for 2010.
For elementary math learners, through 6th grade, this wonderful website http://www.ixl.com/is fun for keeping track of the students math progress. For about $194.00 per school year per class, your eager learners can have access to an incredible array of problem sets that focus on very specific skills. The results all are saved with the students’ unique logins and, best of all, each student gets access to all of the pre-K to 6th grade material, making differentiation very manageable. Highly recommended. Here is the link to the pdf brochure.