by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
April 1, 2008
Each month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher and co-author of “How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom”, presents The Busy Educator's Monthly Five -- five websites for educators that are easy to read, simple to use and worthwhile to know.
The WebEnglishTeacher site is full of terrific resources covering a broad range of language arts topics. From poetry, prose, and Shakespeare, to journalism, mythology, drama and much more, this site really does have it all! It offers English teachers "one-stop shopping," and since each site has been thoroughly reviewed before it was added to the site, so teachers are getting quality sites, too. The site is updated regularly, and new links are added often.
HeadlineSpot.com is an educational guide to the best U.S. and international news resources on the Web. From one spot, this free news resource provides easy access to the latest headlines and the best newspaper sections, magazines, television shows, radio programs and online news sources by topic or region. From the politics section to the weather forecast, HeadlineSpot.com makes it easy to integrate news about geography, history, civics, economics, cultures, science, language arts and more into the classroom.
GenealogySpot.com is a free family history resource center that simplifies the search for the best online genealogy resources. From the site, quickly and easily find the best resources to perform ancestor searches by state, country, ethnicity and religion, browse historical records, access reference tools, locate lost family members and much more. Students, parents and teachers will find this site to be an excellent starting point for genealogy research, especially for beginners.
Personal Educational Press lets you turn your computer and printer into a printing press for free educational materials such as flashcards, game boards, quizzes and study sheets. This online tool runs directly off your browser. Predefined lists let you create materials from first grade literacy flashcards to college-level quizzes on chemistry. You can edit our lists or use your own.
We know less about life in the earth under our feet than we do about the far side of the moon. Yet every plant and animal you can think of depends on this vast hidden ecosystem. Explore this hidden world in this new learning adventure. Dig into soil horizons, come face to face with bizarre creatures, and take a virtual journey underground in search of a mysterious soil organism.
Marjan Glavac (BA, BEd, MA) is a professional speaker, teacher and author. He is a full time classroom teacher with 25 years teaching experience. He has taught and continues to teach students from the inner city, students with emotional/behavioral disorders, ESL, and IEP students. He is an international speaker and workshop presenter.
Marjan is the author of 3 books: The Busy Educator’s Guide To The World Wide Web 1st Edition, and 2nd Edition, and How To Make A Difference: Inspiring Students To Do Their Best, the creator of one of the Internet’s longest running free teacher monthly newsletters: The Busy Educator’s Newsletter (1998) and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom".
Since 1993, Marjan has been involved in dozens of telecommunications projects involving students from K-University on every continent of the world. His K-8 students have also participated in e-mail, travel buddy, research projects and polishing mirrors for the NASA Starshine project. He and his classes have been filmed by TVO and Global's Kids-TV; featured in all local media - newspapers, TV, radio, as well as nationally in Reader's Digest, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Today's Parent, Home and Educational Computing and internationally on WGN and NPR radio, websites and dozens of student newspapers worldwide.
Marjan is currently a gr.6 home room teacher at Wilfrid Jury Public School in London, Ontario, Canada where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information about Marjan Glavac, his books, keynotes, training and seminars, visit him at his site at http://www.thebusyeducator.com