This month’s gems from the web: Make hand washing fun & effectiveness; Native American arts exhibit online; The Teacher List; English for Spanish speakers; Test your brain with an online police artist drawing device.
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
December 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.
SCRUB CLUB www.scrubclub.org
Each year, more than 164 million school days are lost due to illness which could be greatly reduced with proper hand washing. That’s why NSF International created the Scrub Club®
The Scrub Club® program is the first of its kind — a fun, interactive and educational Web site that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. The site consists of a Webisode interactive games, educational music, downloadable activities for kids, educational materials for teachers and program information for parents.
SURROUNDED BY BEAUTY: THE ARTS OF NATIVE AMERICA www.artsmia.org/surrounded-by-beauty
There is no equivalent in the many Native American languages for the word art. They make no distinction between what is beautiful or functional, and what is sacred or secular. Yet Native Americans are a highly spiritual people who create objects of extraordinary beauty. Explore dozens of these objects in this online exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
THE TEACHER LIST www.theteacherlist.ca
Edmonton, Alberta Canada teacher, Pete MacKay has been writing a small newsletter for teachers since 1998 called The Teacher List. Each morning, he points teachers from all over the world to one website that would be useful for them. In this information-age, teachers often feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of data they need to process. Not so with blogs — teachers are mastering the web one useful site at a time!
THE ART OF CRIME DETECTION www.sanford-artedventures.com/play/crimedetection
You witness a crime, and the police ask you to help identify the culprit, using their new PDArtist tool. Learn the differences between your left and right brain and the best ways to use your brain as an artist. Can you create composite portraits that help identify the culprit?
LA MANSIÓN DEL INGLÉS www.mansioningles.com
'La Mansión del Inglés' is a totally free site, aimed at Spanish speakers, and dedicated to the study of the English language. The site content is rich in pedagogical and educational material, and includes courses, grammar, vocabulary, exercises, books, educational programmes to download and a wide and varied selection of supplementary material.
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