Keeping track of Space Travel topics; The Science of Genetics; Native Americans & Art Museum; A site for Science teachers; and "Live-at-the-scene Postcard travel and lessons are the fabulous sites for this month!
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
July 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.
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 site contains lesson plans, activities, student handouts, state standards, and classroom policies and procedures. It also has the latest research in science education a teacher, student and parent resource sections.
Postcards from America follows a teacher and a photographer as they travel across America. Through the use of a digital camera, "live-at-the-scene" electronic postcards are sent directly to the e-mailboxes of thousands of schoolrooms. Teachers use the personalized E-cards to help students learn about America's 50 states. Beyond the "live-at-the scene" postcards, the award-winning website features include Travel Tips, Fun Facts, Maps, and a "Just for Teachers" web page with tips for using the postcards in the classroom.
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