Marjan pulls 5 more not-to-miss web sites out of his hat for teachers everywhere! Tech tips and sites, help for foreign language teachers, Deaf-Blind resources, Art online. Check it out!
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
June 1, 2009
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 about.
Marilyn Western's Technology Tips for Classroom Teachers is a practical, easy to use website designed for the new and experienced teacher. Spend some time browsing through Marilyn’s site and you’ll quickly learn why Marilyn Western is one of Michigan's finest resources for technology professional development.
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR FRENCH/SPANISH/GERMAN/WELSH TEACHERS AND LEARNERS
(GR. 4-12) http://www.zut.org.uk
Zut! provides a comprehensive set of interactive activities for French/Spanish German and Welsh teachers and learners, featuring more than 500 exercises, over 100 of which have audio samples of native speakers. It is an easily navigated resource, organized for each year of study, and also includes exercises for the interactive whiteboard.
Helen Keller is a household name. But do you know about… Laura Bridgman, Danny Delcambre, or your elderly neighbor? …the modern technology and communication methods deafblind people use in daily life? …where to find information and assistance if you experience vision and hearing loss?
DeafBlindinfo.org showcases a vast collection of deafblindness information and resources in Minnesota and from around the world.
Thinkport has loads of digital classroom resources (from PBS and other high-quality sources), lesson plans, activities, and interactive electronic field trips. It also offers professional development courses for teachers, technology tutorials and some great tools for building classroom websites and customizing projects on the web.
"Collections Online" is a fully-searchable database featuring the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. With access to almost 70,000 works of art, it is one of the largest databases developed by an art museum in the U.S.
Accessible on the site are costumes, textiles paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and decorative arts from the following areas: Africa, Japan, China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Europe, the U.S. and the Islamic world. Thousands of these artworks have never been published or exhibited before. This site offers a rare opportunity to see artworks normally in storage and available only to curators. It is a very helpful resource to instructors or students of all ages looking for information about art or illustrations.
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