Great sites! Moviemaking for kids! Myths & legends in art! TREE – A graphic organizer for writing! International trades lessons for kids! Money around the world and through history!
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
March 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.
The Ultrabug Cliposcope gives 9-to-12-year-olds a hands-on introduction to moviemaking. Cliposcope introduces kids to the world of film by teaching them how to make their own short animated flicks with just a few clicks of the mouse. To begin, budding animators choose a background, characters, actions, and props, then arrange them however they like. Next, they combine these elements into a sequence using a time line. Thus each visitor plays the role of art director, casting agent, set-designer, screenwriter, director, editor and camera operator.
Myths are stories that explain why the world is the way it is. Throughout history, artists have been inspired by myths and legends and have given them visual form. Explore myths and legends from around the world with these great works of art and in-depth interpretation and interactive features.
Kathleen Riley of Polk Community College Winter Haven, FL USA has designed a multicolor diagram to show students--mainstream, ESE or ESL, on elementary through college levels—how to organize coherent, well-developed papers and summaries. Her system also applies to reading expository passages; it visually represents the relationship among main idea, details and conclusion. Access the website for handouts filled with explicit instruction in easy-to-understand language.
Teachers who use the TREE report higher pass rates on writing tests, greater satisfaction with the quality of their students' writing and more freedom to focus on the content of a paper.
International trade touches us all. We drink soda from cans made of aluminum mined in Australia, eat fruit from South America, and wear clothes made from African cotton. We take it for granted, yet before we can enjoy these products and materials, traders must negotiate prices and deliver the goods through a network of relationships that literally spans the globe.
Play this game to experience the challenges and excitement of international trade. See if you can get the best price for the goods you sell and the biggest bargains for the goods you buy. Watch how the global economy is doing: the prices you'll be able to get and the deals you can make depend on how healthy the global economy is.
So you think you know what money is? What if money isn't a coin or a banknote or even a credit card? They may be common now. But not everyone in the world has used these forms of money for very long at all. Throughout history and around the globe, many different things have served as money. This game takes you on a time-travel journey to many times and places in history. At each stop, *you* have to figure out what counts as money in order to get home!
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