Monday, October 1, 2007

Rubrics, Safety, History, Computer Lab, and a Game

As I was preparing a list of interactive web sites for an upcoming blog entry (hopefully, next week), I came across several web sites and short items that I think you’ll find interesting. It’s a diverse lot, but with some useful… and some fun… ideas.

The October 1, 2007 update from TeachersFirst ( includes a short course--Rubrics to the Rescue--for creating and implementing rubrics as an assessment tool. See

Their Featured Sites for the Week of September 30, 2007
( include a very useful site--Safe Teens--about Internet safety for teens. Even if you know this topic well, this is worth examining… and sharing. See

They also featured a fun site--Fake Out!--which is great for building vocabulary. Your students can even participate by making up some of the “incorrect” definitions for words to be featured in upcoming weeks and submitting them. I had fun at this one! See

Teacher Magazine led me to the Time magazine archive. See
This is a free database of the almost 300,000 stories published since 1923. You can search by topic or keywords or by date. These stories--which are history for us--were current events when the articles were written. That changes the perspective!

Teacher Magazine also published at a good article--What Could Go Wrong?--about taking elementary students into the computer lab. The author has some good ideas for saving your sanity!

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