The other day I was in a panic because the activity I’d planned months before, a nice webquest of the civilization we are studying, suddenly wasn’t working due to our newly installed firewall at school. We can, in certain circumstances, request that certain sites be restored, but the process is slow and doesn’t always mean it can be fixed. For instance, I cannot access my own blog (or any other) from school. I’m not complaining, I do understand. I don’t work on personal things at school.
But (o.k. a little complaint) there are some teacher blogs that have some great information I’d like to use in my planning and lesson creation.
….back to my (then) immediate problem—what to do when your great plans become shambles? I tried two recently found places that have good lesson plans and background resource materials. The first is curriki, an online learning community started by Sun Microsystems to develop education resources. There I found a great webquest that did work with our firewall within minutes. While finding it, I came across tons more things I can use.
Is it just me, or do other people feel like Alice climbing down the rabbit hole when they start looking for things?
My degrees are not from an Ivy League institution, but I “take” Ivy League classes now via free online video classes. Just for fun, I always intended to sit in on history lectures when I retire. But now with the magic of the Internet, I can do this in my comfy chair and snuggly slippers at home and don’t even have to wait for retirement.
The online universities website has a list of video lectures that are interesting and wonderful for expanding your horizons. Most of these courses can be downloaded to an mp3 player, so I’ll be happily commuting to my job while listening to lectures.
In addition, I like to listen to lectures while typing my lesson plans. As I type, I’m listening to a history lecture by a Yale professor about the Hebrew Torah. One of the advantages of being a person with undiagnosed ADD is that you CAN do several things at the same time. But that’s another post ..
A list of 100 lectures offered in the following areas is posted at the online universities website:
Health and Medical
Engineering, Technology and Mathematics
Philosophy and Religion
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