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I noticed that a post of mine cool e-learning for kids got a few hits a day, fairly consistently, so I thought it must be time for a follow up. When I googled “cool e-learning for kids”, my blog post came up at #4 – which is not to say “yay me”, but more of a “is this a common search topic, and can I add some more goodies to people’s toolboxes?”.
One of the things that I think is really powerful is for educators to use resources as part of their learning strategy, not go looking for a packaged solution. My suggestions are piecemeal for a reason. I would like to see interesting things incorporated into hands-on activities, instead of info dumps.
But, if you need inspiration for a full game – check out Karl Kapp’s suggestions.
My younger daughter’s school is doing a year-long “water theme”, which I think is pretty cool. And not just any old water, but understanding the waters around them – creeks, lakes, rivers (ok, no rivers on our island) and the Pacific Ocean. They even have a seaquaria to house local critters for closer inspection (urchins, crabs, spot prawns…may also provide a sushi buffet should we even get locked in the school).
I searched for some water themed e-learning, and this is what I located:
What an exciting time to be a teacher – the resources available are mind-boggling.
PS – While I was writing this post, I checked out the Orca Lab again and for a few minutes listened to the somewhat distant calls of the northern resident orca! How lucky was that?