Friday, January 20, 2012

Pay It Forward Friday: Get Tech Savvy

Have you ever watched a 15-month-old negotiate a smartphone? Have you seen a two-year-old successfully complete a game on an iPad? Toddlers can turn on computers, create movies, and share them. Four-year-olds know how to video conference with family and friends around the world. See Beautifuler's, there is wonderful technology out there and it's time to share "the good stuff" with families and friends.

We're lucky enough to have wonderful technology resources for children, parents, and educational stakeholders at our fingertips. Our Pay It Forward Friday opportunity is to share these resources with family and friends. This weekend we'll feature educational websites and you can pay it forward by getting tech savvy and sharing them with others. Coming soon: educational apps.

For Children, Parents & Educational Stakeholders:

Professor Garfield: "The Professor Garfield Foundation learning portal is a fun interactive online environment where children can safely explore, learn and creatively express themselves. *Teachers, be sure to check out the Teacher's Lounge.(Age Appropriateness: Kindergarten-12th grade)

Storyline Online"Online streaming video program featuring Screen Actors Guild (SAG) members reading aloud exceptional children's books." Each book is accompanied by a set of interactive activities. Awesome!!! (Age Appropriateness: Kindergarten-6th grade)

PBS Kids: "Educational games, videos, and activities for kids!" Be sure to check out the "Between the Lions section for a whole extra dose of wholesome goodies. * Teachers and Parents, but sure to click on your tab too. There are wonderful resources to extend these activities. (Age Appropriateness: Pre-Kindergarten-1st grade)

International Children's Digital Library: "The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children." (Age Appropriateness: Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade)

Books Should Be Free: Thousands of free audio books in mp3, iPod, or iTunes format. (Age Appropriateness: Kindergarten-12th grade)

Thinkfinity: This link takes you right to the parents and kids tab where there are thousands of online resources culled from many other reputable sites. Goodies for children ages 3-18 can be found and enjoyed! (Age Appropriateness: Kindergarten-12th grade)

BBC For Kids:  Offering many fun learning experiences, BBC Kids invites children to play, create, watch, learn, and think creatively. There are also language learning games that are excellent. (Age Appropriateness: Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade)

Free Rice: Oh, we LOVE this site! For every correct answer to give on this site, they donate 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme to end hunger. Learning and giving all bundled up into one. Fun for the family for sure! Multiple languages available.  (Age Appropriateness: Kindergarten-12th grade)

Imagination Soup: "Playful learning for inquisitive kids." Click through this site to learn about wonderful resources for children. (Age Appropriateness: Kindergarten-12th grade)

ABCYa! ABCya! offers free educational, interactive kids computer games and activities for elementary students. All of their computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. (Age Appropriateness: Kindergarten-6th grade)

Discovery Education:  Click on parent, student, or teacher and unleash wonderful resources for children. It's easy to spend a day perusing the wonderful resources on this site. (Age Appropriateness: Kindergarten-12th grade)

Global Tech School: This is like the mac-daddy of all educational sites. Experience online games and resources from around the world and narrow down your search by age. Wonderful recommendations can be found throughout this site. (Age Appropriateness: Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade)

Scholastic: Jumping right to student activities, there are wonderful learning opportunities for children throughout this site. If you're a teacher, you'll love the "teacher" section as well. (Age Appropriateness: Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade)

We Give Books:  You read a book, they give a book. LOVE this site! For every book you read online they donate a book to the literacy partner of your choice. Brilliant! Fun! Seeing beautiful! (Age Appropriateness: Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade)

Read, Write, Think: This link takes you right to the "parent" section. We love the work of the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English who teamed up together to offer this wonderful site to all for free. Parents can find wonderful resources her for children to grow and lead more literate lives. (Age Appropriateness: Kindergarten-12th grade)

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  1. a lot of important and useful info here. Thank you : )

  2. Thanks, Demie! I'm glad you found it useful. Happy seeing beautiful!

  3. GREAT offering to your blog visitors. Such a library of information. I certainly hope there is a way to print off your list to have it handy (sitting right next to the instrument of use.)
    This is so worth spreading to your viewers and their outreach connections. Thank you. It is so obvious, in the time you spend locating, creating, and presenting ways to continue to enlighten us on/in our journey to See Beauty in and around us....and how to gain mind enriching activities for families. 

  4. Thank you so much! We've been excited about sharing this post with our readers, as we hoped it would serve as a source of information that tapped into 21st century literacies and inspired as well.

  5. Great info! I am sharing with all my friends and hope they share with their friends!

  6. Great resources! Thanks so much for sharing these and I can't wait to check them out. I'll pass them along. Thanks!

  7. Ahhh awesome!  Thanks for taking the time to put these useful resources together for us.  I'm looking forward to what's in store tomorrow and Sunday as well.  THANK YOU! 

  8. This is wonderful!!! What great resources....I can't wait to explore them and pass them on to myteacher friends. Thank you!

  9. What an awesome gift/tool/guide you have given to us! Thank you, thank you...I cannot imagine all the time it took to research and find this information...Please know we are so appreciative of it. Can't wait to dive in as well as pass it on!

  10. Great information and links...thanks for these resources! - Bicultural Mama

  11. So glad you like them. You're always sharing such great information with others, glad we could do the same.

  12. Oh, thank you! Knowing that these could help someone else is what it's all about.

  13. Thanks, Sue! I really appreciate you sharing them. The more people learn about these wonderful resources the better.

  14. Happy Friday! We just visited your new website and it looks GREAT!

  15. Fantastic Resources Seeing Beautiful!! Thanks so much..going to use some of these with my Grandkids!
    Blessings to you..also going to tweet your post :)

  16. This is a GREAT post! I've used quite a few of these sites, but am going to email the post to my school address so I can check out some of the other sites next week! How crazy that we have so much in common?! I'll email you to discuss further, but I'd love to find out more! I wonder if our husbands have met in the commercial real estate world?! Crazy!

  17. wow..this is very useful information!  thank you.  we try to find this on our own and end up going in circles!  thanks!!

  18. As a fellow teacher, I LOVE this post!!  Thanks for sharing!!


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